When I think of Home Automation, IKEA never enters my thought process — until now. Some time ago they began producing the TRÄDFRI line of home automation products. Surprisingly enough, they make some pretty interesting stuff.

It’s a good thing they’re ZigBee based, though; their software is of… limited utility.

If you want to use any of their equipment with your pre-existing system (or with, say, Alexa), you’re probably going to need their optional hub.

(note: this has been in my inbox for quite a while, so some of the information may be outdated. I simply forgot to post it way back when…)