The Arlo Q has been one of the best selling and most reliable indoor cameras on the market for the past three years. In 2016, Netgear released the Arlo Q Plus. What’s the difference between Arlo Q vs Arlo Q Plus? See below for our review of these indoor security cameras (read our outdoor camera reviews) and how to determine which is right for you.
If you’re considering installing a sprinkler system at your home, or already have a sprinkler system and want to upgrade to the best technology on the market, a wifi sprinkler system needs to be at the top of your list. Most smart sprinkler systems are easy to install and allow you to control your sprinklers all from your phone or tablet. Smart wifi sprinklers have the ability to monitor water levels in your soil and current weather conditions to know when it’s the right time to water, and will turn on or off your system as needed.
Nest recently came out with their answer for the best doorbell camera, The Nest Hello, and it will look to challenge Skybell and Ring doorbell cameras in this exploding market. Thanks to easy installation and mostly positive customer reviews, doorbell cameras are becoming a “must-have” for any smart home.
Doorbell cameras are great safety additions to your home because they keep you safe and allow you to monitor who is coming up to your door without having to open the door for strangers. The two biggest players in this market are Skybell and Ring, and each provides a high level of security and customer service that ensures your doorbell camera will work. While doorbell cameras are relatively new to the market, they have come a long way in a short amount of time and are worthwhile investments for your smart home.
Call it first world problems if you want, but one big issue facing the smart home market is the fact that you have fifteen different places to control your devices for fifteen different products. There is a real challenge to get your smart devices to connect with one another. There are platforms like IFTTT that can link certain services and platforms together, but the real answer to bringing the vast majority of your smart devices together and managing them from one place is getting a smarthome hub. The three best smarthome hubs are Wink vs Smartthings vs Insteon.
Smart locks keep you safe and smart thermostats can save you money, but isn’t a tiny part of having a smart home because it’s just fun? Enter Lifx and Hue color changing light bulbs. There really isn’t much cost savings with either of these bulbs, nor will color changing lights ward off any intruders while you’re away, but being able to change light colors in different rooms or while it’s raining is just a fun feature to have in your house. Plus, there are many other benefits to smart bulbs than just the “fun” factor. Color changing light bulbs can be easier on your eyes, create ideal lighting for photos, and give your home an elegant and sophisticated feel.