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Frontpoint is a highly rated monitoring provider, according to security system review websites SafeWise and A Secure Life. The price ranges from $34. 99 to $49. 99 monthly — a tad pricey, but the system runs on cellular technology, which means you don't have to worry about cut wires, loss of Internet connection or power outages. Depending on where you live, you could choose a local security company for a couple of reasons. "A local company will usually respond quicker to issues with the security system than will a national company, and local monitoring will have a better understanding of local crime trends than will a national monitor," Walters says. Don't forget basic security measuresA security system helps protect your home, but it can also create a false sense of security that might lead you to be less careful. Make sure you're following these precautions:Lock all doors and windows when you're out of the house. In about 40 percent of break ins to unoccupied homes, offenders gained access through an unlocked door or window, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports. Display security system yard and window signs. These signs can scare off burglars.

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I don't know about you, but remembering to water the lawn is one area where I could stand to improve, especially when I’m out of town. Enter the Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller. This system was rated the very best smart sprinkler controller after undergoing testing by our smart home team. The Rachio panel is easy to install and integrates with Nest, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, and Apple Homekit. You can call out to your smart speaker of choice and say "water the lawn," or use another custom command. The Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller can also be used to set a manual watering schedule, or you can let the app determine the most appropriate agenda for your lawn based on a few details.

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The Ring Video Doorbell 2 doesn't let you silence your doorbell chime like with Ring Pro, August, Nest and SkyBell. Read the full reviewBest ValueRing Video DoorbellReasons to BuyInstalls anywhereWorks with many smart home products$10 video storage plan includes lifetime warrantyReasons to AvoidLowest video quality in our testsDoesn't come with angled mounting bracketsLifetime warranty requires Ring's most expensive subscription$69 View at buybuy BABY$69. 99View at Best Buy$89. 99View at Amazon?You can also install it anywhere thanks to a built in rechargeable battery, though you can also connect it to your old doorbell's wiring for a constant power source without recharging. After installation, you connect this doorbell to your Wi Fi network using the Ring smartphone app, which lets you take calls, speak to visitors and give instructions to delivery people using the doorbell’s built in speaker and microphone. You can also connect it to other smart home products such as Amazon Alexa, SmartThings and Wink.