Congratulations! You are an individual who surely cares about reliable home security- the
RemoBell is the most dependable security doorbell that you can find, but you didn’t need me to
know that. You’re probably using it right now – checking when your packages arrive, talking to
with your guests, or seeing if someone is trying to play games with your home.Well, I hope you’re
enjoying your RemoBell.
Hopefully, you felt more at peace with your doorbell installed. However, the reason you came to
this article wasn’t to learn about how you’re enjoying the heck out of your doorbell right? It was to
find those little tips that will enhance your RemoBell experience. Well, here are 4 things you need
to know that will take you from a RemoBell user to a RemoBell connoisseur
1.Recharge your batteries.
When you received your RemoBell, it came with 6AA rechargeable batteries. If you haven’t already,
you need to buy 6 more AA batteries and a battery charger. This way, you can switch between the
two sets of battery, and, basically, never worry about charging your device. Other battery operated
surveillance system are gonna make you wait days for it to fully charge. You want to know what
that is — time your home is not protected. Protect your home at all time.
We recommend the EBL AA Battery Charger
2.Adjust your motion setting
With every home, the environment is always different. If you live in the city, there’s always cars and
pedestrians passing by. If you live in the suburbs, it’s more calmer and less movement around the
area. Depending on where you live, you probably want to change motion settings accordingly.
Don’t be flanked with notifications on your phone; just, adjust your motion so you get the calls that
Here is a how to guide on How to set up your motion.
3.Don’t drill… tape it
The beauty that comes with the RemoBell is that you can place the doorbell wherever you want.
Because it is battery powered, there are no limitations to where you could mount it. However, a
stumbling block could be that you cannot drill a certain part of your home, like the door or your
garage. There are adhesive mounting tape that works like a charm, and trust me – it’s strong. You
can place the tape on the back of your bracket then take the safety strip off the tape to attach it to
your wall. Whether it’s the garage, your backyard, or your gate, be flexible on where you mount the
We recommend the Exterior Scotch Mounting Tape
4.Extend your WiFi range
Every Wi-Fi enabled device has an issue when they are too far from the router. Whether it is your
laptop or your phone, if it’s too far from the Wi-Fi, you won’t get a stable connection. The RemoBell
reacts the same way. However, you can improve your Wi-Fi by getting an
extender. A Wi-Fi extender is a plug in antenna that boosts the range of your network connection;
so, if you place the DoorBell by the gate of fence, it will cover further lengths of your home.
We Recommend the TP-Link AC12000
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Living off-campus was one of my best decisions while in college; although, to be fair, the food at my school was at best high school lunch quality. Still, living off-campus meant cooking my own food, coming home whenever I wanted to, and finally putting a ping pong table in the living room.
Many college students choose to live off-campus because they finally get that independence they’ve always wanted since living on-campus has its rules and limitations. However, with too much freedom comes overbearing responsibility, and some students keep the same home security habits as when they lived in the dorms.
Here are common mistakes students make that makes them vulnerable for a break-in.
1. Forgetting to Lock the Door.
The rule of thumb to ensure 100% door security is to lock the deadbolt, and then checking to see if it is completely secured every time you leave the house. Everyone knows these procedures; however, if you’re a college student and you think that your friend is home because he has class at 7pm, you might leave the house with the doors unlocked. Well– that is a gamble that could bite you in the back.
Students tend to forget to lock all doors and, most times, they forget that the windows, the back doors, and the garage doors need to be locked as well. Lock the doors… Always lock the doors.
2. Letting Door to Door Salesmen Inside your Home
In college, I had one suspicious pest control salesperson knocking on my door selling his product and then asking if he could use our bathroom. We did not let him in, but our neighbors did, and guess what happened after we came back from the holidays.
If you live in a college city, you are quite aware of when school starts and when the holidays come around. You are not the only one– burglars and home intruders know this as well. Therefore, when the semester is almost ending, they will go door to door to scoping out some of the stuff students have in their home. Don’t fall for their trick and always be cautious.
3. Leaving All Of Your Valuables for Display
To be more specific, forgetting to conceal your TVs or gaming consoles for the holidays. There are many college students who forget to cover their TV’s with a blanket or hiding their desktops under their bed. Unless you take those items with you during your break, hide all your valuables.
Even if you close all the blinds in your home or cover your whole house with a giant blanket, there will always be daylight that will sneak its way through.
4. Posting on Social Media
Social Media is sooo dangerous. It is an amazing tool, but it is so dangerous. Millennials love to post on social media. I love to post on social media. However, we forget how many people look into our posts.
When students post that they will miss everyone during the holidays and how their whole housemates will be gone for break that is like hanging an LED sign saying “EMPTY HOUSE ENTER HERE”. Be safe, and avoid posting about leaving .
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It is amazing how many residents do not think about home security because they live in an apartment complex. Breaking into an empty apartment is almost as easy as breaking into a house. In fact, there have been cases where some “cunning” home intruders, who dressed up as police officers, broke into two apartments.
Just as how burglars target apartments different from single family houses, we also have to approach some home security measures differently. Here is a list of security tips you should use if you live in an apartment.
1. Avoid Ground-Floor Apartments
Selecting which floor you live in an apartment can determine how much more you have to worry about your home security.
Ground floor apartments are vulnerable for break-in because tenants will have to worry about both the front door and windows, while most higher floor apartments only need to worry about the front door. So, if you plan to live on the ground floor, just remember to take extra precautions.
2. Create a Security Pact with Neighbors
If you live in an apartment complex, befriending a neighbor is way more effective than if you lived in a neighborhood of 2-story houses; your neighbors are literally a door over.
40% of burglars have stated that the proximity of neighbors is an effective deterrent. Create a pact with your neighbors and look out for each others’ homes.
3. Ask the Landlord A LOT of Questions
It is always smart to befriend your landlord and ask them any questions regarding the apartment security and any past incidences of break-ins. You want to know what extra security measures you need to take in order to ensure your apartment is safe.
Another question to ask your landlord is whether your door locks have been changed from the previous tenants. Sometimes landlords forget, so always keep your landlord accountable.
4. Place a Security Camera Inside Your Home
It is no surprise why burglars find security cameras as the number one factor to consider when targeting a home. Home Security Cameras provide surveillance, alarms, and concrete evidence.
However, security systems can become very expensive, if you purchase from companies like ADT. But, if you want a cheaper alternative that captures the whole apartment for a cheaper price, get yourself a smart home security camera.
5. Buy Extra EXTRA DeadBolts
Most burglars want to be in and out of a home as quick as possible; they only try to spend 8 to 12 minutes per home. That is why, having extra deadbolts are crucial. Apartment spaces are small, so searching and grabbing jewelry is quick and easy.
All they would need to do is break down the door and just quickly go through the apartment, compared to a house that is a bit bigger and more area to cover. Also, 59.2% of burglaries occurred with some form of force, so have that extra fortification for your front door.
6. Peephole Alternative
The peephole has always been the ultimate front door monitoring tool; however, with its fish lens view, you cannot get a clear picture of everything outside your apartment. Hence comes the peephole alternative: a wireless video doorbell. These devices are taking over the smart home security market because it monitors the most important entryway for an apartment — the front door.
The issue with many video doorbells is that it requires some type of wire; however, if you are worried about that then think of investing on a RemoBell that only require batteries. Place it anywhere outside your home and still get that full monitoring experience.
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Remocam, a Smart Home device manufacturer and software developer, gets acquired by a South Korean KOSDAQ-listed company
San Francisco, November 4th, 2016
Remocam, a Smart Home hardware and software developer, has been acquired by Exa E&C, Inc (KOSDAQ 054940). Consequently, it will also change its company name from Remocam to Olive and Dove. It is following the suite of its competitors like Dropcam, which was acquired by Google and Nest, Piper by iControl – though they became separate companies after a year or so, and Withings by Nokia.
Remocam was founded in March 2015 and launched its first product, RemoCam, a Smart Home security camera, in October 2015. The acquisition happened at an interesting timing since Olive and Dove is about to launch its second product, RemoBell, a smart doorbell, which will compete with Ring and August doorbell.
Exa E&C Inc. is a special interior manufacturer in South Korea that makes Clean Rooms and high-end partitions. It has recently expanded its business to Vietnam.
Here is the story of how these two met. Olive and Dove’s parent company, ODC, Inc, introduced the very first Smart Home security camera to South Korea back in 2013. Ever since then, ODC Co., Ltd. became a pioneer of the Internet of Things market in South Korea by providing white-labeled Smart Home security cameras as well as proprietary Cloud server platform services to multiple national carriers in South Korea.
As a high-tech interior manufacturer, Exa E&C naturally became interested in the emerging IoT industry because they may be able to incorporate Smart Home technology into their expertise. Upon studying this new market in South Korea, Exa E&C execs found the level of technology at ODC was at the caliber of a global business. They soon learned that ODC had founded its subsidiary company, Remocam, Inc. in USA in 2015. Seeing its potential as one of the leading Smart Home device manufacturer as well as Smart Home software developer, Exa E&C decided to acquire ODC, which meant they also acquired Remocam, Inc (Now Olive and Dove).
The managing director of Olive and Dove, Paul Lee, remarked, ‘This can’t be any more timely. We are about to launch our second product, RemoBell, a HD video doorbell after launching RemoCam, a Smart Home security camera. This acquisition and the consequent financial support will boost our sales and marketing activities for both RemoBell and Remocam. I can’t wait to deliver better Smart Home devices, web and app services to the customers in US and eventually to the world.’
The chairman of Exa E&C Inc., Cha K Koo, said, ‘ODC is a leading IoT company in South Korea. It set an industry standard in video encryption by introducing video encoding in order to ensure the privacy and protection and demonstrates the company’s leadership and competency. We see the potential in this company to become #1 in the world as well.’
Olive and Dove plans to launch its second product, RemoBell in November, 2016.
About Olive & Dove Inc.
Olive & Dove Inc., formerly Remocam, Inc., is a Smart Home hardware and software company. Our goal is to help people take better care of their homes and loved ones. Our first product is RemoCam®, a Smart Home security camera. It not only monitors, but also controls other devices. The second product is RemoBell®, an HD video doorbell. This Delaware corporation is a subsidiary of ODC Co., Ltd., South Korea.
If you are like me, there are three reasons why you are on the internet: Social Media, the News, and Online Shopping. 80% of the US population have done some sort of online shopping and experts predict that worldwide sales will pass $1.5 trillion this year. There are good reasons why we shop online — it’s easy to use, they deliver right to your door, more deals, and… more DEALS!
Online shopping is convenient and great, but as we have more online shoppers, we also have more Porch Pirates. Having your package stolen is almost as bad purchasing fake Yeezys from a scam website. With the holidays coming up soon, you can best believe that Porch Pirates are on the prowl. However, there are security measures you can take to make sure that you are protected from package theft.
1. Leave Instruction for the Delivery man
Package theft is so easy because the packages are sitting there, in the open, in front of your door. Anyone can walk up to it and snatch it, so long as there are no witnesses.
Porch pirates plan when to snatch a package at your front door; it’s like snatching a piece of candy from a store with no cameras. However, if you give specific instruction to your delivery man to leave it in the backyard or in an empty trash bin, then the “pirates” won’t be able to spot your package.
2. Let Family or Neighbors know
You can call a neighbor or let your family know that you’re expecting a delivery. If no one is at the house, you choose the option to have UPS deliver your package to your neighbor and add a reminder slip on your door.
The best way to protect your property is to always have someone look out for you.
3. Doorman (App)
Doorman is a smartphone service app that lets users determine when they want their package delivered to them, even if it is past 4pm.
Most times, you do not know when you will receive your package; with this app, you just send your online purchase to them, they will notify when they receive the package, and then you choose when you want them to deliver it to you.
4. Security System
Another alternative is to install a security system with outdoor cameras and motion detectors. If security systems are too expensive, you can also install smart home wireless video doorbells.
The moment a porch pirate approaches your door, the motion detection will get send you a push notification through your Smartphone App.
5. Ask local carrier to hold on to package
You can also ask UPS to hold onto your package at your nearest UPS store or at Staples. They will hold onto your package for 5 business days or 7 calendar days for no added cost. Just remember to bring a valid ID when you go to pick up your package.
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If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard a billion home security tips on the internet. Some probably made sense and some probably made you scratch your head, but you are probably willing to try anything to keep your family safe — right? Just like most home fitness videos, some tips are overexaggerated and some tips just do not work. There are a lot of security tips out there, and you can best believe that the burglars have been hearing them as well. So, let me debunk some of the more popular security myths we hear so often.
Security Myths Debunked
Turning the lights on inside the house
Keeping the indoor lights on is one of the most popular and simple homes security tip that we’ve heard floating around. I mean, it does make sense– burglars would try to avoid any homes with people inside; however,keeping the lights on inside your house isn’t enough to scare them away. They may sniff out a bluff since it is a common home safety tip that floats around. According to a survey conducted with burglars, the least effective deterrent is leaving the indoors lights on.
Putting up a Decal & Beware of Dog Signs
Sometimes we think that putting a warning sign is all you need to scare away burglars. However, just like how people do not listen to the “do not touch sign” at a museum, security system decals and “beware of dog” signs are not enough to keep burglars away. Actually, in a Reddit Forum with burglars, one Reddtior said that those “signs” are “completely worthless”.
It’s better to have a small hidden camera than a large security camera
Having a small hidden camera is great for capturing footage of someone in the act of a robbery without having them notice that they were caught; however, that is if you want to catch them in the act, rather than stopping them from committing the act. Catching footage of the burglar alone is not enough to protect your property. In fact, police officers only clear 13% of all reported burglaries due to lack of witnesses or physical evidence. You would want a visible home security camera with sirens and motion detectors that will send a clear message to burglars to stay away from your property.
Burglars break in while we are sleeping
If you read the previous blog about “invitation for burglars”, then you know that they don’t only strike at night when everyone is asleep. In fact, they are more active during the day, when everyone is at work or at school. So, when you plan for security measures at your home, make sure to take extra security precaution during the daytime.
All Burglars are males, wear black ski masks, and drive in white vans.
Now, another way the media portrays burglars are males in all black with ski masks,driving in a white van. Again, contrary to popular belief, burglars do not go outside looking suspiciously. Most of them wear everyday clothes to draw as little attention as possible. In college towns, some burglars knock on college houses dressed as an exterminator to scout for valuables and strike when the students go back home for vacation. So, always keep your eyes open and on guard; you never know who may be targeting your home.
Bigger dogs are always better
Bigger is not always better. How loud the dog is is more important than how big the dog is. If you have a small chihuahua inside the house or a big german shepherd in the backyard, make sure that they make a lot of noise. Burglars are not scared of ferocious looking dogs per se, but they are scared of having dogs draw too much attention to themselves.
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Posted on September 21, 2016 at 4:25 pm by Olive & Dove / Blog, IoT | Connected Device | Smart Home, Security Camera / 0
About the Author
Ralph Goodman is a professional writer and the resident expert on locks and security over at the Lock Blog. The Lock Blog is a great resource to learn about keys, locks and safety. They offer tips, advice and how-to’s for consumers, locksmiths, and security professionals.
In the age of smart technology, there is no reason why you cannot always be connected to your home. This connection can span the globe, or just link you to the other side of the house. When it comes to building your very own smart home, the vision is up to you. You will assemble your products, and that will determine your level of connection. How will they integrate? What is your budget? Once you know what you want, and what you need, you will be on the way to knowing how to build a smart home.
Finding Your Vision
The vision for your smart home is the most ideal concept of what you would like it to be. For example, if you are always out of the house, or traveling, you may want to focus more on smart devices that can update you on the house’s current condition. These would be items like smart locks and surveillance cameras, which can be remotely monitored and will even send automated alerts. The more home body type can also design a smart home that makes living more convenient. Climate control that is intuitive to your preferences, lights that turn themselves on and off without flipping a switch, etc.
If you are very committed, you may just want everything that a smart home can offer. But the real key to realizing your vision is understanding what you will use, and what is practical for your lifestyle. Without a focused vision, it is all too easy to become overwhelmed not only by what you buy but also the selection of what you can buy.
What to buy is the question on the mind of most smart home enthusiasts. Not only do you want a product that you can use effectively, you also want the best version of that product. This is largely an issue in the security field, in terms of finding the best smart surveillance camera to buy. With so many products on the market, how do you find out who the best really is?
Anytime you are comparing two smart products, it comes down to the features. You need the product to work with your smartphone. If there is a compatibility issue with your phone, remote usage is no longer a convenient option. This will limit your usage, and decrease the effectiveness of the device and lead to the eventual complete lack of use. Security is another huge concern. With everything on a connected network, you don’t want one weak link leaving your whole house vulnerable.
As I mentioned in the section above, all of your devices are going to be on a shared network…ideally anyway. Just because a device is smart, it does not mean that it is going to integrate with every other smart device you already have. A large part of building a smart home is making sure that you are able to put everything on the same network, and fully capitalize on the Internet of Things.
Compartmentalization is the death of a good smart home. If you are opening multiple different apps to turn on your lights, use your TV, control your stereo, access your cameras, etc., the appeal of smart home convenience is out the window. Everything needs to be talking to each other. So make sure all of your products are compatible.
Budgeting and Building
With such a vast array of very high-tech products, budgeting for your perfect smart home can take a bit of planning. You may need to buy your products in stages. This is very common for building a smart home. Many people do it because they only want one product, and then get hooked. Some want to test the waters before they fully commit to the lifestyle of the future. But whatever your reason is for wanting to do a gradual smart home build, it is much easier to budget for.
The biggest consideration for a long term build is, which product is going to offer you the most. In my experience, this will always be a security device. It is making your home safer, offering peace of mind, insight on your bad habits, and in the case of smart security cameras you get another means of communication to those in your smart home. With the upcoming investments, it makes sense to spend money protecting what you hope to build. A home built on a foundation of security is undoubtedly a smart home.
There is a lot of thinking, planning, and researching that is required when you are building a smart home. It is about more than what you want. It is about what you are going to use, and what is going to deliver the best possible result. Make sure you look into the products you are considering, very thoroughly, and find out what they offer exactly. Discover what they will integrate with and make sure that their possible network matches your goals. And no matter what, you want to take the necessary steps to protect your home, regardless of how smart it is.
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Posted on September 9, 2016 at 4:32 pm by Olive & Dove / Blog, IoT | Connected Device | Smart Home / 0
Smart Home has become a growing topic for innovation in the tech world. The concept that you can connect home devices with one another is flat out exciting. Think about it– what if you could unlock the front door through your phone when you forget your keys or automatically turn on all of your security systems when you lock your doors? Smart Home will provide families with such control and comfort that it will revolutionize how we live in our homes in the future.
Well — just as how we prefer sliced bread over a loaf of bread, Smart Home provides that “convenience”. We’ve come to a world where people are connected with people through the internet, whether you’re on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. You don’t even have to ask around town to see how your high school sweetheart is doing– just go on Facebook.
In the same convenient fashion, the internet has allowed “things” to connect with other “things”. Smart Home devices will let you connect to your home appliances so that you can control it with a press of a button. There are Smart Home light bulbs that let you turn off the kitchen light from your bedroom or Wireless Video DoorBell that lets you see who is at the door from your phone? If they thought TV remotes made life too comfortable, Smart Home is going to give them a run for their money
Smart Home not only provides comfort and convenience but also security. You don’t have to install expensive security systems anymore. Connect all of your Home security cameras to your phone and other Smart Home devices.
Turn off the lights with your security camera or activate your motion sensor when you lock your Smart Home door lock. A lot of Smart Home security cameras come with motion sensors, two-way communications, and sirens, so you will have the necessary tools to keep your loved ones safe.
Smart Homes are now turning into Smart Cities, and sooner or later, we will be having a Smart Earth. The tech trend is going into the IoT direction, and we can look forward to other great things the future will offer.
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What if I told you that some of our objects are speaking to each other at this very moment. Do not freak out, Skynet won’t be chasing you anytime soon, but this phenomenon of machine-to-machine communication is called the Internet of Things.
What is IoT?
When we say “this is the future”, Internet of Things (IoT) will always be in the conversation. You might’ve heard of IoT, or maybe you haven’t. Let me briefly break down what this growing tech trend is.
In short, we have a growing surplus of objects that can connect to the internet, whether that might be smartphones, TVs, cars, or even light bulbs. These smart objects collect our data and send it to a cloud. A smart car will record what route you visit the most or a smart coffee machine will know what time it should start brewing your favorite coffee. Then the smart objects will exchange data with one another, creating a machine-to-machine communication system.
For example, what if your alarm clock could tell your stereo when to play your favorite morning motivation song or podcast. Or, let’s say you turned on your camera home security system, but forgot to turn off the TV, then you could control your camera to shut off the TV for you.
We are only scratching the surface of what IoT can do. Imagine if your whole house was connected for your comfort or if there were smart cities collecting data to enhance our transportation system. The possibilities for IoT innovations would be endless.
RemoCam has the features to connect to other objects through an infrared remote control system. The camera can memorize a remote command within a device and use their functions. For example, RemoCam can turn off or turn on heaters, fans, control the TV, or any remote controlled devices that use IR. Learn more about RemoCam’s Home Automation Features.
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Posted on August 11, 2016 at 5:27 pm by Olive & Dove / IoT | Connected Device | Smart Home, Security Camera / 2 Comments