BATTLE! – Dropcam Pro versus Withings Home WiFi Security Cameras

When you say the words “home security” to someone, they tend to think of burglars, monitoring systems with advertisements on a post/sign in your lawn, and expensive monthly or annual costs.  But thanks to huge advances in technology it is easier today than ever before to add layers of security to your home or small business, relying heavily on technologies like wifi to connect these devices.  We recently compared two of the top WiFi Security Cameras on the market today in a head-to-head battle between the Dropcam Pro and Withings Home.

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TESTED: D-Link Wireless Pan & Tilt Day/Night Network Surveillance Camera (DCS-5020L)

Staples Connect offers a great home automation platform, and over recent months I’ve tested and reviewed a cornucopia of accessories for their smart home hub.  One of my favorite reviews talked about some D-LINK CAMERAS that could be easily called upon when the system detects motion and other triggers.  In this installment I’ll add two more cameras to my home, both which are D-Link Wireless Pan & Tilt Day/Night DCS-5020 units.

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REVIEW: Home Automation – D-Link Cloud Camera & Ecolink Door & Window Sensor

Now that I’ve settled on the Staples Connect hub for my current home automation setup, I’ve been slowly growing my collection of hardware over time.  In this January 2015 installment I’ll preview my thoughts on the Ecolink Door & Window Sensor, plus a pair of D-Link Cloud Cameras (Day/Night) recently installed.  Check it out…

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FOLLOW-UP: Home Automation – Wink Relay & Wink Hub, Staples Connect D-Link Hub, and Lutron Caseta Smart Bridge – Plus Schlage Connect, Aeotec, Fibaro, and more!

In my second large installment of home automation, testing continues on finding the perfect balance between reliability and user interface.  Mixing a wide variety of devices on multiple platforms I continued to seek the best aggregating hub on the market today.  Can we finally call someone the winner, or is this still a work in progress?  My testing this time around included the new Wink Relay, putting that to the test with the Wink Hub versus Staples Connect’s new D-Link Hub.  Also deeper testing was performed on the Lutron Caseta Smart Bridge.  And finally, I added some new hardware such as the Schlage Connect door locks, flood and tamper sensors from Aeotec and Fibaro, and more!

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