The Pitfalls of the D.I.Y. Connected Home (Part 1)

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For the first time in recent memory, I had to call tech support. It wasn’t for my computer or my smartphone. It was for my house.
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This summer, I had the bright idea to connect my home to the Internet. As anyone who has walked into a Home Depot recently can tell you, the future has supposedly arrived. And it’s called the Internet of Things.

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Piper does DIY home security without the pitfalls

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Piper is one of many DIY home security systems that thumbs its nose at traditional subscription-based services. Instead of a call center monitoring signals from your security system, Piper alerts you via your smartphone and lets you decide whether to call the police. Like Canary, Piper is a single, self-contained unit that sits on a shelf or table.

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