Roman Design wins Three Best Rated award for 2019

Roman Design website has been awarded 2019 “Top 3 Web Designers” award for Oakville, Ontario, Canada. We are now listed as one of the Top 3 Web designers in Oakville, ON.

We are happy to receive the award recognizing providing consistent high quality services in our area of business. The award review team has approved Roman Design using their 50-Point Inspection which includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, ratings, nearness, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence.

Come and join a happy family of Roman Design clients!

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Roman Design is ready for new Canada Drone Regulation (RPAS VLOS Pilot Certificate)

We have obtained a Pilot Certificate for a Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) and completed drone registration with Transport Canada to be able to operate in accordance with the new Canadian drone regulations that starting June 1st, 2019.

This will allow us to continue to produce better videos for our clients, to showcase businesses, industrial, commercial and residential real estate properties, document corporate events, create more engaging corporate videos, and provide the best value for our clients on a tight budgets.

Progress Report – a Sci-Fi technothriller

Roman Design is publishing an interactive Sci-Fi technothriller, exploring the moral and technological challenges of our society in the near future. The novel offers lots of action, adventure and humour while posing challenging questions and exploring nature of morality, value of human life, civilisational conflicts and other profound isues. We are publishing it online as it develops – read it FREE and share your opinions. You can subscribe to live updates when new chapters are published.

Precious Stone Designs website is live

This latest Roman Design project is a robust WordPress website for residential, commercial and industrial renovation business. Mobile-friendly responsive design for a modern business at its best.

Pro Skaters Place online store is conquering Canadian and international markets

The full-featured international skate store is conquering Canadian and international sporting good markets. It’s running on WooCommerce Ecommerce engine and WordPress and handles thousands of products and product variations, and thousands of orders and customers. It features integrations of various services and checkout systems, credit cards, PayPal, advanced shipping logic and numerous other Ecommerce features.

Roman Design wins Three Best Rated award

Roman Design website has been awarded “Top 3 Web Designers” award for Oakville, Ontario, Canada. We are now listed as one of the Top 3 Web designers in Oakville, ON. We are happy to receive the award recognizing providing consistent high quality services in our area of business. The award review team has approved Roman Design using their 50-Point Inspection which includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, ratings, nearness, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence.

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Ecobee Switch+ review

I have been holding of on this review for a while – I wanted to get a true feel of what is it to use Ecobee Switch+ every day for a period of time. So here are my thoughts about this interesting device.


In the “Internet of Things” era, when a fridge has internet access, nothing surprises us anymore. But to think of it, the idea is just brilliant: why would you have a separate device taking space on your table, cluttering your room, adding wires and power adapters to your home, when you can have perfectly invisible, always-on, unobtrusive Alexa device in your switch? The concept is perfect. Echo dot looks redundant now – this is how it should be done, and how I think it will be done in the future: unnoticeable and unobtrusive.


I’m a web and graphic designer, so design is important to me. US/Canada electrical code severely limits what can be done – as there is a certain very tight form factor that it’s limited to and other limits. European version can be much more designer-friendly.
However, considering that, the design is superb. White with blue LED stripe, familiar enough shape to be instantly recognized as a switch, and cool enough look to be pleasing to the eye. Nice.


The only downside is that you have to install it, but for me it’s a no-brainer. I know my way around wiring and technology, so installing a light switch it easy. Just make sure you disconnect the power for the room in question. And don’t trust your eyes – always test with your old switch that you actually disconnected the right circuit (don’t ask me how I know). When you are sure there is no power at the desired switch location – take it out and check that it has all the wires necessary – not all switch locations have all the right wires, and there is no easy way around that, unless you’re willing to break the building code, which I don’t recommend. Actually – check that before you buy the switch, to avoid disappointments. This is true for any smart switch that I know of. They all need line, neutral and ground wires in order to work and be installed according to the building and electrical codes. Otherwise, installation is easy, if a bit tight at some electrical boxes. Just put wires at the right locations and stuff it into the box, then snap the cover. Done in 5 minutes, including checking the manual.


It can do most if not all that Alexa Echo Dot can do. In the beginning it won’t play music (as if you really need your music to be played by the light switch, of all things!) and do some other things, but looks like silent firmware updates and Alexa skill updates took care of this, as now it plays music just fine! A cheapskate like me that doesn’t have a music service subscription but is willing to do some adventurous configuration attempts can actually configure Alexa to play music from home media server running Plex. So when I say to my light switch (!) something like “Alexa, ask Plex to play music by Porcupine Tree” – that’s what it does. The only thing that I found that is not supported on this device than an Echo Dot can do is calling to a regular phone numbers or dropping in to another Alexa device (of from another device to Switch+). I don’t miss calling feature, but the “drop in” feature can be nice. Well, maybe Ecobee will add it in a firmware, this is no hardware-related.

Sound Quality

Come on, what sound quality? What do you expect from such a tiny speaker that fits into US/Canada tiny standard switch body? Actually it’s surprisingly decent for the size. I wouldn’t really listen to music from it, unless you really don’t care about quality. Then again, my PC speakers are 1.5m tall 200W 4-way monsters (plus a sub), so I’m not a typical person when we are talking about audio quality demands. But the speaker is perfectly good for voice. Volume is good for quiet rooms. A larger office or a loud room might be a problem, unless you are close, but it’s not where you want Alexa-enabled device anyway. For a typical home room it’s fine. To compare, Echo Dot speaker isa tad better, but I won’t consider listening music on it as well – I connected mine to a decent stereo for that reason. Even full-blown Echo device has very bad dull high end and muffled low end for my taste. So for a switch, Ecobee Switch+ it does just fine, unless you are somewhat hearing-impaired, so older people might want louder volume.

Microphone quality

Well, it’s decent, but not as good as Echo Dot, which has an array of 7 microphones arranged in a circle. I think the form factor was a limiting factor in this case, so it’s not as sensitive and its ability to hear keyword “Alexa” among background noise suffers as a result. I find that even in a small-ish room I have to speak loudly to activate it. While Echo Dot is usually able to get it when speaking softer. However Echo Dot also misses it occasionally, so it’s not perfect. Having said that, it’s still adequate, just not as good as Echo Dot.

Night Light

It has cool little LED light to illuminate itself (and a room just a bit) at night. It’s just enough to be useful but not too much to make it unpleasant at night. It can be turned on and off at will.

Auto activation and occupancy sensor

You can enable the light to activate when you are in the room, and turn off after a set period of room being unoccupied, in order to save energy. It works, however in my home office, when I’m sitting with mostly my back to the switch, which is maybe 40 degrees off my back, 3 meters behind me, the switch occasionally things that Elvis has left the building and turns off the light. I have to wave my hand for it to change its mind. So how useful is this feature depends on how exposed people are to the switch’s sensors. It doesn’t work perfectly for me (but not bad enough to disable – I still use it, as it’s cool that light turns on when you walk in), but it might work well for you.

Smart Switch

Funny to have this one as the last item, but I think this switch is much more valuable as Alexa-enabled device integrated to your Smart Home than just a smart switch. But it is a smart switch, so yes, you can control it with your app and do all kind of fun things you usually do with a smart switch. And it works great in that capacity.

Ecobee Android App

It’s the same app that controls my Ecobee smart thermostat. Easy to use, works fine, has easy setup walk-throughs. It has “thermostats” and “switches” sections and you go on from there. Easy.


It’s a very good and useful device. It even helps productivity in home office or small office, as it’s faster to ask it “Alexa, what’s 3 feet in meters?” or “How much is 1920 times 2?” or “What’s the definition of  ‘malarkey’?” than type and sort out results in google. So it’s a good word-activated assistant that doubles as a smart switch. A win-win.