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In the last ten years, humans have become so well connected. We’re always within reach not only by phone, but by email, text and other messaging. There’s a world full of knowledge at our fingertips with google and Siri. In the past we’d take a chance on restaurants we hadn’t heard of when now I’d never dine anywhere without first reading the yelp reviews. We are on top of so many different things in our towns and cities, so it only makes sense that we know what’s going on inside our own home.
Having a connected home is the wave of the future, and there are a few great products that are available right now to make your lifestyle more efficient and even save you money. The Nest Smart Thermostat replaces your existing thermostat and can be adjusted from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
I love the thin, sleek design of this 3rd generation Nest. This futuristic looking thermostat connects to your home’s WiFi which allows you to manage your home’s temperate when you’re away or too lazy to get off of the sofa. What I think is super cool about this device is that you don’t even have to set preferences. It will learn your heating and cooling habits and adjusts automatically based on your schedule which will in turn save you about 10-15% on heating and cooling costs. This winter I’ll be adjusting my home’s temperature when I’m heading home so that I can walk into a warm, toasty house.
I also like that the Nest tracks your energy usage and provides conservation tips. It also monitors your heating and cooling units and will alert you if something is not working properly. It’s like having a pal house sit for you – only it doesn’t feed the cats.
The Netgear® Nighthawk™ DST Router and DST Adapter with Geek Squad is brand new only at Best Buy. I can tell you from experience that a great router can make all of the difference. We rely on ours heavily for fast download speed on our computers, phones and for streaming movies on tablets and smart televisions. That’s a lot of demand in one home so you need a reliable router.
This high-performance router was built to support 10+ connected devices that you have the ability to prioritize by importance. Cool, huh? Even cooler is the included DST, or “Dead Spot Terminator,” adapter that plugs into an outlet wherever you experience Wi-Fi dead zones which is the solution we have been needing in a certain section of our basement. And before you ask – yes, you can purchase additional adapters if you have several problem areas. Also included is Geek Squad 24/7 Set Up and Support via phone & web, for one full year.