Tom Kolnowski, Author at Digitized House

Guide to the Connected Home

August Smart Lock and SmartThings Wi-Fi Integration Review
Via direct Wi-Fi integration with Samsung SmartThings, the August Smart Lock Pro gains more control and automation flexibility. Image: Digitized House.

August Smart Lock and SmartThings Wi-Fi Integration Review

Beyond the predominance of the Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant connected home ecosystems, Samsung SmartThings has shaken out as a reasonable alternative. So it was with high expectations that we embarked on testing the fresh-out-of-the-lab…

Continue Reading
Level Lock to Turn Smart Lock Outside In
The Level Lock from startup Level Home is designed to fit entirely inside the door frame. Image: Level Home.

Level Lock to Turn Smart Lock Outside In

From startup Level Home, the Level Lock aims to turn the smart lock market outside in with their planned release of a mechanism designed to fit entirely inside the door frame. The lock essentially replaces the interior…

Continue Reading
August Expands Portfolio with Wi-Fi Smart Lock at CES 2020
The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock. Image: August Home.

August Expands Portfolio with Wi-Fi Smart Lock at CES 2020

At CES 2020, August Home has announced a new home security product, the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock. In contrast to existing August smart locks, this product has an onboard Wi-Fi radio, obviating the need for the separate…

Continue Reading
Netatmo Smart Door Lock to Feature Apple HomeKit and NFC Keys
The Netatmo Smart Door Lock can use the Netatmo app, Apple HomeKit, and physical NFC keys for access. Image: Netatmo.

Netatmo Smart Door Lock to Feature Apple HomeKit and NFC Keys

Taking a different approach to residential door security, the Netatmo Smart Door Lock brings Netatmo Security app and Apple HomeKit support as well as near-field communication (NFC) smart key access. To launch later in 2020 from the…

Continue Reading
Phyn Smart Water Portfolio Expands at CES 2020 with Phyn XL Line
The entire Phyn portfolio. From left to right, Phyn Plus, Phyn Smart Water Assistant, Phyn XL 1.5 and Phyn XL 2. Image Phyn.

Phyn Smart Water Portfolio Expands at CES 2020 with Phyn XL Line

Smart water pioneer Phyn has announced they are moving upmarket with the debut of the Phyn XL 1.5" and Phyn XL 2" at CES 2020. Phyn, the makers of the Phyn Plus intelligent water monitor launched at…

Continue Reading
Definitive Guide to DIY Security Camera Subscription Plans
Want the capability to review your security camera's video history? You may need to buy a subscription plan. Image: Digitized House.

Definitive Guide to DIY Security Camera Subscription Plans

The latest in DIY security cameras and video doorbells are among the most popular connected home accessories, and for good reasons. These awareness solutions can instantly alert you to the presence of intruders, signal as a package…

Continue Reading
Legrand Smart Plug-In Dimmer and Switch with Apple HomeKit Review
Legrand has launched a line of Apple HomeKit-compatible smart plug-in dimmers and switches. Image: Digitized House.

Legrand Smart Plug-In Dimmer and Switch with Apple HomeKit Review

Legrand has just moved into the Apple HomeKit neighborhood, bringing with it a broad range of connected home products. For the U.S. market, they have launched a full line of HomeKit in-wall switches and dimmers, as well…

Continue Reading
Deal of the Day: Jackery Explorer Portable Power Station and Solar Panel
Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station and SolarSaga solar panel. Image: Jackery.

Deal of the Day: Jackery Explorer Portable Power Station and Solar Panel

Portable gas generators are exceedingly helpful during power outages or when you need access to power while camping or in remote, off-grid locations. The downside lies in their never-ending thirst for fuel and the resulting carbon emissions,…

Continue Reading
Best Holiday Deals on Samsung QLED 4K TVs
A 2019 65-in. Samsung QLED Q60 4K TV anchors a corner of our Digitized House integration lab. All 2019 QLEDs get the Apple TV app built in. Image: Digitized House.

Best Holiday Deals on Samsung QLED 4K TVs

When readers ask us about which 4K TV to buy, we often recommend the Samsung QLED line—and for good reason. We own two of them, and they have been exemplary displays on nearly all counts. And with…

Continue Reading
All of Our Best Cyber Week and Black Friday Deal Coverage
Here are the best Black Friday Weekend and early Cyber Monday deals so far.

All of Our Best Cyber Week and Black Friday Deal Coverage

Black Friday itself has come and gone, but most of our recommendations below are still running through Black Friday Weekend and new Cyber Monday and Cyber Week deals are already out there for the taking. Here's a…

Continue Reading