Smart Security

As you probably already know smart technology is starting to take normal home functions to the next level. Security is just one of the many areas of the smart home revolution. These systems are making a huge impact on how you keep an eye on your property and give you piece of mind when you’re away. With many options to choose from it can be confusing to decide which one is best for you. Below we will discuss some of the top selling models and brands in smart home security in order to help you determine which one best fits your needs.

Dropcam is owned by Google. It essentially puts a video camera that is always on inside your home. It has live streaming of 720p video plus live access is free once you’ve purchased the camera. The camera models include a two-way mic (you can talk to your pets, children, etc), and a 130-degree wide-angle lens with a zoom feature. Alerts can be sent to your phone based on motion or sound, it’s simple to set up, and you can create a recording schedule based on the time of day and/or your current location.


Nest Cam
This is the successor to the Dropcam Pro and it is the first security camera from the smart home company Nest. The Nest Cam is small and shoots 1080p footage. It has 8x digital zoom and night vision due to eight IR LEDs. There is also motion detection and just like Dropcam it has cool accessories like a magnet so you can stick it on your fridge and a tripod. The only drawback with Nest Cam is that in order to access video history, people detection and special activity zones it requires an extra monthly subscription to its Nest Aware service on top of the price of the device.

Netatmo Welcome
If you don’t want to pay for a monthly subscription but you still want a smart security system, try the Netatmo Welcome. It is the same price as the Nest Cam, but the Netatmo Welcome offers you full access to your HD videos for no extra monthly payment. It also uses face recognition software so it can recognize your family and friends and instantly alert you with a photo when a possible intruder is spotted in the house.


Canary is a whole security system in a sleek little box that looks a lot like a router. It includes a camera with night vision and motion detection, accelerometer sensors to detect tampering, and a speaker and siren. Any time it spots something out of the ordinary the alarm goes off and you get a notification on your phone. If you get an alert you are able to see the video feed right away from your smartphone. Plus temperature and humidity can also be monitored.


Honeywell Tuxedo Touch
Honeywell has such a large range of home security and automation products that it is really is difficult to review anything as a single product but the Tuxedo Touch is a great place to start. The touchscreen can organize your video monitoring, smart locks, home heating, etc. It is also voice controlled so you can tell it if you’re leaving the house so it can activate home monitoring. It is all Wi-Fi controlled and if you have the funds to get all the whistles and bells installed then this is one of the most comprehensive options on the market.

When it comes to Piper “you’re always home” is its motto. You can check the live video feed while you’re away, get notifications to your smartphone, etc.

If it is compatible Piper can also control lights and appliances around the home as well. The 180-degree lens means you can pretty much see a whole room all at once and it can also monitor sound, temperature and brightness for extra peace of mind.


The iSmartAlarm is a much more comprehensive security system and a more involved setup process. There are video cameras, contact sensors, smart switches, motion sensors and much more on the iSmartAlarm. The smartphone app warns you if anything seems out of the ordinary and you can choose to respond in a variety of different ways. There are also no monthly fees or contracts so everything you pay is up front.




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