Category: Home Security

6 new baby monitors that do way more than just monitor | CES 2017

These days, the baby monitors available to parents are a huge departure from the scratchy audio monitors from the newborn days of yore (i.e. my first child). This year’s CES conference served as an exciting stage for the types of innovation in technology and design that we are seeing in this category. Many of the gadgets we’re sharing here are ones you might have seen before, but their 2017 updates make them seem like new machines. Between the higher resolution, increased functionality, built-in songs, and features like air quality checks, even voice recognition, let’s just say the future is here. Here are the...

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Nucleus: A home intercom system that you can use, even if you’re not home.

We just instituted a new family rule at my house: No yelling for mom or dad from another room. Because, enough already. But, that being said, this rule probably needs to start with me. Our solution has been the Nucleus home intercom system, and I’m happy to report, waaaaay less yelling. The Nucleus devices can be placed throughout your home, then set up to connect via video or audio chat. So, along with calling them to dinner, I can use this to quickly check in on my kids while they’re having a sleepover in their room, or even to keep an eye on a baby who’s...

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Smart doorbells: A new tech trend that could keep your family safer

When we see a tech trend that could keep our families safer, it definitely gets our attention, which is why we’re so intrigued by smart doorbells, with two in particular that you’ll want to have on your radar. Related: 3 simple home security systems that will keep your house safe The Ding (above) features three parts: A doorbell, a chime, and an app. Simply install the doorbell and place the chime anywhere in the home. Then, when someone rings your doorbell it rings the chime and alerts you on the app, allowing you to talk to the person, whether you’re...

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BeON Home: The smart lightbulbs that keep your house safer

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that whenever my family heads out on a trip, we worry about the safety of our homes when we’re gone. So I was intrigued by the BeON smart lightbulbs, which use clever lighting responses to prevent burglary, plus have a backup battery to give you light when the power’s out. Smart, right? Here’s how they work. Each BeON LED bulb has a battery pack that slides inside the bulb, with a microphone and Bluetooth capability built in. Once the bulbs are screwed in, you connect them to the BeON Home app on your smartphone. If...

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3 new high-tech video monitoring systems to keep your house safe, or just keep an eye on the kids

We are seeing more and more DIY home security options and video monitoring systems enter the market each year, which is great news for families. While of course the video and photo capture on these devices are a huge help to police if you do actually have a break-in, we think they their day-to-day benefits make them worth a look. Like checking in on your tweens while you’re teaching them to stay home alone, or of course, keeping an eye on a baby who’s (supposed to be) napping. So, here are 3 video monitoring systems I’ve checked out that really stand out from the crowd, and a...

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Fighting hackers: Expert tips for protecting your webcams, baby monitors, and connected devices

While we laud the continual stream of gadgets that provide us with smart appliances for smarter homes, it gives pause for thought on how all of these connected devices are interacting with each other, what they’re accessing, and most importantly who is accessing them. I have always been one to question the security of things, and if you’ve read past articles of mine, you’ll know that I’m one to err on the side of caution. With the celebrity cloud hacking scandal from a couple years ago to the more recent Vtech hack, the more interconnected we and our gadgets are, the more...

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Home security devices: 3 simple new systems that will keep you — and all those Christmas presents — safe.

As our houses are filling up with gifts for the holidays, it’s a good time to think about home security  to keep our homes safe from burglaries and just provide some extra peace of mind. Because waking up Christmas morning to no presents under the tree would be a real bummer. Fortunately, tech is becoming increasingly flexible and mobile, giving us so many cool DIY options for monitoring our homes, without the investment of a huge home security company’s system. There are pros and cons to each of these home security devices, which I’ll get into below, but we’ve found some good, affordable DIY home security systems that...

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Torch: A smart WiFi router that’s made for parents

When you think about cool, must-have gadgets, a router probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind (ahem, iPhone 6S, Santa). But if you’re a parent of Internet-surfing kids (hello, Minecraft lovers), then this new router called Torch might be worth a look. My kids are in what I consider to be the safe zone right now, where I know exactly what they’re looking for (cooking/horses and sports videos, respectively) and they don’t venture outside of those particular search terms. But I know they’ll soon be at an age when homework needs and tween needs dictate more computer time, and...

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A security system to protect your house without a monthly fee

A few weeks ago I woke up in the middle of the night to noise in my garage. I told myself I was just being paranoid, but when I heard it again I got up to look and saw a man standing right outside my bedroom window, trying to get in our house. I panicked and banged on the window to scare him away. Which, I know. Probably not the best course of action. Looking back, I really wish I’d already had a home security system like SkyLinkNet installed. I could have easily grabbed my phone and set off our panic alarm as I...

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The Okidokeys smart lock is so brilliant, they should change the name to the Okidokeys brilliant lock.

Last week I went skiing with a friend while our kids were at school, because that’s what you do in Colorado. But when she checked in with her kids, she discovered that neither one of them had a key to the house, and had to scramble to make arrangements. Thanks to my Okidokeys smart lock, not only did I know that my kids could get in the house, I received a notification on my phone when they did. When we saw Okidokeys at CES in January, I was pretty impressed. But now that I’ve installed their smart lock and smart...

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