Home automation can prove simple. Google Home matches against its main competitor, Amazon Alexa, admirably. Both provide basic home automation using a virtual voice assistant the user speaks to in order to activate. It uses the home’s WiFi to provide services. It can connect with home security options like those provided by Alarm.com. This provides additional services for your home safety.

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How Google Home Works

Google Home focuses on entertainment. It can also help with scheduling and planning, such as checking the weather for the user. It does not come with built-in services to control a home or office’s electric lights or appliances. Google Home can turn on music for the user using:

  • Google Play Music
  • iHeartRadio
  • Pandora
  • Spotify Premium
  • TuneIn
  • YouTube Music

It also works with smart TVs in conjunction with Netflix and YouTube. It can help the user with reminders for items scheduled in a Google calendar, when given access, or check Gmail. The user can have the virtual assistant check the weather.

The mic doesn’t stay on all the time. It only transmits information once the consumer speaks the activation words, “OK Google.”

The consumer can connect a home security or smart home device to it. It works with numerous third-party equipment, including IFTTT, Nest Thermostat, Philips Hue, SmartThings and WeMo. This lets the consumer control lights, temperature and security cameras via voice command. To add an extra level of security, Google supports a home security personal identification number (PIN) to disarm the home security system or unlock doors via voice. This works with many systems including Alarm.com and Frontpoint Home Security.

Family Use

Google Home supports six user profiles, but some users report it can confuse similar sounding users. It functions best in a household with dissimilar sounding people.

The mic doesn’t stay on all the time. It only transmits information once the consumer speaks the activation words, “OK Google.” You can set it up so that the lights on the top of the device indicate the state of the microphone – on or standby. On standby, no one including bots, listens to your conversation.

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How Protect America Helps

Protect America, a monitored home security company, offers zero installation fees, locked-in rates and a price-match guarantee. Although it does provide equipment, the company also monitors devices by other manufacturers. Consumers can get started for only $30 per month with a 36-month contract. That provides 24-hour, 7 days a week, professionally monitored home security. Consumers Digest named Protect America a “Best Buy” nine times for its equipment and service.

Established in 1992, Protect America offers nationwide service. It’s the fourteenth largest residential home security company in the US. Protect America makes a continuing firm commitment to protecting homes, offices and families through monitored home security. It provides a direct-to-consumer service, sending individuals, businesses and families their home security systems, then guiding them through the do-it-yourself installation procedure over the phone. The consumer receives up to $1,400 in free equipment. The company offers a Price Match Guarantee. If the consumer can find a better deal, Protect America matches it.

Interested in monitored home security? Get a free quote from Protect America by phone or online. Protect America can help monitor standalone devices already installed, too. Monitoring provides an important aspect since it ensures someone always looks at the feed. If someone does approach the home, even with a jamming device, they’re seen and reported. That keeps you and your family safer.