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Nest Protect Review: Way More Than Just A Smoke Detector

Can you think of a better way to use “smart” technology than to potentially save lives? That’s exactly the power Nest Protect gives you – and the life it saves could be yours, or that of a family member.

As important as smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are, some homes are inadequately equipped. Those systems rely on battery power alone. But when the power in those batteries diminishes, these devices designed to save us, could fail us.

That’s where owning a smart smoke alarm like Nest Protect comes in. When your batteries lose power, Nest Protect sends an alert to you on your smart phone and/or tablet. It tells you what and where the problem is. It tells you if there is smoke or carbon monoxide present so you can take action immediately.

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How to Set Up Geofencing for Multiple Users

UPDATE: I originally wrote this tutorial for use with the ecobee3 smart thermostat. However, the same general process can be used to setup geofencing for any smart home product that has an IFTTT channel. Just follow this tutorial and wherever I mention “ecobee3”, replace it with your product.

The Ecobee3 is great, but the smart home/away feature leaves a bit to be desired. It uses motion sensors placed in the Ecobee3 and its satellite sensors to determine whether your house is occupied or not. Unfortunately, there are several limitations with using only motion sensors as your home/away sensors:

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