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Tired of slow response from your Doorbird? We have the answer

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Live in Sydney and have a Doorbird? How often do you receive a call to find the courier or visitor has already left? Unfortunately, for many Australian customers the speed of which calls are received is rather poor.  One of the amazing benefits of the Doorbird though is a very extensive integration list . This allows Netsecure Automation the ability to deploy an on premise SIP box allowing one or more mobile devices to register and receive calls from the Doorbird instantly.

Customers see a 4 fold increase in speed, with almost instantaneous response from the Doorbird. This allows you to use voice and video to your Doorbird , unlock one or more gates and doors and trigger the IR light on the Doorbird.

Without a doubt, Doorbird provides the most reliable, feature rich and amazing looking product on the market and their service and support is second to none. One of the many reasons we recommend our customers to the product.

If you’ve got questions about Doorbird or would like us to help solve your speed issues – give us a call!


Solar integration with a Tesla

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It’s been an exciting month here at Netsecure Automation. We have just completed Australia’s first true smart home solar integration with a Tesla electric car. Our client recently took delivery of a lovely Tesla Model S and asked us to provide some visibility of the car. We love a challenge so we embarked upon expanding our smart home app to provide real time information on both the car and the solar status. Our brief was then to ensure that his car charges when his 3 phase solar array is producing more than the current electricity demands of the house.

With the use of the Tesla API and our smart home system which out of the box supports all Tesla electric cars. We are then able to read the current data in real time and feed this information into the customers app for a visual representation of what’s currently occurring. The data includes information such as charging state, door state, time required to full charge and the battery history. Tesla provide a fantastic API that allows us to take full advantage of the it’s features and provide some truly amazing data. We can even report in real time as a mobile alert if the car is speeding !

Integrating the Solar

2.75% , 100% variable - $4685 per month 700k @ 1.99 = $2876 Rest @ 2.75 = $1542 $4418.00 Current paying $5057.89 $639.89 per month

Once we were able to read in the car data we then turned our attention to the Solar system. Again, out of the box our smart home package has integration with Solar Edge who provide a range of inverters for the solar market. With the solar data fed into our smart home controller we can begin to make energy conscious decisions about how and when we charge the Tesla.

One of our benefits is the endless flexibility we have when it comes to make decisions through the use of smart home ‘rules’. This allows the system to evaluate data from thousands of sources to provide true automation!


As you can see, the Solar stats are fed into our controller and provide current ‘consumption’ within the home, our current export to the grid amount, our production amount and many more. This data then rolls up into an aggregate which we can display, if need be, into graphs or even send this information via smart alerts to any mobile device or announce them via Alexa! very powerful.

The system now will detect if the car is at home, plugged in and if the solar is producing more than the home is consuming. (with a check to ensure we are above 4kW in terms of excess output). If this checks out as being true, the car will begin to charge. Very neat!

If you’re looking at solar integration with a Tesla or building a smart home in Sydney, please give us a call. We have some exciting and reliable solutions to ensure cost effective methods to charging your vehicle.

Solar Edge Output

Solar integration with a Tesla


Keep backups!

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Keep backups! Things can go wrong so it’s important to be prepared. Netsecure Automation can take the hassle out of maintaining backups for you, automatically. One of the most overlooked aspects of backups is for users of Z Wave Home Automation products. Z Wave has a mechanism when setting up a new device – it’s called the inclusion process. This process pairs the device and controller. As time goes, you generally end up with quite a lot of ZWave devices and revisiting the Z Wave inclusion process can be a pain if not planned. Netsecure Automation take backups of your controller, including the included devices. This allows us to quickly and easily restore a failed controlled. Although it’s rare, it’s easy to avoid such pain by a few important steps.

Our systems now come preconfigured with external storage and a weekly backup routine to copy important data across. This ensures that we can restore your system back to a good last known state. And as always, a failed system doesn’t mean you’re off the air. Manual functions and switches such as your typical wall switch control will always still function. It’s important to ensure occupants can still restore to manual control if a failure does occur.

Give us a call to discuss how we can ensure backup availability of your home automation system. Looking to keep your smart home in Sydney running optimally? Talk to us.



DoorBird’s new Indoor station

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DoorBird again leading the way with DoorBird’s new Indoor station. One of the coolest features is definitely the ability to call between indoor stations. Do you have a two storey home or detached dwelling?. The wireless (or PoE wired) Indoor stations allow an ability to intercom call between themselves. And, naturally receive all the calls/functions of the DoorBird Intercoms. The Indoor station is an add on product for customers who wish to have a permanent location to operate DoorBird functions such as at the front door or in the kitchen. This saves having to get your mobile device out to operate it’s functions.

The Indoor station

DoorBirds new Indoor Station offers a number of features including the following:

Doorbird Indoor Station

Doorbird Indoor Station

  • 4“ True Color Touch Display
  • Scratch-resistant tempered Gorilla® glass
  • 5 hardware buttons for main functions
  • Front door and storey call option
  • Weather information
  • Wall-mounting or mounting on a table stand (separately available)

As always Netsecure Automation have a raft of integration options to get the most out of your DoorBird and new Indoor station. In addition, we even integrate these with our home automation system. Our custom Apple and Android CallBird allows Voice, Video, DMTF and many other functions.


Netsecure Automation are the only Australian company providing full integration to ensure all functions remain fast and available in Australia. This means calls are not routed to Germany as they are out of the box. The result, extremely fast awareness of visitors to your home and lightening fast calls to your mobile device. Secondly, we know there is nothing more frustrating than missing visitors to your home or not being aware of when packages are delivered. This is why we spent a lot of time and effort to develop our reliable solution.

Give us a call to help you get the most out of your DoorBird Intercom today. Most importantly, are experts in integrating the DoorBird into existing homes with decades of experience to ensure your DoorBird operates the way you expect.

Building or renovating? Our smart home ideas

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Our top 3 smart home ideas.

On a weekly basis , Netsecure Automation receives inquiries relating to how and what they should install in a newly built or renovated home. So we’ve put together our top 3 smart home ideas.We acknowledge there are thousands of products out there and it’s confusing to know which you’ll get real usage from. As a result, we’ve put together some features of the smart home ecosystem we think every home should have.

  • Without a doubt, the cornerstone of smart home technology which certainly is the most mature and widely used is lighting coupled with motion control. There are quite a number of dimming and switching lighting relays which give you control of any light. Aeotec and Fibaro are absolutely the two biggest players and we would recommend our customers stick to these. You’ll get great support and excellent reliability from these manufacturers. Netsecure Automation has lots of experience with both and as resellers of the two, you can trust we are experts.


  • Door and Gate control. How many times have you missed the postman or wanted to remotely let someone in to your home? It’s one of the most useful features of smart home tech. We highly recommend our customers use smart dead locks for their front door for true key-less entry and peace of mind allowing a remote lock in case you forget to. Taking that idea a step further, being able to trigger a garage door or front gate is incredibly useful. Australia Post in our experience are more than happy to leave packages at your doorstep if they can get in easily. Using the Doorbird range of smart intercoms and an electric strike provides exactly this. Doorbird has a range of stylish and ultra reliable products to suit manage budgets with a raft of features that is hard to beat.


  • Voice control. Once you’ve used it, you won’t ever look back. Netsecure Automation are experts at configuring our systems to use voice. Netsecure Automation has our own smart home skill. Our skill is fully integrated with our products which means everything that’s available in our app is available using voice. Using any utterance you wish. No one in the market offers this flexibility but Netsecure Automation


We hope this list provides our top 3 automation ideas for your next project. These provide a good spring board into the smart home world. Certainly, taking things further is absolutely possible and we are always happy to discuss your ideas.

Using Amazon Alexa to control your home

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Using Amazon Alexa to control your home is a powerful tool. The Amazon Alexa API is a constantly evolving technology that allows smart home integrators to make full use of voice

automation. This automation can control lighting, doors, irrigation and much more.

Netsecure Automation provides customers local access to Amazon Alexa via an Australian skill, hosted within Amazon. There by ensuring voice commands you issue to your home are responded too much faster than our competitors. No one likes to wait! In competitor systems your commands are sent almost always to Europe with the response being quite slow.

By integrating our smart home devices and functions into Alexa, Alexa has information as to the state of a device, be it on or off. Open or closed. Firstly, allowing you to check on devices and issuing commands such as ‘Alexa, is my front door locked?’. Secondly, Netsecure Automation provides the ability to also create custom utterances, allowing us to create precisely the phrase you’d like to use. Use your creativity and make issuing commands such much easier.

Using Amazon Alexa to control your home can provide many other benefits. Control motion sensors by arming or disarming them for parties. Active automation scenes with voice commands. Enable the sprinklers or open garage doors instantly by using your voice. Many customers really like being able to trigger scenes using voice commands. Playing your favorite spotify playlist or turning on the HVAC system can really simplify life.

Amazon’s Alexa is a very cost effective way to interact with your home and its devices using only voice control. With the every expanding list of commands and new functions being added daily, we feel it’s the most comprehensive solution on the market.

We are here to answer all your automation questions! Give us a call to discuss how Alexa can help smart your home and make life just that little bit easier.


Australian Government Cyber Security hack

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In the recent days the Australian Government has been the target of a cyber security hack. Whilst details are still scarce, it’s important to be vigilant with your internet presence. Netsecure Automation  recommend spending some time going through your devices and ensuring you have adequate passwords in place. For example, your WIFI password should always be a mix of letters, numbers and special characters. And, ideally not the one printed on the bottom of your device.


Stay secure!

Today, published this article which details more of what’s occurred. We also recommend you visit for more information on how to remain secure. Every day, millions of new devices are connected to the internet. Many with less than ideal levels of security. Daily we spend alot of time our time browsing the web and communicating. With such a heavy reliance on the internet it’s incredibly important to review how secure you really are.

Netsecure Automation have over 20 years of IT experience with a wealth of knowledge in this area. Further, we’ve have helped many home users and businesses remain protected. Simply by implementing best practice security. We can help you review your devices and make the corrective actions to remain protected. We understand it can be complex knowing what’s right. So give us a call or drop us an email to discuss what we can do with your smart home in Sydney.



Welcome to the new Netsecure Automation

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We’ve been using our isolation time to work on the website a little, with a fresh feel. We hope you enjoy it!

We’ve been helping many small businesses over the break with technology to enable our clients to work from home. If you’re running a business and need a secure method to work from home, connect into your office securely and operate as if you were right in the office please give us a call! We have a range of cost effective solutions that can help.

With building works starting up again, it’s time to get on top of planning out your automation, audio visual and surveillance needs.  We have a large range of technology solutions to provide comfort, enjoyment and security for your next building project.  If you’re not aware the NSW government has offered a $25,000 grant to renovation and new builds over $150,000. What better time to discuss your automation dreams with Netsecure Automation. We can help you build any smart home dream you may have.

Most importantly, stay safe and look after yourselves.




The new Doorbird D1101V

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The new Doorbird smart Intercom – D1101V

The new DoorBird D1101V has just been released worldwide, offering a smaller footprint and cost. Whilst it looses the RFID ability it still provides most of the features of its bigger brother the D2101V in a much smaller footprint. With newly released brackets allowing angled mount or even corner mount, the D1101V provides much more flexibility. An improved image sensor from Sony with updated lens provides great day and night time images and video.

Here’s what DoorBird had to say:

Bird Home Automation releases the new IP door station with integrated 1080p camera and WiFi connectivity



With the DoorBird D1101V, the latest IP video intercom from Berlin-based manufacturer Bird Home Automation is now available worldwide. The D1101V with one call button combines a compact, elegant design with DoorBird’s IP technology. It comes as a surface-mounted and flush-mounted version. The smart intercom sends push notifications when the call button is pressed, allowing you to talk to visitors and see them live via smartphone, tablet or indoor station.

“The DoorBird D1101V is compact, WiFi-enabled and ideal for single-family homes”, says Sascha Keller, CEO Bird Home Automation. “This IP video door station combines new components such as the 1080p camera and the Bluetooth module for access control. Further it provides excellent audio quality from the integrated speaker in a small housing with a stainless-steel front panel”.

Stainless steel, IP65 , flush or surface mounted. The new DoorBird D1101V smart intercom is the leading product on the market. Providing superior integration options that work with Netsecure Home Automation products , you’ll never miss a visitor.

These units are available now and provide a good cost saving over the larger model, the D2101V. Give us a call to discuss how we can help you simply visitor entry.. DoorBird ensures security, privacy and convenience.




Z Wave improvements for 2020

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ZWave Improvements for 2020!

I’m really excited to hear that the Z Wave Alliance have been working hard on ZWave improvements in 2020. Dubbed Z Wave 700 series there are some dramatic improvements that provide real benefits to consumers.

Dramatic battery life improvement

Many consumers are turned off by the notion of using batteries to operate their smart home devices. The good news is that the 700 Series has taken leaps and bounds in this area. As a result, in the realm of a 60% improvement to battery life which can extend the battery of such devices to nearly 10 years.

Extended coverage

Good news for large ZWave installations that have had issues with coverage or range. A staggering 250% increase in ZWave range. What is yet to be seen is if there is an increase in hop count to cater for the largest of networks. Increased hop counts mean a denser mesh. This mesh also has alternate paths for devices to communicate increasing the resiliency and range.

There are further improvements to security as well. Previously security was optional when including devices into the network. This has now has been made mandatory for the 700 series. It will be interesting to see how this pans, as a result there may be an increase in ZWave traffic on the network by having security as a mandatory feature. Time will tell!


One of the fantastic benefits for consumers though is ZWave still provides 100% interoperability . This is great news for smart home buyers worried about ensuring their devices play nicely. ZWave devices must be certified by the alliance to ensure they play nicely by being backward compatible. This is a really nice feature that provides consumer with peace of mind when choosing their ZWave devices.


I’m excited by the huge ZWave improvements for 2020 and an it’s exciting time for consumers. I’m really looking forward to having Fibaro’s Motion Sensors operating for up to 10 years on a single battery.

One of the great things for Netsecure Automation customers is that adding ZWave 700 Series devices into your smart home will be straight forward. Plugged in via USB into your existing IHP Server, this allows the system to take onboard new 700 Series devices. It also ensures existing devices still operating perfectly. Fantastic news!