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A remote-controlled home maintenance system hooks to your cable or DSL service via your broadband router. It lets you control lighting from any room in the house, your car, even from your cell phone or computer. It can also be attached to pipes so you can tell from afar if they’re in danger of freezing.
Remote temperature sensors monitor your home for extreme conditions and notify you via telephone or e-mail of power failure, water leaks and changes in humidity. A cellular network extender works like a personal cell phone tower to eliminate dead zones.
Smart door locks use individual entry codes to let you know who comes and goes, no matter where you are. Installation is easier if the new lock matches existing door holes. The cable for the electronic keypad goes over the deadbolt and be sure to straighten the lock before you tighten it. Program the lock and set up controls on your computer and cell phone.