Adding Security to Outside Lighting with Ring Floodlight Cam & Kuna Craftsman Maximus

Finding the perfect home security camera can be a tough task for most folks.  Picking a brand, going wired versus wireless, service costs, and other factors, make choosing the right unit daunting.  To make your life easier, here is a review of my two favorite devices in this increasingly crowded segment: the Ring Floodlight Cam and the Kuna Craftsman Maximus.

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REVIEW: iRobot Braava jet 240 Mopping Robot

This past holiday season I surprised my wife with a robot mop.  If it weren’t for the fact she had asked for one prior, I might have been murdered for buying her a house cleaning item.  But anything that makes having a clean house easier, who wouldn’t want that?  Here is our review after a few months of living with the iRobot Braava jet 240 Mopping Robot.

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UPDATE: Wink Hub 2 upgrades my Smart Home, works with HomeKit (sort of!)

Wink, purveyor of smart home hardware, recently debuted their Wink Hub 2 device.  This blog entry digs deeper into the features and benefits of this new system.  I’ll also talk about how having a splintered system (in this case HomeKit, and Wink) can actually work just great, even with your Amazon Alexa voice assistant.  Let’s see how it all comes together!

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REVIEW: iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum Cleaning Robot

Not since Rosie the maid/housekeeper on the Jetsons has there been a cleaning robot that excites me, until now.  Earlier this year iRobot released their latest Robot Vacuum, and though their devices are not quite as charismatic as Rosie the XB-500 model in the Jetson family’s possession, they are the closest we’ll get to living in Orbit City right now. Let’s boot up the iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum Cleaning Robot, and explore!

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COMPARISON: First Alert One Link Wi-Fi Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector versus Nest Protect 2nd Gen Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm

When the Nest Protect 2nd generation device was revealed in the summer of 2015 it was improving upon an already great device.  With no real competition to speak of I didn’t bother taking photos of my purchase, because there wasn’t really anything to compare it to for blog comparison purposes.  But now that the HomeKit-enabled First Alert DC10-500 One Link Wi-Fi Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector has arrived, let’s see how it stacks up against the Nest Protect 2nd Gen Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm.

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