Smart-home gadgets for apartments, dorms

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The Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion’s relatively low price, lack of a subscription fee and plug-and-play simplicity will appeal to many budding home automators. Check out these devices that can make your life easier while not requiring that holes be drilled or wires be strung. The bad: Like Dropcam Pro, Nest Cam is still just a webcam at heart.

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Review: Are Belkin’s latest Wemo lights worth the investment before HomeKit support?

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Belkins three latest products in its Wemo line of Wi-Fi connected, smartphone-controlled products for the home include a white bulb starter kit, a versatile strip light, and garden lights for outdoor use. The last two are both tunable to thousands of colors and all three connect to Belkins Wemo ecosystem and companion app for remote control from your iPhone. The Wemo Link lets your various Belkin Wemo products connect to your Wi-Fi network, and lets you pair multiple products using a single bridge.

All three of the products are through a partnership with OSRAM SYLVANIA, who provided the lightning products that Belkin has integrated into its Wemo platform. We took the three new starter kits for a test drive to get a second look at the growing Wemo platform and see if they are worth the investment before support for Apple’s HomeKit…

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Review: iHome’s Siri-controlled SmartPlug lets you try Apple’s HomeKit platform for under $40

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Smart plugs aren’t exactly new. Belkin has its WeMo platform of connected home devices including its Wi-Fi enabled Insight Switch, an iPhone app-controlled outlet, and others have similar competing products. But iHomes new SmartPlug is one of the first arriving for Apples recently launched Siri-controlled HomeKit platform.  Ive been testing out the product in recent weeks to see exactly what HomeKit adds to the experience and to get a real world taste of Apples home automation platform in general for the first time with an actual product. Now that its officially available for purchase, here’s what you need to know…

Apples HomeKit platform, a new iOS framework that offers home automation products access to Siri-based voice control and integration between products, just officially launched for consumers a couple months back with the announcement of the first supported products available to order.

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