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Weekend Reading: Is your Amazon Echo spying on you?

I have stridently refused to let a smart speaker into my home. The reason is simple - I have a strong distrust of cloud-based products because most manufacturers are sneaky and use them to profile you and your home. Now that the tech giants ...

Most Popular Security Cameras and Accessories

Every quarter, we take a look at what security cameras and accessories have been popular with VueVille readers over the past few months. What follows is a list of the most purchased security camera gear on Amazon - by our readers. Popular Outdoor ...

Why does my IP camera keep going offline?

So the one thing you thought would work 24/7 with absolutely zero down-time has just decided it can't be bothered. Before you throw your seemingly malfunctioning IP camera out of the window, here are a few things you may want to check first. Because ...

5 Best Rack Mount NVRs for your Home or Office

Many a DIY enthusiast has discovered the joy of rack mount servers. Rack mount NVRs are great for all the same reasons: rack mounting your NVR saves valuable space, you will appreciate the unrivaled ease of adding and removing Ethernet PoE ...

Weekend Reading: Experts Answer Home Security Questions with Redfin

I have always been an avid reader. From Noddy & Big Ears, to the Famous Five, the Secret Seven & the Hardy Boys and then on to Poirot and Sherlock Holmes in my teenage years, my parents instilled in me a love for reading. As I enter my thirties, I ...

15 Best-Selling Wireless Outdoor Home Security Cameras

Are you looking for the best bang for the buck wireless outdoor home security camera? This is one area where you should definitely not follow the herd. Some of the top-selling cameras have serious drawbacks you should be aware of before ...

2018’s Safest States to Live In – Crime Heat Map of America

Gun crime, shootings, murders, assault... it may seem that the whole country is sinking in crime these days. But that's not the case and there are still beautiful and safe places that you can choose to live in. How do we know? Because we did the ...

How-to: Build a simple Z-Wave heating system with Vera and PLEG

I cut the cord over a year ago, so I don't watch much of 'linear' TV. But back when I used to, there was a British Gas ad that was always on. It had a catchy jingle and went something like "with Hive you can control your heating from your phone". ...

How-to: Eliminate false motion detection alerts on your Hikvision IP camera or NVR

I have been running my DIY home security camera system with a slew of Hikvison cameras such as the DS-2CD2042WD-I for a couple of years now. The biggest challenge I faced when I set up my system was the incessant false alerts shot off by the cameras ...

How we built our DIY Home Automation System

I often get questions from friends, family and colleagues about our Home Automation (HA) system and how they can also get something like it. I have already written a detailed technology guide to home automation but this blog post is about how I put ...

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