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ecobee4 vs. nest learning thermostat

Ecobee vs. Nest – Hands-on Review and Comparison

Hands-on review, comparing the ecobee4 with the 3rd-Gen Nest Learning Thermostat. Also included: The cheaper ecobee3 lite and Nest Thermostat E.

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Arlo Ultra vs Nest Cam IQ

Arlo Ultra Review and Comparison to Nest Cam IQ

Review of the new Arlo Ultra 4K home security camera and comparison to the previous leader in this segment, Google’s Nest Cam IQ.

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SENS8 Security Camera with Light Review

SENS8 Security Camera with Siren and Floodlight Review

The SENS8 Light Cam is the first wired home security camera I have reviewed that required drilling a hole into an outside wall of our house. to find out how the installation went and if the SENS8 security camera was worth breaking out my tool belt. The SENS8 Light Cam offers a ton […]

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Eve Home Family

Eve Home Automation Platform Review

Eve Home, formerly known as Elgato Eve, is a smart home automation platform that seamlessly connects devices and appliances and makes managing them a breeze. I had a chance to review some of Eve’s gadgets to see how much closer they would get me to achieve my goal of a fully automated home. For this […]

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UniFi Video Camera System

UniFi Video Camera System Review

Ubiquiti’s UniFi Video Camera platform offers professionals and prosumers a compelling alternative to consumer-grade home security camera systems. In this review, I’ll share with you the experience I have made installing and using UniFi Video cameras to monitor our home. The UniFi Video Camera System strikes a reasonable balance between flexibility and ease of use. […]

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Arlo Pro 2 Review

Arlo Pro 2 Review – Top Wireless Home Security Camera

The Arlo Pro 2 is one of the best wireless home security cameras I have reviewed, featuring advanced motion detection, geo-fencing, and 1080p video.

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best home security cameras review

The Best Home Security Cameras in 2019

Here is a review of the best home security cameras, including such popular brands as Amazon, Arlo, Canary, D-Link, Logitech, Nest, Ring, & SENS8.

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ecobee Switch+ integrates with the ecobee4 thermostat

ecobee Switch+ Review – Smart Light Switch with Alexa & HomeKit

The ecobee Switch+ is one of the smartest light switches on the market, featuring advanced sensors and seamless integration with ecobee smart thermostats and home automation platforms, such as Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings and others. I have had a good relationship with ecobee ever since I reviewed the original ecobee thermostat and […]

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HomeKit Light Switches and Dimmers Review

HomeKit Light Switches & Dimmers – Review

For this article, I have reviewed the best Apple HomeKit-compatible light & dimmer switches. Since I didn’t want to compare apples with oranges, I have separated the review into two sections, starting with HomeKit Light Switches, and followed by HomeKit Dimmers. Reviewed HomeKit Light Switches Product ecobee Switch+ $99.99 Eve Light Switch $49.95 Leviton Decora […]

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Home security camera review - D-Link Omna 180 Cam - Apple HomeKit

D-Link Omna 180 Cam Review

Omna 180 Cam HD is a home security camera that is compatible with Apple HomeKit, offers a 180-degree view and a built-in microSD card slot to store video clips. I have tested the Omna 180 Cam HD for the past few weeks and wanted to share my review with you. Additionally, I will share how […]

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LIFX Smart LED lights now work with Apple HomeKit

LIFX Smart LED lights now work with Apple HomeKit

On September 19th, 2017, LIFX finally announced support for HomeKit, Apple’s home automation platform. Support is limited to the third generation LIFX and LIFX + lights and available via a firmware upgrade. Shop mentioned products LIFX Wi-Fi-enabled Smart LEDs (Amazon) About LIFX LIFX makes Wi-Fi-enabled smart LEDs that you can control from your mobile phone. […]

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Home Automation: Review of Wi-Fi enabled LED smart lights from LIFX

LIFX vs. Hue Review

In this LIFX review, I share my experience with these smart LED lights and compare them to the most popular player in the smart bulb market: Philips Hue. I just recently got my feet wet with home automation technology from First Alert and Ecobee. The expansion to Wi-Fi enabled lights was the natural next step. […]

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Review: Onelink Environment monitor for the nursery or kids room

Review: Onelink Environment monitor for the nursery or kids room

The Onelink Environment Monitor by First Alert monitors a room’s temperature and humidity and doubles as a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm. It is ideal for nurseries or kids rooms, but you can use it in any other room. In this review, I will explain the benefits the Onelink Environment Monitor provides in our home. Infant […]

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Is the new ecobee4 smart thermostat with built-in Alexa voice service worth the upgrade?

ecobee4 Review And Comparison to ecobee3

ecobee just announced the newest version of its smart thermostat – the ecobee4 with built-in Alexa voice service. I own two of the original ecobee3 thermostats, and in this article, I will tell you if the ecobee4 is worth the upgrade and how it stacks up against the ecobee3 Wi-Fi thermostat. Reviewed ecobee Thermostats Product ecobee4 […]

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Review: HomeKit enabled smoke alarm from First Alert

Review: HomeKit enabled smoke alarm from First Alert

First Alert recently released Onelink; an Apple HomeKit enabled smoke alarm. I took that as an opportunity to get my feet wet with HomeKit and to start equipping our house with home automation gadgets. I reached out to First Alert, and they were so kind to send me a review unit of their HomeKit enabled […]

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