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If you happen to be away when an emergency occurs, this smoke alarm’s mobile app notifies you immediately. This allows you to contact emergency services and potentially avoid the worst of the damage. The app also lets you monitor what’s happening in your home and test alarms remotely, and it teaches you how to best use your smoke detector. This smoke alarm is only one piece of Nest’s larger home automation system. Not only can you network multiple Nest Protect units together, but you can also connect other Nest devices such as thermostats and security cameras. Additionally, the Nest Protect is compatible with other smart home networks including Nexia, Vera, Wink and Google Home; it doesn't work with Amazon Alexa or Apple HomeKit. Unfortunately, the two year warranty is shorter than those from First Alert and Kidde. Read the full reviewBest ValueKidde KN COSM B RF$49. 72 View at AmazonCheck Walmart?Detects both smoke and carbon monoxideDoesn’t require a hardwired connectionCan connect to multiple alarms via Wi FiPerformed poorly in our detection testsRequires extra equipment for the mobile appOnly compatible with Wink smart home platformThis alarm is two devices in one: a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector. It’s very easy to install because it runs on changeable batteries so you don’t have to hardwire it into your home’s electrical grid. If the Kidde KN COSM B RF detects an emergency in your home, it sets off a tone alarm as well as a voice alarm that gives instructions and tells you what the danger is.

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Unfortunately, the Belkin NetCam HD+ had the lowest audio quality in our tests; it was unintelligible. However, audio is arguably less important than video for the purposes of an inexpensive security camera. We had some trouble setting up this camera, largely because it felt less stable than other cameras we tested. After setup, it was relatively easy to use due to an intuitive mobile app, though it doesn't let you schedule when to record video. Belkin uses the cloud to store video recordings from the NetCam, as long as you pay a subscription fee of $5. 99 each month – very competitive with other cloud storage plans. The camera also works with Belkin's WeMo smart home devices as well as voice control services such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The Belkin NetCam HD+ has a two year warranty, the longest in our comparison. Only Nest offers a comparable security camera warranty. Read the full reviewBest Video QualityFlir FX$49. 99 View at AmazonCheck Walmart?Best daytime video quality in our testsExcellent nighttime video qualityExcellent audio qualityOnly has one year warrantyNo smart home compatibilityMust charge prior to setupNo security camera we tested scored perfectly in both low light and bright daylight environments, though the Flir FX certainly produced the best video quality overall.

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The original Reolink Argus was the product of a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Released in January 2018 for $129. 99Nest Cam IQ Outdoor: This is the outdoor version of the Nest Cam IQ. It has 4K video and intelligent features such as facial recognition and people recognition. Released in November 2017 for $349. 00Guardzilla 360: This indoor security camera has 360 degree field of view that records video on every side of the camera.