Worrying about your home when traveling is no fun. Wondering if the front door is locked or if the garage door to your house or apartment is closed can ruin a trip.
Fortunately, you don’t need to worry. There are hundreds of smart home products that’ll keep your home safe and protected while you travel. So sit back, relax, and read about the best smart home products designed to keep your home secure.
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Keep Your Home Protected
To keep your house better protected, you’ll need a very particular set of smart gadgets, gadgets that have been developed over a very long time. Gadgets that can be a nightmare for burglars and robbers. If you buy these products now, you’ll better protect your home, especially while you travel.
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1. Linksys WRT1900AC (CA/UK)
The very first thing you should worry about when you travel is your network protection. Without an adequate and secure network, your smart products are vulnerable to attack, which could compromise your entire home.
The Linksys WRT1900AC router is one of the most popular routers on the market. It’s secure, fast, and easy to use. It also comes with a mobile app, so you can manage your network when on vacation, which is certainly not an option with all routers.
Tip — Be sure to use a WPA2-Personal connection. It’s by far the safest and best way to encrypt your data.
2. August Smart Lock (CA)
With your network intact, next you’ll need to physically protect your home.
One way to do that is by installing a smart lock. August Home’s lock is designed to protect your home from intruders who could slip in while you’re away.
Its features include a phone app for better control, virtual keys for people entering and exiting your home, and a detection sensor that automatically locks or unlocks the door when you approach or leave.
With a price tag of nearly $200, it might seem too expensive, but with all of its features, it makes sense to spend as much as you can afford.
3. Skybell Video Doorbell (CA/UK)
Another must purchase is a video doorbell. It gives you full access to see whoever enters or leaves your home by sending video updates straight to your phone. That’s especially important when you’re on vacation, because you never know who might come snooping around.
One of the best video doorbells out there right now is from SkyBell. It takes pictures, records video, has night vision, is weather proof, is easy to install, and connects with a whole host of reputable smart brands. You can also talk and listen to people at your door from the video doorbell app, which could be useful in a number of situations while you’re away, such as when dealing with a delivery. Even further, if you connect it with your smart lock, you can unlock the door so your package can be delivered inside. No more packages left on the front porch.
With a price tag at around $100 on Amazon, it’s an affordable purchase.
If you need more eyes on the ground, you could also purchase an outdoor camera.
One of the newest cameras out there is from Nest. The camera comes with some seriously nice features, such as night vision, a microphone, speaker, and an app to view and save footage.
Protecting your house from intruders before they get into your house is the name of the game here, and Nest’s outdoor camera is a good first defense for that.
5. Nest Protect (CA/UK)
Now that the outdoors is protected, it’s time to think about ensuring the safety inside your home. One way of doing that is by purchasing a smart thermostat, which could really ease your mind when you travel. The obvious solution you should consider is Nest Protect.
Nest Protect warns against smoke and carbon dioxide with voice updates, can be controlled with your phone, syncs with a number of smart brands and applications, and can do many things you wouldn’t even consider. You can trigger it to work with IFTTT, Google, and a number of other services to better protect your home and loved ones.
It’s also highly regarded among the tech community and can be purchased at around $100 on Amazon.
6. iSmartAlarm (CA/UK)
A smart home security system is obviously a great way to go about protecting your home. You can purchase a DIY security system or have your home monitored by professionals, which can be a little pricey.
For those on a budget, the DIY option is the way to go. And the iSmartAlarm is a great way to ensure a safe home when out and about.
Though the iSmartAlarm does have one glaring problem — if someone does break in your home, you have to call the proper authorities. There’s no monitoring service that automatically alerts authorities, which is a huge bummer, and it fails to interact with smart locks, cameras, and other devices, which is also a pain. However, it is easy to install and configure, which could be an attractive option.
7. All-in-One Home Protection System
If you want to go the more expensive route, consider choosing Vivint Sky. It’s a highly recommended option for keeping your entire home and network safe, and comes with door, glass and smoke monitors, motion detectors, a doorbell camera, and much more. It’s an all-inclusive security system that doubles as a home automation system, and could be the best option for protecting your home from hackers and intruders.
8. Secure Your Home With Amazon Echo (UK)
One of the most popular smart home gadgets out there is the Amazon Echo, so there’s a good chance you have one sitting in your house already. If you do, you can use it with IFTTT, or connect it to your August SmartLock, Echobee Thermostat, iSmartAlarm, Vivint, or other services.
There’s a whole host of ways to connect with Amazon Echo and run commands through Alexa, the voice that powers Echo, like turning off your Belkin WeMo smart switch or triggering the panic mode on your iSmartAlarm system.
Choose What’s Best for You
Whatever you choose, whatever your budget, protecting your house from home invaders and smart hackers is a must.
— Best Home Security (@homesecuredhub) September 14, 2016
Locking your door, shutting your window, or throwing a spare key under the rug is no longer enough; not in this day and age. To keep your home safe while you travel, you’ll have to do a lot more.
Do you worry about your home when you travel? How do you ensure that your home is protected? What smart products do you use? Tell us more in the comments below.