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The Piper NV makes the most of DIY security (pictures)

The $269 Piper NV brings home security and automation together in a new way.

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The Piper NV costs $269.

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It looks similar to the first-generation Piper, which is still available for $199.

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The NV adds night vision and an improved 3.4-megapixel camera sensor (the original Piper has a 2.0-megapixel sensor).

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The night vision looks good, but best at a distance to make out features.

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The NV's 180-degree fish-eye lens can see a lot.

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Its free Android or iOS app lets you set specific Home, Away and Vacation alerts.

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You can also add Z-Wave devices and set rules for them within the app.

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The NV is available in white and black.

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It's designed to be plugged  into an outlet, but also comes with backup batteries.

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You can have as many as five Piper NVs on one account.

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