Smart Home Security -  Surveillance or Security?

Smart Home Security - Surveillance or Security?

Want cameras at home or for your business? We give it to you straight. Smart Security -  Surveillance or Security?  At a high level, what is the difference? Surveillance System - Typically – easy to set up, inexpensive hardware, optional monthly monitoring fees Security System - Typically – professionally set up, moderately priced hardware, professional monitoring tied into fire and alarm stations, monthly fees are standard What’s the challenge for consumers? You are looking at a home security system for the first time or looking to upgrade your existing system.  Most of our clients want two things A secure home...

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Has Amazon Echo become a Dorm Essential?  The Smart Dorm.

Has Amazon Echo become a Dorm Essential? The Smart Dorm.

Amazon Alexa Amazon Dot Connected Dorm Echo Dot Smart Dorm Authored By Jennifer Mallett 0 Comment(s)

Guest post written by Level Up Your Home Super Intern, Monica Cipriano, incoming Sophomore at University of Maryland. Is the Echo Dot Really Worth It? The Amazon Echo Dot has generated a lot of buzz over the past year, claiming to act as your personal assistant.  But does it live up to the hype?  Recently I was given the opportunity to take a Dot home and test it out, to see if it really is a useful tool or just a glorified version of Siri. As a college student, my main priority is to get my life together.  College is...

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What the Geo? The Time Efficient Home

What the Geo? The Time Efficient Home

What is the most valuable thing in the world to you? If you are like me, it is TIME. Whether you just want time to sit on the couch at the end of the day or make yourself a sandwich for lunch sometimes it feels like you just run out of time. Welcome to the smart home. The most valuable feature of a smart home is the time that it saves you. With Geofencing, there is no need to run around to turn off all of your lights, adjust your thermostat, and lock your doors. Leave and once you are...

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Smart Home Checklist

Smart Home Checklist

home automation smart home Smart Home Basics Wireless Shades Authored By Jennifer Mallett 0 Comment(s)

Are you ready to take the plunge? There are many cool things a Smart Home can do, but really what are the needs or opportunities you have that help you determine you are ready if you are not an “early adopter” (p.s. Smart Homes are beyond the early adopter stage now) Dive in with our Smart Home Checklist. Are you ready for a Smart Home? I have too many apps on my phone to control and want to simplify my life (simple automation) I shop online and would like to see when my packages arrive at my door and be able...

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Experiment: Alexa Free for a Week

Experiment: Alexa Free for a Week

Authored By Chris Dalton 1 Comment(s)

I have an embarrassing confession to make about being a parent. My Digital Assistant currently holds more authority with my kids than I do.  Yes, it’s true. Please withhold your judgement. Alexa took a 1 week vacation here is what happened... Recently, we had a taping for a local TV program and I took the office Amazon Echo out for our demonstration on the set. The unit I have in our house was gone for a week.  I thought…will I miss it? Is this Personal Assistant technology just kind of nice to have or does it offer a real world convenience that once we get...

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