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The First Alert Onelink Safe and Sound detector features a fairly large oval case made of plastic, with the front side divided into multiple inner sections by narrow plastic bands, the device mostly being covered by lots of puncture holes the middle section is slightly elevated. Surrounding the top area there’s a metallic ring while towards the bottom, the case gets significantly slimmer and it features narrow holes all around to allow the smoke to enter the inner chamber. It’s hard not to see the striking similarities with the Nest Protect, which is also covered by lots of small holes on the front side, as well as the overall shape of the smoke detector and the LED light which shines from the circular middle section on both smoke detectors it’s clear that all smart smoke and CO detectors follow the same design pattern, so it’s not surprise that both the First Alert Onelink and Nest Protect look so similar: it seems that developers either think that this is the most ergonomic design or are simply afraid to try something new. Similarly to the Nest Protect 2nd Generation, the Safe and Sound also has a NightLight which can be adjusted in terms of intensity or colour depending on the time of day, but it cannot be set to turn on only during the night while Nest does allow it. The Onelink Safe and Sound alarm is slightly larger than your average non smart smoke detector it measures 6. 8 x 6. 8 x 2. 26 inches and weighs 1. 5 lbs, but, because of its flush mount aspect it does give some aesthetic value to the room. The main attraction is the speaker, which is located on the small middle section which will work in most cases along with the LED ring for example, when using Alexa, the LED will be solid blue when Alexa is processing your request and will become half red when the microphone is muted. I can’t really say that the speaker is among the best, but the fact that you position the device on the ceiling definitely makes it sound better than the regular Alexa devices.

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01.14.2007 | 34 Comments

Nest Secure read our full review here is the best example of what a home security starter kit should be: Simple, easy to understand, and unobtrusive while it’s working—but with plenty of options for expansion or additional features. The kit comes with the Guard hub, a round device with a number pad that tracks all the other sensors, but also incorporates a siren and motion sensor of its own. You also get two Detect motion sensors to set up where you please around the house, and two Tag key fobs that will let you pass through them. You can disarm the detectors with a code, or simply choose a silent mode to avoid triggering the alarm when necessary. The kit itself comes with a large touchscreen hub, a motion detector, and two sensors for your windows and doors. Make no mistake, ADT intends for this system to be paired with its professional monitoring, which means monthly fees—but there is a “no monitoring” option you can choose. However, the system really shines when you see how easily it can become a whole house smart platform. ADT has sensors to monitor everything from carbon monoxide to water leaks, and SmartThings has devices to manage lighting, thermostats, door locks, and more. The kit gives you a hub to control everything from…as long as you’re willing to stick with these brands. You can get more details from our full review. Geese can make excellent "watchdogs" or guards.

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01.14.2007 | 16 Comments

Motion detection with triggered recording. Cons: Bulky. Requires subscription to view recorded video. No pre buffered recording. Bottom Line: The feature rich battery powered Ring Video Doorbell 2 is ideal if you want a smart doorbell but don't want to mess with wiring. Read ReviewZmodo Greet Pro With Beam ReviewMSRP: $199. 00 at Pros: Sharp 1080p video quality. Crisp night vision. Free and paid cloud storage. Cons: Doesn't work with other smart home devices. Minor barrel distortion.