We likely all know someone who went out of town on holidays and suddenly realized after a few hours they may have left an appliance on. In this day and age of connected homes, that’s getting to be less of a problem with the introduction of smart appliances. A simple check on your smartphone could tell you if an appliance is on, and will let you turn it off.
Connecting to your home security
But here’s one thing that anxious homeowners need to think about. Most think of the Connected Home as something that is only connected to the Internet through Wi-Fi or a broadband connection. But they forget that there’s usually a cellular option at the ready
In most cases, if your Internet happens to go down, it’s not a crisis if you can’t check your refrigerator or air conditioning system. But what about your home security system? It’s a known fact that a savvy intruder’s first order of the day is to cut off Internet or phone cables to nix the security system before entering the home.
Cellular backup made easy
The good news is homeowners can easily counteract that. Today, most home security services – like AT&T’s Digital Life Home Security & Automation System – have a cellular fallback feature. It’s pretty simple: a SIM card installed in the security monitoring system is at the ready to take over should an Internet connection die. That means the system can automatically make the emergency call to the security company over the cellular network before the intruder can get inside.
But for all that to work, you need to have a solid signal. And if you’re in an area where indoor coverage is weak or the signal comes and goes, you might want to consider supporting your cellular backup with a Cel-Fi Smart Signal Booster®. That is, if you really want complete peace of mind. And who doesn’t want that?