Smart Home System Ratings part 3, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Smart home system ratings part 3 completes our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Panasonic, RTI, RWE, SmartThings, Staples, Vantage, Vera, Wink, and Zapato brands.

BRAND------------WEBSITE---------RATING

PANASONIC----panasonic.com-------<1*

Their SMART HUB uses wireless control and is easy to set up. They are mostly for home security but can also control electric outlets. They can be purchased directly through their website but they are relatively expensive.

RTI-------------rticorp.com-----------<1*

This brand is sold through dealers and can control entertainment systems as well as lighting, climate, and security systems. Their website is not much help.

RWE-----------rwe.de------------------1*

These systems are made in Germany and offer a variety of packages for the home. They can be purchased directly from the manufacturer's website.

SmartThings----smartthings.com-----3*

This hub is relatively inexpensive and can be installed by the average homeowner. The system works with many brands of devices and is a part of Samsung Electronics.  

STAPLES------staples.com------------4*

The CONNECT hub is compatible with many devices and they offer various starter kits. They are inexpensive and can be purchased directly through their website or in stores.

VANTAGE---vantagecontrols.com---<1*

This brand is a part of LEGRAND. The INFUSION controllers support both wired and wireless controls. The system is installed by professionals and their website is not much help.

VERA----------getvera.com-----------1*

This brand offers a variety of packages to fit the needs of your home and family. They are more expensive than some of the other brands but they do not charge monthly fees.

WINK-----------wink.com-------------5*

This brand offers a low-cost do it yourself option for homeowners. The controller works with many brands of devices.

ZIPATO---------zipato.com----------<1*

The ZIPABOX uses both wired and wireless technology for flexibility. The system is easily expandable and supports zigbee, Zwave, and KNX protocols. The brand is from TRI PLUS GRUPA and the systems are only sold through dealers.

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