Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’re already aware of the rising popularity of voice assistants in our daily lives. Our smart phones provide this via “OK Google” or “Hey, Siri” for Apple. Additionally, Amazon has been pushing their Echo devices with “Alexa” quite heavily. Recently I upgraded my thermostat to a new device that adds the latter, baked right in. Here are my testing results.
Picking the right wifi smart camera for your home can be an overwhelming shopping experience. These days it seems there are just too many options, and too much to consider! Lucky for you, this blog exists for folks like you. We’re here to take the guess-work out of your decision, by testing the latest & greatest device, and then giving you our unbiased opinion. In this review we’re pitting some new comers and some old favorites in our latest wifi smart camera comparison!
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.
Over fifteen years ago I purchased a cheap programmable 5+2 day thermostat at my local hardware store. And for nearly a decade that unit provided me ample performance, until one day it stopped working and needed replaced. At that time, a few years ago, there was only one option for tech geeks like myself who wanted a WiFi smart home thermostat. But nowadays we have many options, which is why today I’m provided my review of the two of the top sellers in this segment: the Nest Learning Thermostat and the ecobee3 Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor (Apple HomeKit Enabled).
Security cameras are becoming quite popular, with new options emerging regularly. We recently tested two devices in this segment, and now have had a chance to test two more. Whether being used as a security camera, a baby monitor, or just a way to keep tabs on your pets, these devices are gaining traction for many users. In this installment we’ll take the a look back at the Dropcam Pro versus Withings Home, adding the Netatmo Welcome versus Nest Cam wifi security camera devices.