Category: Smart Home Security

Protect your home before your spring break vacation

This year’s winter hasn’t resulted in much snow or cold, but many Midwesterners are still looking forward to a break from the gloomy gray skies. As you prepare to head somewhere sunnier, you may find yourself worrying about what you’re forgetting. Toothbrush? Pajamas? Swimsuit? Check, check, check. Don’t let that forgotten thing be your home […]

Trip Wire Alerts

The latest security cameras from use video analytics technology that helps pinpoint only the events that matter to you. This technology can recognize the difference between important activity versus other events. Rather than get alerted every time something moves, you can set up your preferences to alert you for only what you want to see. With […]

Video Analytics – Ground Zone Alerts

With video analytics from, you can have smarter video. With video analytics, you can create rules to make zones around your home to notify you of activity. These “ground zones” are best for observing specific areas where activity is important but unpredictable, like porches or backyards. When a “ground zone” is crossed,’s smart […]

Smart Homes and Security Systems are No Longer Separate

According to a 2017 Park Associates survey, 75% of all home security installations now include smart home controls and features. So many homeowners now enjoy the convenience of a smart home with a security system hub, it’s incredibly common to include smart home features in security system installations. Buying a home with technology upgrades has […]

Zigbee Versus Z-wave

Early home automation relied on wired systems and technicians to make system changes and updates. Now there are wireless technologies that communicate via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Two of these types of technology are Zigbee and Z-Wave. To control your home automation devices, you’ll need to decide what “language” or wireless technology you’ll want your hub […]

How to Get a Santa Alert On Your Smartphone

On Christmas morning, the kids are excited to see that Santa ate the cookies and drank the milk they left out. But did you know your smart home security system can send an alert to your smartphone to show them when Santa dropped off presents? It’s easy to set up and works whether you have […]

How Kept Me Informed During a Power Outage

We had some storms come through our area last night and into this morning. I was woken up this morning by my two youngest kids, ages 5 and 6, explaining that the light and the clock in their room was off and wouldn’t turn on. Then, I saw the fan in my room had stopped […]

Is a Security System Right for You?

If you’ve been thinking about a security system for a while, but you’re just not sure, answer these questions and see if an alarm system could be the right fit for you. 1. Do you worry about break-ins? According to the FBI, there were more than 1.5 million burglaries in 2015, and 71% of those were residential […]

Skybell Doorbell Camera

A doorbell camera is one of the newest smart security system features available. Our partnership with now lets you integrate a smart doorbell camera into your smart home security system. The Skybell doorbell camera records video when you want it to – you decide what triggers it, whether it’s motion or when the doorbell is pressed. […]