Matt's mother has dementia and has a habit of leaving the house at night. How can he be alerted when her door is open? Leo says a better option — a GPS device that she can wear. There are bracelets and watches that will broadcast her location, but she could take it off. The GPS SmartSole is a good idea. It's an insole that goes into the shoe.
Chris is looking to get security cameras. Should he go with Nest or Ring? Should he have a service? Rich says he has a combination of the two, but it depends on if he wants a managed solution. Rich says that there really isn't a need to have a managed solution. It's expensive from month to month. Chris can piece together his own solution and do just as good.
Naomi has a Ring doorbell and wants to know if she can back up the video and images to her NAS. By the time she gets the notification from it, the person who rang the doorbell is already gone. Leo says she could Live View it. Leo suspects that Naomi may have a bandwidth issue with her ISP. Ring goes to the Ring servers before contacting her, so there's probably latency in her network due to being in a rural area. Leo says a motion sensor camera could ping her faster than Ring.
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Brian says that he's having issues with his internet connected door lock. It's connected to a ZigBee hub, and it's only 11 feet away from the door lock and the hub is hardwired to the router. The company's support told him he'll need to get a repeater. Leo says there are routers coming out now that have Zigbee built-in, which could be one solution to these problems. Ultimately the real solution is that these things won't be using ZigBee or Z-Wave, the devices will be talking to the Google Hub or Apple HomeKit.
Jorge wants to get a wireless doorbell. Suggestions? Leo says that he uses Ring, and they are also a sponsor. There's also Skybell. But these smart internet enabled doorbells represent a security risk because they're connected to the internet (called Internet of Things) and often they aren't updated. So if someone can break into his network, they may be able to break into his house or system. With that warning, Leo says that Ring does a great job.
Paul is looking for a good alarm system for his home. Leo says that the easiest way is to go to an alarm company like Bay Alarm. He'll need a phone line for it, and they charge a monthly fee for monitoring. Leo says that all of them are about the same, though. He can do it himself with SimpliSafe. He'd install his own sensors and cameras, and it monitors for a more affordable rate.
Chris has a few security systems with cameras and the alarm monitor (ADT) is obsoleting them. So he'll have to get new cameras for his system. Leo recommends decoupling the camera from the service and do the camera setup himself. The Nest cam works with Wi-Fi and they have their own cloud based storage. The cameras aren't cheap, but they're probably cheaper than ADT. Ring has one that's solar powered called the Stick Up cam.
Paul has a Ring Doorbell and an Arlo motion detection camera connected to his mobile phone. The problem is that the Ring notification is so brief, he misses it. Can he use a watch to get a better notification? Leo says it's very annoying that you can't customize the Ring notification, especially if more than one person in the office has it. The Ring works with the Apple Watch and it would give him haptic feedback that buzzes his wrist. He'd feel it, but it's also distracting. The Galaxy Gear S2 would also be good if he's on Android.
Daniel wants to know about wireless home security cameras. He's looking for a good 5GHz camera that can be battery powered. Leo says that battery powered cameras aren't always on -- they use motion detection.
NetGear's VueZone is a good brand. 5GHz, on the other hand, isn't as good as 2.4GHz, even though it's less congested. The higher you go in frequency, the more likely the signal will bounce around and get interference. The batteries do last for a year in those cameras, though.
Caroline bought the Ring doorbell, and she says it takes forever to send her the video and it keeps trying to attach to her Bluetooth hearing aid. Leo says it takes about 10 seconds to notify you of someone at the door. Also, it's the phone that supports Bluetooth, not Ring. Ring connects via Wi-Fi.