Categories
Electronics

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.

Categories
Electronics

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.

Categories
Electronics

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.