Meet the VueVille Family

Welcome to VueVille, a DIY smart home blog that documents our family’s journey of building our own smart home. A smart home that combines home security, security cameras, sensors and smart automation all working together seamlessly, and did I say with zero monthly fees? I am Daniel and I run this blog together with the help of my lovely wife and 2 little boys.

We started this blog in 2015 to share with you everything we have learnt, starting with researching and putting together a DIY security camera system and currently building a full-blown smart home that’s truly intelligent (but not in a Skynet kinda way!)

Finding reliable and trustworthy resources to help decide which brands to go for, which features to look for and what to avoid is far more difficult than it should be. The Internet is full of commercial blogs and websites that have hidden agendas and don’t really care about your needs and your wallet. If we had followed the so-called ‘smart home expert’s’ recommendations, we would have ended up with a warehouse of stuff that doesn’t really work with each other.

Using our own smart home as a guide, our aim is to share our knowledge and experience with you in the form of smart home strategiesin-depth hands-on product reviews, detailed tutorials, and how-tos for home security products, security cameras, wireless alarm systems, Z-Wave sensors, and other home automation gear.

What are the core principles of this blog?

  1. We only recommend products we already use in our smart home or see ourselves using. If it can’t pass the ‘friends & family’ test, you won’t see us praising it.
  2. Every product that we recommend must pass the smart home compatibility test as laid out in the VueVille Smart Home DIY Framework. This simply means that it must talk to the rest of the house. This really is the biggest issue with smart home stuff today. In most cases, there’s no point in using something I cannot monitor or control through my smart home hub (HomeSeer HS3 on a power-sipping fan-less laptop, I am in the process of switching from Vera Plus).

What do our readers think?

Your website is fantastic and full of great information, keep it up!
Awesome site … it helped answer some of the things I had been researching. Wish I had found your site sooner than later as it would have saved me a lot of time.
Great stuff and exactly what I was looking for. Has helped immensely.
Thanks very much for sharing your experience and expertise.
Great site and thanks for sharing your setup.

We have also been selected as the 13th best security camera blog on the Internet! Woohoo!

We trust you will enjoy reading our humble little blog and we would love to hear from you!

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