Tech Bytes: Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away


The Canary Home Security device – The Canary is a complete home security system in a single device that adapts to your home over time and sends “intelligent” notifications with HD video/audio to your smartphone. Download the free iPhone or Android app, put Canary in a central area, plug into the Internet – and it’s on. Canary’s siren, motion-activated recording and auto arm/disarm provides professional monitoring. And it can monitor air quality and temperature as well.

Nest Home Thermostat – The Nest controls the temperature in your home and adjusts to energy savings temps when the house is empty. Compatible with most home heating and cooling systems, the device can be easily set up by you – or with concierge installation service. More than 75 percent of customers install the Nest in less than 30 minutes and it’s ready to use with your computer, smartphone or tablet.

The Belkin WeMo Insight Switch – If you ever leave home and wonder whether you turned off the toaster or dryer, the Belkin WeMo Insight Switch can tell you. The switch plugs into your wall outlet, helping you connect electronics such as a fan, light or space heater to your Wi-Fi network. Turn each device on or off remotely from your smartphone or tablet, and set schedules, such as automatically turning an entryway light on at dusk. Get notifications for each appliance so you know, for example, when your washing machine finished its cycle. Also get quick access to how much energy each device is using.

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