Introducing the Alfred Deadbolt

This month we delve into the new Alfred Smart Lock. If you’re not familiar with the name, that’s ok, their smart locks are new to the market. However, the company has been manufacturing locks and mechanisms for almost 30 years. The design on these new smart locks is aesthetically pleasing with a smooth touch screen and affords easy installation. With a width of 3.07 inches, this lock can mount on nearly any door with no extra drilling or physical adjustment’s to the mechanism hole. They just seem to fit!

The DB1, their entry-level model, includes Bluetooth connectivity and the capability to store up to 20 pin codes. According to the Alfred Company, the ability to set temporary pin codes makes this unit ideal for short term rental applications and time sensitive applications. Using the Alfred’s One-Touch access through Bluetooth, will allow easy unlock and lock action with a single touch when you have your smart phone in your pocket or purse.

Alfred’s DB2 has the above options and more. Using the optional Z-Wave module allows hands free operation by integrating with Google Home and Amazon Alexa. Lock and unlock your door with your voice. The DB2-B includes the same, but has the added keyed lock with a swivel cover. Both versions of the DB2 have voice prompts when activated. And, both versions are network ready to connect to your z-wave hub.

The Alfred is looking to be an exciting addition for any automated home. The cost is competitive to big box, big name brands and is readily available through our distribution channels. Keep an eye out for specials this October with this new product! And as always, let us know what you think, give us a call!

Field Report – Luxul Wireless Controller

We do a ton of product testing in our lab and in our office and we use what we learn to try to help dealers chose the right product or system for their application.  Over the weekend I had the opportunity to get some real-world experience with the the Luxul XWC-1000 controller and two XAP-1510 access points at a relative’s house.  This house had an older directional Luxul access point that covered it well, but it could have been better.

The XAP-1510 is Luxul’s top of the line AP model.  It runs at up to 1900 Mbps, runs at 2.4 and 5 GHz, and covers up to 10,000 sq ft in a perfect world.  So in that perfect world one of those placed centrally to the house should have covered the whole thing, but I wasn’t going to count on that.  Why?  Because this is the real world!  This house has radiant in-floor heat throughout and part of that system uses sheet aluminum plates to carry the heat out from the tubing.  We’ve known that to be a wireless killer in the past, plus we wanted the Wi-Fi signal to carry outside a ways too.

The house has a full basement, main floor, second floor, and a pretty accessible attic.  The basement is unfinished and we had some spare Cat 6 in the attic.  So rather than mounting the APs where they would be visible, I stuck one almost all the way to west end of the house in the attic, and a second almost all the way to the east end in the basement.  All Luxul indoor APs are omni-directional, so they provide a sphere of coverage.

Setup was easy.  If you can stick to an all-Luxul network this is almost plug and play. Power up the controller first and get into in a web browser.  It starts with a wizard that updates its firmware and asks you to input the network name, passphrase, and optionally create a secure guest network.  It then finds the APs and configures them.  If you have a router in place that uses a network scheme other than 192.168.0.X, you just have to get into the controller and make it match your address scheme and it will still find the APs.

The end result was 3 to 4 bars out of 4 of signal everywhere inside and on the patio outside.  This was an easy install and a pretty modest one.  The XWC-1000 controller can support up 16 APs and they can be a mix of indoor and outdoor models.

Don’t forget the controller function on the wireless routers!  Both models of Luxul wireless routers include the controller functionality allowing you to add two more APs to extend coverage.

Give us a call for help laying out your next network.

Spotlight on Aeotec

Aeotec is a leading manufacturer of Z-Wave devices.  They have been able to strike that ever-delicate balance between price and quality.  Aeotec Z-Wave devices typically price out among the lowest when compared to competing devices, and they have one of the lowest failure rates in the industry.  Aeotec devices are well-known with hub and gateway makers, so they are very widely supported.  You’re probably already familiar with the standard devices that Aeotec makes like door/window sensors, motion sensors, water, sensors, and repeaters.  Today we would like to take a moment to explain some other great devices that Aeotec make that you may not already be familiar with.

First up is the micro module.  It comes in switch and dimmer varieties and has multiple applications.  One is to use it in place of an in-wall dimmer or switch.  The micro module goes in the wallbox and connects to the line, neutral, and load wires.  It also has input terminals that connect to a standard on/off switch.  Use these to provide local control in a familiar form factor.

Another great application is as a fixture module.  Maybe you come across a bank of lights that yo need to break down so that it can be controlled in multiple groups.  The micro module can be installed right in the fixture and controlled like any other Z-Wave dimmer or switch.  Perhaps you want to mount a scene controller in a room but the only wall box available has a switch in it.  You could remove the switch and send hot power to the fixture.  Place a micro controller in the first fixture in the series for control, and mount your scene controller in the box.

The next is the touch panel.  It’s a companion to the micro module and fits in a 1-gang box. Wire it to the input of a micro module for local control in a sleek design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, let’s take a look at the sleek new door/window sensor with rechargeable battery.  Our industry has no shortage of this type of sensor.  This one is different.  It’s only 9mm thick, it’s paintable to make it disappear,  and it has a rechargeable long-life battery.  It costs a little more, but it offers a little more.

Arlo IP cameras are now here at Worthington Distribution!!

IP cameras, or internet protocol cameras, have become more and more prominent in the security and CCTV market in recent years. The benefits of having an IP camera are vast but just to point out a few, IP cameras give the ability to share two-way audio via the network cable giving you the ability to use door stations, among other things. Another major advantage is the ability to pan, tilt, and zoom over that very same cable. Beyond that, the IP protocol is much more encrypted and secure than the older analog predecessor.

There is a new style of IP camera that is changing the game a little bit. The name of that weatherproof AND high definition camera is Arlo. The Arlo IP camera is unique in that the camera is fully battery operated. The magnetic mount that comes with the camera makes it ideal to mount anywhere in your home that you have a wireless connection to the supplied ‘hub.’

To top off this gadget’s list of advantages, Arlo offers free as well as paid cloud recording so you have no need for an NVR in the home. You can store and review the last 7 days of recordings for free! The Arlo app always keeps you connected to your video memories. You have the option to upgrade your services to 60 days of cloud storage.

The Arlo will have the ability to sync with a smartphone app which is available on the iOS and Android app stores. The app will then give you the ability to set up alerts and schedules to best suit your’s and your family’s needs.

For more information or if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 800-282-8864 or you can email sales@worthdist.com.

Thanks for reading and we hope to hear from you soon!

3-29-16

CEDIA 2015 – Dallas Texas

Your favorite Worthington Distribution team will be at CEDIA 2015 in Dallas, Texas.  CEDIA will be held from October 14-17.  We will be at the Z-Wave Pavilion, Booth 2900.   We will also have a booth at 4909.   A picture of the booth is below, stop by to check out what’s new!

 

Click Here For a Map Of CEDIA 2015.  We will be in the Exhibit Hall Level. 

 

 

 

9-21-15

 

Lutron Experience Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worthington Distribution hosted a Lutron Experience Center tour at Lutron’s headquarters in Coopersburg, PA.  Nolan Male of Worthington Distribution, Rogers Hill of Hill Residential Systems, and the crew from Diversified Systems were in attendance.  Taylor Kent of Lutron did an awesome job explaining what total lighting control encompasses.

Lutron’s Experience Centers are an invaluable training and learning tool to understand the concepts of automated window treatments and lighting control.  Lutron experience centers and showrooms are impeccably designed to showcase the very best in lighting and shading systems. Centers and showrooms feature unique lighting solutions, from accenting décor and creating a specific mood to enhancing safety and security.  Lutron has these centers available in Coopersburg-PA, Irvine-CA, Plantation-FL, New York-NY, Washington-DC, Toronto-ON.

Should you want to schedule a tour at any of Lutron’s Experience Centers please contact Worthington today, 800-282-8864 or sales@worthdist.com

4-3-15

 

Lutron Caséta and Nest Integration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lutron announced integration of the Nest thermostat with Caséta!  The integration is extremely easy and take just minutes to setup!  Simply update the App, select add Nest Thermostat, and enter your nest login information.  If you look at the time on the top of the phone screen-shot, it only took 4 minutes from clicking “add” to adjusting the heat!

Worthington supplies the entire Nest and Lutron family of products.  Give us a call today 800-282-8864 or sales@worthdist.com .

 

1-9-15

First Day Of CES 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Scholl and Steve Hoh are all setup in the Z-Wave Pavillion at CES 2015.  The event, held in Las Vegas, NV, runs from January 6-9.  Please feel free to stop by and see the latest in Z-Wave technology from Aeotek, Cooper, ESI, Fibaro, GE Jasco, Linear, Leviton Security and Automation, Napco, Radio Thermostat, RCS, Somfy, Trane, Vera, and more!

 

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