LiveWatch Security Low Cost, DIY Security System! Simplisafe Alternative (Two Months Free Inside)

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Looking for a simple DIY, easy to install system?  LiveWatch is that system!!!

Pros
1.) No Pressure Sales – Their sales department is no pressure and will even tell you to shop around! I shopped around, got a price by simplisafe, and they beat it! How?  Well they gave me a few free months on service which brought my all in cost well below Simplisafe!

2.) Willing to work with you on packages – They know everyone has different needs.  They took their base package ($49 at the time of my purchase) and substituted parts in the package so that it met my needs! I was able to get a package with two remotes, 5 door/window sensors, built in glass break sensor for $49! They gave me a discount and substituted parts from the base system to meet my needs without increasing price

3.) Easy install! – No tools required!

4.) They setup an appointment to verify your install and walk you through using your system.  They do this over the phone but confirm your system is installed correctly AND help you learn how to use your system

5.) Plenty of monthly plans to meet EVERYONES needs!! Just keep in mind, any plan under $34 will require you to pay more for your system

6.) No contracts! Yes, you are required to agree to a 12 month term BUT if you don’t want to finish the term, just return your system and they will cancel without any fees!!  If you want until after your 12 months to cancel, you get to keep the system!  This is very fair because at $49, I received a GREAT deal on the system so they need me to stick around to actually make money on me.

7.) Equipment – NOW with VERY MODERN equipment by Quality of Life (QOL).  This equipment will work with most modern smart home products and not just home security products.  The equipment looks nice in your home, is very high quality, and comes with a great warranty!

8.) Lifetime Warranty (HINT): Just ask for it and ask if you can have it for free.. They will gladly say yes!!

9.) Customer Service is TOP NOTCH.. Not pushy!! They checkup on you via follow-up calls and emails.. They don’t push you to buy more services or higher plans.  They never even ask! They simply want to help

10.) SYSTEM PRICE IS GREAT! As long as you keep the system for a year, you it’s yours to own after that year!!  If you cancel service before 1 year you can pay for the “Discount” they offered or send it back.  The choice is yours.

11.) Alarm.com service – They are an alarm.com service meaning the monitoring and smart functions use the alarm.com app.  Alarm.com has millions upon millions of users so there is no worrying about the monitoring service going under.

12.) Mobile apps for arming your home works GREAT (Requires $34 plan or higher)

Tips

1.) Just talk to them! They will make you a system that works for your needs and do their best to keep it around the $50 price!!  They had to offer me discounts to do that but they had no issues offering those discounts

2.) Mention other services you are considering!  They will do everything in their power to meet or beat the prices of those services!!

Overall: I am very happy with the sales, customer service, and monitoring service in general offered by LiveWatch!  I feel safe, my home feels more secure, and the price is very affordable without any contracts!

BabyCam HD Cute Smart WiFi Home Security Video Camera with Two-Way Audio to Monitor Baby, Pet, or Elderly with Apple and Android Apps by brobot

Short Review:  Easy to setup, secure (As long as your WiFi is secure) and overall a decent little camera.  It is an excellent camera for the price!  Video is crystal clear and video has a great large viewing area.  As a little background, I work for a security company and install these things and they are great!

Pros:
1.) Quality – This camera is excellent quality.  The camera is built well, the software is very well done, and overall the camera is a top quality product!

2.) Videos Quality – Video quality is clear and bright.  No matter what your use might be, a buyer should be very happy with the video quality.  Even used as a security camera, the quality is AMAZING

3.) Viewing Area –  Along with the video quality, one of the best aspects of video quality is a large viewing area

4.) Super easy setup!!

5.) Wonderful APP – A lot of these cameras might be nice but their apps are lacking.  Not with the brobot.. With the brobot, the app is beautifully done and very easy to use!

6.) Secure – This camera is secure, just make sure you have a secure wireless network and you will be fine.

7.) Value – Under $50

8.) Works with Android & IOS – Also works with Android tablets and Ipads

9.) Includes everything needed.  Mounts, Cat5 Cable (If you want a wired connection) and more.

Overall:  There are a lot of this style camera on the market so which camera is best?  Well, a lot of them are!! The goal is to find one that meets your budget, one that is secure, and one that offers the features you need.  Some of the features of this camera are below and this is a camera that I recommend!

Features
1.) Wireless
2.) Secure
3.) Easy Setup
4.) Works with Android and IOS
5.) High Def
6.) Offers two way sound

Kuyal Clear Chair Mat, Hard Floor Use, 48" x 36" Transparent Office Home Floor protector mat Chairmats (36" X 48" Rectangle)



Short Review: Good thickness, great quality, awesome protection and lays flat! No issues

Note: This will lay flat after a couple hours. It will want to curl when you first lay it out BUT after waiting it is now flat

Pros
1.) Perfect Size

2.) Offers great protection for my floor

3.) Chair rolls very easily on it

4.) No funky smells

Overall I am very happy with mine!

Aqueon Deluxe LED Bow Front Aquarium Kit Black 36 Gallon

Short Review: Awesome Aquarium! I did have an issue with my hood but Aqueon took care of that! This is a nice large and deep aquarium.

Pros
1.) Wonderful Quality

2.) The black caulking looks amazing

3.) The bowfront allows excellent viewing of your fish and allows for a large viewing area

4.) LED lights add great bright lighting.

5.) Aqueon makes a matching stand for this and it looks very nice!!

Cons

1.) The lid hindge is very cheaply made.. mine broke first day but Aqueon has awesome support and corrected the issue with a new glass hood for it!

2.) The Included Light is simple with no timers or anything but that can fixed with a simple smart plug

Aquariums are simple but if you have a poor quality aquarium it can suck! It can leak, it can wobble, and it can cause a lot of other issues.. this Aquarium is awesome and has no issues other than the hood (but Aqueon corrected that)

LaView Wireless Security Camera, 1080P HD Indoor Outdoor Home Surveillance WiFi IP Camera IP65 Waterproof Two-way Audio Night Vision Motion Alarm Baby Monitor Nanny Cam with 16GB MicroSD Card – White

Short Review: There are a few things I look for when buying these cameras for myself or suggesting them to a friend to buy (I used to install CCTV systems so I get asked for advice all the time)

1.) Does it take a micro SD card – The answer has to be yes for me to recommend a camera and this camera DOES take a SD card. This is important because not all of these cameras save video locally, and that’s because not all of these cameras allow SD cards. This camera allows the card plus saves video locally.

2.) Does the camera have a decent app – The app doesn’t have to be the best but before I recommend a camera like this, it does need a decent app. This camera has a great app

3.) is it reliable? This is another question I ask before recommended cameras. You are protecting something with this camera, possibly your family! it has to be very reliable and this is reliable

4.) Is the camera safe and secure? A lot of folks don’t trust these cameras but if you set them up correctly, with good passwords and whatnot, they are VERY safe and secure!!!

This camera passes all 4 of those questions, is very easy to setup, and offered at a good value! Thats why I recommend this camera!

Pros
1.) Easy Setup – Follow in app instructions

2.) Saves video locally – no need to purchase a cloud plan. (Why spend more money?)

3.) Notifications work GREAT – All these cameras have basic issues with notifications.. Like bugs landing on them usually set off a notification. But for the most part, notifications work great and I had no issues or no false notifications (A bug landing on the camera isn’t a false notification because it DOES detect movement)

4.) Wonderful Quality!

5.) Excellent Price

6.) Works on both Android and IOS

7.) Night vision works well

8.) Offers two way communication! Talk to your family through your phone or even the intruder! Let them know you are watching

9.) Wide field of view – this camera sees a lot!

Cons
1.) No 5GHZ

Overall: Excellent Camera!! Easy to install and full of features!

Hydroluxe Full-Chrome 24 Function Ultra-Luxury 3-way 2 in 1 Shower-Head /Handheld-Shower Combo



Short Review: Very simple to install and works very well. There is even enough pressure to use both faucets at once!

Pros
1.) Sharp Looking
2.) Includes everything you need to install, even plumbers tape!
3.) You can use each faucet individually or both at the same time
4.) Metal Hose

Overall: I’m happy with this setup! No issues here

Aquaflow Technology AEF-302 External Filter System for Aquarium – 3 phases. Free Media


Short Review: Simply put, this is an excellent canister filter! Great value! Includes media (I recommend buying a few more bio ceramics though) and super easy to setup! Nearly silent opperation.

Tips
1.) Press the prime button about 10 times and you should be pumping strong!

2.) I recommend buying a little more bio media.. I felt it didn’t come with enough.

Pros
1.) Has a pump button to prime.

2.) Includes media (however, I would add more)

3.) Great instructions – I had no issues reading the instructions and they were very well written.

4.) Silent opperation

5.) Hides easily under tank

6.) Excellent value!

7.) Doesn’t spill or leak when you unhook tubes

8.) Tubes are thick and strong

9.) Premium packaging

10.) Multiple ways to setup! Want a skimmer? It’s included but not required.. need it to filter deeper in the tank? No issues here, extension is available and included.

11.) One year warranty

Overall this is an excellent filter! It works wonderfully well and I had no issues installing it! Installed it in under 15 mins

Maxcio Mini Smart Plug, No Hub Required, Wi-Fi, Control your Devices from Anywhere – Smart Timer Wireless Outlet – Works with Alexa and Google Home



Short Review (Summary): Great WiFi Outlet that works with the “Smart Life” app meaning it is VERY SIMPLE to use with other smart outlets and very simple to use with Amazon Alexa or Google Home!! I always look for these “Generic” outlets that are compatible with “Smart Life”. Why? Because I don’t want to have 50 different outlets using different apps!! That’s hard to manage..

Use: Purchased this to use with Christmas Tree this season (Video review will be up when I finish getting my Christmas Tree setup something later this week I know, it’s early but we always do it BEFORE Thanksgiving). I have already tested the outlet with Alexa (Amazon Echo) and it works GREAT!!

Pros
1.) No Hub Required – This is also my only Con because it also means it doesn’t work with Wink which is what I use to control the rest of my smarthome in conjunction with my Echo (Alexa) devices

2.) Easy Setup – Hold the button then follow prompts in “Smart Life”. It really is that simple!

3.) Works with “Smart Life” – I am not sure if Maxcio has their own app or not, I just saw that this worked with the Smart Life app which is great!! That’s my app of choice because so many of these outlets work GREAT with smart life

4.) Can be Scheduled – If you use the Smart Life app, you can create schedules for this.. I will be having it turn off my Christmas Tree late at night and then turning it back on by itself..

5.) Can be controlled with your voice (Alexa or google home) – For Alexa, simply download the smartlife skill.. That’s it!! I can now say “Alexa turn on the Christmas Tree” and it will!! Even if the outlet is scheduled to be off.. Simple!!!

6.) Outlet can be named – At least if you use Smart Life. I know I keep saying if you use that app, but that’s because these do work with other apps, but Smartlife is one of the best apps out there for these outlets.. I am not sure how other apps function

7.) Very GOOD QUALITY

Cons
1.) Not compatable with Wink Hubs meaning while these work GREAT with Lamps and stuff, I normally use them with other products that way Wink compatable plugs can be used to control my home lighting.. (Wink is a hub that controls smart things such as light bulbs.. I use mine to control my lighting mainly and can control it from my Echo)

Overall: This is an EXCELLENT OUTLET, one that I highly recommend!! I am happy with mine and it is offered at a very good price

YI Outdoor Security Camera, Cloud Cam Wireless IP Waterproof Night Vision Security Surveillance System White


Short Review (Summary): This is a wonderful camera! I used to work security so I will also try to answer some of the design questions with this camera.. Overall, the camera is very easy to setup, it integrates very well and easily into the other home cameras Yi makes, and a cloud subscription IS NOT Required!

First let’s mix things up and do the cons

1.) Echo Show – While Yi finally released an Alexa skill, that skill is pretty much useless.. Sorry Yi, but it is! Basically all it does is turn on/off the camera.. you can say “Alexa turn on/off the porch camera” and it will! I really hope they update the skill so we can see vidoe on the Echo Show or the upcoming Echo Spot.

Aside from that, I can’t really name any other cons at the moment!

Pros

1.) Local Storage – No need for cloud plan.. The local storage works great! Cloud might be nice if you’re afraid someone will steal your camera but remember your camera will send “Alerts” to your phone that can be saved! Save the alert and if they steal your camera you will still have proof. Yes the SD card slot is protected meaning it would take a crook several mins to get the SD card out if they tried.. Yi did a great job designing this camera

2.) Easy to install and setup – Just follow prompts in the app

3.) Includes everything needed for setup (might require a USB extension cord if not around a power outlet)

4.) Wonderful picture and video quality

5.) Alerts work Very Very well! I have been using alerts from Yi cameras for years and never had any issues

6.) Easy to setup with other cameras of the same brand and works well with other models of the same brand

7.) Powered via USB so if worse comes to worse, very easy to setup a portable battery pack to power this camera.. and you can even grab a nice quality solar panel such as GoalZero or any other brand and charge the battery pack with it! I’d suggest a 20 watt panel or higher and a fairly robust battery pack 50,000 plus mAh and it might still die at night

8.) Cloud is optional.. some makers force you to subscribe to cloud just for alerts. They do not! I have never paid a dime for the cloud and get all my alerts

9.) Auto upgrade – Cameras upgrade on their own

10.) Speakers and mics work great so can be used as an intercom to speak with guest outside

11.) Saves packages! I installed an indoor version looking out the window beside my door after I had packages stolen for 5 straight days. I made sure the camera was able to be seen by the guys stealing packages.. day after I hooked it up, a shady character shows up on my patio and then runs off because he saw the camera.. I have yet to have another package stolen! That camera is now replaced by a real outdoor one so it can be seen even clearer!

Design Choices

1.) Cable coming out of the bottom – This helps with waterproofing the camera and if you are really worried about someone cutting the cable, sign of for alerts or even cloud storage.. I installed cameras for a security company and the cable location doesn’t matter.. most criminals just smash the cameras anyways so if the cable is in the back, they would just hit it with a hammer or bat.. I have seen it happen hundreds of times. Remember water runs down cables so if the cable was stretched up, through the back of the camera, water could pool and then finally work it’s way into the camera. I have seen that cause cameras to fail before, expensive real security cameras

Overall this is a great option for those wanting an outdoor camera and one that is Waterproof!

Wifi Smart Plug, Tonbux Switch Outlet Mini with Timing Function for IOS/Android, Works with Amazon Alexa & Google Home, No Hub Required, App Control Your Devices from Anywhere Anytime (2 Packs)





Short Review (Summary):. These Are my GO TO smart outlets for Amazon Alexa! They are simple to activate, very inexpensive, and they do not require a hub (but also note they don’t work with hubs like Wink as far as I can tell). I use these with my smart home light setup and they work very well!

Please Note: I own several brands of these but normally buy Tonbux BUT any brand that looks the same is probably that.. the same! I have about 3 brands of these from various retailers (here, Newegg, and others). Amazon seems to have the best prices unless a sale is being ran. Best app to use is “Smart Life” some makers have their own app but Smart Life will allow you to control all with the same app! And all should work with Smart Life. The Alexa skill is also called Smart Life

Use: I purchased a few more of that knowing my new Echo was arriving this week! I wanted to setup more items on my smarthome! I use these for pretty much anything other than lighting (I don’t use with lighting, because I use a wink hub in conjunction with Alexa for lights) I did use one on ym Aquarium light however!

I will also be using one my my Christmas tree in a few weeks!

Other uses I have these on
1.) Bathroom Heater
2.) Computer Monitor – For when an update decides to hit at night and it turns on my monitor for whatever reason
3.) TV – For when I loose my remote in bed
4.) Fans

Pros
1.) Works with Alexa and Echo – Must Download the “Smart Life” skill on Alexa

2.) Can be used to set schedules – Do this in the smart life app on Android or IOS

3.) Work with heaters – At least for short periods of time! I have a heater in my bathroom setup with one and turn it on about 10 mins before i go in there.. never had any issues

4.) Can be individually named through the smartphone app

5.) Very inexpensive!

Cons
1.) Don’t work with hubs like Wink so probably not the best if you want to use them with lighting and control them from Wink ( Wink has great features that randomly turns on lights when you’re gone.. unlike a timer, it’s all random making people think your home)

2.) Being round it sometimes blocks two plugs, especially on powerstrips.

Overall: These are my go to outlet for my smarthome.. I use them on pretty much anything except lighting! (Aside from my aquarium light). I very much welcome these outlets to my home!