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Smart monitoring buying guide

Keep your family, home and favourite gadgets safe and sound with these 5 pieces of smart monitoring tech.

There’s loads of things you can do with smart monitoring tech. Keep your home safe with security cameras, use item finders to track down your lost phone or make sure you never miss a parcel with a smart doorbell. Whatever you need, we’ve got everything you should know about all this handy home tech.

What is a home security camera?

Our range of home security cameras are easy to install and record super clear HD footage. Whether you’re checking in on the pooch or making sure your flowerbeds haven’t been ruined, they’ll help put your mind at ease.

Most outdoor security systems have night vision, so you can see everything that goes on in the dark as clear as you would during the day. You can even set some indoor cameras to turn on when you walk out of the house, so it’ll alert you to any unusual movement whilst you’re not in.

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What is a smart doorbell?

With a smart doorbell, you’ll never have to worry about missing a parcel. When someone rings your bell, you’ll be able to see who’s there through your phone, computer or tablet in clear HD quality.

They also feature two-way audio so you can talk to your visitor without actually answering the door. Whether you’re off to the shops, catching some rays in the back garden, or busy cooking up a storm, you’ll never miss a thing.

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What is a smart smoke and CO alarm?

Smart smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are a massive upgrade to your bog standard kitchen smoke alarm. These products identify the type of smoke and emit different noises – so you’ll get a gentler alert if you’ve just burnt the toast!

You can also connect these alarms to other smart gadgets around the house. If it detects smoke, it can turn your smart lighting on to wake you, or switch your thermostat off to prevent any further damage to your home. Plus, if you’re up for a glass of water in the middle of the night, some alarms will detect your movement and light up, showing you the way.

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What is an item finder?

Item finders can help you find important items like your keys, bags, purse or phone. They’re designed to be attached to a keyring or slip inside a wallet – so you can easily put them on all of your favourite items.

Smart item finders work through an app on your phone, using Bluetooth or maps to help you find your belongings. It works the other way to find your phone as well. Our range of item finders can make your phone ring, even if it’s on silent. So if you’ve left your things in a taxi, at work or just down the sofa, you’ll be sure to find them in a jiffy!

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What is a smart plug?

Smart plugs let you control electrical items remotely, so you won’t have to worry about leaving the iron on! You can turn them off and on from your phone and even schedule a timer when you’re on holiday.

Some models also feature energy monitoring. You’ll be able to track how much energy you’re using so you don’t get a shock when your bills come in. If you’ve got a smart speaker handy, you can control these smart plugs using your voice – perfect for turning the TV on when you’re nice and comfy on the sofa.

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