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Keyless Entry For Your Smart Home

Keyless entry isn't just for shiny new cars anymore. It's becoming increasingly popular for homes too – particularly for those who want to use keyless entry as part of their smart home automatio

10 Winterizing Tips for an Energy-Efficient Home

1. Consider a Smart Thermostat Smart thermostats, like the Nest learning thermostat, can optimize the energy efficiency of your home year round. The average American household spends between 50 and 7

Smart Outlet: For Increased Energy Efficiency

So, what exactly is a smart outlet and why would you want one? Smart outlets either replace a conventional outlet or plugs right into a conventional outlet. These useful products can help prevent vam

Make Every Room Smarter With Amazon Dot

The Amazon Echo was one of the first smart speakers and changed the way these devices were used in the home. This smart speaker not only enhances listening to music, but it allows you to control your

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: What Not to Buy

In 2015, the Amazon Echo — a smart speaker that obeys your commands, controls your smart home and provides entertainment — revolutionized the way people use and interact with speakers in t

Why You Shouldn't Reserve Tesla’s New Home Battery

In October 2016, Tesla announced its new home battery, Powerwall 2, with installations to begin in January 2017. This latest clean-energy innovation from Elon Musk promises to provide a complete home

CES 2017 Smart Home: Editor's Final Thoughts

At CES this year, I took some time to attend a few panel discussions about the challenges and future of smart home technology. My motivation for attending these discussions is to highlight a side of C

Blink

The Blink wireless home surveillance system is very easy to use. The video quality, though acceptable, is below the average in our review during both the day and night. The customer service is very li

Samsung Techwin

Also known as Hanwha Techwin, Samsung Techwin is a former subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. It produces very good home surveillance cameras with nighttime video quality that's on par with the best ho

Arlo

Netgear's Arlo system is one of two home surveillance systems in our review that are wireless. This makes the system easy to install, but also that it runs on battery power. The video quality is good,

EZVIZ

Editor's Note: We originally selected a 720p system from EZVIZ, but it was unavailable as we began collecting systems for our review. In the absence of a 720p system, we selected one with 1080p camera

Q-See

Q-See offers many of the features that make up a good home surveillance system. The system had average daytime and nighttime video scores for our review. The system has strong customer support and isn

Amcrest

Amcrest is a relatively new player in the home surveillance systems market. Its systems have excellent daytime video quality compared to others we tested. The nighttime video quality from this system

Swann

For its outstanding nighttime video quality, Swann earns our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award for best home surveillance systems. Though the system's daytime video is also above average among the systems

Lorex

Flir's Lorex home surveillance systems are among the best for daytime video quality. The system seems underpowered at night, but it records good video even then for the most part. This system is simil

Foscam

Foscam is one of the best home surveillance systems for a variety of reasons. It had the best daytime video performance in our tests, and its nighttime video quality benefits from powerful infrared LE

Bright Ideas in Lighting from CES 2017

It's been a very long time since wattage was the only consideration when buying a light bulb. And the variety of features continues to expand, as witnessed at CES. Vendors were displaying smart bulbs

D-Link Announces New Security Cameras at CES 2017

D-Link announced at CES 2017 that it's releasing four new security cameras as part of its connected home ecosystem. The new cameras include one outdoor model, the DCS-8700LH, and two indoor models, th

Best Online Nanny Services Review

An online nanny service provides a convenient option for families who are searching for a temporary or long-term care provider for children, elderly or disabled loved ones. Hiring a nanny can be an in

Motorized Blinds: Your Smart Home Just Got Smarter

With today's technology, you can automate many aspects of your home, including your window coverings. Motorized blinds can increase the comfort of your home, but you might wonder if they are worth the

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