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Australian VeraPlus - Available November 2017

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Despite my earlier skepticism, it's official - the VeraPlus in 921.4Mhz Australian Z-wave Frequency will be available at the end of October. Price is $285 and there will also be a new lower price for the VeraEdge. If you've been sitting on the fence about buying a controller, now is the time to act. Before you ask, there is still no ETA on the VeraSecure, other than a mention that we may see it in the first half of 2018.

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Painting the Aeotec Door/Window Sensor 6

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One of the nice features of the Aeotec Door/Window Sensor 6 is that they are specifically designed to be painted so that they can blend in with your home.

This maximises the Wife Acceptance Factor and prevents those disapproving looks as more and more gadgets start appearing around the house.

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Voice Control for Home Automation: Google Home vs Alexa

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With the release of Google Home in Australia, and official launch of Amazon Alexa on the horizon I thought I'd write about where we're at with using these devices for Home Automation voice control. 

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VeraSecure conversion to AU Frequency

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For those who read our previous blog on Australia/New Zealand frequency versions of the new Vera controllers, you may be wondering how the VeraSecure conversion experiment panned out.

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Vera's Alexa Skill Beta - and how to implement something that works in the meantime

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Good voice control of your home is one of the nicest features to have. While promising, Vera's skill for Alexa (in Beta) is lacking for those of us in Australia. In this blog we look at how to get the responsiveness and reliability you expect while waiting for full Australian support.

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