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6 Best Wi-Fi Security Cameras for Home

NetGear Arlo Pro

This is the best wi-fi security camera system on the list but it comes at a premium price. The one camera kit starts at around $220 and has over 8,000 reviews with a 95% positive rating. The wire-free NetGear Arlo Pro is simple to install and use. With a 12-hour rechargeable battery, customer reviews show that battery life isn’t much of a concern. The Arlo Pro has a 100+ decibel siren, wide-angle lens, night vision, 2-way audio, live streaming, and cloud uploading. And the Arlo Pro is Amazon Alexa compatible.

Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera

The Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera is an Amazon Alexa compatible security cam that is easy to use and setup. This wi-fi security camera has about an 85-90% positive rating with over 6,000 customer reviews. Within a few minutes, you’ll be able to mount the camera, plug it in, download the Nest app and have a live stream. The Nest Cam Indoor can stream 1080P video to your smartphone, tablet, or computer. This security camera has a wide a wide-angle view that is great in the daytime and nighttime. Additionally, it has night vision, a built-in speaker, and microphone. And for an additional fee, it has Nest Aware. With the Nest Aware feature, you’ll be able to get intelligent alerts, cloud recording, and other cool security features.

Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera

The Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera has all of the great features as the Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera but is totally waterproof and can be outdoors 24/7. This wi-fi security camera has about a 95% positive rating with almost 3,000 customer reviews. And from the customer reviews, there are no worries of the Outdoor Security Camera being stolen as it doesn’t unplug at the base. Additionally, there are cable clips to help secure it at points. The main concern is someone actually taking heavy duty scissors and cutting the cord. Other than that concern, this outdoor security camera is extremely popular online.

Amcrest ProHD 1080P Wireless Security Camera

This wi-fi security camera has over 8,000 customer reviews and around an 85% positive rating. Armcrest and their ProHD 1080P Wireless Security Camera is a great security camera for indoor usage. When my daughter was younger, this was a great camera for monitoring her when she refused to take naps. Now it is being used as a way to monitor the living room at night. Sadly, this wireless security camera doesn’t connect to my Amazon Echo Dot or any voice-controlled smart speakers.

Logitech Circle Wireless

The Logitech Circle is a small security camera with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 12 hours per charge. This camera software has a unique feature that creates a 30-second time-lapse video of the day. Additionally, the Logitech Circle has unlimited 1080P streaming, smart alerts, night vision, cloud recording, and 2-way audio.

Belkin NetCam

A budget security camera that gets the job done for under $70. The Belkin NetCam records in 640×480 pixels but it can be connected via Ethernet and wi-fi. Some of the features include email alerts, night vision, and live stream to iOS or Android.

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Samsung SmartThings & 3 Compatible Smart Devices

This article was inspired by a frustrating house hunt. After finding a decent house and wondering about house security, I saw the Samsung SmartThings. The SmartThings kit seems to be great for a starter smart house setup so I decided to write about some of the products I’m interested. The best thing about all of these products is that it will also work with my underused Echo Dot.

Samsung SmartThings Monitoring Kit

From reading the reviews, the Samsung SmartThings kit seems to be a great way to test home automation. It has a SmartThings hub, two multi purpose sensors, a smart power outlet, and a motion sensor. This kit can be used to automate, control and monitor your home from anywhere. It is compatible with other big smart device brands such as Amazon, Bose, Honeywell, and more.

Other Smart Devices for the SmartThings

These are a few of the compatible smart devices for this security kit. I’m only going to talk about the highly rated ones that caught my attention, as usual.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

First up is this awesome looking video doorbell from a company called Ring. The reviews show this doorbell is a best seller, with a simple design and easy installation. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro app will allow you to see and talk to visitors at the door, from anywhere. As a security method, you can also record HD video and even store the videos in the cloud. This is a great option for people that have created a personal cloud using some NAS devices. The device comes with four interchangeable face plates. The only negative is that it must be hardwired like a regular bell.

Sengled Dimmable Smart LED Bulb

The Sengled Smart Bulb is an affordable smart LED bulb that will connect with other smart devices, including the SmartThings Hub. Nothing fancy here, as it will simply allow you to control the light bulb from your smartphone or add it to the SmartThings automation. This bulb uses 80% less energy and should give up to 25,000 hours of use.

Netgear Arlo Pro Security System

The Netgear Arlo Pro is a simple wireless home security system. The Arlo Pro is weatherproof, has rechargeable batteries, and a built-in mic and speaker. The base even has a 100+ decibel siren! The camera is able to detect motion and alert you immediately via the app or base, thanks to the siren. This kit comes with 2 HD security cameras that allow HD video, live streaming, night vision, local and cloud backup options. The Arlo Pro is compatible with IFTTT and Amazon’s Alexa. The latest customer reviews state that the rechargeable batteries are lasting for weeks. And looks like a recent update fixed some of the detection issues.

Yale Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt

Finally, the Yale Touchscreen Deadbolt is another one of the smart devices that work for Alexa and SmartThings. This touchscreen deadbolt is totally key free. This deadbolt is easy to install and was voted #1 Smart Door Lock brand by CEPRO. With this deadbolt, you can enter up to 25 unique 4-8 digit PIN codes. It can be programmed to lock after a certain amount of time. And looks like the Yale deadbolt can alert users for every entry, tempering, and even a low battery.

After more reviewing, I’ll probably pick up all of these compatible smart devices except for the Arlo Pro. The Arlo Pro has great ratings but I have my lazy moments and I know for sure that I’ll forget to keep the cameras charged for those unexpected moments in life. Time to research the best wireless security cameras for home & office.

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5 Best NAS Devices for Personal Cloud

What is a NAS, network-attached storage, device? A NAS device can be used for wireless backups. These devices can store massive amounts of data, users can use these storage devices to create their own personal cloud storage for videos, photos, music and other files.

Seagate Personal Cloud

The Seagate Personal Cloud Storage is a popular NAS device, based on Amazon customer reviews. This smaller device is available in 3 TB, 4 TB, and 6 TB storage options. The NAS device works for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android and is great for backing up files. One of the selling points of this cloud storage is that it is DLNA certified and allows users to stream 4K videos, music or photos to compatible devices. The Seagate Personal Cloud has two USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and support for IFTTT and Plex Media Server. This is great storage option for a small personal cloud.

Synology DiskStation

The Synology DiskStation is a simple, upgradeable NAS device. This NAS device works for basically all devices that can connect to the network. One of the selling points of Synology DiskStation is the 4 bays that allows up to four 10 TB hard drives to be inserted into the bays. This device comes with 8 GB of RAM and three 3.0 USB ports. The Synology DiskStation is the best NAS device, as it has around a 95% positive rating online. Some of the great things users are doing with this device are streaming 4K videos, backing up all the computers and mobile devices in their homes, connecting it to smart cameras to store a massive amount of captured video, and storing years worth of music. And with the mobile app, users are able to access all of the data from anywhere. This is the best storage option for a large personal cloud that can support tech savvy families.

The Synology DiskStation is the best NAS device, as it has around a 95% positive rating online. Some of the great things users are doing with this device are streaming 4K videos, backing up all the computers and mobile devices in their homes, connecting it to smart cameras to store a massive amount of captured video, and storing years worth of music. And with the mobile app, users are able to access all of the data from anywhere. This is the best storage option for a large personal cloud that can support tech savvy families.

WD My Cloud Expert Series

The WD My Cloud Expert Series has a 32 TB option that provides almost as much storage as the Synology DiskStation. The My Cloud Expert Series start with 2GB of RAM, it may not move as fast as the others, it will still do a great job for storing files. It comes with a Gigabit Ethernet port and two 3.0 USB ports.

Thanks to easily upgradable hard drives, users will have the option to switch out hard drives. Luckily, WD is known for having very user-friendly software that makes the setup of their devices easier than their competition. And this device also has a mobile app for accessing data anywhere. This is a great storage option for a large personal cloud that can support tech savvy families.

NetGear ReadyNAS

The NetGear ReadyNAS device is similar to the Synology DiskStation, as it has a 2-bay and 4-bay option for those that want to use their own hard drives. It also has 4 TB, 6 TB, 8 TB, and 12 TB options available for those that are okay with the default hard drives. The NetGear ReadyNAS comes with 2 GB of RAM, two Gigabit Ethernet ports and a 3.0 USB port. And just like all of the other storage devices of this caliber, it allows full HD streaming, wireless backups of all files and access to Plex Media Server. Depending on the storage option selected, this can be a great storage option for a small or large personal cloud.

WD My Cloud

Finally, the WD 8 TB My Cloud is currently a best seller online and is one of the simpler ways of creating your own personal cloud thanks to WD user-friendly software. It doesn’t have a bay but has fast data transfer speeds. The WD 8 TB comes with a Gigabit Ethernet port and one USB 3.0 port. Similar to the other storage devices, users will be able to stream, store and remotely access their files. This is a great storage option for creating a medium personal cloud.

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6 Best External Hard Drive for Home Offices

These are a few of the best external hard drive for home storage because you may not want to rely on the cloud 100% of the time.

The Amazon reviews are rarely ever wrong. If you’re looking for a reliable hard drive for home or office then you can’t go wrong with the Seagate Backup Plus. This external hard drive is available in several sizes, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 5TB, or 8TB. All with the same level of quality that you can expect from this excellent manufacturer. It features high-speed USB 3.0 and can perform scheduled backups. The Seagate Backup Plus 5TB model is reasonably priced.

When looking for a reliable and very powerful external hard drive, you know you cannot go wrong with the Western Digital My Passport. The WD 1TB is ideal for anyone who wants to get the best results without any hassles. It comes with a USB 3.0 port and is a fast hard drive. You can get this great external hard drive for home or office for cheap. It currently has over 1,800 positive reviews.

Now with over 1,900 positive customer reviews. Toshiba has one of the best 3TB hard drives with the Toshiba Canvio Connect II. This is the kind of product that provides top of the line quality that you can trust. With 3TB of space, which is a lot of space for most users, you’re getting a great hard drive for a low price. The full system backup feature is a great feature that makes the backup process very simple.

Seagate has always been known for having some quality external hard drives. The company may not be the best but they are top 3. The Backup Plus 4TB for Mac is a USB 3.0 external hard drive for home. This hard drive has a very simple dashboard interface and makes it easy for people to backup their important files or their entire MacOS device.

LaCie is not as well known as others companies, but they make a great external hard drive for home and office use. LaCie is coming strong and letting the world know that they are a quality brand. This LaCie 1TB external hard drive features USB-C connectivity as well as USB 3.0 ports.  For a low price, you’ll get a reliable portable hard drive that has a beautiful aluminum casing.

The ultimate external hard drive for home and office. This WD hard drive has about an 85% positive rating. If you are looking for a powerful and durable hard drive that is going to allow you to save a ton of information while still maintaining the portability factor, you can’t go wrong with the WD 16TB Book Duo. Judging from the reviews, this device works best as a monthly backup hard drive rather than a daily hard drive. The Book Duo offers cloud storage and has an easy to use interface that allows you to decide what kind of speed configuration to use.

Finding an external hard drive for home is an annoying process. No matter what hard drive you get, always remember to regularly back up your data.

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5 Best Android Smartphones for Students & Adults

This list has a powerful Android smartphone that is just right for you. These smartphones should last a few years, thanks to the RAM and processor. Streaming from Netflix, YouTube, or Google Play Music will never be an issue. Additionally, all of these smartphones can play the latest games and apps from the Google Play Store. And these smartphones all have a high-resolution display and impressive battery life.

Samsung Galaxy S8

There is no question that the Galaxy S series by Samsung have always been top quality purchases for those who want the best Android smartphones available on the market. The S8 Plus comes packed with great everyday features, a Snapdragon processor, a 12 MP back camera and 8 MP front camera. This smartphone has a very large 5.8-inch HD display that is ideal for anyone looking for the best display. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is definitely one of the best Android smartphones you can get these days. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ can be found for competitive price for a high end smartphone.

HTC U11

There are so many damn Android smartphones to choose from these days and it’s so overwhelming to look for the perfect one Android. The HTC U11 is an excellent Android smartphone that comes equipped with a large number of useful features. It’s a powerful phone with a Snapdragon processor and it a 12 MP camera. If you are looking for a great phone that provides an excellent set of features, fast enough for the latest games and great at taking pictures then the HTC is definitely a great choice.

Google Pixel XL

Google is finally competing in the smartphone market with their Google Pixel XL Android smartphone. The Google Pixel XL comes with a Snapdragon processor, 4 GB of RAM, up to 128 GB of storage and a high-resolution display. The Pixel XL has a 12 MP back camera and 8 MP front camera. This is a high-performance phone that is becoming the favorite of many smartphone enthusiasts who are looking for the best performing phone with every new release. It’s important to remember that Google plans to support the Pixel XL for a few years.

Motorola Moto Z

The Moto Z is one of those phones that is going to provide great results for a lower price. It has a Snapdragon processor, you can’t go wrong with this processor. The Moto Z has 4 GB of RAM and the modular accessories that are quite creative and innovative. It has a 13 MP back camera, long lasting battery life and is razor thin. This is one of those phones that is perfect for those looking for the best technology without paying too much.

OnePlus 5

There are many users that believe the OnePlus 5 is the best Android smartphone. The OnePlus 5 comes with a Snapdragon processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 20 MP back camera and a 16 MP front camera. There is no denying that the quality of the images and videos will be the best in this price range. The OnePlus 5 has a 5.5-inch HD display and a nice modern design that is both elegant and durable. This makes it a favorite choice for a large number of individuals looking for quality.

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5 Best 4K TV Home Theater Under $1,000

Everyone wants a 4K TV Home Theater for under $1,000. This list has several popular Smart TVs from Amazon that range from $700 to $1000. Currently, these TVs have mostly positive ratings.

Sony 4K Smart TV

High resolution is a must these days and there is no way to deny that a TV with 4K resolution is the best option. With close to a 95% positive rating, that is why I had to go with this Sony 4K Smart TV. This 54.6-inch screen is ideal for people who owns the new generation of video gaming consoles that features 4K graphics or for people that want to take advantage of the 4K features from Netflix and other streaming services. Thanks to the smart features, this 4K TV home theater comes with Android TV, giving it a huge range of apps and games from Google Play, such as YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Video, Pandora and more. It’s a great investment for a mid-range TV set that provides the ultimate entertainment experience.

LG Smart LED TV

With the current 4K craze, you want to make sure that you can purchase a TV that offers the best bang for your buck. This LG Smart LED TV is an extremely reliable TV set with a nice 55-inch screen, outstanding sound and webOS 3.0 for great smart functionality all kinds of TV apps, such as Netflix, Hulu and the other popular streaming apps. This TV comes with some unique features such as a wireless connect app and a remote with voice commands.

Samsung 4K Ultra HD TV

This Samsung 4K Ultra HD TV offers an excellent choice for anyone who is looking for high quality, sleek design, and 4K resolution. This 54.6-inch screen has the usual smart functionalities thanks to the Samsung Smart Hub that will allow you to get access to Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Pandora and the other popular streaming apps. Thanks to the Smart Hub and other internal specs, this TV is definitely the most future proof.

Sharp Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Sharp is known for making quality products and their Ultra HD Smart LED TV appears to be very popular online, with mostly positive ratings on Amazon. Sharp’s 4K TV home theater is one of the cheapest smart TVs. This Smart TV has a 55-inch screen, HDR capabilities, and comes loaded with several popular streaming apps.

TCL Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

All brands are making sure that they can provide the highest quality available and the this Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV is definitely not an exception to that rule. This 55-inch 4K TV home theater is equipped with smart features and it comes with very vibrant and powerful colors that make it an ideal purchase. The thing about this TCL Smart TV is that it is not a big brand yet, so you’re able to get outstanding quality at a very affordable price range.

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3 Best Streaming Sticks To Replace Cable

This is my list of the 3 best streaming sticks to replace cable. All of these streaming sticks have at least a 95% positive rating online and priced competitively.

Google Chromecast Ultra

There are many decent streaming sticks available on the market today, which is why Google had to create a superior one. Google’s Chromecast Ultra provides a large number of entertainment apps that are ideal for anyone who wants to turn their new 4K TV into the ultimate entertainment theater. You won’t find other products with the same features that can surpass the quality that Google offers.

Amazon Fire TV Stick

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is definitely the most popular device thanks to some popular software. Besides the popular software, Amazon and their constant updates are making it one of the best streaming sticks to replace cable. This is one of the smallest sticks available but it has high quality along with a large selection of apps and games that you can stream to any TV set. The Fire TV Stick is the most affordable choice and is loved by customers on Amazon as it has over 74,000 positive reviews. This is the ultimate small device to create the perfect HDTV experience.

Roku Streaming Stick

Roku was also aware of the importance of coming up with their own streaming stick and they decided to create the Roku Streaming Stick. This is an excellent little device that will turn any TV into a streaming entertainment system that is going to be ideal for anything you need. You’ll be able to get all of the popular apps and online entertainment on the always growing Roku Channel Store. The Roku Streaming Stick even comes with a remote control that doubles as a game controller. If you are looking for a reliable streaming device, you will never go wrong with the Roku Streaming Stick.

If these streaming sticks aren’t enough for you then maybe a powerful streaming box will help you cut the cord.

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5 Best Streaming Box To Replace Cable

Finding the perfect streaming box to replace cable is difficult. Usually, people with extra space will opt for a streaming box as its more future proof. If these streaming boxes are too complicated then a streaming stick may perfect for you.

Roku Ultra

The Roku Ultra is basically a souped up version of the regular Roku player made for 4K streaming. This device is the ultimate 4K UHD media player with an incredible exceptional quality. It comes with a voice remote that doubles as a game controller and high quality digital audio output. You are not going to find any other products that are as good as this one. You can get the Roku Ultra to give a boost to your current entertainment system.

Roku Express

The Roku Express streaming box is the cheapest streaming box online that doesn’t suck. This Roku Express works best for old TVs that do not have any of the cool features or high resolution. If you want to try a cheap streaming box to replace cable then this is the perfect device for you. And if you still love the Roku Express after getting a 4K TV then you’ll probably want to upgrade to the Roku Ultra to take advantage of the UHD features.

Amazon Fire TV

If you are looking for the best streaming box to replace cable then check out the Amazon Fire TV, one of the most advanced entertainment systems for your HDTV. With thousands of amazing apps and video games, this is the ultimate entertainment system without a doubt. You will love the results you get from this small device that allows you to stream from the most popular streaming services available. The Amazon Fire TV comes with a voice enabled remote and has thousands of apps and games.

Apple TV

Apple has always been able to produce some high-quality products and their Apple TV is no different. The Apple TV is probably the most reliable and solid choice for those who don’t mind the premium price tag of Apple. The Apple TV AppStore is always growing with thousands of quality apps and games. You can watch streams from popular streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, Disney and even NBC. Additionally, you’re able to sync your music, podcasts, photos and more with the Apple TV.

With the recent release of the Apple TV 4K, you can watch your favorite shows in 4K if you have a compatible HD or 4K HDR TV.

NVIDIA Shield TV

NVIDIA has jumped in on the TV streaming box market with their excellent box that is aimed for the gamer that wants to use this system for all kinds of entertainment purposes. The NVIDIA Shield TV is a 4K and full 1080P HD device that is going to allow you to get maximum performance on any TV set. With NVIDIA’s streaming box, you’ll have access to thousands of great apps and games with GeForce Now for an extensive library of video games to play on your TV with full HD features.