Skydrop Arc smart sprinkler controller system. Image: Skydrop.

6 smart irrigation controllers to keep your lawn happy this summer

By Smart Home System 0 Comment August 9, 2018

As the temperatures creep up during the long days of summer, lawns grow thirsty. Even though you might have the best intentions to keep your lawn properly watered and looking lush and green, busy work schedules and family activities can derail you from those plans. The solution is installing smart irrigation controllers. These devices are […]

Ever wonder how much energy your abode is using right now? Monitors like Smappee can tell you in a flash.

Smappee transforms boring appliances into smart devices

By Smart Home System 0 Comment August 9, 2018

Everybody wastes at least a little bit of electrical energy in their home, but how can you eliminate that waste if you don’t know where it’s coming from? Well, with Smappee, you can. The company offers a range of whole-home energy monitors, smart plugs, and an app that enable you to monitor, measure, and control […]

Smart door locks offer keyless entry and added safety for your home. Image: August Home.

4 key smart home safety features to invest in

By Smart Home System 0 Comment August 9, 2018

If you’re just starting to entertain the idea of installing smart security devices in your home, remember that these devices can sometimes carry a hefty up-front cost. It’s helpful to think about them as long-term investments—in your safety and in your finances.  Besides making your home more attractive to potential buyers, especially millennial buyers, smart […]

Do you know if your garage door is open or closed right now? The new generation of smart garage door opener controllers can let you check via your smartphone. Image: Digitized House Media.

5 smart controllers to elevate your garage door

By Smart Home System 0 Comment August 9, 2018

There are smart door locks and intelligent room lights and thermostats, so why not smart garage door controllers, too? As it turns out, you can buy those and there are a growing number to choose from. Here are five of the best ones.  [1] Chamberlain C450 Durable Chain Drive Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener Fitted with […]

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New Philips Hue App Syncs Your Lights to Games, Music

By Smart Home System 0 Comment June 4, 2018

When it comes to smart light bulbs, the Philips Hue lighting system is already at the head of the class. And now Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) is coming out with an app to give its lights even more of an edge, and create a more immersive environment in your smart home. The Philips Hue Sync […]

Best Smart Locks of 2018

By Smart Home System 0 Comment June 4, 2018

After reviewing numerous smart locks from several well-known brands, our top pick is the August Smart Lock Pro, which was easy to install, has a number of optional accessories (such as a keypad and doorbell camera) and can be connected to a wide range of smart home systems, such as Alexa, Google Home, and Nest. […]

Best Smart Switches of 2018

By Smart Home System 0 Comment June 4, 2018

One of the easiest ways to make your home smart is by using a so-called “smart plug,” which lets you control various small appliances without needing to be in the room — or the country, for that matter. Because smart plugs are easy to use and very affordable, starting at less than $30 per switch, […]

Best Wireless Home Security Cameras 2018

By Smart Home System 0 Comment June 4, 2018

Need to keep an eye on your abode from anywhere? Small, standalone Wi-Fi security cameras (also called IP cameras) are easy to set up, can stream video to your phone, tablet or PC, and will send you notifications if they detect motion or loud noises. Most cameras also provide night vision and automatic motion-activated recording. […]

Zolo Mojo Review: A Meh Google Home Mini Alternative

By Smart Home System 0 Comment June 4, 2018

Anker Zolo Mojo in Best Smart Light Switches of 2018 The good Compact form Bluetooth connectivity Responsive touch gestures The bad More expensive than Google Home Mini Can’t make calls Doesn’t let you adjust treble or bass Lacks rich bass Verdict The Zolo Mojo delivers decent sound for a small speaker but costs nearly twice […]

Best Smart Speakers 2018

By Smart Home System 0 Comment June 4, 2018

There’s a good chance that your first smart home device will be a smart speaker. For one, it works just fine as a way to play music from your smartphone or the cloud. But if you start talking to it, the speaker will respond to your commands. It can do things like look up the […]