Smart home technology doesn’t just make your house more convenient to live in, it can also help to keep it safer when you’re not there. These devices offer peace of mind, keeping you informed about what’s happening at home via your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Best of all, they’re easy to install – all you need is a wi-fi or mobile network and a little time.
Nest Protect Smoke and CO Alarm
Made by Alphabet, the parent company of Google, Nest Protect (available in battery-operated or wired) is a smoke alarm with smarts. Whether you’re at home or out, it can sense carbon monoxide and smoke and send alerts to your smartphone. And it’s clever enough to differentiate between fast-burning and smouldering fires and adjusts the alerts accordingly. It has a voice function so can tell you where it’s detecting the smoke, meaning you can give the all clear if it’s just burnt toast before the alarm starts sounding. If you’re away, Nest Protect can send your phone updates about its battery life. It can also alert multiple phones – just in case.
Netgear Arlo Go Security Camera
The Arlo Go is a clever addition to Netgear’s range of wireless security cameras. It sends high-quality video and audio to your smartphone via an easy-to-use app but has done away with the need for wi-fi. Instead, thanks to its built-in cellular modem, it connects to the internet via 3G and 4G LTE networks on selected plans. The Go is weather-resistant and has a long-lasting rechargeable battery, a 130-degree-angle lens and night vision, making it a powerful home-security tool.
Elgato Eve Door and Window Sensor
If you worry about open doors and windows, this gadget from Elgato can keep your stress levels down. This unobtrusive sensor is easily installed and, once synced with the Elgato app, can tell you the status of the door or window it’s monitoring. You can even use it to automate other smart devices, such as those that turn on lights as soon as you open the front door.
D-Link Omna 180-Degree Camera
The Omna has a solid array of smart-camera features: wide-angle lens, night vision and easy set-up. It also has two-way communication via an in-built mic and speaker, letting you chat to whoever is in your house, even if it’s just to let them know the police are on the way. The motion detection system sends an alert and video clip to your phone so you can log in to the live feed if it’s something you need to check on.
LIFX + A19 LED Light
The + A19 LED light does everything you’d expect from a smart lighting solution. You can change the colour and brightness via the smartphone app and it’ll sync with your Google Home for voice control. But it does offer something more: infra-red. Set up a night-vision-enabled security camera such as the D-Link Omna and the + A19 will allow it to see much further than normal, taking your home security to the next level.