Security is one of the most basic needs of human beings; nobody likes to live afraid, we need to feel safe. That is why it is imperative that we take care of our security, and make it our number one priority. That starts with securing the place we spend the most time and where we go to feel safe: Our homes.
Technological progress has provided us with many conveniences and ways to protect ourselves, but it has also provided criminals with multiple ways to enter our homes. As such, we need to keep our homes safe with the latest security systems. With the rise in smart homes so comes the necessity, and demand, for intelligent security systems, old systems are no longer enough.
The fundamental principle is this; an intelligent home security system makes a connection with your Wi-Fi network, from there you can control and monitor your security devices using your smartphone and an app. The most basic systems usually consist of sensors installed in doors and windows, a motion detector, and a system that connects all the devices using one or more wireless protocols.
The first advantage that smart security systems have over the old ones is customization. You get as much security as you are willing to pay for and work for, you do not even need a team of professionals to do it. For example, at its more fundamental level, you can handle the surveillance of your home yourself by regularly monitoring it, or if you don’t have the time you can pay for a company to do it.
It is possible to add more sensors to provide coverage for the entire house and build a comprehensive system that includes door locks, garage door openers, indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras, lights, sirens, smoke detectors, water sensors, and many more devices.
Taking into account, this variety of options what should one choose? The simplest answer is the one that suits your needs, but to give you a helping hand here are the best smart home security systems of 2017.
The Frontpoint Home Security System offers a middle ground between do it yourself system and company system. It works like this, you install all the equipment, but the company provides the monitoring system 24/7. It is easy to install and has an extensive selection of accessories to customize your system further.
A Scout Alarm Home Security System offers significant customization. You can check in from any smart device, control the alarm from anywhere, have control over the components you want, the color and finish, the actions Scout will initiate in different situations, and the level of support you want.
The Piper NV Home Security Camera includes a lot of sensors, including motion, noise, temperature, humidity, and light sensors that provide information on the status of your home in real time. It will even warn you if dangerous weather events are approaching. The Piper NV is still a solid device that will protect small apartments or homes from criminals.
Amazon has expanded their selection of Echo products with the inclusion of Echo Dot, a smaller more streamlined version of the original echo. Echo Dot is the best alternative to Amazon Echo.
The setup process of Echo Dot is the same as the one with Echo. The indicator ring still at the top flashes orange when it plugged the first time. A Wifi connection is also still necessary.
The Echo Dot does not need any other Echo or product; it works independently. It also operates inthe sameway; the personal assistant Alexa is installed in the device and saying her name is enough to turn on the device.
Here are the main differences between both products.
The main difference between Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot is the lack of the powerful speaker the original Echo had. As such, Echo Dot it is not recommended for large spaces.
That said, Echo dot’s speaker may have lost power, but it works perfectly fine and can carry on all the essential functions. The best comparison is to that of a laptop speaker, not the best, but it does its job.
Some examples include settings alarms and timers, answering questions with information sourced via Wikipedia, adding items to the Amazon shopping list, setting reminders and keeping the calendar updated, playback music, control third-party apps and much more.
Like the original Echo, the capabilities of the Echo dot are continually being updated, and new skills and functionalities are added almost every day.
Also, the loss of the previous speaker is compensated by a massive decrease in price. The original Echo costs 180 dollars, while Echo Dot can be purchased for just 50 dollars, a much more affordable price for such a useful device.
If a stronger sound experience is needed, Echo Dot has been designed with the capability to connect to external speakers. This process can be done in two ways, none of which are available to the original Echo. One is via a Bluetooth pairing and the other with a direct cable link to the stereo.
The first Echo can be connected with other devices with Bluetooth, but the option is not available to speakers. Unlike the original Echo, pairing a Bluetooth speaker with Echo dot is very easy. It can even be paired with other audio output devices like headphones.This allows absolute control of the sound output, minimizing the loss of the larger speaker.
If a Bluetooth speaker or device is not available, then it is possible to connect it with a cable to any stereo device. Like the Echo, Echo Remote can be used with the Echo Dot and with a smartphone, allowing control from everywhere in the house.
In the end, the Amazon Echo Dot is an alternative to Amazon Echo. Echo Dot is a device that overall is superior to the traditional Echo. It is cheaper and has the same functionality.
When choosing between both devices the most important question is this: How much does the user need a large speaker? For a big house regular Echo, for a small flat Echo dot.
In the past, people dreamed about smart homes that could assist you in your daily life, thanks to amazon’s Echo that dream is a little closer, and judging by its popularity on Amazon it is a step in the right direction.
The setup is incredibly easy. The only thing you need to do is to plug it, download the echo app on your smartphone, and follow the instructions. Echo requires a wireless internet connection to work. While the app is free, an Amazon account is necessary, and the setup is not possible without one.
Amazon’s Echo is very easy to use. Amazon Echo is a smart speaker, a device that is controlled by voice. The device’s form consists of a 9.25 inch (23.5 cm) tall cylinder speaker that includes a seven-piece microphone array that allows the device to listen and make itself heard from any direction within the room where it is installed.
It has two buttons, an action button which turns it on and silences alarms, and a mute button that deactivates its audio processing circuit, a red light will appear in that case. It also has a blue light on top of it that indicates its activity, when it is off its ready for requests, when it is in its processing the request. The volume can be regulated by turning the top ring of the device.
The device connects to the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service Alexa by saying its name. The activation word can be changed from Alexa to any other name by the user if so desired. The device includes a manually and voice-activated remote control. It can be used in conjunction with the activation word. The more you use it, the more it learns about your preferences, becoming faster and more efficient in the process.
The device has many features including voice interaction, music playback, making lists, setting different alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other types of information in real time.
Echo also has access to skills built with the Alexa Skills Kit. These are voice experiences developed by other companies that significantly increase the capabilities of any Alexa-enabled device (such as the Echo). Some examples of these new skills include answer general questions, order a pizza, get an Uber, and more. New skills are continuously being created to offer more services to the user.
It can also control several smart devices, becoming the “brain” of the house from which the user can control everything that is compatible with Echo. Some examples include lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more. Like the skills, new devices are being made compatible and controllable with echo.
Devices like amazon’s Echo are going to become as common as a microwave or a freezer in every house. It offers a quick and easy way to control all the devices in our home from the conformity of a chair and using only our voice. It saves us precious time and makes our daily lives easier.
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