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About Ruslan Ulanov
Ruslan Ulanov is a software engineer by day and Smart Home hacker by night. He got fascinated by potential of home automation over a decade ago, when it was available to select few. Over the years experimented with smart products using different technologies from X10 to Insteon to ZigBee. Actively supports new smart home developments on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Protonet ZOE announces a list of supported devices

April 29, 2016 Ruslan Ulanov 0

Protonet ZOE, the first home automation product built (or rather being built) with user’s privacy in mind, just announced a list of devices that system will support right out of the box. Among those are majority of standard-compliant Z-Wave devices, such as Z-Wave plugs, switches, outlets, sensors, locks and bulbs as well as some popular Wi-Fi-based devices, such as Nest, Sonos, Wemo and Echo. One other category of supported devices looks very promising – SMB-based storage devices. Potentially this will allow to store security camera captured images and other sensitive user data on your own home NAS instead of some third-party cloud server. The complete list […]

FlipFlic: Makes Window Blinds Smart

April 26, 2016 Ruslan Ulanov 0

FlipFlic™ is the smart blinds controller that automates ordinary window blinds in seconds and with no tools. It is compact, solar-powered, and easy-to-install. FlipFlic quickly converts any horizontal or vertical blinds into a self-adjusting, light, time, and temperature-responsive smart window. Installation of FlipFlic takes seconds. In one click, the small device about the size of a roll of quarters attaches to your window blinds magnetically. No tools needed! FlipFlic is absolutely autonomous. It has a built-in battery, recharged via micro USB with a solar panel. There is no need for power outlets or battery replacements. FlipFlic can be integrated into […]

Best Practices for Optimal Network Design in Smart Homes – CE Pro

April 25, 2016 Ruslan Ulanov 0

  It’s not enough to be a network technician or a control systems integrator. As technologists you need to be experts in total system design. High-tech network ecosystems must be carefully configured to not only meet customer needs, but should also be designed for scalability and optimization. This FREE webinar on Wednesday, March 9, at 2 p.m. EST, sponsored by Pakedge, will overview best practices and technical requirements for setting up home networks for smart systems. During this one-hour webinar you will learn: The key requirements when designing a smart environment What are the functional needs of the control system, […]

How to Secure Your Smart Home

March 27, 2016 Ruslan Ulanov 0

So you’ve brought the Internet of Things into your abode. Here’s how to protect your home network and the devices connected to it. As more devices and appliances with Internet capabilities enter the market, protecting those devices from hackers becomes critical. Unfortunately, many of these non-computer, non-smartphone devices — from toilets to refrigerators to alarm systems — weren’t built with security in mind. So what can someone who’s already bought one of these devices do? When it comes to the so-called Internet of Things and the connected home, it’s best to proactively secure the home network. There is no antivirus […]

Insteon® Announces Apple HomeKit-enabled Insteon App and Insteon Hub

January 7, 2015 Ruslan Ulanov 0

January 06, 2015 08:29 AM Eastern Standard Time LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Consumer Electronics Show – Insteon®, creators of the world’s premier home automation and control technology, today announced a new Insteon App supporting Apple HomeKit technology for home management. With the HomeKit-enabled Insteon App, users can control any HomeKit-enabled device, regardless of brand or product type. Insteon is also offering a new HomeKit-enabled Insteon Hub, which brings Insteon switches, outlets, thermostats, and light bulbs into the HomeKit ecosystem. The Insteon Hub featuring HomeKit technology is available for pre-order at $149.99. “Support for HomeKit technology for home management will allow us to […]

Insteon Announces Membership in the Thread Group

December 18, 2014 Ruslan Ulanov 1

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Insteon®, creators of the world’s premier home automation and control technology, today announced that it has joined the Thread Group, an industry organization dedicated to market education and product certification for Thread, a low-power, wireless mesh networking protocol designed to easily and securely connect hundreds of devices in the home. Insteon will have access to the Thread specifications, which are built on open standards and IPv6 technology with 6LoWPAN at its foundation, and will be able to certify and brand Thread-compliant products starting in the second half of 2015. “We developed Thread to provide an easy and secure […]

Insteon Announces World’s First Remote-controlled Dual On/Off Outlet

November 13, 2014 Ruslan Ulanov 0

November 11, 2014 08:30 AM Eastern Standard Time IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Insteon®, creators of the world’s premier home automation and control technology, today announced the industry’s first dual-on/off, dual-band outlet. Now consumers can separately and remotely control each of two sockets with a degree of reliability 100 times greater than competing protocols. “Insteon’s new On/Off Outlet is yet another example of Insteon’s extraordinary range and versatility in today’s connected home” “Insteon’s new On/Off Outlet is yet another example of Insteon’s extraordinary range and versatility in today’s connected home,” said Joe Dada, CEO of Insteon. “Now consumers have significantly more flexibility as […]

INSTEON Announces Windows and Windows Phone Apps for Connected Home Control and Monitoring

May 23, 2014 Ruslan Ulanov 0

IRVINE, Calif. – March 15, 2014 – INSTEON, creators of the world’s best-selling home automation and control technology, today announced that an enhanced version of its INSTEON app will be available for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 devices as of June 1, 2014. The app comes with exclusive new features, making home automation even easier for everyone, from the ultra-techie to the average homeowner. Quickly following the release of the INSTEON app for Windows PCs, tablets and phones, INSTEON connected home devices will come to Microsoft retail stores. The INSTEON family of devices turns any home into a connected […]

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