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I’ve been working with Kidde for several years now, and I’ve always focused on their products that have to do with fire and carbon monoxide safety. Fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, CO alarms. Products that can help save your life when you’re home.
But Kidde has branched out recently into safety products for when you’re not home. The Kidde RemoteLync product line is specifically designed to help homeowners keep tabs on potential safety and security risks at home while they’re away.
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RemoteLync Home Security Camera
The first is a home security camera that doesn’t just passively watch what’s going on. The Kidde RemoteLync Home Security Camera is the easiest camera I’ve ever installed in my house. Number of tools used: zero. Number of holes put in wall: zero. Number of wires running from the camera while it’s on the wall: zero. Number of batteries you have to replace: zero. Fees you have to pay after buying the camera: zero. (Note: A minimal fee does apply if you opt to save video clips for an extended period of time.)
You just take this little base and stick it where you want it on the wall. You can screw the base into the wall if you want to, but I never want to. The camera attaches to the base using powerful magnets that let you point the camera wherever you want. Worried about the camera seeing you when you’re home? It has a little visor that you can flip down.
The camera’s battery is charged with an included USB cable, and once that’s done, you shouldn’t have to charge it again for at least three months (you can check the battery level within the app).
Setting up the camera in the app is easy. You get to do things like add people to your network who will be notified if your camera starts recording, decide how much control they have over your camera, and set up a notification delay of up to five minutes so that you have a chance to check out the alarm before it bothers other people. You can decide whether you want lights and alarms to turn on when the camera senses movement, or even just request some video on the spot. You can also manually arm or disarm the camera, or set it up to arm automatically when you leave home.
When the camera is armed and senses movement, several things can happen, depending on how you’ve set things up:
-The camera starts recording
-The lights on the camera go on to facilitate recording, if necessary
-An alarm goes off
-The app gives you a push notification on your phone
-The app sends you an email
-The app sends notifications to the people in your network
-The app takes other actions via IFTTT, if you’ve set it up that way
If you have pets, don’t worry: there’s a pet-mode that prevents your pet’s movement from triggering the camera!
RemoteLync Smart Home Monitor
The Kidde RemoteLync Monitor is an ingenious little device that plugs into an electrical outlet and listens for your smoke or carbon monoxide alarms to go off. Doesn’t matter what kind, it works with alarms already installed in your home (basically, most UL-listed smoke and CO alarms made after 1999).
Then, if an alarm goes off, you’re notified via the RemoteLync app and you can take action: have a neighbor check, call the fire department, or some other action. You will know that something is happening even though you’re not home to hear it.
Check out this video I made of these two products in action. I’m really happy with these products because they’re simple. Sometimes you just want to set something up in a few minutes and go, not wrestle with a huge ecosystem and pay fees.