Smart home products are all the rage these days, but that doesn't mean "dumb" legacy alarm systems are obsolete. Nexx makes a variety of solutions that make things like garage doors and electrical outlets smarter, and now the company is turning its attention to alarm systems, delivering the power to arm, disarm, and self-monitor home security using a system that’s already installed. Read More
Nest announced its Secure alarm system in September, but the starter pack just became available for purchase today. And to go with that, Nest has updated its app to support the features of the Secure.
You can now add your Nest Secure to the app and control everything about it. The dashboard-like screen lets you quickly arm and disarm, with the option to get reminders if you go away and forget to turn on the system. Now that's one neat feature of "smart" alarms that you won't find in the traditional systems. You obviously get push notifications when the alarm goes off, but you can also check the state of all your door/window and motion sensors, set schedules for your system, see a history of all the events, and invite momentary guests with visiting hours. Read More