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 UPDATED:    By Keith  –  May 1, 2019


When time began—essential home security was a club and a fire near the entrance of your cave.

In 2 years, at the end of 2020, the market of home security systems and the Internet of Things (IoT} for the home, globally, is expected to exceed $100 billion in U.S. dollars, although those making estimates, vary greatly.

Here are some of the factors driving the unbelievable growth of this market: 


Many companies and products are now focusing on “always on” security, making sure that homeowners are protected from hacks and other cyber invasions.  In addition, artificial intelligence (AI) now has amazing accuracy and is growing at an incredibly fast rate as it is integrated into home security using facial and voice tech in surveillance systems.
You can set mood lighting which will change colors and intensity; streaming is there to multiple devices; everything, sound and video, can be controlled by your voice with any device and from anywhere in your home.




Consumer families are motivated by concern with the first two—Security and Safety, and more hours in a day by the latter—Convenience.  Typical Smart Home features provide answers to these needs.



Smart tech automation saves energy, upkeep, money and improves the convenience of living.  Many of your daily tasks will be done for you.

Rather than going from room to room turning off the lights, you can set a schedule to turn them off.  Rather than checking to see if the doors are locked when you leave the house or go to bed at night, you can use your voice to do it no matter where you are.  Rather than going out at night to water your lawn or garden, you can have them water themselves.  Rather than cleaning your kitchen floor, bedrooms or great room carpets, you can have your robot do it for you daily.


The huge scope of the growing functionality, convenience, availability and lower costs are all driving the demand for new products, upgrades and innovative services.



Many younger consumers are becoming homeowners and choosing to purchase, install and monitor everything themselves.  DIY popularity has become a major factor in this industry’s market growth.




The growth of major brands and “big name” companies has come about because of fierce competition to get in on the action of the home security and safety market profitability.  Hence bundling and discounting are available with a growing number of them.—check it out.  Be sure that what you find is current and up-to-date.  Satellite, Cable and Insurance  Companies  Are Bundling &  Discounting.





Hopefully, you are now able to see that the more smarthome products you put into your home, the more confusing and complicated it will be to integrate them together and then seamlessly control them.  I recently read of a homeowner that has 7 different hubs and more than 40 apps on his cell phone. 

You do not have to go that complicated, convoluted route.   



build your SMARTHOME WITH Echo & Alexa

It is all done as you control everything with your VOICE using 1 of Amazon’s  ECHO Hubs and Amazon’s ALEXA app.


Amazon IS THE PLACE to go FOR


Since the birth of Alexa in 2014, she has become the hottest of all the smart voices on the market.   Almost overnight, all the tech companies in the world want to have their products integrated through Amazon to this most remarkable virtual assistant called “Alexa”.

Since these customizable gadgets are popping up like popcorn in a movie theater’s popcorn machine, it is nearly impossible for both companies and consumers to keep their knowledge of tech advances up-to-date.

Remember what I said earlier—because building your smarthome is a DIY (Do It Yourself) project, you can go as slow or as fast as your time and your budget will allow.

According to Amazon’s Alexa, “Alexa is Amazon’s cloud-based voice service available on tens of millions of devices from Amazon and third-party device manufacturers. With Alexa, you can build natural voice experiences that offer customers a more intuitive way to interact with the technology they use every day. Our collection of tools, APIs, reference solutions, and documentation makes it easy for anyone to build with Alexa.”

With such phenomenal growth, it is imperative that you are very careful when making your product selections and uses.  Here are some cautions to keep in mind:


COMPATIBILITY    If you are using one of the Amazon Echo “hubs”—be careful  that the light switch or the doorbell, or the thermostat, or the app, or whatever, is totally compatible with the hub you are using and with Alexa.  In the long run, it would be to your benefit to be consistent here, so that everything you buy and put into service is on the same page—hub, smartthing, and app working together toward the same objective.

SMARTPHONE APP    CNET recently revealed that if you buy every single recommended product on their “best ofs” list of smart home products, the smartphone apps would pile up to more than 20, and that’s insanity in this market place.    

I am going to limit myself to 1 app for now.   It can be done.   However, as your smarthome grows you may be asked to add another app, and then another, to your system—and, that may result in confusion and complication for you as you monitor your own system.   So continue to be careful as your smarthome system grows.   Keep note on what you learn.

Most importantly, guard against hackers.  Take steps to ensure the security of the Alexa app on your mobile device.   To do so, enable your device’s lock screen security by using a fingerprint or a PIN code, or both, to gain access to your smartphone and the appropriate app.

I have an iPhone Plus and most apps today require iO S 9, so I went to my AT & T store to confirm with them that my iPhone 7 was compatible and that I could update my phone to iO S 12 online, and they said, “Yes!”   I then updated my phone.   This is a software update and is not an upgrade.   There is no charge for an update, but an upgrade requires you to buy a new phone.   If your phone is an android something similar is available.   Check it out with the company you are using for your smart phone service.

USEFUL GUIDELINES   Please be careful to follow each of these guidelines when using all SmartHome devices with Echo and Alexa.

  • Follow all instructions for setting up and using your smarthome devices.
  • After making a request of Alexa, confirm that the action was completed as per your instructions to her.
  • Confirm the security and safety of all your Alexa supported devices, when you are away from home.   If you do not want Alexa to respond to voice commands, turn off the microphones on your Alexa supported devices until you return.
  • Your hub (Echo Dot 3rd Generation) together with your app ( are a hugely powerful team.  As you gradually learn about Alexa Groups and Routines, you will be thrilled to see your home transformed into a true smarthome.



Since currently there are more than 20,000 “Alexa” powered products on the market, on this post I will only point you to some of more essential and practical items.  Later, I will be helping you find other useful gadgets in future posts.  So keep in touch. 


Smart Plug

Alexa app  –   Latest version, compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices.
Control  –  Set routines and schedules with Alexa, useful when away from home.
Size  –  3.2″ x 1.5″ x 2.2″.
Weight  –  3.5 oz.
WiFi Connectivity  –  2.4 GHz only, does not support 5 GHz WiFi networks
Warranty  –  1 year limited
Setup Tech  –  WiFi setup enables you to connect smart devices in a few steps
Use  –  Indoor to control lights, fans, coffee makers, and much more
Compact Design  –   Keeps second outlet open and free to use both outlets
Customer Service  –  Support and help available online at Amazon
Smart Home Hub  –  None needed, all you need is your Echo & your Alexa app


                         With Editor Keith’s OBSERVATIONS
                    From Customers’ R
eviews Across the Web    –     89% Positive

>  This smart plug is easy to use and awesome to have.
>  Keep everything under control with 1 app—Alexa.
>  It’s ready to use—open it up and go to Alexa!
>  Simple and worth the purchase.
>  No add-on’s, no skills, no additional apps—it just works.
>  Name your plugs to your liking and —“Alexa, turn on the Christmas tree!”

“Alexa, turn on the coffee at 6:30 AM!”

Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat 
for smart home, diy version,
energy star certified, works with alexa

ENERGY STAR CERTIFIED  –  Save about 23% on HVAC  energy costs
Alexa app  –  Latest version, compatible with Fire OS, Android, & iOS devices
Rebates  –  Use the rebate finder: . . . ?
Size  –  3.75″ x 5.88″ x 1″
Compatible  –  With Alexa, Assistant, Seri, and Wink smart home platforms
Works  –  With most HVACs, using the “c-wire” required with heat pumps
Smart Technology    Learns your heating/cooling cycles & optimizes them
Home Hub  –  None needed—all you need is your Echo and your Alexa app                   
Note  –  A c-wire may be needed for heat pump systems & Apple HomeKit
Reviews  –  Named “Best Value” thermostat, 2017, 2018, 2019, by USA Today


                      With Editor Keith’s OBSERVATIONS
                       Customers’ R
eviews Across the Web     –     88% Positive

>  After watching the YouTube installation—it was simple .
>  The thermostat has a sharp, bright screen.
>  Impressive thermostat, value, installation.
>  This is a well-engineered, designed and reasonably priced thermostat.
>   It does it’s job wonderfully well—we have had it nearly one year.
>  I seldom give any product 5 stars, but this one gets five.
>  By far the best selling and best rated thermostat on the current market, 2019.


  “Alexa, monitor my cooling times in August!”



Alexa app  –   Latest version, compatible with Fire OS, Android & iOS devices
Control  –  Timer, all, white/16 M colored settings, dimmable each or all bulbs
Size  –  3.9″ x 2.4″ x 2.4″; 1.76 ounces per bulb
Weight  –  1.76 ounces per bulb
WiFi Connectivity  –  Bulbs hardwired, work independently from switch
Setup Tech  –  Remote control “Magic Home” app & Alexa, anytime, anywhere
Customer Service  –  Support and help available online at Amazon
Easy to Install  –  Standard E26 Edison base bulbs with Edison base
Smart Home Hub  –  All you need is your Echo (Hub), Alexa app and your voice 


                        With Editor Keith’s OBSERVATIONS
                   From Customers’ R
eviews Across the Web    –    90% Positive

>  Controlled each or all, on or off, color change anywhere, anytime—WOW!
>  They’re great—I am hoping for a long life span.
>  Once set up with their “Magic Home Pro” app, Alexa runs them fine.
>  My son wants them to change colors during Christmas—good buy.
>  Love them, they all work through my Echo Dot & Alexa, just what I hoped for.
>  Easy setup, bedroom lights, set to blue, I sleep better than with Benadryl, lol!


“Alexa, set the lights for Christmas.”

in satin Nickel, works with alexa

Alexa app – Latest version, compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices
Control – 2-way talk and on demand video, anytime/anywhere, use it
Size  –  4.9″ x 2.4″  x 0.87″.
WiFi Network Connectivity – 2.4 GHz only, does not support 5 GHz WiFi 
Setup Tech – Rechargeable battery pack or hardwired, use 8-24 VAC transformer
Customer Service  –  Support and help available online at Amazon
Monitors Your Home  –  In 108 HD video, with infrared night vision
Smart Home Hub – None needed, all you need is your Echo & your Alexa app
Note – No video storage, subscribe for storage for $3.00 a month or $30 a year
Includes – Lifetime Theft Protection, if stolen, manufacturer will replace it free
Best & Highest – Best seller, highest rated of all brands of video doorbells

                           With Editor Keith’s OBSERVATIONS
                        From Customers’ R
eviews Across the Web    –    84% Positive

>  Check-in with live view on-demand, any time, any where—works great.
>  Overall, its one of the best purchases we have ever made.
>  It’s a great product and I love it.
>  This is a genius gadget for my family’s safety.
I have joined the throngs of customers that rave about Ring’s support.
>  You can set it to alert you when someone comes within the CUSTOMIZABLE area.
 “Wow, I’m Impressed!”


eufy [BoostIQ] RoboVac 35C,
Robot Vacuum Cleaner, Wi-Fi, Upgraded

 Note:   When you follow the link below to this site, be sure that you verify
that you are in the eufy RoboVac 35C site, as there have been many
previous generations.   This is the newest eufy robovac on the current market.
The reviews are just coming out and it looks like this eufy 35C is already
the best, modestly priced product available.

Alexa app  –  Latest version, compatible with Fire OS, Android, & iOS devices
Remote Control  –  With a remote, Alexa and your voice
Size  –  12.8 X 12.8 X 2.9 inches, 8.9 pounds
Quiet Clean –  100 minutes of powerful 1500Pa quiet suction
Features  –  Infrared obstacle evader, drop-sensing to prevent falls (stairs)
Worry-free  –  Boundary strips/Alexa parameters/focus cleaning as needed
BoostIQ Tech  –  Auto-increase of suction power in 1.5 seconds, as needed
Automatic  –  Recharging at it’s base, when assigned cleaning is complete
Robo 35C  –  Combines a dual-layer & a high-performance filter for cleaning
Large Wheels  –  Roll over carpets & climb over thresholds to get to the dirt
Comes In The Box  –  RoboVac 35C, 6.6 ft Boundary Strips, remote control
(2 AAA batteries included), charging base, AC power adapter, cleaning tool,
extra set of high-performance filters, 4 side brushes, 5 cable ties, welcome
guide, and our worry-free 12-month warranty. 


                       With Editor Keith’s OBSERVATIONS
                  From Customers’ Reviews Across the Web    –    91% Positive

>  I’m a loyal Eufy customer—they know how to do customer service.
>  This has by far been the “best bang for your buck” vacuum I have ever purchased.
>  I never knew my floors were dirty until I used this Eufy.
>  It’s a dumb robot, cheap, works well, so . . . I plan to buy another one just like it!
>  If you want a vacuum with voice control, here it is, I highly recommend this one.
> I love my Eufy 30C—it’s a workhorse and the pickup bin holds a TON!


“Alexa, Clean the great room at 2 PM today.”

amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, All-new 2019,

alexa Voice remote, streaming media player 

Alexa app  –  Latest version, compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices
Powerful  –  4K streaming stick optimized for 4K Ultra HD streaming & storage
Control  –  With all-new Alexa Voice Remote, sound, mute, find, etc., with stick
Setup and Working Prompts  –  Onscreen, guide you through everything.
Sound     Experience immersive sound, Dolby Atmos, Vision, HDR, & HDR10+
Amazon Prime  –  Members get unlimited access to Prime movies, Music, no cost
Cut Cable/Satellite  –  With subscriptions to growing list of steaming companies
View  –  Sports, local TV, home camera, weather, dim the lights, lock doors
Regional Support  –  Some services may not be available outside the US
Warranty  –  1 year limited warranty and service 


                          With Editor Keith’s OBSERVATIONS
                      From Customers’ Reviews Across the Web    –    89% Positive  

>  The Amazon 4K Upgrade is, in every way, an excellent product!
>  Hey, guess what?  I only need one remote now—controlling everything!
>  Downloads are quicker, picture is sharper and the buffering is gone!
>  Whoa!  This  Fire 4K TV Stick is FAST!
>  Stick with the STICK—fast, smooth, seamless, everything about it is great!
>  Fire Stick 4 K is crisp, clear, a joy to use, is way out in front of competitors. 

“Alexa, Go to the Hallmark Drama Channel.”

August smart lock pro + Connect,

3rd Gen tech, silver, with Alexa voice

Alexa app
  –  Latest version, compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices
Control  –  Keyless, auto lock and unlock, all from your phone/voice
Size  –  3.4″ x 3.4″ x 2.2″
Weight  –  13.9 Ounces
Power  –  4 AA batteries required
DoorSense  –  Only August has it to tell you if your door is closed and locked
Included In Package  –  August Smart Lock Pro + WiFi Assist Connect Plug-in
Important  – Must have a standard, single cylinder dead bolt, to attach it to
Activity Feed  –  24/7 always know who is coming & going at your doorstep
Keyless Entry  –  Auto locks behind, auto opens in front, smartphone in pocket
Connect  –  Includes August Connect WiFi Bridge
Simple DIY  –  Door bolt Installation takes 10 minutes, with a screwdriver


                           With Editor Keith’s OBSERVATIONS
                       From Customers’ Reviews Across the Web    –    89% Positive  

>  We love this smart lock—it’s an amazing product.
>  This lock works instantly with absolutely no lag, very quiet and smooth.
>  This is an awesome lock—totally worth the money.
>  Ignore the “bad” reviews, I am extremely happy with this 5 star lock!
>  So far, my experience with this smart lock has been outstanding.
>  Lock is on the back of the door so nobody knows you have a smart lock, lol.


“Alexa, Lock the doors, Goodnight!”

With two-way talk, night vision,
white or black, works with alexa

Alexa app  –  Latest version, compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices
Works With  –  Select Alexa devices, phone app, Echos, Amazon Fire Stick TV
Size/Weather  –  3.8″ X 2.4″ X 2.4″,  –  5 – 120 degrees F, weather resistant
Connects  –  To the internet via WiFi or Ethernet Router
Control  –  Anytime, anywhere see, 2-way talk,  on phone, PC, TV, Live View
Location  –  Versatile stick-up, inside or out, on any flat surface, wall or ceiling
Field of View  –  150 degrees horizontal, 85 degrees vertical
Power Options  –  Plug-in or powered connection via WiFi or Ethernet
Monitor  –  People/baby, pets, intruders, 1080p HD, infrared night vision
Indoor/Outdoor or White/Black  –  Your choice 
Simple DIY  –  Has all the instructions & tools to install and set it up quickly
Security/Safety  –  When & where you need it, inside/or outside your home


                         With Editor Keith’s OBSERVATIONS
                      From Customers’ Reviews Across the Web    –    89% Positive   

>  This is a well thought-out product, a thing of beauty and usefulness.
>  This is the easiest cameras to set up, EVER!
>  My Ring representative was incredibly courteous & genuinely concerned.
>  The mounting bracket design is fantastic and very flexible.
>  It is well thought out.  It’s all you’ll need to manage your security cameras.
>  Customizable alert area functionality is exactly what I needed.



“Alexa, show last night’s break in.”



Ring Stick Up Battery HD Security Camera
with Two-Way Talk, Night Vision,
Black or White, Works with Alexa


Alexa app  –  Latest version, compatible with Fire OS, Android, & iOS devices
Works With  –  Select Alexa devices, phone app, Echos, Amazon Fire Stick TV
Size/Weather  –  3.8″ X 2.4″ X 2.4″,  –  5 – 120 degrees F, weather resistant
Connects  –  To the internet via WiFi or Ethernet Router
Control  –  Anytime, anywhere see, 2-way talk, on phone, PC, TV, Live View
Location  –  Versatile stick-up, inside or out, on any flat surface, wall or ceiling
Field of View  –  115 degrees horizontal, 65 degrees vertical
Powered  –  By a quick release rechargeable battery pack.
Monitor  –  People/baby, pets, intruders, 1080p HD, infrared night vision
Indoor/Outdoor or White/Black  –  Your choice 
Simple DIY  –  Comes with all the instructions & tools to set it up quickly
Security/Safety  –  When & where you need it, inside or outside your home


                         With Editor Keith’s OBSERVATIONS
                     From Customers’ Reviews Across the Web    –    88% Positive   

 Ring Support has been very responsive, professional and courteous.
>  My Ring Stick Up Cam Battery—installed and wonderfully working.
>  What portability, I have one camera in a tree to monitor my Christmas display.
>  I have used a few security cameras, this one is my favorite.
>  I love to watch my family while at work—I tied 1 to our candelabra, no one has noticed, yet!
>  I ordered the alarm version with the solar panel—love it!



“Alexa, Show me the swimming pool.”

Echo spot smart display

Alexa app – Latest version, compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices
Control – Your smarthome can be monitored with your smartphone or voice
Designed  – To be practical & useful anywhere doing anything you want it to do
Alexa Serves – To play music, read news, weather, wake you up, ask hands free
Connect Speaker – To Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to your speakers
Versatile – Listen on your Echos in different rooms, adjust sound with your voice
Ask Alexa – To show nursery monitor, wake you up, show who is at the front door
Personalize It – With your choice of clock faces, photos, calls to friends & family
Features – Far-field tech, 4 microphones, beamforming, hears you clearly
Simple DIY – Plug it in, connect to the internet, ask for anything you can think of


                        With Editor Keith’s OBSERVATIONS 
                    From Customers’ Reviews Across the Web    –    87% Positive   

>  I am an Apple guy, but I’d choose Alexa over Siri on this device—WOW!
>  The minute I saw the Echo Spot Clock, my heart did a flip! It was perfect.
>  You plug it in, Spot comes to life—set up is a snap!
>  Playing with Spot for about 24 hours, I’m pretty impressed!
>  Owning an Alexa device is addiction in it finest, I will be buying more.
>  Spot does everything—it is magical! 



“Alexa, Wake me up a 6:30 AM!”

All-New Echo Show, 2nd Generation,
Premium Sound, Vibrant 10.1″ HD Screen

Alexa App  –  Latest version, compatible with Fire OS, Android, &  iOS devices
Sound  –  Premium Dolby processing, crisp stereo, streaming music with lyrics
Screen  –  Vibrant 10.1″ HD screen, movies, live TV/Sports, streaming . . .
Calls  –  Make video calls to anyone with Skype, the Alexa app, Echo Spot, Show
Voice  –  With eight microphones & far-field tech, Alexa can hear you quite well
Kitchen  –  Helper, watch recipe videos, set timer, make grocery shopping lists
Ask Alexa  –  Weather forecasts, TV news headlines, calendar, to-do lists, etc.
See Your Ring Doorbell, Cameras  –  2-way audio, streaming, notices, more
Built-in “Smart Home Hub”  –  If you like, you can shop ZigBee on Show


                           With Editor Keith’s OBSERVATIONS
                      From Customers’ Reviews Across the Web    –    84% Positive 

2nd Gen is great:  especially in the kitchen, because of screen size & sound.
>  Screen is beautiful, has full HD with vibrant colors—I can watch prime.
>  I enjoy hearing & seeing a mountain stream flowing by . . . relaxing!
>  The speaker on the all-new Echo Show is phenomenal.
>  We have a daily family time with my dad with dementia, living 6 hours away.
>  Saying “Alexa” is easier and more reliable than any other virtual names. 


“Alexa, find a delicious chocolate cake recipe.”


Alexa   –   With 80,000 skills+ count on it, you can use her help
Made to Fit Your Life
   –   Recipes, lists, calendars, weather, traffic, more
See/Hear   –   News, who’s at the door, radio stations, audiobooks, more
Has   –   Enabled & closed captioning  with Alexa and Bluetooth connectivity
Call  –  Family to supper in your house;  friends who have Alexa devices
Choose  –  The clock face you like, show favorite photos, daily routines, etc.
Touch Screen  – Multiple screen options, build-in camera, microphone
Simple  –  To set up, to use, to do things with you and for you
Size and Weight  –  5.8″ x 3.4″ x 2.9″; 14.5 oz
Alexa App  –  Is compatible with Fire OS, iOS, Android and browsers
Audio  –  Full range 1.65″ built-in speaker.  3.5 mm stereo audio output
Warranty  –  1 year limited warranty & service, optional extended warranty
In the Box  –  Echo Show 5,  4’9″power cord, Quick Start Guide, “Try” card


This product is to be released for sale on June 26, 2019. 




Introducing Echo Auto,
the First Echo for Your Car

In mid-September, 2018, Amazon announced 12 NEW Echo devices, including one specifically designed for your car.  It was dubbed “Echo Auto”!  While some of the “by invitation only” were receiving the device in early December, 2018, it is still in an invitationly only status as of this writing, June 7, 2019.  Yes, invitation only orders are continuing to be fulfilled—but very slowly.  According to Amazon’s Steve Rabuchin, Vice President of Alexa, in January of 2019,  “We had over a million pre-order requests, and now we are just starting to ship.”



Here are the Echo Auto Details

Connects – To Alexa with your smartphone app, your voice and your car speakers
Controls – Everything in your smarthome, lights, temperature, robots, water, etc.
Size & Weight – 3.3″ X 1.9″ X 0.5″, 1.6 ounces
Attaches – To your dash with Echo Auto Dash Mount, included with Echo Auto
Has 8 Mikes With Far-Field Tech – Alexa hears you over music, fans & road noise
Alexa – Streams books, pod-casts, music, gives directions, does to-do lists, & more
Your Voice Can – Make calls, manage your calendar, lock & unlock doors
Copilot – Checks traffic/accidents ahead, gets directions, finds gas pricing, and more
Echo Auto – Works with thousands of compatible smarthome products you can use
Power – Mike on-off button, micro USB cable, iO & Android protocols to Bluetooth
Warranty – 1-year limited warranty and service, included
In Box – Echo Auto, Dash Mount, power adapter, USB cable, Quick Start Guide
Reviews  –  None released as yet
Now Shipping  –  From Amazon but still by invitation only, June 7, 2019 

Note  –   Your car must support Bluetooth, have an auxiliary input, or the ability to
connect Echo Auto to an additional accessory like an FM transmitter or a cassette
tape adapter in order to play music, etc.    Auto available exclusively by invitation. 



first Alert SCO501CN-3ST Battery operated Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide
Alarm with Voice & Location

Echo & Alexa – Not needed with this system/alarm, voice sounds on each unit
Wireless Enabled
– Battery operated combo smoke & carbon monoxide alarm
2-AA, 1.5V Batteries – Once unit begins “chirping”, replace batteries immediately
Battery EZ Access Door – Making removal and replacement of batteries easy
Interconnected  –  Up to 16 alarms, same brand & #, creates a safety network
Radio Interconnect  –  A reliable & secure communication between units
Voice Alarm – Programmed with 11 locations, units telling where the danger is
Horn Tone – Spread spectrum, solid state rated at 85db at 10 feet
Photoelectric Technology – Tested 100% best over ionization technology alarms
Optipath 360 Technology – Providing 360 access of smoke to sensor.
Size & Weight  –  Circular 5″ X 5″ X 2.0″; 8.4 ounces
Compliant With – All US State and local building codes
End of Life  –  Audible alarm notice, at 10 year limit, unit needs to be replaced
Warranty – Has a 7-year limited warranty from date of purchase, keep receipt
Pricing  –  Carefully check the pricing, there may be 2 together at a great price


                          With Editor Keith’s OBSERVATIONS
                     From Customers’ Reviews Across the Web    –    83% Positive 

>  This is an amazing combo covering both smoke and CO2 detection.
>  These alarms have added an extra level of safety for my family.
>  Easy installation, helpful manual, very pleased!
>  Experiment—kids woke up after 10 seconds of alarm and the added voice.
>  I am a volunteer firefighter and I highly recommend these remarkable voice detectors.
>  Work great!  Very clear/loud alarm and voice. 



Nest Protect 2nd Generation (Battery)
Smart Smoke/Carbon Alarm – White

Echo & Alexa – Works with Alexa, IFTTT & your smartphone with actions & skills
APPS – In addition to the Alexa APP, you may also want the NEST APP
NEST Communicates With smart light bulbs, HVAC, washer, locks, and more
Wireless Enabled –  Via WiFi so every Nest Protect is inter-connected.
AA Energizer Ultimate Lithium Batteries  –  With routine self-checks
Unit Alerts – By voice and smart phone when alarm sounds or batteries are low
DIY Installation – Easy to attach to the wall/ceiling thanks to a new back-plate
Interconnected –  Up to 16 alarms, same brand & #, creating a safety network
Radio Frequency Interconnect – A secure communication between units
Voice  – Tells you what and where there’s smoke/CO, so you know what to do
Heads-Up – Voice alert on burning toast before it becomes a burning toaster
Lights-Up – Walking under it at night, lights your way to your destination
Sensors – Humidity,  ± 3%RH; occupancy, 120º field of view to 20 feet
Horn Tone – Spread spectrum, solid state rated at 85db to 10 feet
Split Spectrum – Photoelectric/Ionization both looking for smoke
Size & Weight – 5.3 x 5.3 x 1.5 inches, 1.7 pounds  
Compliant With – All US State and local building codes
End of Life – Voice/smartphone notice at 10 year limit, replace unit
Warranty – Has 10-year limited warranty from purchase date, keep receipt  


                                With Editor Keith’s OBSERVATIONS
                             From Customers’ Reviews Across the Web    –    83% Positive  

>  My favorite features are silencing the alarm from the app & the path lighting.
>  Whether you own or rent, this is a MUST HAVE product.
>  I love my NESTS, they were simple to install and connect via the app.
>  “Nest Protect equals Peace of Mind.
>  Knowing my home is safe from fire/smoke/carbon dioxide/etc is amazing.
>  Great product!  Very east setup and management.  Excellent tech support!


There are now 15 products—June 26, 2019.    Come back to visit soon! 

I will be adding Alexa compatible devices  to this list again and again.

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in many American home security systems.
Here is a list of 14 ways to stop it.

This will help you understand what hackers do
and how how to make and keep your smart home safe and secure.