Connected Home Buyer's Guide

Indoor Home Monitoring

Whether you’re thousands of miles from home or just at the far end of the house, connected home technology can help you can keep tabs on your most prized possessions.

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Is your smoke alarm outdated? Looking to monitor your home for smoke or carbon monoxide leaks and be proactively notified in the event of an emergency?
Try Nest Protect™ Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm for alerts straight to your smartphone or tablet when it senses smoke or carbon monoxide.
See, hear and record the goings on in your home with Wi-Fi connected security cameras. Monitor the baby sleeping in the next room, keep tabs on a service person entering your home while you’re away, or play back video to see where a break-in or fire occurred.
Try Nest Cam™ Indoor security camera for its two way talk and listen features and continuously recorded live video.
Are you trying to easily save energy while you’re away from home, but want to return to a comfortable temperature setting?
Try the 3rd gen Nest Learning Thermostat™, ecobee4 (now with Amazon Alexa Voice Service) or ecobee3lite for automated energy savings. These smart thermostats learn your schedule, so you don’t have to change the temperature to an energy-efficient setting before you leave for the day and you’ll return to a comfortable temperature.
Interested in the Wi-Fi capability of the Nest and ecobee thermostats, but don’t need all the bells and whistles?
Try the LUX/GEO thermostat for a simpler, more affordable option. It’s easy to install and program and it uses your smartphone’s location through the app to tell whether you are home or not and optimizes your energy savings while you’re away.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Lighting Solutions

Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled lighting gives you convenience while letting your artistic side shine. Choose from an array of lighting colors, hues or textures and sync your wireless LEDs to other products for increased security.

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Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit
Want to program your lighting from your smartphone to set the mood for when you return from home, watch a movie or take a nap?
Try Philips Hue – Sync your lighting hue and temperature to match your mood, and connect to other home products to have more control, comfort and security in your home.
Ready to control the sound and light of the dance party from your smart device?
Try the Sengled® Pulse LED and Speaker Bulb for a 2-in-1 integrated sound and light LED system, powered by Bluetooth.
Home Access and Exterior Monitoring

Home security can be challenging when you’re away and don’t know what’s going on at home. Increase your home’s security and exterior monitoring with just a few simple products, which can prevent or minimize costly damages. Plus, these products can communicate together to even further increase your home security. Never miss a beat.

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Interested in virtually controlling who accesses your home?
Try August Smart Lock – It turns your smartphone into a lock so you no longer have to fumble for your keys. You can monitor who comes and goes, when, and assign keys for a limited time, so you’re always in control of who can access your home.
Looking for notifications to your phone when someone rings your doorbell while you’re away from home?
Try August Doorbell Cam – It notifies your smartphone when someone is at your front door and allows you to watch and talk to a visitor at the door to let them know to come on in or come around back.
Interested in easily monitoring your front door and talking to whoever may be there to increase your home’s security?
Try Nest Cam Outdoorsecurity camera to receive alerts when Nest Cam senses movement and listen and talk back to anyone there.
Want to keep an eye on your home exterior during the day and night?
Try the Sengled® Snap HD Security Camera LED Floodlight for a combined HD camera and energy-efficient LED bulb. It's perfect for hanging over your garage or entryways.
Smart Home and Wi-Fi Connectivity

It's important that your home can support all your electronic gadgets. Make regular devices smart with a smart plug, control multiple devices through a smart hub and ensure strong and consistent connectivity with a mesh Wi-Fi network. Be prepared to geek out.

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Interested in turning boring, regular electronics into easily-controlled, smart devices?
Try the iHome Wifi Smart Plug – It turns your outlet into a smart outlet. Control devices like fans, lights, heaters and home audio systems. If it's plugged into the iHome Wifi Smart Plug, you can control it.
Looking to control all of your smart devices from one source?
Try Wink Hub 2 – It supports more smart home protocols than most smart hubs and comes with enhanced security features.
Tired of Wi-Fi dead spots throughout your home?
Try Google Wifi – it replaces your existing router with single or multiple “points,” creating a Wi-Fi “mesh,” or a single Wi-Fi network, so you always stay seamlessly connected as you move from room to room.
Try Luma Home Wifithree little Lumas will work together to blanket your home with stable, super-fast Wi-Fi in every room.
Go Hands-Free With Voice-Activation

You've only got two hands, and they're often busy. With these voice-activated devices, you can now change the thermostat temperature, order groceries, get today's weather forecast and much more.

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Google Home Gray Base
Interested in getting voice-activated control from one centralized location?
Try ecobee4 – it's a smart thermostat with built-in Amazon Alexa Voice Service. With this device, you can do more than change your home temperature settings with your voice. You can ask for traffic conditions, play music through Spotify, tell your Google Chromecast to turn on Netflix and more!
Do you have multiple users in your home?
Try Google Home – it's powered by the Google Assistant so you can ask it questions and tell it to do things. And with support for multiple users, it can distinguish your voice from others in your home so you get a more personalized experience. You can buy multiple bases and group them together to expand your control.

Which products work together?

The Nest Suite

All Nest products are designed to communicate with all other Nest products and can be accessed from one simple and free iOS or Android app called Nest - Your home in your hand. Plus, Nest products can become smarter with time and through interaction with one another.

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When the Nest Protect Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm senses smoke and air quality emergencies, it tells the Nest Thermostat to shut off your heating and cooling system so it does not circulate throughout your home. Nest Protect’s motion sensors also communicate with your thermostat so it knows when you’re home or away, making the thermostat even more efficient.

The August Suite

August products also work well in tandem and are all controlled from one free iOS or Android app, August Home.

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When you purchase the August Doorbell Cam, August Smart Lock and August Connect together, you can see who is ringing the doorbell through the August Doorbell Cam and unlock the door for visitors using August Smart Lock on one app. Get remote access to unlock the door for visitors using the August Connect.

Cross Brand Communication

Did you know some of the connected home products on the store can connect to others? Control your smart home from anywhere using your smartphone or mobile device.

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Control all of your Nest products directly from your August app, set your Nest app to tell Philips Hue to turn off the lights when you leave, or unlock and lock the August Smart Lock directly from the Honeywell Total Connect app.

Seamless Connectivity

There are a number of wireless ecosystems that connect smart home devices. No one standard connects all, so which is right for you?

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iHome WiFi Smart Plug Nest Learning Thermostat Nest Protect Nest Cam ecobee4 with Amazon Alexa Voice Service ecobee3 lite Honeywell Wi-Fi Color Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat ecobee Smart Si Wi-Fi Thermostat August Smart Lock (needs August Smart Bridge) Philips Hue Sengled Snap Security Camera
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*Note: The Sengled Pulse bulbs are not included in this chart because they connect to smart devices through Bluetooth instead of Wi-Fi. For this reason, this device is not compatible with any of the above protocols.

Now that you know more about connected home products and how they can make your home smarter, safer and more convenient, you’re ready to browse our featured connected home products.

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