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CNET Smart Home
Tackling security in the CNET Smart HomeHome security can be daunting -- here's how we handled it in the CNET Smart Home.
[MUSIC] You know what, we've installed a lot of connective devices here at the CNet smart home. And it's great to have a place to put them, but that creates its own set of problems. Problems we're gonna deal with today. [MUSIC] Having a place to put all of our smart gadgets is great but now we have to worry about someone breaking in and stealing them. So of course we're going to install a security system in this house. But like all things in the CNET smart home our decision isn't an easy one. Here's our biggest problem, the house itself. Sorry, let me explain. We have six exterior doors and at least twice as many windows, not to mention a three-car garage, and that doesn't even include the walkout basement. If this were a small apartment with one main door to watch, we'd probably drop down a singe security camera like this Piper nv, point it at the door and call it a day. Today. But with a house this size we need something a little more robust. After a lot of consideration we decided to test out two DIY systems. Simply Safe and Smart Things. Smart Things because we already had the hub installed at the [INAUDIBLE] smart home and Simply Safe because it won our editor's, Choice award two years ago. We were looking for a system that offered a variety of sensors. Not just a single camera. We wanted reliable and simple performance. And the ability to integrate third-party devices. Notifications and alerts are also a must. And we also wanted it to include an app. After an entire week of installing and testing these two systems neither one of them really met our requests. Let's look at how they stacked up. [MUSIC] This is not a promising result. But as you can see, smart things has more of our wants than simplisafe. Even those smart things isn't perfect, mainly that terrible ad. It has more potential to deliver the features you want. It does a better job of fitting in with the plans for this house, not just as a security system, but also as a way to Connect the entire house and make it truly smart. [MUSIC] You don't have to do it yourself though. There are professional options out there and of course we'll be testing them out, but you'll have to check back to see that. Thanks for watching, we'll see you next time. [MUSIC]