Whether you have a puppy or a grown dog, installing smart home technology in your home can make it easier to manage and monitor your pet’s needs. And, that means peace of mind. Plus, smart home devices can satisfy your curiosity. Just what does your puppy do while you’re away during the day? Is he napping on the couch or shredding something?!
Smart camera – With a smart camera such as the Nest Cam IQ, you can keep an eye on your puppy day or night via the Nest app. With HD resolution video, 12x digital zoom, night vision, and a microphone and speaker – you can even talk to him through the camera. Subscribe to Nest Aware and you can choose to get alerts specifically when your dog is barking. Plus, create and save video clips and time lapses of his silly antics to share with friends and family on Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter.
Smart thermostat – A smart thermostat can ensure that the temperature of your home stays comfortable for your puppy. A Nest thermostat, for example, can be controlled remotely. Its “Safety Temperature” feature prevents your home from going above or below certain temperatures. Also, you can add a Nest Temperature Sensor, which lets you choose where your thermostat measures the temperature in your home. This way, you can keep the temperature comfortable in the room(s) where your puppy spends his time.
Many connected devices made specifically for dogs are available now. For example:
Contact AvidWorks Technology for details about the installation of smart cameras, thermostats and other smart home devices. To date, we’ve earned more than 800 five-star reviews of our top quality smart home installations for residential and commercial spaces (on Nest, Yelp, and Google). Send email to email@example.com or call (800) 701-9021 to learn more.
Would you dress up your smart home security cameras in something green like this? Or, would you prefer your cameras to be more visible deterrents to potential porch pirates and burglars?
For more information about having smart cameras installed for you by an AvidWorks Technology technician, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 701-9021 for details.
Check out this fun video highlighting some of our projects from the past year! Many thanks to all of our customers for the opportunities to keep you safe and make your homes more efficient with home automation in 2018.
For information on installing smart home products, call AvidWorks Technology at (800) 701-9021 or send email to email@example.com.
Moving to a new home can be overwhelming enough without having to worry about what to do with all your smart home devices. You’ll likely want to leave some of them behind if they will increase the value of the home you are selling – or if it’s just not worth the effort to remove them (e.g., a smart sprinkler controller or smart custom-fit window blinds).
For those smart home devices you choose to take with you, we're ready to help. AvidWorks Technology has experience with both installing and de-installing smart home devices. So, if you are planning a move, and have smart thermostats, cameras, a video doorbell, smoke alarms, locks, light switches, a garage door controller, etc., that you would like de-installed, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 701-9021.
The Ring Floodlight Cam saves the day (or night)! On Friday night, the President & Founder of AvidWorks Technology was alerted to a drunk driver at his property in Atlanta, Georgia. The Ring Floodlight Cam captured video of a car driving across his backyard lawn, into his front yard, and crashing into and damaging a wall on his property. Thanks to a Ring alert on his smartphone, he was able to follow up with police remotely from California. The driver of the car was immediately arrested for a DUI, property damage, and a hit and run accident.
We can help you capture events like this on video. Let us install your smart cameras today! Send email to email@example.com or call (800) 701-9021.
The Nest Hello Doorbell’s wide angle lens lets you see a full 160°, which is wider than the human eye’s field of view. So, you may be less limited by your existing doorbell’s location than you think. We install quite a few doorbells that are on a 90° angle from the front door and they work just fine in this location. Also, the Nest Hello includes a 15° wedge in the box that our technician can install on the back plate, which allows the camera to be tilted toward a walkway to give you a better view if your doorbell isn’t in an ideal spot. This drawing depicts the top view of the Nest Hello Doorbell with the wedge behind it.
Here is the view captured from a Nest Hello Doorbell recently installed on a 90° angle from the front door by AvidWorks Technology. As you can see, our customers have a great view of their front walkway, an area where any packages would be left for them near the front door, part of their driveway, and even cars parked in front of their house. They originally thought they’d need to move the doorbell for the best view, but found that was not necessary due to the Nest Hello’s wide angle lens.
We can install a Nest Hello Doorbell for you! Contact AvidWorks Technology by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (800) 701-9021.
This week, we installed 16 temporary Lorex POE cameras for a customer. He's very happy with the installation, which will enable him to keep an eye on his construction project over the coming months. The cameras also serve as a deterrent to potential vandals and burglars. If there should be a problem on the property, he can provide video footage to the police. Eventually, we’ll move the cameras to permanent locations on his property.
If you have need for a temporary camera solution such as this, send email to email@example.com or call us at (800) 701-9021. We look forward to assisting you with a temporary camera solution.
Every year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, manufacturers put their latest technologies on display. We attended in hopes of finding some cool smart home products we couldn’t live without.
An absolute necessity rather than a frivolity, Bitdefender BOX 2 is a smart home cybersecurity hub that protects an unlimited number of your internet-connected devices from malware, stolen passwords, identity theft, spying, etc. It helps manage all the devices in your home and includes parental controls to monitor your kids’ online activities and manage screen time. (We purchased Bitdefender for ourselves during the show!)
Netgear Add-on Orbi Outdoor Satellite
We liked the Orbi Outdoor Satellite (RBS50Y) add-on product because it enables users to extend their WiFi up to an extra 2,500 square feet in their backyards. Many of our customers need stronger WiFi signals in order to connect outdoor security cameras and this product can deliver. According to Netgear, the Orbi Outdoor Satellite is the only weather-resistant outdoor WiFi mesh system available. It requires Orbi Router (RBR50, RBR40, RBR20 or SRR60) or can be used with an existing Orbi WiFi System.
Lutron RA2 Select Lighting System
Light switches may not be as exciting as other smart home products, but the lighting “scenes” enabled by smart light switches are a wonderful convenience. We liked Lutron’s RA2 Select product line because it’s ideal for larger houses, allowing up to 100 devices (vs. just 50 devices with Lutron’s Caséta Wireless system) and RF coverage for up to 5,000 sq. ft. of space (vs. just 2,500 sq. ft. with Lutron’s Caséta Wireless system). For even more RF coverage, you can purchase repeaters for an additional 2,500 sq. ft. of coverage per repeater or graduate to Lutron’s RadioRA 2 product line. (Lutron's Pico Scene Keypads shown in photo.)
For anyone needing more garage storage space, this is one possible smart home solution. GarageSmart’s MyLifter is designed to lift bikes, a kayak or canoe, a storage platform, car roof rack, etc., enabling you to keep them off the garage floor. Additional products that can be attached to the GarageSmart track such as a spotlight, speaker, extension cord, fan, parking assist/camera laser, air hose, and battery backup are coming soon. Also, coming soon is a voice module so devices can be controlled with Amazon Alexa.
For installation assistance for these products (or any smart home products), contact AvidWorks Technology at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (800) 701-9021.
This is our first installation of the new Nest Cam IQ Outdoor security camera. This camera must be plugged into an interior outlet, so our installer drilled through an exterior wall and routed the power cable through it.
Some advantages to this new camera:
If you need camera installation assistance, please contact AvidWorks Technology at email@example.com or by calling (800) 701-9021
Your Nest Cam video stream is private by default. However, if you want to share your camera’s video stream, there are three different ways you can do it:
AvidWorks Technology recently installed a Nest Cam Outdoor at the Belvedere Tennis Club in Tiburon, CA. The club shares the video stream from this camera publicly on its website so club members can see the tennis courts.
For detailed instructions on how to share your Nest camera video stream using one of the above methods, click here. The next time you host a live event, such as a party or a tournament, you’ll be able to use your Nest camera to let many people watch it.