I've been a DIYer for a number of years and have garnered some experience with lighting and surveillance. You will find my commentary here.

Cutting Cable TV

I've been using AT&T U-verse for many years now and I realized that it is entirely feasible to reduce overall media costs by eliminating that expense. Here is a summary of existing costs and expenses:

Cost Comparison
Cost Comparison

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Tablo OTA DVR

Tablo OTA DVR
Tablo OTA DVR

The heart of any Cable-Cutting project is a system to view and record local TV stations. The Tablo Quad OTA (Over-The-Air) DVR (Digital-Video-Recorder) is an excellent piece of technology for this task. It can tune-in four broadcast stations simultaneously (record three and watch one live.) Recordings are stored on an internal or connected hard drive of your choosing; I selected an internal 1TB solid-state drive.

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Samsung SmartThings Hub

SmartThings Hub
SmartThings Hub

The heart of a home automation system is its hub. I'm using a Samsung SmartThings Hub to control my lights and television.

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Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon Echo Dot

These voice control smart assistant-speakers are very handy for quickly controlling home automation devices, playing music, and looking up information on the Internet.

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Philips Hue Bridge

Philips Hue Bridge
Philips Hue Bridge

When it comes to colored lighting, Philips Hue is the way to go. They sell a variety of color controllable light bulbs, fixtures, and LED strips.

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Wireless Tags

Wireless Tag Moisture Sensor
Wireless Tag Moisture Sensor

Wireless Sensor Tags and Kumo Sensors monitor and record motion events, door/window open/close events, temperature/humidity/soil moisture and water leaks.

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Reolink Argus Surveillance Camera

Reolink Argus
Reolink Argus

I like the idea of a completely wire-free camera; I don't like the idea of constantly changing batteries. The Reolink Argus is a good compromise plus it is weatherproof.

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Foscam WiFi Surveillance Camera

FOSCAM FI9805W
FOSCAM FI9805W

Traditionally surveillance cameras' resolution was so poor that you could only tell the time of an incident and the general features of a culprit. Now with HD cameras, you have a chance of identifying those whom are captured on video.

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