How and Why to Integrate Nest with Skybell

It’s always nice to see two competitors collaborate to improve their mutual customer’s experience.  That’s exactly what Nest and SkyBell have done.  Today, we’ll discuss how and why to integrate Nest with SkyBell. Some Background Are these two companies really competitors?  Kind of.  SkyBell makes a few different video doorbells.  Nest makes everything except a video doorbell.  At least that was the case until they recently announced the Nest Hello Video Doorbell which is due to be released sometime in 2018.  It’s unclear what capabilities they will have nor how much it will cost.  Until then, integration of Nest with … Read more

How to Integrate a Nest Cam with a Honeywell Thermostat

Call me an automation nut.  Nothing better than having stuff occur automatically.  I recently learned how to lower my homes thermostat without me touching it at any time of the day.  This article will discuss how to integrate a Nest Cam with a Honeywell Thermostat.  The method discussed within this article also applies to a DropCam. This site has a lot of articles that discuss a lot of aspects about Nest Cam as a home security camera.  I have several cameras made by this company.  It’s owned by Google.  They purchased Nest a few years back.  I think they make one of the … Read more

Honeywell RTH9580WF Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat Product Review

Sure, this is a site about home security cameras, but I was so impressed with the Honeywell RTH9580WF Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat that I wanted to write a review about it. It’s great for home surveillance as it allows me to monitor the climate in my home.  Many of the best home security cameras lack the ability to monitor the temperature.  In fact, the only one that monitors the climate accurately is the Canary Home Security System. The Honeywell RTH9580WF Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is easy to install and has completely surpassed my expectations in reliability and functionality.  Let’s look at what’s so great about … Read more

Using WeMo to Improve Night Vision on Home Security Cameras

I have been a huge supporter of WeMo for controlling lights within a home.  Between two homes, I have six WeMo Switches, one WeMo Insight Switch and one WeMo Light Switch.  I am able to turn anything on or off from anywhere in the world.  I am writing about these devices to introduce a new way to improve night vision on a home security camera. First, a quick primer on what these devices can do for you.  A WeMo switch connects to your home router.  You can turn the switch on or off from anywhere that your smartphone can get internet connectivity.  This allows me to control lights in … Read more