Arlo Ultra First Look: A Mixed Bag

With the release of Arlo Ultra, the company has upped the ante with not only 4K video quality, but also some neat new features including HDR, color night mode, auto track and zoom. But this jump to higher resolution and feature enhancements has some initial teething problems. Having unboxed the Ultra (below), I began the … Read more

IKEA Smart Shades Are Here (with Alexa and Apple HomeKit!)

Ikea Smartshades are here! Well “here” as in some European stores with broader availability expected February 2nd — hopefully that includes the US, although prior reports indicated our availability would come later in the spring. In any event, we now know sizes, prices, and mechanics. There are two lines of grey Ikea smart shades, one … Read more

Ring “Beams” Spotlight & Floodlight To Debut, Updated Landscape Lighting Too

Prior to Amazon acquiring Ring, Ring acquired Mr. Beams outdoor lighting… and the promised 2018 lighting solutions never materialized. Enter 2019 and, based on regulatory filings, Ring is back with a Beams vengeance. The company is relaunching the brand as simply Ring “Beams” and includes am impressive array of products — which have just hit the … Read more

August “View” Video Doorbell & Chime On The Way

When Assa Abloy acquired August Smart Home, I had assumed the consumer brand was dead. And a cobranded Yale August upgrade kit seemed to reinforce that they were moving in that direction. Welp, I totally read that wrong and August is refreshing their line. And what caught my eye is this beautifully designed August View … Read more

TP-Link To Unveil Outdoor & In-Wall Kasa Outlets

Perennial smart home accessory maker TP-Link will be unveiling several new Kasa products at CES, including the previously disclosed Smart Spot camera and a pair of new connected outlets/plugs. The upcoming WiFi-powered in-wall outlet, with two controllable sockets, obviously requires installation, along with a neutral wire. As such, it may not be a great solution … Read more

Chamberlain Moves Out Of The Garage With MyQ WiFi Camera & Lockitron

Everyone wants a piece of the smart home pie. And it appears connected garage door leader Chamberlain will be next to branch out by imminently expanding their MyQ home automation platform to include a WiFi camera. Like so many these days, MyQ Camera account linkage will be handled via QR scanning and the black camera (which also hopefully … Read more

Wyze Moves Beyond The Cam With Motion & Door Sensors

Wyze, the company known for surprisingly robust smart cams with generous cloud services in relation to its inexpensive pricing (starting at $25, no fees!), is extending their reach into our smart homes … by soon fleshing out the product lineup with motion and contact sensors that communicate via what looks to be a tiny USB-powered … Read more

Eero flags new network devices via push notification

Having been through numerous mesh WiFi products over the past couple of years, I finally settled on eero at the beginning of 2018 and haven’t looked back. Eero continues to update not only their internal router firmware, but also their controller apps for iOS and Android. The latest update brings a fairly useful feature, push … Read more