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Best Self-Monitored Security System: Abode vs SimpliSafe vs Ring vs Nest Secure vs Canary vs iSmartAlarm

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There are two types of home security systems prevalent on today’s market: those with professional monitoring (by a central monitoring station), and those that are self-monitored (by you and your network of contacts). The former typically includes a fairly steep ($30-$75) monthly fee to cover the cost of the monitoring station, while with the latter you typically only pay for the equipment. Don’t want this added expense of monthly monitoring? Worried about false alarms and getting fined by your city? We hear ya! These are a few of the reasons that self-monitored security systems have become so intriguing. They put you in control of your system, and you have access to cutting edge “smart” technology that you can control from your smartphone. With these DIY (do it yourself) security systems you’re in charge of when the authorities are called to your home and how you secure your home…

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SimpliSafe Review: The Smarter Home Security Choice?

SimpliSafe equipment (caption: SimpliSafe Review)

Are home invasions on the rise in your neighborhood? Want to keep your loved ones and property safe from break-ins without breaking your budget? Do-it-yourself home security is growing in popularity, thanks to technological advances that make it easy, convenient and affordable. Is the SimpliSafe alarm system a good DIY option if you’d rather not pay a small fortune for professional monitoring?…

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Central Monitoring Stations: Why They Matter

Illustration of hand disarming alarm (caption: Guide To Central Monitoring Stations)

Did you know that the security company you buy your system from is most likely different from the company that monitors the system? That’s why it’s important to purchase a security system from a company with quality equipment as well as a responsive monitoring company…

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WiFi Routers And Extenders Reviewed: TP-Link vs Netgear vs Linksys vs D-Link & More

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There’s nothing worse than losing your WiFi connection. Whether you’re in the middle of a project or streaming your favorite TV show, when the WiFi stalls, the claws come out. (And by claws we mean a frustrated household.) Time to upgrade your home network? Whole-home WiFi is a must for many families, and these solutions deliver fantastic performance and peace-of-mind to your entire home… 

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What’s The Best Night Vision Security Camera?

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Afraid of what could be lurking in or outside of your house at night? Most security cameras advertise a night vision feature these days, but don’t let that simple claim keep you in the dark. Not all night vision is created equal, so if viewing and recording in the dark are top priorities for your security needs, you’ve come to the right place. Our best night vision security camera review will shed light on the top cameras you’ll want to consider…

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