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Four Ways to Use an Alarm.com Image Sensor

Aug 17, 2018

A smart, versatile combination of motion sensor and connected camera, our wireless Image Sensor keeps your property secure and your mind at ease. 
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Four Ways to Use an Alarm.com-Powered Smart Lock

Jun 19, 2018

With keyless entry and smartphone-controlled locking, a smart lock turns a humble door into a hi-tech access point. For a truly smart front door, though, you need a smart lock powered by Alarm.com.
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Four Ways to Use an Alarm.com Doorbell Camera

Jun 07, 2018

A doorbell camera is a smart home must-have, able to show you who's at the door, no matter where you are. And with an Alarm.com Doorbell Camera, that's just the start.
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What Is a Smart Lock?

Apr 26, 2018

For thousands of years, people have used - and lost - their door keys. Now, thanks to keyless lock hardware and smart home security technology, we're on the cusp of ditching them for good. Here's how.
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Take a Peek at Our Updated Image Sensor

Mar 09, 2018

It's good to know what's happening at home. It's even better to see it for yourself through an Alarm.com Image Sensor.
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Three Alarm.com-patible Gift Ideas for Smart Homeowners

Nov 21, 2017

What do you buy the smart homeowner who already has an Alarm.com-powered home? How about a new way to interact with it?
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Five Smart Things You Can Do with a Video Doorbell

Dec 08, 2016

It's a doorbell, a video camera, and a two-way communications device all wrapped into one—and it gets even better when it's installed as part of a smart home security system.
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Smart Home For Beginners: Smart Home Security

Dec 02, 2016

Protecting your home and family is the most popular reason for buying smart home technology. The gold-standard solution is the platform-powered smart home security system.
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Smart Home for Beginners: Smart Locks and Access

Nov 17, 2016

It used to be that the more secure you made your front door, the more inconvenient it became to let people into your house. Then, smart locks arrived and changed everything.
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Smart Home for Beginners: Security Cameras and Video

Nov 11, 2016

Wouldn't it be great to see what's happening at home, anytime, from anywhere? It's easy to do with smart video cameras, which come in many shapes and sizes.
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Smart Home for Beginners: Heating, Cooling, Lighting

Nov 03, 2016

Smart thermostats and lighting give you convenient comfort and automatic energy savings. To automate your HVAC and lights with smart home technology, here's what you need to know.
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Replacing Smoke Detectors: Smarter Is Better

Oct 11, 2016

If you need new smoke detectors, you'll find plenty of options. The smartest smoke alarms are installed as part of a smart home security system, which protects you proactively in a fire.
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How Smart Can a Front Door Be?

Sep 16, 2016

With smart locks, connected lights and new video doorbell technology, smarter home security powered by Alarm.com makes your home's main entrance more convenient and secure.
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Four Smarter Home Security Essentials for Your Front Door

Sep 15, 2016

Turn your front door into the smartest entrance on the block with these four essential pieces of modern home security technology.
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What Is a Smart Plug?

Feb 22, 2016

Connected devices don't have to be complex to be useful. Take the smart plug: it simply turns things on and off, but - when connected to a smart home platform - becomes a very versatile device.
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Avoiding the "Smart Home from Hell"

Dec 18, 2015

Smart home technology makes life easier and more convenient—when you do it right. But what about when you do it less-than-right? It causes frustration... even for tech-savvy reporters.
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Three Essential Questions Before You Buy That Smart Device

Nov 30, 2015

Are you shopping for smart home devices today? Answering these three questions will help you determine the right approach to creating your smart home.
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Meet the Alarm.com Smart Thermostat!

Nov 28, 2015

Saving energy at home should be simple. With Alarm.com's new Smart Thermostat, it is. Here are some smart ways it achieves your perfect balance of energy savings and comfort.
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There's an Easier Way to a Smart Home

Nov 25, 2015

Shopping for smart home technology and feeling overwhelmed? There's an easy, affordable way to own a state-of-the-art smart home in time for the holidays.
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What Is a Contact Sensor?

Nov 12, 2015

Originally designed to catch an intruder opening a door or window, this small smart home device can now trigger smartphone alerts, turn your lights on, and even control your smart thermostat.
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Why Smart Devices Don't Make a Smart Home

Nov 09, 2015

A true smart home is a bit like a good football team. Each player - or connected device - has specialized skills, but they can only win games by working together. That requires a good coach.
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Five Things A Smart Thermostat Should Know

Jul 07, 2015

Most smart thermostats have limited information about what you're doing, making it hard for them to react to real-time activity in your home. Here's how ours is different.
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What Is An Image Sensor?

Jun 11, 2015

The next generation of the traditional motion sensor, Alarm.com's Image Sensor is small, streamlined, and enhanced with an onboard camera. It sends you intelligent alerts about motion-detected activity in your home, with a picture for visual confirmation.
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Four Fast, Easy Ways to Use Alarm.com for Apple Watch

Jun 08, 2015

Our new app for Apple Watch makes it easier to interact with your smart home from anywhere. Here are a few everyday situations where Alarm.com and Apple Watch combine perfectly to make life safer, smarter and more efficient.
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Watch Your Whole Home from the Couch with our Amazon Fire TV app

Jun 03, 2015

Our latest app, created for Amazon Fire TV, brings your video monitoring to the most convenient screen in the house, with up to four simultaneous video streams from around your home.
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Neighborhood, You'll Have To Cool Yourself

May 20, 2015

Are you wasting energy by running your AC with a door open? Not with Alarm.com, you're not. Our new smart thermostat puts an end to this age-old source of wasted energy.
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Security is the Foundation of the Smart Home

Apr 16, 2015

A genuinely Smart Home needs a sensory system: a network of sensors conveying accurate, relevant and real-time information so that connected devices can act intelligently. This system already exists in millions of homes. It's the Smart Home Security system.
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Want a Smart Home? You Don't Have to Go It Alone

Apr 15, 2015

Installing a Smart Home on your own takes expertise. You'll need to select the right devices, install, wire and configure them, and troubleshoot any issues. There's good news, though: our Smart Home Service Providers do all of it for you.
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The Advantages of a Wireless Security System

Apr 13, 2015

By untethering your home from old, wired security technology, Alarm.com's wireless Smart Home Security solution makes life safer, smarter and more efficient. Here's why it's best to go wireless.
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Video: How Alarm.com Automates Your Whole Home

Mar 10, 2015

Our Smart Home technology brings everything in your home together to make things safer, smarter and more efficient - all of it controlled by a single mobile app. Here's an animated overview.
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Lose Your Keys… and Gain Total Access Control With Alarm.com

Feb 02, 2015

Security and convenience are both key benefits of the smart home – but can you have them both at the same time? The answer is a resounding ‘yes', thanks to a set of advanced Smart Home security features called access control.
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Why Some Smart Smoke Detectors Are Safer Than Others

Jan 27, 2015

As a new generation of connected fire and smoke detectors hits the market, it's important to know that not every detector billed as "smart" delivers the maximum safety for your home and family. Here are three things you should know.
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What to Look For in a Connected Video Camera

Dec 17, 2014

Connected video cameras are one of the best and most enjoyable ways to keep up with what's happening at home. Today's cameras are smaller, more powerful, less obtrusive and more affordable, making them a popular holiday gift and home purchase. So which is the right smart camera for you?
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Know Your Three Types of Connected Lighting

Dec 10, 2014

This holiday season, connected lighting is a hot gift item. The term describes lighting solutions which can be controlled with a smartphone to create the perfect ambience anywhere in the home. It's a popular purchase and will be many people's first encounter with smart home technology.
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Shopping for Smart Home Devices? Check Out Our Guide!

Dec 04, 2014

Powerful technology has made home automation and smart devices an affordable reality. However, knowing where to start and what to buy can be a big challenge. Help has arrived in the form of Alarm.com's online Smart Home Guide.
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Don't Want To Install A Smart Home? You Don't Have To.

Nov 11, 2014

Connected home systems can be incredibly powerful, but also complicated to set up. Installation can be one of the biggest barriers to getting started, with even individual "smart" devices requiring expertise to set up. When it comes to installing your smart home, we think "pro" is the way to go.
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