Jon Larsen, Home8 Security, Amazon Echo vs Google Home Showdown – HGG289

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Jim Collison is joined by Jon Larsen from AIM  for show #289 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network.

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Home8 Video-Verified Security System – Wireless Home Security Alarm System with HD Camera, Alarm Sensors, Indoor Siren, and Free Basic Service  – $199 on Amazon

Home8 cameras will instantly start recording when any of the sensors /cameras detects motion or noise. You’ll get video push notifications and can visually verify if there is a false alarm or true emergency.

Zero-pairing technology enables you to install the system in minutes. Plug in devices and download the free Home8 app. Get started with no configuration needed. (Uses QR Code)

24/7 intelligent recording gives you the ability to stream live HD video right to your smartphone. The system features motion detection, night vision and 2-way audio communication. It can also alert with Shuttle’s built-in siren during an emergency.

Includes 1x mini cube HD camera, 1x security shuttle, 2x door + window sensors, 1x motion sensor, 1x keychain remote. System is easy to expand – so you can build a customized Home8 system that fits your specific needs for home automation, safety, care and video surveillance.

They also have a smart Garage Door Control system

Integrated with Amazon Echo via a skill that is enabled with  “Tell home8” commands

Video in Garage
Motion Detection
Sound Detection
Video Resolution – HD, High, Medium
Door sensor on garage door

Motion sensor in the laundry room
Don’t like – The IP cam is powered by a USB cable and power brick (not engennerd very well)
Can auto detect motion and sound.  The sound sensor was very sensitive
Been tough to get in the habit of alarming it based on our family sechedue

Like – Easy to set up and completely DIY
You can use the voice feature to talk to and hear someone near the camera
On the fly record what is happening in cam view
Email alerts with pictures – can monitor
The alarm is very loud
3 modes (active, off and stay mode)
Comes with a remote – I’d like a keypad
Decent App
You get a lot for free – $10 a month if you want the advanced features
IFTTT Integration or scheduling via the Appand now Alexa support



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