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October 2013

PointCentral: Vacation Rental Smart Home Control {The All Star Vacation Homes Experience}

A few days ago I mentioned the upcoming premier of the PointCentral video. You can stop counting the days. The big event has arrived. All Star Vacation Homes in Orlando implemented the PointCentral smart home control solution in mid-September. Access Control HVAC Control Pool Heat Control Across an inventory of 200+ vacation rental homes. The All Star Maintenance staff handled…

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PointCentral: Vacation Rental Smart Home Control {The All Star Vacation Homes Experience}

A few days ago I mentioned the upcoming premier of the PointCentral video. You can stop counting the days. The big event has arrived. All Star Vacation Homes in Orlando implemented the PointCentral smart home control solution in mid-September. Access Control HVAC Control Pool Heat Control Across an inventory of 200+ vacation rental homes. The All Star Maintenance staff handled…

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Breaking Bad: A Look at a Vacation Rental Security Loophole

I’m a Breaking Bad fan. Although, we have Netflix rather than “cable” TV at our house. So, I’m still a season behind. As everyone raves about the series ending, I’m doing my best to avoid the “spoliers.” I’m still catching up with Walt and Jessee opening their illegal meth business inside homes under the guise of pest control. A video…

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Breaking Bad: A Look at a Vacation Rental Security Loophole

I’m a Breaking Bad fan. Although, we have Netflix rather than “cable” TV at our house. So, I’m still a season behind. As everyone raves about the series ending, I’m doing my best to avoid the “spoliers.” I’m still catching up with Walt and Jessee opening their illegal meth business inside homes under the guise of pest control. A video…

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Why Would WiFi Home Automation Systems Use Cellular “Backup”?

Can we agree that cellular networks are more reliable than WiFi networks? When your phone drops cell signal, do you think twice about it? Or do you put it back in your pocket knowing the network will come right back? Cellular networks are self-healing. Contrast that with your WiFi network. WiFi goes down, and you physically have to get it…

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Out of Control Alarm: Great Example of the Need for Vacation Rental Smart Home Control

Vacation rental homes are an interesting animal. We’re all still trying to figure them out. Large quantities of unique properties, managed by 3rd party non-owners, across vast distances, rented by travelers who know very little about the home, the homeowner, or the vacation rental manager. Seems like a recipe for disaster. Yet, somehow the majority of the vacation rental experiences…

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2013 VRMA Conference: A PointCentral Review

As I’ve mentioned, the vacation rental industry is experiencing awesome growth and maturity. A travel industry GIANT is taking shape. A force to be reckoned with. The 2013 VRMA conference in Nashville was a great demonstration of this growth and maturity. I’ve attended at least 5 VRMA conferences over the years, and no doubt the 2013 was the most impressive…

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