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Indeed, several devices in the smart home environment 100 need not be physically within the structure 150. For example, a device controlling a pool heater 114 or irrigation system 116 may be located outside of the structure 150. It is also to be appreciated that while the terms user, customer, installer, homeowner, occupant, guest, tenant, landlord, repair person, and the like may be used to refer to the person or persons acting in the context of some particularly situations described herein, these references do not limit the scope of the present teachings with respect to the person or persons who are performing such actions. Thus, for example, the terms user, customer, purchaser, installer, subscriber, and homeowner may often refer to the same person in the case of a single family residential dwelling, because the head of the household is often the person who makes the purchasing decision, buys the unit, and installs and configures the unit, and is also one of the users of the unit. However, in other scenarios, such as a landlord tenant environment, the customer may be the landlord with respect to purchasing the unit, the installer may be a local apartment supervisor, a first user may be the tenant, and a second user may again be the landlord with respect to remote control functionality. Importantly, while the identity of the person performing the action may be germane to a particular advantage provided by one or more of the implementations, such identity should not be construed in the descriptions that follow as necessarily limiting the scope of the present teachings to those particular individuals having those particular identities.

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4. This version of the iRobot Roomba, which can hold up to 10 grams of debris, also creates a virtual map of your home, making sure that every nook and cranny gets cleaned. If you frequently visit the bathroom or any room in your home for that matter at night, you have to choose whether to turn on the bright lights or navigate around in the dark. Philips Hue solves this dilemma with its Smart Motion Sensor Lights. The sensors will automatically turn on the lights for a set amount of time after motion is detected, and you can even set it to use a gentle light that won’t blind you. There's no messing with wires a win for renters and those who don’t want to damage their walls, as the plug runs on batteries.

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I have four pages of documented correspondence with Vivint – nothing but one problem after another. These are just the highlights, folks. DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THIS COMPANY!I WILL be paying a visit to the Florida State Attorney’s office. I’ve HAD IT!I had the same thing, the young man kept saying I am not selling any thing, I said okay then thank you for informing me and closed the door, he knocks again and starts the sales pitch. When I asked “I thought you were not selling any thing?” he just kept talking about the FBI statistics on break ins, I then relized it was an alarm company and asked him to leave, he was still talking when I closed the door. I never thought to call the city, I get all kinds of people, selling meat off a truck, alarms, even had a Rainbow vacum lady, usually you say no and they leave, these people were insistant that they were not selling any thing.