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Smart Home Devices with HughesNet Gen5
Smart devices are becoming the norm in many households, but it’s important that they work with your internet service provider. With new devices being released each year it’s hard to keep track on what is compatible and what isn’t.
Luckily HughesNet specifically tests and certifies the most popular smart device options so here are the latest additions that are certified to work with HughesNet Gen5.
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SimpliSafe Home Security System
The SimpliSafe all-in-one system aims to make your home safer whilst acting as a deterrent against burglary. This clever security system does a great job at detecting intruders but is also able to differentiate between your own pets. It is a great system for pet owners.
You can choose between sixteen distinct packages, including the Foundation package which is ideal for smaller homes and includes:
- The Base Station
- On-Entry Sensor
- One-Motion Sensor
As an example comparison, the 14-piece Fortress package designed for a more in-depth system for larger homes comes with a:
- Base Station
- 2 Keypad
- 6 Entry Sensors
- 2 Motion Sensors
- A Key Fob
- A Yard Sign
- Window Decals
- An Auxiliary Siren
- And A Panic Button
For the true DIY crowd, SimpliSafe offers the DIY package that’s often on discount too. You can mix and match to build your own system, pick and choose sensors or alarms and select from standard or interactive monitoring.
As soon as an alarm is raised by the SimpliSafe Home Security System, you’ll get a call and the authorities will be dispatched. The monthly rates are affordable and there are no contracts or hidden fees to worry about. When ordering online you can also get a SimpliCam Security Camera with each package.
Arlo Pro 3 Camera
Arlo’s lineup of security cameras and doorbells is among customer favorites, with the all-new Arlo Pro 3 Camera bringing improved performance. You can expect 2K HDR resolution, color night vision, 2-way audio, and Wi-Fi connectivity with the latest release.
The 160° view angle captures everything you need, and integrations with Google Assistant, Google Home Hub, Apple Watch, and Amazon Alexa ensure you’re always in the loop with what’s currently happening.
The battery-powered UV and weather-resistant camera comes with a magnetic mount for ease of installation, and you won’t have to worry about wires either. The battery life is between three and six months, and you’ll get a magnetic charger that will charge the battery to full within 3 hours. With the Arlo Smart plan, you’ll also get alerts from each camera directly on your phone.
Google Nest Hello Doorbell
Google’s smart doorbell delivers great performance during the day and night with crisp and clear video quality. With its round-the-clock streaming option, you can easily check who’s at the door even if you’re not home and with a 160° field of view you get a full capture.
Google’s Nest Hello Doorbell is smarter than others, and with integrated person, motion, and sound sensors, it can identify familiar faces and packages you’re waiting for and trigger a special alert. When you’re not home, you can still answer with pre-recorded messages.
Blink XT2 Security Camera
Amazon’s Blink XT2 security camera can be used both indoors and outdoors and comes with a ton of features that make it a popular pick, along with ease of setup and an affordable comparative price.
With 720p HD video, two-way audio, and instant alerts, you can receive push notifications with a link to the video, so it’s not surprising many choose it. Check what’s happening at your door right now using the Live view mode, and thanks to the Instant On feature, the video starts recording in under a second after an alarm is triggered. This feature is perfect for offering evidence to turn over to the police.
Other features that are included are the temperature sensor, motion detection, low light illumination, IR night vision and auto arm/disarm functionality. Plus, as an Amazon product, the Blink XT2 can be voice-controlled via Amazon Alexa too!
Ring Cam Wired
Ring have a variety of products including video doorbells and cameras, with their Spotlight Wired Cam being one of the customer favorites. The wired HD camera comes with a two-way voice option, 1080p HD resolution and wide-angle that captures everything that’s happening at your door. Plus, you can easily speak or see those at your door from your phone, tablet, or PC.
One of the most popular features of the Wired are the customizable motion detection zones and the built-in spotlight and night vision sensors that ensure nothing goes unnoticed. The camera is plugged into a standard power outlet, so you don’t have to worry about its battery running out either.
Google Nest Cam Indoor
Another option from Google’s smart home lineup is their Nest Cam Indoor camera that oversees what’s happening within your home around the clock in crisp 1080HD resolution. Installation is easy and versatile thanks to its magnetic base and the wall plate and tripod that comes with it. After that, you just plug it into a power socket, download the app, and you’re set.
The built-in speaker and microphone lets you hear what’s happening and you can even talk back to your pets, for example.
This wired camera is always alert and doesn’t just look for motion but also records sound. In case of anything suspicious, like broken glass or a loud boom, it will alert your phone or send an email so you can check out whether anything’s wrong.
Amazon Echo Show 5
Smart displays are very popular, with Amazon’s Echo Show 5 being the latest addition into the smart display lineup. It can help you with your daily agenda, manage your calendars, appointments, show you alerts and notifications for important tasks, birthdays or traffic alerts, help you follow recipes, and control other smart devices in your home. You can even call and send messages, as mobile and residential numbers are supported too!
One thing that makes it particularly popular given the current cyber security and privacy culture is the built-in privacy features. You can disconnect the microphone and cameras electronically, and close the camera with the slide cover. This is something that not many smart devices are offering right now.
Another element to smart home devices are for utilities and Philips is at the very top when it comes to smart lighting options. With a number of bulbs, light strips, lamps, starter kits, and other accessories to choose from their smart filament bulbs are the latest addition to their lineup and give any room a classy feel. You can connect their lights with your entertainment systems, and control lights via a smartphone app or voice commands through Amazon Alexa, Google Home Hub and Google Mini.
Amazon Echo Dot
The Echo Dot is a cost-effective option in Amazon’s smart product offering and the third generation of this mini smart speaker comes with improved sound quality with the ability to be paired with another Echo Dot to provide a stereo sound. Take your music to the next level with voice controls for all popular streaming players, such as Apple Music, Amazon Music, Sirius XM, and others.
The Echo Dot can be paired with many compatible devices, including smart lights, smart thermostats, and smart cameras and doorbells, giving you a control hub for all other smart devices in your home.
Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control
The Ecobee Smart Thermostat is among the most sophisticated thermostats you can get right now. Not only does its smart sensor detect temperature, but also whether or not someone is in the room at the moment, so it can adjust the temperature accordingly. It is perfect for the eco-conscious households.
When you’re away from home, it will automatically adjust temperature for savings, and you’ll get alerts when your heating or cooling systems need to be checked out.
The voice-controlled thermostat also provides many additional features as a result of the built-in Alexa. You can also control other smart devices, play music on Spotify and call family or friends.
August Smart Lock Pro + Connect Bundle
The August Smart Lock transforms your home’s door into a smart door that can be controlled from anywhere via the August app. You can remotely unlock the door for friends and family if you end up stuck in traffic and they have already arrived. Plus, you won’t have to worry about forgetting to lock your door, the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect Bundle does it automatically when you leave! Compatible with Siri, Alexa, and Google assistant you also don’t need your keys with its automatic unlocking that is two-factor authenticated for security reasons. With the added encryption it also ensures no one can piggyback on your connection and should you lose your phone you can easily disable all virtual keys or app from the website.
TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip HS300
If one smart power outlet is not enough for you, you can choose a smart power strip instead. TP-Link’s Kasa Smart Wi-Fi power strip is the ultimate way to control multiple smart devices, while also providing surge protection, energy monitoring, and voice control via Alexa, Cortana or Google Assistant.
Have piece of mind that your baby is safe with Nanit Plus, the smart baby monitor that is so much more than a camera. It monitors the quality of your baby’s sleep and offers insights, reports and tips to help your baby get a quality night’s sleep. Nanit Plus comes with 960p HD camera with two-way audio, bird’s eye view, and smart sensors that keep track of sound and motion.
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Ways to Maximize the Smarts of Your Smart Devices
Your whole smart setup is only as good as your internet connection, and HughesNet can help you make the most of all your smart devices. You should be aware that as the number of smart devices you have at home increases, so will your data usage per month.
HughesNet Bonus Zone
To ensure that you don’t go overboard with data usage, make use of Hughesnet’s Bonus Zone hours by making sure all updates are applied during that time (between 2 AM and 8 AM). This way, you’ll save loads of data by using the bonus 50GB per month!
Adjust Video Quality
When uploading video footage to the cloud, you should be aware that it will use data from your service plan. In order to minimize the amount of data that’s used, you can opt to lower the video quality on your smart devices unless absolutely necessary.
Change The Frequency
While you can choose between connecting to 2.4GHz and 5GHz with HughesNet, most smart devices are still limited to the 2.4GHz frequency, and this frequency will provide the best coverage for all your devices.
Make sure all your devices are secure and don’t present a security risk to your home. Hackers are sophisticated and can harness the power of your smart devices and even hijack them, so taking advantage of the proper security options is a must! You can do that by ensuring your home Wi-Fi network has strong encryption, and by changing the default Wi-Fi name, password, and router password too.
Also be smart when choosing your smart devices – only buy certified smart devices from reputable sources so you can be sure they will work well with HughesNet Gen5, and make sure to learn all about their settings so you can use them in a secure manner to their fullest potential!
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