Smart Home Basics

X-Sense Home Security Review: A reliable, low-cost way to scare off intruders

A few months ago X-Sense reached out to me and offered to send me one of their home security systems in exchange for an honest review. I installed it (March ’22) and I’ve been using it for the past 3 months. The X-Sense Home Security system is a kit to set up a basic home …

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How much power do LED strips really need? (maybe less than you think)

In order to purchase an appropriately sized power supply for your LED strip project, you need to determine how much power your strips will need. The obvious first step is to go to the LED strip’s product page and look up the energy usage for the LED strip. It’s usually listed as W/m (Watts per …

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Create a Smarter Security System using Camect NVR with Ai Image Detection

Camect is an NVR with integrated AI image detection software. It is a full-featured system that can turn your collection of IP cams into a pro-level home monitoring system. I’ve been using Camect for a couple months and love the accuracy of the object detection. It makes missed alerts or false alarms extremely rare. The …

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