Android Authority: Ryan and Sam Kroonenburg have put together a beginner and an advanced learning kit to making this a reality.
However, in recent years, emerging companies that use innovative technology have invaded the home security industry.
Lowe's Companies, Inc. today announced the release of a professional monitoring service for the all-inclusive, market-leading price of $14.95 per month for its Iris smart home security system. The new professional monitoring service gives residential customers the ability to have emergency responders dispatched to their homes in the event of a security, smoke, carbon monoxide or panic alarm with no long-term contract required.
Ben Keough, Reviewed.com: Security cameras aren't a new idea. For years, they've been watching you and recording your every move at shops, movie theaters, and public parks. But home security cameras have come a long way in the past few years, including those designed to be installed outdoors.
iSmart Alarm, Inc., the leader in DIY smart home security, today announces the launch of iSmartAlarm App v2.0.1, the largest update to date to the award-winning iSmartAlarm Apps on iOS and Android devices. With this new update now available for download, fans will have a host of exciting new features, the ability to customize all system Modes, a cleaner UI experience, and significant upgrades in speed and stability.
NATHAN OLIVAREZ-GILES for The Wall Street Journal: Connected cameras and other smart-home devices promise a Jetsons-esque future. But as a recent hijacking of more than 100,000 networked cameras and DVRs demonstrates, they also provide fertile ground for hackers. “You should make the assumption that anything that’s internet accessible is hackable. If it has a camera or a mic built in, it can be taken over,” said Kenneth White, a security researcher and director of the Open Crypto Audit Project, a nonprofit that promotes cybersecurity. To protect yourself, you have to have the right perspective. “You need to take this seriously, but not be afraid of it either,” he said. Once you accept that hacking happens, embrace the security at your disposal. Here are some easy tips to help you step up your smart-home defenses: Cont'd...
Rockler Introduces DIY Bookshelf Speaker Kits - Users Build Custom Speaker Boxes to Get the Look They Want
Do-it-yourselfers who want speakers that look as good as they sound can custom-build their own with Rockler Woodworking and Hardware's new DIY Bookshelf Speaker Kits. The kits include all the audio and electrical components needed to wire a pair of speakers, allowing users to create speaker boxes from materials that complement their d©cor or express their style - rather than having to settle for the standard matte black finish.
What tricks and new technologies do you use in your own home to merge your entertainment systems into the room's d©cor?
For the uninitiated, the Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized single -board computer developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of introducing children to computer science.
In this article we present one way of distributing HDTV around the home. And all without having to run expensive, dedicated component video, digital audio and/or HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cables to every room.
Remember, any amateur home automation enthusiast can tell you if the garage door is "open or closed" based on magnetic contact sensors, but a REAL home automation enthusiast can tell you within a few inches the EXACT position of the garage door itself!!
One solution would be to have the vehicle "broadcast" a unique X-10 signal when it is started and then broadcast another signal (at longer intervals) when the car is turned off.
"Node Zero" is the area in the house where all the cables come together. Below is a selection of N0s belonging to our readers. You can see photos and read descriptions of a variety of projects, from a few simple components in a cupboard under the stairs, to huge multi rack installations. Hopefully this page will show you what can be done and inspire you to do your own.
One test we tried just for the heck of it was taking our DivX files and storing them on DVDR. The result? Over six and a half-hours of high quality movies on a single disc.
In this edition of the Hometoys.com e-magazine I am going to take you through the basic steps from cabling and hardware to installing your own basic wired home network.
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C1M1 offers a truly significant reduction in transmission time in comparison to other communicators that rely on dial capture or data bus decoding. This can result in quicker response time to emergency situations which could save lives and assets. By providing both IP and cellular pathways, C1M1 provides the reliability installers are looking for in an alarm communicator. C1M1 eliminates port forwarding and extra fees for remote access. Installers can remotely upload/download programming changes to M1 controls over IP or cellular using ElkRP2. Consumers can control the M1 remotely via the free ElkLink mobile app and web portal, as well as eKeypad and M1 Touch Pro apps. Other IP-based software and interface partners can connect to the M1 control over the local network through C1M1. C1M1 also provides email/text notifications for arm, disarm, and alarm events. ELK-C1M14GSM supports GSM (AT&T/T-Mobile) networks and ELK-C1M1CDMA supports CDMA (Verizon) networks.