Three Tips for a Smart Thanksgiving at Home

Between turkeys, guests and kids, hosting Thanksgiving at home can get a little hectic.

The good news is that your SmartWired-powered smart home security system has some helpful tricks that can make things easier.

Here are three that you should consider setting up before Thanksgiving Day.

1: Open your door, save energy

From last-minute shopping runs to welcoming visitors, you’ll be opening your front door a lot during the holiday. When your heating is running at the same time, you can end up paying to ‘heat the neighborhood.’

If you have a SmartWired Smart Thermostat, now is the time to activate the ‘auto set-back’ feature. When your front door’s contact sensor detects that your door is open for a long time, your thermostat will automatically set back to save energy and protect your heating bill. As soon as you close the door, it starts up again.

2: Give guests anytime access

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Are you hosting family members for several nights? As part of their welcome, give them their very own code to your front door.

Unique user codes let your guests come and go as they please, with no need for a spare key. They can also trigger a smartphone alert every time it’s used. This is great if you’re away from home and want to know who’s coming and going.

User codes are easy to set up in your mobile app, and come with the option of automatically expiring on a set date. Note: this is for your convenience, not for hinting that your guests have overstayed 😉

3: Get proactive protection from fire danger

Between log fires and deep fryers, Thanksgiving Day typically sees an increase in house fires across the country. As well as being extra-mindful on the day, make sure that your home is protected in advance.

SmartWired-powered smart smoke detectors don’t just warn you about a fire: they proactively alert your monitoring station, who dispatch your local fire department. If you don’t have smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed yet, now is a good time to talk to us at SmartWired about adding them.

We hope you have a happy, safe and smart Thanksgiving!

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Energy and Temperature Monitoring

Reduce energy bills with SmartWired’s smart thermostats and energy management technology. Extend property protection to temperature-controlled assets like refrigerators with temperature monitoring.

Save energy, save money

Don’t waste money heating or cooling a property when no one is there. SmartWired’s smart away mode automatically adjusts the temperature when the security system is armed.

Temperature monitoring

Protect critical assets by monitoring the temperatures of freezers/refrigerators, server rooms, medical supplies, and more. Receive alerts if temperatures exceed a set range and retrieve historical reports summarizing temperature conditions for compliance.

Wireless and battery powered

Simplify installation with long range wireless technology. Long battery life combined with LTE communication ensure critical temperatures are monitored even if the property loses power and internet.

Local lockout and remote control

Restrict employees from cranking up the AC or blasting heat outside of a temperature range you define. Use the energy dashboard to view current temperatures and control set points for multiple locations.

The all-in-one solution for intrusion detection, access, video and more.

SmartWired’s essential systems communicate and work together, resulting in more insight and control with less onsite infrastructure to maintain. Our cloud-based technology and intuitive interfaces make managing your business easier and smarter.

Meet the SmartWired Thermostat!

Meet the SmartWired Thermostat!

Saving energy at home should be simple. With a SmartWired Thermostat, it is.

The thermostat lets you save energy simply, with no guesswork, complexity or inconvenience necessary. In fact, you’ll barely notice… except when it comes to your power bill.

Fully integrated into your Smart Home Security system, it can do more than other smart thermostats. That’s because it has more information about what’s going on inside and outside your home, enabling it to take smarter actions that give you the perfect balance of energy savings and comfort.

It learns from all the triggers in your security system

While standalone thermostats use a single motion detector to ‘learn’ your ideal heating and cooling schedule, ours has access to every sensor in your security system. Instead of guessing what’s happening based on a single room, it takes real cues from your security panel, the motion sensors throughout your house, your door and window sensors and more.

It cares about which room you’re in

Using wireless temperature sensors, our Smart Thermostat delivers precision comfort to the rooms where you spend your time. Simply place these tiny devices around your home, and optimize your home’s temperature for comfort in specific rooms. Create a multi-sensor schedule for precision comfort throughout the day, or average your overall temperature between different sensors.

It reacts to your location in real-time

Learning isn’t everything. After all, your own schedule changes from day to day. Our smart thermostat reacts by using real-time data to adapt quickly to changes in your routine. One example is Geo-Services. If you’re on your way home early, for example, our location automation feature will set the thermostat forward out of ‘savings mode’ to cool your house to the perfect temperature.

It saves as soon as you leave home

Our Smart Thermostat knows right away when you leave home, thanks to your security panel’s status and Geo-Services. While standalone thermostats are still wondering why there’s no motion in their room any more, ours is setting back to an energy-saving temperature before you’re even in the car.

It saves when you open a window

A big cause of wasted energy is running your AC with an outside door or window open – a problem that standalone thermostats can’t address. Our thermostat knows if you’re ‘cooling the neighborhood’ thanks to your door or window sensors, and will set back automatically to save energy until you close the door.

It even knows what’s happening outside.

With access to real-time weather data, our Smart Thermostat can even adjust automatically on extremely hot or cold days to take an additional bite out of your energy bills. It’s also compatible with ‘demand response’ programs from utility companies, making you eligible for reduced rates if your electric company offers them.

It protects you from smoke and CO2

Because it’s connected to your security system, our thermostat can even help safeguard you from environmental threats like smoke and carbon monoxide.In the event of your connected smoke / CO sensor detecting either hazard, our thermostat instantly shuts your HVAC down, minimizing the chance of toxic gas or damaging smoke circulating through your home.

It’s completely integrated with your Smart Home

Our Smart Thermostat is the first thermostat built specifically for the Smart Home. It’s integrated fully into our smartphone app, letting you control your temperature alongside your security panel, lights, locks, garage door and more. Behind the scenes, the Alarm.com platform – a cloud technology connecting millions of homes – enables intelligent savings, new feature updates and security-grade reliability.

Interested in a SmartWired Thermostat? Click here.

Energy and Temperature Monitoring

Energy and Temperature Monitoring

Reduce energy bills with SmartWired’s smart thermostats and energy management technology. Extend property protection to temperature-controlled assets like refrigerators with temperature monitoring.

Save energy, save money

Don’t waste money heating or cooling a property when no one is there. SmartWired’s smart away mode automatically adjusts the temperature when the security system is armed.

Temperature monitoring

Protect critical assets by monitoring the temperatures of freezers/refrigerators, server rooms, medical supplies, and more. Receive alerts if temperatures exceed a set range and retrieve historical reports summarizing temperature conditions for compliance.

Wireless and battery powered

Simplify installation with long range wireless technology. Long battery life combined with LTE communication ensure critical temperatures are monitored even if the property loses power and internet.

Local lockout and remote control

Restrict employees from cranking up the AC or blasting heat outside of a temperature range you define. Use the energy dashboard to view current temperatures and control set points for multiple locations.

The all-in-one solution for intrusion detection, access, video and more.

SmartWired essential systems communicate and work together, resulting in more insight and control with less onsite infrastructure to maintain. Our cloud-based technology and intuitive interfaces make managing your business easier and smarter.

Multiple locations. One view.

Learn more about how our Enterprise dashboard makes it easy to scale the energy-saving benefits of SmartWired across multiple business locations. Click here to get started.

How to Secure Gates, Tool Sheds, and Equipment

How to Secure Gates, Tool Sheds, and Equipment

If your backyard toolshed sits beyond the limits of your home’s Wi-Fi, you might have accepted that you couldn’t monitor it using traditional security sensors. But what if there was a better way to keep an eye on property and equipment outside your home?

Meet Flex IO™ from Alarm.com, an entirely new kind of sensor that offers limitless possibilities for monitoring property and equipment virtually anywhere. Flex IO is an award-winning solution for remote security challenges, making it easy to protect everything from toolsheds to barns, gates, boats, RVs, equipment and more. So, the next time your dog escapes from the back gate, you’ll know right away.


No Wi-Fi, no wires, no problem

Flex IO works anywhere with LTE cellular coverage—panels, hubs, and Wi-Fi aren’t required. This gives you the flexibility to monitor whatever you’d like, wherever it may be. Whether it’s in the backyard or on the other side of the country, this durable, battery-powered sensor provides real-time alerts so you can keep an eye on what matters most to you.

Built to last

We designed Flex IO to operate in environments where existing solutions don’t work, including places without power, internet access, or protection from the elements. If you’d like to monitor equipment that might be exposed to weather conditions like wind and rain, Flex IO is the way to go. This durable sensor is weather-proofed for the outdoors, and with its 2+ year battery life, it’s built to last.

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From fences to farm equipment

Because Flex IO extends beyond the reach of traditional security systems, the monitoring possibilities are limitless. This rugged device features a magnetic reed switch, loop input, and relay output to accommodate a wide range of use cases, so you can receive real-time alerts whenever:

  • Doors or windows are opened and closed (or left open)
  • Perimeter gates are accessed
  • Freestanding items are moved (just connect magna-pull sensors to the built-in loop input)
  • The device is tampered with

No matter where it’s installed, Flex IO can seamlessly integrate with the SmartWired platform. To learn more, contact us today.

How to Give Your Home a Security & Safety Tune-Up

Looking for a new project to start this weekend? It’s good to find things that keep you and your family busy. Spending unprecedented amounts of time at home can drive you stir-crazy, and getting things done is a great antidote to stress and worries.

However, starting the wrong project can lead to a half-finished bathroom or worse. Quick and do-able is the order of the day, especially if you’re extra busy during the week. Our suggestion: give your home a security and safety tune-up.

It’s an easy weekend activity that will keep you active, improve your home in the long run, and give you peace of mind that your home and family are safer.

Not sure what a home security overhaul looks like? Here’s a list of essential tasks.

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1: Create an emergency action plan for your family

If a fire broke out in your home, would everyone know what to do? Create a simple plan for emergencies to sure that they will. A good emergency plan includes:

  • Where to meet in an emergency, and how to get there.
  • Roles and responsibilities. For example, who dials for help?
  • How to navigate specific hazards, such as smoke.
  • Emergency contacts: who else will you alert?

Create, then practice different versions of your plan for a fire, a break-in and an extreme weather event. The Red Cross recommends that you practice twice a year.

If you’re a SmartWired user, it’s easy to add a family member to your alerts as an emergency contact. And with professional monitoring, you won’t need to worry about dialing 911.

2: Prioritize yard tasks with security benefits


Take advantage of the spring weather to inspect your hedges, bushes and trees for security hazards. You’re looking for potential hiding spots that give intruders a place to lurk. Trim these areas until you have a direct line of sight to the street. Ideally, anyone in your front yard should be visible to you, your neighbors, and passersby.

3: Connect with your neighbors on security


Home security extends beyond your home. Teaming up with neighbors is one of America’s top home security measures, and it’s easy to connect with neighbors digitally when you can’t meet in person.

Your neighbors can keep you informed about suspicious activity in the neighborhood and watch your home when you’re away. If you’re new in town, follow these neighborhood security tips to get started.

4: Give your home security technology an audit

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Is your current security system out of date and difficult to use? Spend some time researching smart home security; it’s the easiest way to protect your home. A good modern security system will include:

  • A mobile app to control everything, see what’s going on, and stay connected to home.
  • Professional monitoring for emergencies.
  • The ability to add security devices like outdoor cameras, doorbell cameras, and smart locks.


SmartWired-powered security systems include all of the above and more, with expert support at every step. Take the time to find a system that suits your family’s needs.

5: Show intruders they’re not welcome


Already have a SmartWired-powered security system? Excellent work. But will an intruder know?

Burglars tend to take the path of least resistance and typically avoid homes with security systems. The more visible your system is, the more you’ll benefit. This means making sure that your yard signs are front and center. Adding an outdoor security camera helps too.

Don’t have a yard sign for your system? Contact us, and ask to drop one off.

6: Get your lighting in shape for summer

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You won’t always be at home—but you’ll always want potential intruders to think that you are. That’s why smart lights are an outdoor security essential. Ask about motion-triggered and automated lights. They’re easy to add to your security system, and ensure that intruders won’t be able to hide in the dark.

For extra deterrence, ask about SmartWired’s video analytics. This technology allows your security cameras to distinguish people from animals and vehicles, and trigger your outdoor lights accordingly.

7: Educate your kids on safety at home


We teach our kids to stay safe in the outside world. You should also teach safety at home—especially to older kids who want to stay home alone when you’re out. Your kids should know:

  • Never to post on social media that they’re home alone
  • Never to answer the door to strangers
  • How to lock up and arm the security system
  • What to do if they smell smoke or discover an emergency

8: Set up new alerts for home safety

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SmartWired’s smartphone alerts help you stay one step ahead of danger. To enhance your safety at home, set up the following:

  • Geo-Services reminders: When you don’t leave home as often, it’s easy to make home security mistakes like forgetting to lock the door when you do. Our Geo-Services reminders use your location to alert you if you leave home with your security system disarmed or your door unlocked, so that you can secure the house remotely.
  • Contact sensor alerts: If your kids are exploring the house more than usual, setting up alerts for doors and windows will let you know if they go places they aren’t supposed to, or leave entry points to your home unsecured.
  • Unexpected Activity: These alerts look out for your family by letting you know when something happens that doesn’t match your home’s everyday activity patterns.

9: Inspect your security and safety devices


Did you test your smoke detectors when the clocks changed this spring? If not, now is the time.

Giving your home security and safety devices a quick inspection every few months helps to ensure that they’ll always be ready when you need them. Test your smoke detectors and clean your security cameras, using your mobile app’s live feeds to make sure their angles are correct.

For additional peace of mind, set up a low battery alert for your SmartWired-powered smoke detectors. Next time you need to change your batteries, you’ll know in advance.

10: Give your SmartWired account a security audit

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When you use smart technology to keep your home secure, it’s extra important to prevent unauthorized access to your account and mobile app.

When you’re done tuning up your physical security, take a few minutes to double-check your digital home security too. Changing passwords, and creating 2-factor logins are great places to start.

Need a smarter home security system?


Protecting your home with SmartWired is easy. SmartWired includes some of the biggest home security brands and local smart home security experts.

They’ll help you figure out what you need, and they’ll support you all the way.

Click here to connect with a security expert in your area.

What is a SmartWired user code?

How many people should have a key to your house?

There’s you and your partner. And your kids need their keys after school.

Then there’s your neighbor. He walks your dog when you’re away, although you used a pet-sitter last vacation because he was out of town. Should your babysitter have a key? Maybe. If your plumber had a key, you could have saved a half-day of vacation last week, but you can’t just hand keys out and you know better than to keep one under a rock. Did the pet-sitter ever return that key? Your son left his keys on the bus and he needs it.

Keys are a headache. SmartWired’s user codes are the cure.

User codes are simple four or six-digit codes that open your SmartWired-powered smart lock and disarm your smart security system. They make access easy, keep your home more secure, and protect your peace of mind by keeping you in the know. How do user codes make life easier?

1: They’re a smarter way to give access

It’s simple to set up a unique code for each member of your family.

For non-family members, user codes are easy to customize for limited access. For your dog-walker, you can set up a code that works only on weekdays between 12:00 and 2:00pm. A one-day user code will let a contractor in today, but not tomorrow.

Live safe. Live well.

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2: Access alerts give you peace of mind

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Once everyone has their own code, SmartWired can let you know who’s coming and going. You can get a text alert when the dog-walker arrives, or a daily video clip of your kids coming home from school.

3: It’s smarter for security

User codes and smart locks eliminate many of the security risks and costs that come with spare keys. Unlike a key, a user code can’t be dropped, mislaid or left in the door. If your kids forget their codes, there’s always the doorbell camera.

And, should you ever suspect a code has been shared, stolen or misused, you can open your mobile app and delete it, fully restoring your front door’s security with no locksmiths necessary.

How do I get started with user codes?

User codes and smart locks are part of the professionally delivered, smarter home security experience that you get with SmartWired. Our technicians install a wide range of best-in-breed smart locks, fully integrated with your smart security system and controlled with your mobile app.

To get started with a SmartWired system, click here.

Video Surveillance: A business priority

Most business owners or operators know they need some type of security—whether it’s for inventory protection, IT servers holding sensitive data, or managing day-to-day operations, security is an essential part of running a business. And, it’s not surprising to learn that commercial video cameras are the most critical component of that security system.

A Parks Associates Medium and Large Commercial Business Survey* found that one-half of the organizations surveyed are very likely to purchase a new security system over the next 12 months. Even more so, security systems and are the top purchase priorities for those organizations overall.

“We worry more about video surveillance,” a survey participant who works at a K-12 school explains. “If someone gave me $100K today and told me to spend it on security, it would be on external cameras for the fields and parking lots. Being able to catch incidents is huge for us.”*

Video surveillance is even more important for businesses with daily foot traffic, to protect people coming and going, deter thieves, and to monitor all viable entry points 24/7. It’s all too often business owners wait for a security incident to happen before realizing that having reliable video surveillance could have captured the incident in the first place.

When looking to purchase a commercial security system for his business, Tim Smith, CEO of MD Billing, did what most business owners do at first. He went to a large chain retail store and purchased a system to install himself. After a few years, the system started failing and proved to be frustrating and unreliable.

“With the big-box store systems, there’s a reason why they’re so cheap,” says Smith. “I don’t want to have to be the IT department for a camera system when Alarm.com’s got a product that fills all my needs and I don’t have to ever worry about it.”

At the end of the day, business owners like Smith need a system they can rely on, but one that doesn’t require them to be IT wizards or software support staff. Take a different approach with Alarm.com for Business. Our business security platform combines video monitoring with other robust offerings like access control and energy management. You can control the whole system from one mobile app or web dashboard, find the footage you want by searching for important events on your 24/7 video timeline, and access data from across the whole system for valuable business insights.

To learn more about what commercial video options are right for your business visit https://smartwiredservices.com/business

*SOURCE: MEDIUM AND LARGE COMMERCIAL BUSINESS SURVEY, 2021, PARKS ASSOCIATES

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Security cameras that do more for your business

What if your security cameras could do more than just capture footage? Our newest feature transforms your security cameras into powerful monitoring devices that help optimize your operations—saving you time, money, and frustration.

Business Activity Analytics allows you to create occupancy management rules to help you protect your business and better understand customer traffic patterns.

Contact us at SmartWired to learn more about Business Activity Analytics.

Make informed decisions to keep your customers and employees safe with:

Occupancy Tracking

Determine total net occupancy at any given time with a multidirectional people counting system and get alerts when occupancy is too high.

People Counting

Draw a tripwire anywhere within the property to count how many people cross that invisible line in one direction.

Heat Mapping

Track and visualize where people spend the most time within an area during a specified date and time range.

Pro Tip: Use heat maps to see where you have the most foot traffic and help boost profits by moving high-value products into those areas.

Crowd Gathering

Monitor how many people are in a defined area at any given point and get alerts when too many people gather in one space.

Queue Monitoring

Measure average customer wait time and get alerts if line length or average wait time exceeds preset limits.

Now more than ever, understanding how people move through your business is vital. Improve your security and your business operations using a single platform, with Business Activity Analytics from Alarm.com.

Fire & Carbon Monoxide

Fire & Carbon Monoxide

Ordinary smoke and carbon monoxide detectors offer limited protection. You’re safer with SmartWired-powered detectors that work with your security system.

We’ve got this

Professionally monitored: Our 24/7 monitoring service alerts 911 for you. If you can’t call for help, they’ve got your back.

Real-time awareness: Your SmartWired app shows you where the danger is, so you can adjust your escape route.

False alarm protection: Just a burnt dinner? Cancel a false alarm instantly with Smart Signal.

TOTAL PROTECTION: See how Benjamin’s system helped him save his dogs and his home from a fire.

Stop fumes from spreading

If your heat or AC is running when a fire or carbon monoxide leak occurs, toxic fumes spread faster. SmartWired protects you by pausing your thermostat automatically when the alarm sounds.

Verify with video

If the cause of a fire is unclear, it can take longer for insurers to make it right. Alarm.com-powered cameras record and upload footage automatically in emergencies, making it easy to show investigators what happened.

Live safe. Live well.

Experience the confidence of total protection with customized, professionally installed security and a home that works intuitively to keep you safe and well. You can start small, or start with it all.
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