Lowe’s Iris Line Goes Under

Feb 11, 2019

Many consumers are seeing red with the recent news that big-box retailer Lowe's is shutting down service to its Iris smart home platform.

Lowe's launched its Iris cloud service in 2012 so it could sell its own smart home products to the public. Customers with an Iris smart hub, the heart of the network, could keep in touch with the connected devices in their home via the free Iris app. Smart home products ran the gamut from thermostat controllers to lights and sensors. read more

The Weakness of DIY Security Systems

Jan 24, 2019

When considering getting a home security system, some especially ambitious people might assume they can set up a fully-functioning system themselves. How hard could it be? You're tech-savvy. If you can use a smartphone or set up an Amazon Echo, surely you can slap together a decent DIY security system. The reality is that DIY systems come with some significant drawbacks. Here are some of the things to consider before you decide to take on this project yourself. read more

Ins and Outs of Contract vs No Contract Security Systems

Feb 22, 2018

Many people see signing a long-term contract with a reputable alarm company as a stressful experience. In truth, contracts are in place to benefit both the alarm company and the homeowner. Developing a relationship and signing a long-term commitment to a security company allows you to get to know a team and benefit from the peace of mind that comes with working with professionals. Although many people would prefer to avoid a long-term contract by going with an online or national company, there are many benefits.

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