Home Automation with SmartThings, Ecobee3, Venstar Add-A-Wire, Home Internet Security with OpenDNS – HGG232

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Nathaniel Lindley (@thanlindley) joins Jim https://twitter.com/jcollison and Mike Wieger from http://2980network.com/ for show #232 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of http://thegeeksnetwork.com community.

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Home Automation / Security



SmartThings update. Added 5 switches including two 3-way pairs with garage.

Added Ecobee3  http://amzn.to/1Fxj1lk for one furnace/AC and added – so far so good.  needed 2nd remote sensor in kids room for prioritize night

Venstar Add-A-Wire


$30 for “C”  wire for 2nd thermostat to add power and drain batteries less.   Converts 4 wire to 5 wire


Garage door control – GoControl GD00Z-4 Z-Wave Garage Door Opener Remote Controller, Small, Black by Linear Link: http://amzn.to/1KLql9Y $88

Network filtering /student safety at home.


OpenDNS Home VIP



OpenDNS family Shield



Securly for home/parents



Block DNS forwarding on pfsense – prevents setting DNS on clients to bypass OpenDNS



Sophos home router software – as router or behind router…this seems like too much work.  What about an appliance…like a Level 2 techie router?  something more than off the shelf wireless router and BYOD router/firewall.


Retiring my Drobo Gen2 – moving to WHS11 with DrivePool for RecordedTV and CrashPlan archives.


TP-Link AV 500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit – $37 on Amazon



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