They say a person’s home is their castle, but with so many high-tech security gadgets on the market to choose from, your castle can easily turn into a smart fortress. The days of protecting your house using an alarm company and landline are going the way of, well, the landline. The smart home is here to stay, and with it comes the ability to keep your house connected and protected using new and increasingly user-friendly technology. At the end of the day, nothing beats having man’s best friend at home to greet a would-be burglar, but some of the latest and greatest in connected home devices come pretty close.
D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router, $299
Like any strong home, a strong foundation is required before you build up. The D-Link AC3200 Router allows your devices to connect at their fastest rate and stay connected. The AC3200 features Tri-Band technology that automatically finds the best band for your devices, six antennas eliminating dead zones, and 4K compatibility for video streaming and online gaming. That all comes in a unique design that can sit on your mantle as a conversation piece.
Ring Video Doorbell, $199
Think of the Ring Video Doorbell as a video peephole that you can access while you are inside the house, at work, or even on that well-deserved vacation. Installation only requires using a few simple tools and a connection to your home Wi-Fi network. Ring features motion detection, two-way audio to speak to visitors, night vision and cloud recording (for a $3 monthly fee). If you need to monitor a larger area, Ring is expanding their line to include a Stick Up Cam for just that purpose.
Icontrol Piper nv, $279
Icontrol’s Piper nv is one of the more expensive home monitoring cameras on the market, but it is one of the few that can work with existing smart home devices. Piper nv has a built-in Z-Wave controller that can connect to other smart home devices such as thermostats, door sensors, lights, and even garage door openers. Piper nv is designed to easily blend into its surroundings and quietly monitor your home’s interior for unauthorized entry. Once the motion detection is activated, the nv sends you an alert via text, video, email and/or phone call. There is also a 105 dB siren that could even scare a zombie when activated. If $279 is out of your budget, then you can check out Piper classic, which loses the night vision, higher MP camera, and enhanced video.