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I like to provide first-hand reviews of home security, home automation and IoT.
I like to provide first-hand reviews of home security, home automation and IoT.

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Sentri is an all-in-one home monitoring device, which means that it’s a single device that visually monitors your home—in theory, simplifying and replacing a multi-device security system. Sentri provides visual monitoring in two senses. It’s primarily a camera that allows you to watch activity in your home remotely via the Sentri app. With its tablet-like display, Sentri is also its own interface, providing visual renderings of all the data it collects—from motion detection timelines to air quality trends. We’ll cover Sentri’s strengths, weaknesses, service plans, and more so you can make an informed decision about whether or not this is the right device for your home.

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Vivint now offers two monitoring packages for new customers, along with a required $549 base equipment package, which includes a SkyControl panel, two door/window sensors, and one motion sensor.

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What good is a home security system if you can disable it from the inside? As you add more smart devices to your home network, take the same precautions you would take with your personal computer. These seven steps will help everyone, even those who would prefer to avoid technology, protect their home networks. 

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Here in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, I experience nearly every variety of extreme weather (barring hurricanes, I suppose): intense sun, high winds, downpours of rain, blizzards—you name it. A security camera—even one with the most futuristic software—isn’t going to hold up in these conditions without tough hardware. Below, I’ve compared and reviewed five of the best outdoor cameras available today—ones that perform no matter the forecast.

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A door is only as good as its lock.

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Of all the recent additions to the ever-growing domestic Internet of Things, smart video doorbells are among the most practical because they allow you to “be” in two places at once—well, sort of. With a video doorbell, you can answer your front door even when you’re not home. When someone rings the doorbell, it activates a camera connected to an app on your smartphone or tablet, and you can both see who rang your doorbell and remotely “answer” and speak to the visitor.

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Both LiveWatch and Protect America rank on our list of the the top security systems for 2017. Protect America sets itself apart from competition through its equipment warranty, and LiveWatch is known for its excellent response times. When it comes to picking just one company, though, we have to go with Protect America over LiveWatch. Read on to find out why. 

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Outdoor security cameras are much like indoor security cameras, with one major difference: they are designed to weather the elements. These cameras help protect the property outside of your home, like a car parked in the driveway or your children’s bicycles. This article will walk you through what features to look for in an outdoor security camera, as well as which are the best outdoor security cameras and why.


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Which do you think we ranked higher: Netatmo, Piper or Canary?

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