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Swann NVR-8580 4K Ultra HD NVR security surveillance system review

REVIEW – Back in 2016, I reviewed the Swann SWNVK-873004 3MP surveillance camera system that has stood guard over our home for nearly half a decade. At that time, this 8 channel, “Platinum Grade” 3MP PoE system with an internal hard drive and integrated smartphone app was pretty high tech and cutting edge. It was engineered …

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Level introduces their latest stealthy smart lock: the Level Touch

NEWS – Level has just announced its latest smart lock: the Level Touch. Earlier this month I reviewed Level’s Invisible Smart Lock (which they now apparently call the Bolt), that transforms your existing deadbolt into a connected smart lock you’re able to control/manage via your iPhone or Android device. The Level Touch keeps all the stealth …

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Vivint SmartHome security system review

REVIEW – I’ve enjoyed testing and writing about many smart home gadgets, home automation devices, security systems, and dozens of security cameras, over the years. One thing that I’ve always found to be a problem is that each device I’ve continued to use has required its own separate app which means you have to search …

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Mighty Mule MM572W Smart Dual Swing Gate Opener review

REVIEW – The IoT (Internet of Things) continues to expand into all facets of our everyday world, where our refrigerators, barbecues, toothbrushes, doorbells, garage door openers, etc are now “connected” smart devices helping us keep track of every nuance of our existence. As one might expect, this trend has spread to some relatively niche products. …

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Lockly’s new Vision smart lock lets you see who’s at your front door

NEWS – In May of last year, I reviewed the Lockly Secure Pro smart lock. It’s a great smart lock that’s easy to install and is loaded with features. I loved everything about it, and 8-months later, my feelings haven’t changed. At this year’s CES Lockly showed off their newest smart lock, the Lockly Vision. …

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Eve Extend, Energy, Motion and Door & Window sensors review

REVIEW – At this point, my home is ran in part by us two humans as much as it is with Eve’s products. When the Extend and Energy accessories came up for review, I jumped all over it as I knew they were products that I could easily incorporate into our evolving automated home. To …

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BodyGuardz goes from smartphones to smart homes with new product line

NEWS – BodyGuardz who has been a popular brand for smartphone screen protection and cases is now expanding its product focus into the smart home device category with security cameras and an emergency hub. Their new Portable 360º Security Camera is a battery-powered camera that features a rechargeable battery and the ability to relocate it …

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Lockly Secure Pro Deadbolt Edition smart lock review

REVIEW – I love smart home gadgets. But I have yet to review any type of smart lock. That is up until now. Today I’ll be reviewing the Lockly Secure Pro Deadbolt Edition. This lock is loaded with a lot of unique security features, including a secure digital keypad and  3D fingerprint sensor.  Let’s take …

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LifeShield Wireless Flood Sensor review

REVIEW – Last year, I reviewed the LifeShield Security System, that included full automation via a touchscreen tablet, base station, wireless keypad, wireless camera, and a number of security accessories and sensors. The system has performed flawlessly, and now I have the opportunity to reviews LifeShield’s Wireless Flood Sensor. I am quite confident that this …

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