Smart Home

The Best Smart Home Starter Kit

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A smart home improves your home’s security, makes day-to-day tasks more convenient, and brings a cool factor that few others additions to your home can even dream of. The one downside is the installation process. Because a smart home is made of so many different parts, it can be hard to figure out exactly what […]

The Best Smart Security Systems for Under $500

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When you shop around for multiple cameras, sensors, and alarms, the cost for a smart security system can be quite high. But it doesn’t always have to be that way. We’ve found some great smart security systems that bundle everything together into one kit for under $500. All of these systems make almost none, or […]

The Best Smart Plugs in 2019 that Work with Alexa and Google Home

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Everyone wants to cut energy costs. One of the easiest ways to do that is through energy monitoring tools, but another simple solution is to eliminate phantom power draw. “Phantom power” is energy drawn by devices even when not in direct use, such as to power LED displays. The only way to stop phantom power […]

The Most Versatile Smart Assistant in 2019

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In this world of battle royales, there is one that stands out above all the others: the never-ending contest of the Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomePod. The three smart assistants dominate the market, each one claiming to the best at what it does—and all three claim to be the right choice for your […]

Battle of the Smart Home Hubs – SmartThings vs Wink

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Smart home hubs are the lifeblood of any fully connected home. These devices act as a “translator” between protocols. For example, if a device that uses only Zigbee needs to communicate with a device that only uses Z-Wave, then a smart home hub can be used as an intermediary between the two. There are two […]

How to Monitor Your Home Electricity Usage

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Monitoring your electricity usage can help you keep track of how much you are spending on your energy. With this information, you can learn what appliances should be used less often to save on your energy bill. There are many different methods available that can be used to track your electricity usage, but we will […]

The State of Smart Home Printer Technology – Convenient, But Not All That Smart

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It took a while, but Smart Home voice-activation technology finally extended to printers and all-in-one (AIO), print, copy, scan, and sometimes fax, printers. Considering what it takes to make a device, especially a device that already has wireless tech built-in, smart, it should have happened a long time ago. Also, given how long voice activation […]

Best Outdoor Wifi Security Cameras for 2019

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Everyone wants to feel secure in their own home, but not everyone wants to invest in a security system. Maybe you are bound by a renter’s contract to make no permanent changes, or maybe you don’t trust a third party with your home. Whatever your reasons, there are a lot of options for outdoor Wi-Fi […]

Ring vs. Nest vs. Arlo: Which Smart Doorbell Should You Buy?

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One of the more popular DIY home security devices property owners are purchasing these days is the smart doorbell. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a security doorbell that alerts you when someone is at your door, often capable of streaming and recording video when it senses motion, at the very least giving you the […]

Nest vs ecobee – Which Smart Thermostat is Better?

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If you are looking to get your home geared up with a smart thermostat, it’s likely that you will come across two names; Nest and ecobee. Both companies are creating some excellent products, but how do their thermostats differ from each other? In this article, we’ll be comparing the 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat and […]