Gadgets for a carefree -- and smart -- vacation
With the start of the holiday, many of us are trying to manage our homes from a distance.
Is everything safe?
Did the neighbor feed the cat?
Did the delivery arrive?
Thankfully, there are a variety of smart home devices that can make your holiday even more carefree.
Anyone using a screwdriver can install many screwdrivers in a few minutes and then manage them on a smartphone.
So you don\'t have to buy a new refrigerator or washing machine to take advantage of smart home intelligence.
I have tested many remote sensors, locks, cameras and switches that are the best: keeping an eye on your property camera is the best way to monitor your home when you are away.
Although there are dozens of such
A relatively new robot, Dropcam, is called a nanny camera and has attracted considerable attention --
Especially after Nest bought $0. 555 billion last month.
Why is the price too high?
Because of one characteristic: simple.
Companies like Panasonic,
For many years, Dropcam has entered the market with the goal of facilitating consumers and has achieved success.
Dropcam Pro Wi for $199-
Pictures of the Fi camera can be viewed online at any time, and when sound or motion is detected, it sends messages and pictures.
It\'s also reliable in my tests.
When the home network is restarted and other devices cannot be restored online, Dropcam always returns after downtime.
If you want to keep the recording online, the 7-day recording is worth $99 a year.
You may want someone to enter your house when you are away.
Friends can water the plants, collect the mail and check the fish.
But it can be a hassle to arrange keys and rely on only one person.
With the Internet
Connected door lock, you can open it anytime, anywhere.
You can assign specific code to a specific person for access, or you can post a temporary code for the delivery person to drop the package.
Schlage\'s $199 Schlage Camelot residential electronic door lever offers all of these features, and its programmable Keylock is easy to install, replacing most standard home front door locks.
Get remote control-
Notification is given whenever the door is opened
It can be used with Lowe\'s Iris smart home or Z-
The only downside is that, starting at $10, the monthly fee applies to the full complement of the feature.
The remote control garage door opener will also become more and more common.
Chamberlain\'s MyQ Garage system works with openers of Chamberlain and LiftMaster, allowing you to open and close the garage door using an Apple or Android smartphone.
The $130 package includes a controller that communicates with the door opener and a home Wi-Fi network.
It also includes a door position sensor attached to the roof inside the garage door.
After completing the simple installation (
It took me less than 20 minutes)
, The owner receives an email whenever the door is opened or closed
Mail or text message.
This is ideal for parents who want to know if their teenagers at home \"borrowed\" the car --
Or when you need to get someone into the garage, not the rest of the house.
It doesn\'t make sense to keep cool while you\'re away and waste your energy keeping the house cool.
The advantage of the smart programmable thermostat is that when you are away, not only can you save money by reducing the use of power and fuel, but you can also start cooling your home before you come back. Google-
Nest is one of the most notable smart thermostats, mainly because it is easy to install and operate.
It can run without a battery or a separate power connection (
It uses trickle charges for existing HVAC lines)
, In my test, the $249 device was able to establish a wireless connection with the home network when other devices failed due to weak signals.
Joining Nest is Honeywell\'s new $279 Lyric thermostat.
Its round face and color LCD display mimic Nest\'s design, but Honeywell adds a geo-fence feature: the thermostat can automatically turn off the air conditioner when you and your smartphone Leave Home (or the heat).
When you return, the system automatically returns to the settings you like.
While all of these devices can be controlled via a smartphone or tablet app, what they lack is the industry standard that allows you to control everything --
From any manufacturer-
Use a single coordination program.
It would be ideal if there was a separate controller to turn on the lights at night, turn off the air conditioner and confirm that all doors and windows are safe.
You can purchase the complete system, but you can only purchase specific devices.
Apple\'s upcoming HomeKit software is expected to solve the problem, and Google is also working on a system.
Can one or two of them perform smart home standards
Countless people have failed.
Still to be seen.
At the same time, there is no reason to wait for yourself to improve your IQ at home.