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I’ve always wanted a “smart home.” I want to be able to see things and do things remotely while I’m away, or even just in another part of the house. I just set up a PEQ system in my house, and I feel like I’ve got my “smart home” started!
A PEQ (pronounced “peek”) smart home system consists of a hub, which is the brains of the operation, and then as many other devices as I want to add: cameras, door and window sensors, water sensors, thermostats, light and appliance outlets, motion sensors, and more.
I needed an internet modem to connect my hub to, and once my hub was up and running I set up each of the devices that I’m trying out. I had some issues during set-up, and the customer service people were extremely patient. They even followed up with me over email to make sure my connection issue had been resolved.
When everything is connected the fun starts. I can go to my dashboard, either on a computer or on the PEQ app, and check in on all of my sensors! But the best part – the part that makes this system really smart – is how I can add rules, so that certain things happen automatically.
For example, let’s say I’ve been having mail and packages stolen from my front door (I have). I can set a camera up to see my front door (either from a window, or outside – the cameras are weatherproof!), and point a motion sensor there also. Then I can make a rule that every time that particular sensor detects motion, that camera takes a picture or video clip!
Or, I could set PEQ up to let me know if my front door doesn’t open and close between 3 and 4pm on weekdays, when, say, my child is supposed to get home, but only if I’m not home.
Or, I could set it up to let me know if anything happens while I’m on vacation!
I can check in with the app anytime and see what’s happening: the status of each sensor, and live streaming of what each camera is showing. I can turn lights and appliances on and off remotely, or put them on their own automated schedules. I can monitor the water sensor that I have on the floor of my downstairs bathroom, which has a pipe that freezes every winter – if it bursts, I’ll get a text, and I can send a neighbor over to shut my water off. This gives me great peace of mind!
The PEQ service costs $9.99 per month, plus the cost of the hub and whichever devices you decide would fit your life. PEQ products can be purchased online at myPEQ.com, and at select Best Buy stores.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.