Home: On - a DIY home automation podcast from The Digital Media Zone

Richard Gunther

Home: On is a show focused on home control and home automation topics for the enthusiast and do-it-yourself communities. We run through industry news, take a closer look at interesting products, share project ideas, and present topics for information and education. Host Richard Gunther is joined by a rotation of co-hosts and guests from the space, including industry experts, consumers, and company representatives.

All Episodes

RESET podcast’s Dave McCabe helps us reset our own show as we prepare for a new year of smart home products and services. We discuss new Ring and Philips Hue products plus a new feature from Ring and Amazon that may just freak you out a bit...but it’s pretty cool. The post Home: On #146 – Let’s Reset with Dave McCabe appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Mar 29

26 min 54 sec

It’s time for the Technology.FM year-end fireside chat, featuring HomeTech hosts Seth Johnson and Jason Griffing plus Richard's Smart Home Show co-host Adam Justice. The post Home: On #145 – Fireside 2020 appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Dec 2020

52 min 17 sec

There’s still time left to get a smart gift for the favorite geek in your life. Of course, nowadays smart home products are showing up everywhere—in bedrooms, family rooms, and kitchens—and becoming a part of more people’s daily lives. Author and blogger Marlon Buchanan joins us to share some recommendations for the best smart home gifts to give this season. The post Home: On #144 – Smart Gifting with Marlon Buchanan appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Dec 2020

47 min 9 sec

Wyze introduces even more new products at record low prices, Cree returns to the smart bulb market, and Amazon is ready to leave packages inside your garage. We discuss all this and more, plus we dive into some innovative Z-Wave products with Inovelli’s Nathan Harte. The post Home: On #143 – The Red Switch with Nathan Harte from Inovelli appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Nov 2020

47 min 10 sec

Apple’s Adaptive Lighting is finally starting to come to products in the U.S, Wyze’s new $20 camera works indoors and out, and Moen’s Mason Hall provides some context around how the U by Moen faucet fits into Moen's broader smart water strategy. The post Home: On #142 – Smart Water with Mason Hall from Moen appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Nov 2020

44 min 2 sec

Google discontinues Nest Secure while introducing new Nest products that feel a whole lot more Google than Nest. Plus product announcements from Feit, Yale, GE Lighting, and more...all with insights and perspective from The Verge’s Dan Seifert. The post Home: On #141 – Thread’s Back! with Dan Seifert from The Verge appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Oct 2020

1 hr

Consumer Reports’ Dan Wroclawski joins us to run through the latest new products from Amazon, Ring, Wyze, and more! And if you’re interested in CR’s smart home product picks, Dan has you covered. Find out what they think are some of the best security cameras, doorbells, smart speakers, and more...even irrigation systems. The post Home: On #140 – Product Recommendations with Dan Wroclawski of Consumer Reports appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Oct 2020

47 min 22 sec

Level one-ups Kevo, Signify announces another expensive Philips Hue entertainment product, and Wink lets customers down...again. But the real news is IFTTT’s new Pro offering, and Linden Tibbets is here to tell us all about that and to advise Richard on how to properly pronounce IFTTT after all these years. The post Home: On #139 – Going Pro with Linden Tibbets of IFTTT appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Sep 2020

46 min 47 sec

ConnectSense CEO Adam Justice joins us to run through some recent industry news stories, and Adam and Richard both have some updates on what’s been happening in their respective smart homes—even since just discussing their own projects in-depth on The Smart Home Show. The post Home: On #138 – The Latest Projects with Adam Justice appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Sep 2020

40 min 8 sec

Chris Young, a.k.a. Homekitgeek, joins me to catch up on some smart home news from the past few weeks. We ponder the rash of products and services going away and Wink’s now-started subscription service, among other things. But the real meat of the conversation focuses around Apple’s and Google’s latest smart home announcements at their respective...and very different…virtual events. The post Home: On #137 – The Summer Keynotes with Chris Young from Homekitgeek appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Jul 2020

1 hr

Sonos and Lutron deliver new hardware, Ecobee forces customers to enable its new Eco+ feature, and lots of companies deliver the products they showed at CES. Plus we talk with ConnectedYard founder Justin Miller about pHin, a connected pool monitoring system. The post Home: On #136 – A Smarter Pool with Justin Miller from ConnectedYard appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Jun 2020

51 min 29 sec

We have a terrific lineup of guests for this long-overdue episode, and we're talking with each of them about projects they've been taking on while hunkering down this Spring for COVID: Adam Miarka, Jimmy Hawkins, Dave McCabe, Jennifer Pattison Tuohy and Josh Pollard. The post Home: On #135 – Familiar Voices appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

May 2020

55 min 57 sec

Device manufacturers roll out updates enabling HomeKit Secure Video and HomeKit router support, Level is shipping its stealthy smart lock, and Insteon’s long-awaited app update is now in public beta. We’re joined on this episode by Samsung SmartThings product manager, Blake Arnold, discussing some of the latest platform updates and the company’s renewed push to move customers to the new SmartThings experience. The post Home: On #134 – A Seamless Experience with Blake Arnold from Samsung SmartThings appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Mar 2020

54 min 29 sec

Some products we saw at CES are starting to hit the market while both Nest and Ring announce they'll be requiring customers to use two-factor authentication. And Olibra's founder and CEO, Zohar Shinar, joins us to discuss his company's ingenious product, designed to solve a common problem in millions of households. The post Home: On #133 – The RF Solution with Zohar Shinar from Olibra appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Feb 2020

39 min 21 sec

With CES in the rear-view mirror, Josh Pollard joins us to review the smart home products we took most interest in at CES 2020, including some vendor interviews and our favorite picks. The post Home: On #132 – CES Wrap-up, with Josh Pollard appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Jan 2020

1 hr 6 min

CNET’s Molly Price joins the show to review the latest news and updates and to take a look back and ahead at CES. What was hot last year, which companies met the expectations they created, and which ones didn’t? And they look ahead, of course, at this year’s CES happening this very week in Las Vegas. The post Home: On #131 – CES Realities with Molly Price from CNET appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Jan 2020

1 hr 5 min

With the weather getting colder and the holidays right upon us, the Technology.FM hosts get together once again for their annual fireside chat. Now joined by Adam Justice, they discuss some of this year’s biggest smart home stories and consider what they’re each most looking forward to in 2020. So grab a warm cup of cocoa, sit down with them, and enjoy this digital-assistant safe edition of Technology.FM's fifth annual fireside chat. The post Home: On #130 – Fireside '19 appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Dec 2019

1 hr 9 min

Wyze disrupts another product segment with the announcement of its new $90 smart lock, ConnectSense introduces some new products, and Abode Systems’ Scott Beck joins us to talk about their products and recent announcement that their security system is now HomeKit compatible. Does that mean we could eventually see Z-Wave devices on HomeKit? The post Home: On #129 – Your Abode, with Scott Beck appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Dec 2019

56 min 21 sec

Samsung doubles down on SmartThings, Home Depot confuses customers with new Philips connected bulbs, and the August View is back. Plus: Agnes Lorenz from The Smartest House joins us to dive into Z-Wave and examine the Zooz line of custom Z-Wave products that address specific consumer needs. The post Home: On #128 – The Smartest Products, with Agnes Lorenz appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Nov 2019

1 hr 7 min

The Wink hub seems to be one step closer to death, Google announces a bunch of new Nest products, and Signify acquires Eaton Lighting. Plus Anova Culinary’s Steve Svajian joins us to discuss the latest Smart Kitchen Summit and bring us up to speed on Anova’s latest products and announcements. The post Home: On #127 – Precision Cooking, with Steve Svajian appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Oct 2019

47 min 58 sec

We have highlights from CEDIA, a ton of new products and services from Amazon, useful updates from Yonomi, and our special guest co-host, Joel Sellinger, co-founder of LifeDoor. Joel talks about how LifeDoor solves a problem that can literally make the difference between life and death. The post Home: On #126 – Saving Lives, with Joel Sellinger appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Oct 2019

45 min 40 sec

Your devices and services may or may not still work with Nest now, Johnson Controls pulls Cortana from its Cortana-based thermostat, and a recent hub update brings us one step closer to the new Insteon app. Plus: Sense co-founder and CEO Mike Phillips talks about how insight into how we use electricity in our homes can help us save energy and money, and their aftermarket electrical panel add-on enables that! The post Home: On #125 – Saving Energy, with Mike Phillips appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Sep 2019

52 min 55 sec

Lee Odess, VP from Allegion, the makers of Schlage locks, joins the us to discuss the latest smart home news, and there are plenty of updates to cover. Then Lee walks us through Schlage’s long legacy of smart home technology and products, helping us understand how they approach this evolving market. The post Home: On #124 – Smart Locks, with Lee Odess appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Aug 2019

55 min 4 sec

In addition to the latest news from Wyze, Nest, and more, we’re trying something different this time. AD Pro Editor Katy Olson joins us to discuss kitchen design trends and how technology might impact choices and decisions when redesigning your kitchen. The post Home: On #123 – Kitchen Design, with Katy Olson appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Jul 2019

48 min 32 sec

Insteon reveals what they’ve been working on for the past year or so, new SmartThings and Philips Hue devices will work without a hub, and Wink reminds us it’s still alive by announcing new product support. DMZ guest contributor Jimmy Hawkins joins us to run through this news and more, plus he shares some learnings through his journey adopting smart home technology. The post Home: On #122 – Home Projects, with Jimmy Hawkins appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Jul 2019

55 min 34 sec

Apple introduces some improvements to HomeKit at this year’s developer conference; Lutron announces a brilliant, new retrofit lighting controller; and Eaton Lighting’s Bryant Bilal joins us to talk about their residential smart lighting line, Halo Home. The post Home: On #121 – Halo Home, with Bryant Bilal appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Jun 2019

50 min 17 sec

Google backpedals after abruptly announcing the shutdown of its Works with Nest program, Ring Smart Lighting products arrive, and the Google Assistant finally lands on Sonos devices. Orro founder and CEO Colin Billings joins us to discuss all this news plus his thoughts on how Orro plans to fill some gaps in the consumer smart lighting space. The post Home: On #120 – The Reimagined Switch, with Colin Billings appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

May 2019

50 min 2 sec

There’s good news and there’s bad news. Several new devices are offering HomeKit support while Stringify users scramble for alternative automation solutions. Journalist Jennifer Pattison Tuohy joins us to catch up on what is arguably a mixed bag of smart home updates. The post Home: On #119 – Mixed News, with Jennifer Pattison Tuohy appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

May 2019

55 min 36 sec

We’re sharing a panel Richard moderated at the last Smart Kitchen Summit about commerce in the kitchen. How do you sell stuff to consumers in their own homes without it feeling annoying? And we have a winner for our ultimate smart home kit! The post Home: On #118 – Kitchen Commerce appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Apr 2019

34 min 33 sec

Lowe’s Iris is shutting down in just a few days. How is Lowe’s handling the ramp-down process, and where do you go now? Long time friend of the DMZ and Iris user Tony Raynor joins us to discuss what he learned from his experience and share his thought process in moving to a new platform…or two. The post Home: On #117 – Lowe’s Redemption, with Tony Raynor appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Mar 2019

51 min 55 sec

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on smart home news, so we have some catching up to do. Richard covers a few news stories and updates, and Jianhui He from LEDVANCE joins the show to talk about some recent updates to the SMART+ product line. The post Home: On #116 – Lighting Updates, with Jianhui He appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Mar 2019

34 min 55 sec

When we were at CES, we saw lots of cool, new products. This year was again more evolutionary than revolutionary, but that doesn’t mean it wasn't interesting! The post Home: On #115 – CES 2019 appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Feb 2019

26 min 43 sec

It’s a new year, and we’re ready for CES…so what’s that all mean? It’s time to get together again with our friends from CNET. Andrew Gebhart joins us this time to review last year’s show and speculate about what this year will bring. Plus, we have some old news to catch up on. And robots! Andrew loves him some robots. The post Home: On #114 – Seeking Robots, with Andrew Gebhart appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Jan 2019

1 hr 1 min

This is the DMZ's obsessively edited cut of the annual Technology.FM fireside chat, moderated by Seth Johnson, with Jason Griffing, Mike Wolf, Rose Thibodeaux, and Richard Gunther. The post Home: On #113 – Fireside ’18 appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Jan 2019

1 hr 28 min

Richard looks back at last month’s Smart Kitchen Summit, TiVo starts rolling out some smart home features to customers, and Josh Pollard joins us to share his thoughts on some of Google’s new Home product, and he updates us on what’s going on these days in his smart home. The post Home: On #112 – Google’s Home, with Josh Pollard appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Nov 2018

55 min 43 sec

We're excited to be joined again by Ring founder Jamie Siminoff. He helps us unpack all of last month’s product news from Amazon and gives us some insight into Ring’s recent growth and success. We also dive into some of Ring’s latest products and offerings while revisiting our shared quest for more T’s. The post Home: On #111 – Helping Neighbors, with Jamie Siminoff appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Oct 2018

48 min 2 sec

Cortana and Alexa trade spaces, IKEA expands its smart home offerings, and Marc Alexander, the CTO and co-founder of LIFX joins us for a great conversation about their company and product offerings. The post Home: On #110 – Creative Lighting, with Marc Alexander appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Oct 2018

54 min 24 sec

We’re in San Diego, California, live-ish at the 2018 CEDIA Expo. We had some great discussions with Control4, Insteon, Sonos, Monoprice and the Z-Wave Alliance—organizations that each span the gap, to some degree, between the installer channel and DIY consumers. The post Home: On #109 – CEDIA Live! appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Sep 2018

54 min 53 sec

Samsung announces a new SmartThings hub and Bixby-powered speaker, June introduces a second-generation smart oven with a dramatically lower price, and Brad McAdams joins us from Universal Devices to dive deep into the ISY controllers. The post Home: On #108 – Talking Polyglots, with Brad McAdams appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Aug 2018

50 min 11 sec

Honeywell, Netgear, and Philips have new smart home products, Ecobee wants to save you some more money, and Richard’s sick of everyone triggering his digital assistants. We’re joined by smart home YouTuber Joe Dugandzic, who posits that the smart home market is getting kind of boring—and he might have a point. The post Home: On #107 – A Diplomatic Rant, with Joe Dugandzic appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Aug 2018

1 hr 4 min

This episode is all about lighting! Richard shares interviews with Avi-on, Feit Electric, Sylvania, and Noon Home from his visit to Lightfair and discusses show highlights with attendee Carlton Bale. But there's a lot of lighting news to run through too, including Philips' new outdoor fixtures, new HomeKit support for GE and Wemo devices, and BeON Home's closure. The post Home: On #106 – Lights: On, with Carlton Bale appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Jul 2018

1 hr 5 min

Adam Justice from ConnectSense joins the show again to discuss the latest smart home news, and he’s on location at Apple’s WWDC in San Jose. They discuss what’s going on there, including reviewing the WWDC draft picks they selected on Adam's show before the conference started. How did Richard do? (Not too well.) The post Home: On #105 – The HomeKit Draft, with Adam Justice appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Jun 2018

47 min 48 sec

There’s a new hub in town, and its name is Hubitat Elevation. Hubitat’s Patrick Stuart joins us to discuss why their local control solution is better for you, your home, and your data than just trusting it all to the cloud. And if you’re used to programming for SmartThings, you’re going to feel right at home. The post Home: On #104 – Going Local, with Patrick Stuart appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

May 2018

54 min 23 sec

Philips gets into outdoor lighting, Nest finally releases some new products including the long-awaited Yale door lock and remote temperature sensors! There’s a bunch of other products updates, too, and IoT expert Nick Langston is here with us to run through it all. The post Home: On #103 – Product Updates, with Nick Langston appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

May 2018

38 min 18 sec

Richard spends some time catching up with Yonomi CEO Kent Dickson at this year’s SXSW. Yonomi has been rolling out some big updates for users of its smart home app, but the real power behind this app is the platform Yonomi’s been building and is now leveraging for third-party hardware manufacturers. We also have lots of feedback to catch up on. The post Home: On #102 – Leveraging Platforms, with Kent Dickson appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Apr 2018

42 min 37 sec

Adam Justice returns to discuss the latest connected home news before sharing his thoughts on and experience with Apple’s latest entry into the smart speaker space. In the news: new products from iDevices and Wyze. Oh, and Amazon purchases Ring…while they’re recording. The post Home: On #101 – Hey Lady, with Adam Justice appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Mar 2018

57 min 20 sec

Can you believe we’ve done this one hundred times now? So of course I invited Josh Pollard back to reminisce about the last four and a half years of Home: On and the smart home industry at large. We also talk a little bit about what’s ahead. Spoilers: I’m looking for a new job! The post Home: On #100 – The Hundredth One, with Josh Pollard appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Feb 2018

53 min 13 sec

CES 2018 is in our past, but we have some final stories to share and some perspectives from on the show floor and from afar as HomeTech.FM’s Seth Johnson joins us to discuss the highs, lows, and trends of the show. While we were there, we recorded some quick conversations with some of our favorite smarthome product vendors, including Blink, Wemo, and Samsung SmartThings. The post Home: On #099 – CES Afar, with Seth Johnson appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Feb 2018

1 hr 8 min

CES is right around the corner, and in what has become something of a tradition, we’re joined by one of the tech experts from CNET’s Smart Home. This year, Megan Wollerton helps recap last year’s CES while making some predictions—almost more like wishes—about this year’s show, which is right around the corner. We also run through a bunch of news and product updates. The post Home: On #098 – CES Wishes, with Megan Wollerton appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Jan 2018

56 min 19 sec

In what has become something of an annual tradition, we’re happy to bring you the Technology.FM Fireside Chat (DMZ Remix). Richard again joins Jason Griffing, Seth Johnson, and Mike Wolf for this third edition of our year-in-review. What were our favorite smart home stories, what do we think will be big next year, and how did we do on last year’s predictions? The post Home: On #097 – Fireside ’17, from Technology.FM [fixed] appeared first on The Digital Media Zone.

Dec 2017

1 hr 1 min