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Smart home devices can give you peace of mind by providing an extra eye around the house. What matters most to you, and which devices will work with your home Compare the benefits, and use the tools below to help you find out which ones are compatible with your home.

Unlock (and lock) your home remotely. At the Cook house, the Nest x Yale Lock on their front door is set to lock automatically after five minutes in case someone forgets.3 You can also create passcodes and get alerts any time the door is unlocked. It fits in the same space as most traditional deadbolts and connects to Wi-Fi and the Google Home app through Nest Connect, a dedicated Wi-Fi bridge that you purchase with the lock. You can use the same Nest Connect if you decide to add more locks.

Know immediately when smoke or CO becomes a problem. Nest Protect monitors smoke and carbon monoxide levels and connects to the Google Home app, where you can check the battery level or turn off the alarm remotely. The 5x5-inch device tests itself automatically (400 times a day), knows the difference between smoke and steam, lights your way at night, and lasts up to a decade. How many will you need The National Fire Protection Association and the Consumer Product Safety Commission advise installing alarms around sleeping areas, in stairwells, and in other important areas in your home.

Based on use of at least 1 Nest Wifi router and 1 Nest Wifi point. Home size, materials and layout can affect how Wi-Fi signal travels. Larger homes or homes with thicker walls or long, narrow layouts may need extra Wifi points for full coverage. Strength and speed of signal will also depend on your internet provider.

*Google does not perform your Pro installation and has no responsibility or liability for the installation. We partner with Handy and OnTech, who are independent of Google. Handy is a platform for home services that connects individuals to professional installation partners, including OnTech, who will install your Google Nest Products. The professional installer connected to you is not an employee, subcontractor, or agent of Google. For your convenience you can pay for your installation through Google Store, but Google accepts the payment on behalf of Handy, whose network of licensed installers perform the installation.

Google Assistant works with thousands of smart devices, across all kinds of smart home categories. And, with the Matter smart home standard on the way, Google will start to work with even more devices in the very near future.

How nice is it that you can sit back, relax and ask a device to tell you the time, find a recipe for you or remind you to pack an umbrella for work tomorrow The Google Assistant is actually available on all google home devices so the best price for this product directly corresponds to the device you are buying.

Google Home is packed with fun features, including the ability to ask it to play video on a connected device. Google Chromecast is a small device that you plug into the HDMI port on your TV and connect to your home network via WiFi to power and stream your favorite entertainment. You can instruct Google Home to play a specific movie on Netflix, for instance, without having to use your remote to search.

Monitor access to your home with a Google home device like this Nest x Yale keyless deadbolt lock. You can simply tap to lock, or use the Google Assistant to lock with your voice. A perfect companion to Nest Security, you can quickly unlock your door when you a see a friend coming, set visiting hours for friends, house cleaners, dog walkers, etc., create unique passcodes for family and friends and get notifications when those people come and go.

Michael is TechHive's lead editor, with 30+ years of experience covering the tech industry, focusing on the smart home, home audio, and home theater. He built his own smart home in 2007 and used it as a real-world test lab for product reviews. Following a relocation to the Pacific Northwest, he is now converting his new home, an 1890 Victorian bungalow, into a modern smart home.

Smart shades and blinds are motorized window treatments that can also be controlled with a smartphone app and with voice (using a smart speaker or a smartphone assistant like Siri). They can be set up to run on a customized schedule or automated Scenes, or integrated with home-automation software, including Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, and Google Home.

For more-advanced smart-home automations, we connected Lutron Serena Shades to third-party smart-home systems, which allow you to trigger your shades based on motion, temperature, and light levels. For instance, using HomeKit, we created an Automation that lowered the shades to three-quarters closed if the temperature in the room rose above 78 degrees Fahrenheit, and it worked reliably and precisely.

The good news is that SmarterHome is merging its blinds and shades products into one app and one bridge (see What to look forward to). This change, slated for early 2022, will bring more and better smart-home integrations to the blinds. When it happens, we will update this review.

We had a few issues with our test install (including two faulty shades), problems that were quickly resolved by Hunter Douglas and the installer. Additionally, he walked us through the fabric and accessory choices in person, which is a much easier process than doing it online. And he set up all the home-automation and remote-control options during install.

But each platform has its strengths. For a better virtual assistant and smart displays, we think Google's the one to beat, but Alexa dominates in terms of music quality and smart home prowess. Despite these strengths, the one you choose ultimately boils down to personal preference.

For now, the differences between Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa boil down to how each system deals with specific tasks like smart home routines, shopping lists, and how they design their mobile apps.

But Alexa has another advantage over Google: it can directly control Zigbee devices using the Echo, Echo Studio, and Echo Show 10. This compatibility makes it easier to automate your home with Alexa. It also has some fun extra and hidden features.

Google's not completely helpless with smart home integration: Google Nest Hub (2nd gen), Google Nest Hub Max, and Nest Wifi all have built-in Thread radios (which work similar to Zigbee) that offer more growth in the future. But Google's not currently using this tech. We expect this to change once the industry-wide Matter smart home standard launches.

It places all of your devices on the app's home screen so you can quickly navigate to the one you want to control. You can also create groups of devices specific to the rooms in your home to make it easier to turn off the lights.

You have the option to name the routine, set a trigger condition ("When this happens"), and set an action dictating how Alexa reacts to that action ("Add action"). In the second option, "When this happens," you can choose from various triggers, including voice commands, specific dates and times, smart home devices, location, alarms, Echo Buttons, sound detection, and Alexa Guard.

Alexa routines can trigger based on a location. This helps control all kinds of devices and services, like starting a Spotify playlist when you get home from work. You can also get reminders about picking up tomatoes at your preferred grocery store.

Both brands have location-based reminders where you can get a reminder upon arriving home, to work, or custom location. For example, if you ask for a reminder to get eggs at Walmart, the smart assistant will ask which store you want to use and give you a reminder on your smartphone when you get there.

Alexa and Google Home each support up to six user accounts, though Google handles its accounts much better than Alexa. For Google, you can add anyone to your home for free as long as they have a Google account. This includes supervised accounts that you create for children using Google Family Link.

To be fair, neither voice assistant requires more than one user account to start answering questions and controlling smart home devices. But you miss out on things like personalized reminders and access to your meticulously-curated Spotify playlists when you don't link multiple accounts.

Still, Google Assistant's smart displays and access to Google's treasure trove of information make it a better digital assistant. But Amazon Alexa steals the spotlight on speaker quality and smart home integration.

The Solo IndoorCam C24 is Eufy's most entry-level smart home camera that captures a 2K video, has motion detection and has on-board video storage (via microSD, sold separately) if you don't want to pay for a subscription. It works with all major smart ecosystems.

To compete with Amazon's collection of Alexa-enabled devices, Google has stepped up its game with smart speakers, displays, doorbells, thermostats, cameras, alarms, locks, and media streamers. Whether you want to monitor your home when you're away, play music while you clean, or just set a timer in the kitchen, there's a Google gadget that can do it.

From the Home lineup to Nest gadgets, Google has built a robust ecosystem of smart home devices that has grown quite large in recent years. If you're wondering which ones do what, and who they're for, we break down all the details below.

If audio quality is important to you, the Google Home Max(Opens in a new window) is the device for you. The Max makes an excellent centerpiece to a home audio system, or a standalone speaker; it's an Editors' Choice for one of the best smart speakers on the market. The only downside we could find is that it has a bit too much bass for some tastes. It also costs $300. While that's comparable to similar high-end speakers from Sonos, it's firmly outside impulse-buy territory.

Google sells plenty of devices that connect to Wi-Fi, why not sell the Wi-Fi hub itself (Opens in a new window)Google Nest Wifi(Opens in a new window) is a mesh router system that lets you expand your home network without running long, cumbersome cables. Each hub connects wirelessly to the others, so only one needs to be plugged into your modem. It's a user-friendly 802.11ac mesh system that uses sleek components to deliver Wi-Fi to all corners of your home. 59ce067264


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