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How to Add Third-Party Devices to the Abode Home Security System

When setting up your Abode home security system, the app shows you how to connect and install the included sensors, but third-party devices are left to your own accord. You can, however, add third-party devices. Here’s how.

There are a couple of ways to add third-party devices to Abode. The first method is for adding third-party devices and sensors, which requires the Abode hub to go into pairing mode. Then there’s third-party integration with devices like the Amazon Echo, IFTTT, and Nest products. We’ll go over both methods.

How to Add Individual Third-Party Devices

Abode makes its own line of sensors, a few of which come included in the starter kit. However, Abode also supports a small handful of other Z-Wave and ZigBee devices, including light bulbs, outlets, switches, and other sensors.

To add a third-party device, you’ll need to visit Abode’s web interface, as the app doesn’t support adding third-party devices. From there, log in using your Abode account credentials.

After you’re logged in, click on “Devices” in the left-hand sidebar.

Next, click on the plus button.

Select “Other Devices” at the top of the…

How to Install and Set Up the Abode Home Security System

While some smarthome hubs like Wink and SmartThings can be used for home security, Abode makes a smarthome system that’s specifically made for home security, making it the better choice if that’s a big focus for you. Here’s how to install and set up the Abode starter kit.

What Is Abode?

Not to be easily misread as the company who brought you Photoshop (Adobe), Abode makes easy-to-install home security systems with devices and sensors that you’d find with other popular smarthome hub platforms. However, Abode specifically targets the home security market, rather than general home automation for the sake of convenience like most other smarthome hubs.

The starter kit comes with the main hub, two door/window sensors, one motion-activated camera, and a keychain controller that lets you arm and disarm the system. Of course, you can add on more sensors if you wish, but the starter kit is great for those just living in a small apartment.

You can also sign up for inexpensive paid plans that give you 24/7 professional monitoring, as well as 3G data as a backup if your home internet ever goes out.

If you decided to dive into the world of DIY home security, here’s how to set up the Abode starter kit and have your place armed in as little as 15 minutes.

Step One: Set Up the Main Hub

The first thing you’ll need to do is set up the main hub by plugging it in and connecting it to your router.

Take the included power adapter and ethernet cable and plug each into the back of the main hub. Then plug the other end of these cables into an outlet and a free ethernet port on your router, respectively. The hub will automatically begin booting up.

Next, locate the battery backup switch on the back of the hub and push it down to activate the backup battery (in case of a power outage).

Step Two: Install the Abode App

Once the hub is all ready to go, download and install the Abode app on your smartphone. It’s available for free for iPhone and Android devices.

After the app is downloaded, open it up and tap on “Register” in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

Enter your email address and create a password for your Abode account. Then hit “Create Account” to move on.

A popup will appear saying that you’ll need to verify your email address. Tap on “Close”.

Open up the email and tap on “Activate Your Account”. This will open up the website, but you can close out of it and go back into the app.

From there, enter in your name, phone number, and address. Then hit “Continue” at the bottom.

Hit “Continue” again on the next screen.

At the bottom, enter in the activation key, which is a six-digit code that can be found on the placard that came in the starter kit’s box. Hit “Continue” after you’ve entered in the code.

Hit “Continue” again after the activation…

9 Smart Investments to Improve Your Rental Properties

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rental properties

Owning a rental property can be a lot of work but wise management can keep it profitable for years to come. Whether you’re new to the game or an old veteran, these 6 modern features can increase property value as well as make it more comfortable for residents.

1. Wi-Fi

If your rental property doesn’t have Wi-Fi yet, better install it quick. Wi-Fi has become the standard for homes and businesses and if you want to stay marketable, a strong Wi-Fi signal is a must.

However, partnering with a low-quality Internet service can actually hurt, rather than help, your marketability.

Here are the top 10 service providers of 2017, according to Top Ten Reviews:Top Ten Reviews:

1. Comcast
2. Time Warner Cable
3. Verizon
4. AT&T
5. Cox
6. Charter
7. Suddenlink
8. Cable One
9. CenturyLink
10. Frontier

2. Solar-Powered Water Heater

Conventional natural gas or electric water heaters can be a substantial monthly expense. More importantly, they can make up a big part of your carbon footprint, too. Investing in a solar-powered heater is a one-time outlay that saves on both money and pollutant emissions.

3. Home Automation

If you’re installing a solar-powered water heater, why not go one step further with home automation? Home automation devices like smart thermostats, smart lighting and smart HVAC can save energy, reduce a home’s carbon footprint and boost property value.

4. Home Surveillance

Home security systems, like those offered by ADT, Frontpoint and Armorax, should be next on your list of value-boosting property enhancements. With features like cameras, motion sensors, alarms, 24-hour surveillance and easy-to-use controls, they can protect your buyer and your reputation.

As you compare companies, keep in mind that although…