Tag Archive: Home


Will a Netgear Arlo Pro 2 cover my entire home?

Best answer: The Arlo Pro 2 system has a range of 300 feet, which should be more than sufficient to cover every home area you want to place cameras at.

Amazon: Arlo Pro 2 ($ 480)

Just how far away can my Netgear Arlo Pro 2 cameras be placed?

The Netgear Arlo Pro 2 security system is built upon two components: the Netgear Arlo base station, and the individual Netgear Arlo cameras that connect to the  [Read More…]

How easy is it to set up LIFX with Google Home?

LIFX has a great app for controlling its smart bulbs, but turning on the lights and changing their colors is even easier with Google Assistant. Once connected, you’ll be able to use your voice to control your LIFX lights from your phone or Google Home — and don’t worry, setup is quick and easy.

Our top picks The best bulb: LIFX A19 ($ 60) The cheapest assistant: Google Home Mini ($ 49) The Guide First, connect your lights  [Read More…]

How to stream audio to multiple rooms through Google Home

Do you own at least two Google Home devices? Any combination of Google Home, Home Mini, Home Max, or Home Hub will suffice. Two of one, one each, whatever.

Did you know that you can create a multi-room playback experience where you can play music and other audio across the whole house?   [Read More…]

Nest Secure vs. Vivint home security: Which should you buy?

We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. We work from home and need to keep our belongings, both personal and work-related safe. We care about home security because we have to care about it.

Nest Secure

DIY and advanced

$ 399 at Best Buy

Pros No-tool installation. Tight Nest and Google Assistant integration. Modular. Nest Secure is optional. “Off-the-shelf” components. Cons Initial expense. Basic package is bare-bones.

The Nest  [Read More…]

Why multi-home support in Google Home matters to everyone

Home View is a beautiful sight to see, and multi-home support means we are so close to a dream my family had for years.

The new Home View experience that Google announced alongside the Google Home Hub made a lot of people cheer, myself included. This simplified, one-stop shop for smart home management and simplified controls was a complete godsend, and the moment that update rolled out to my Google Home app, I immediately dove in to  [Read More…]

The smart home conundrum: Amazon or Google?

If you want to make your house as smart as it can be, you’ll need to make a choice.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve dreamed about having a “smart” home. I grew up watching The Jetsons and reading about the future, and while most of my friends were waiting for flying cars I just wanted to be able to talk to my house and have it do things. Not crazy things, mind you, just simple  [Read More…]

Save $50 when bundling Google’s new Home Hub and select Nest devices

New hardware for less!

Best Buy is offering customers who bundle the recently-announced Google Home Hub with a Nest device a $ 50 savings on the purchase. You can pick from between the Charcoal and Chalk Home Hubs, and then for the Nest devices Best Buy has the 3rd-gen Smart Learning Thermostat, Indoor Cam 1 or 3-pack, and the Hello Smart Video Doorbell. You can use the display of the Home Hub to see who’s at the  [Read More…]

Does Nest Secure work with my existing home security system?

Best answer: No, the Nest Secure system doesn’t work with any existing security solutions. Nest Secure offers a comprehensive package for home security, but it uses Thread and Weave for communication instead of the more popular Zigbee or Z-Wave protocols. For the most interoperability with existing wireless security systems, we recommend Simplisafe.

Amazon: SimpliSafe Wireless Home Security ($ 274)

An awesome, but seemingly closed, ecosystem

There’s no denying that the Nest Secure, a system consisting of  [Read More…]

Google’s Home Hub smart display spotlights another Microsoft failure

Google’s Home Hub joins Amazon’s Echo Show in an ambient-computing, smart-display space in which Microsoft is conspicuously absent.

Amazon pioneered the progression of voice-controlled ambient computing with its Alexa-powered smart speakers. The Google Assistant-powered Google Home and Apple’s Siri-powered HomePod eventually followed. In 2017, Amazon upped the ante with its Amazon Echo Show smart display. The Echo Show brought the ability to display interactive content to the smart speaker battle.

Microsoft was notably absent from this space  [Read More…]

These two Arlo Q cameras for $208 help you keep an eye on your home

Watch from anywhere in the world.

Two of the Netgear Arlo Q 1080p HD security cameras are on sale together for $ 207.99 at Amazon today. This two-pack bundle normally sells for $ 280 and was as high as $ 350 in July. Today’s discount marks its lowest price ever there.

The Arlo Q camera allows you to live stream 1080p HD video from anywhere in the world using your smartphone, tablet, or computer, while its enhanced  [Read More…]