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Get an Insteon home-automation starter kit for $99.99

That's half off the regular price for this smart-home setup, which includes dimmers and motion sensors.

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I've never really felt the need to "smarten" my home, especially if it means installing a bunch of sensors and whatnot. However, I will say that my Venstar smart thermostat is just about the best thing ever, so maybe I need to rethink all this.

And here's a deal I'm thinking strongly about: Today only, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the Insteon 2522-232 home-automation kit for $99.99, shipped (plus tax). Regular price: $199.99. (Price at Amazon: $187.)

The kit includes two dimmer modules (for remote and scheduled lighting adjustments), a motion sensor, an open/close sensor (for a door or window) and a leak sensor. (Take it from any homeowner: the sooner you learn there's water in your basement, the better!)

You also get a hub, which links all the pieces together and allows for future expansion. (Insteon offers a huge range of connected components, everything from wall switches to thermostats to Wi-Fi cameras.) It connects to your router, making it possible to control everything via Android and iOS apps. (There's even Apple Watch integration, according to Insteon's Hub page.)

I'm especially liking this because the sensors are all battery-powered, so you don't have to deal with wires. Plus, there are no monthly fees -- though obviously there's no third-party monitoring, either.

Even so, for $100 the kit offers an awfully affordable way to dip your toe into smart-home waters. The handful of user reviews (at both Amazon and Best Buy) are mostly positive, though apparently you should be prepared to do a little router tweaking (in the form of port forwarding) for successful remote access.

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