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The perfect Vacation (Mode)

Summer is the time of vacations. All across the country, people are leaving work for the beach, mountains, lakes, cities, and national parks. It’s time to kick back, relax, and enjoy the warm weather and sunshine. Pack the bags and leave normal life behind for a week. You deserve it!

And don’t think about your home while you’re away. One of the best things that a connected home gives you is peace of mind. Your home is filled with sensors that will let you know if anything’s amiss. If you want to see what’s happening, you can go to one of your cameras and see what’s happening no matter where you are. When you’re on vacation, you can rest easy knowing that your home is secure and your belongings are safe.

But your home can do more than just give you peace of mind. It can also react to things the way you’d react. When you go away on vacation, your home can behave differently than when you’re there, saving you energy while avoiding unnecessary notifications. All it takes is a couple tweaks to your Vacation Mode.

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Which devices can start Activities?

One of the most common questions we receive is “Which devices can I use to start my Activity?” We all know that devices can start Activities but we’re not always sure which devices actually do that. Wonder no more. Today, we’ll review the Staples Connect-supported devices that start Activities and give you some guidelines to know whether or not you can use a device for this purpose.

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Take the load off Dad’s shoulders

Few connections in life are stronger than a father and his son. Our fathers shape us deeply. They are our protectors, role models, occasional jungle gyms, encouragers, and providers. We look to them for advice and help when things are challenging.

As our fathers get older, the relationship flips. The children become the caregivers. We get a chance to give back to our fathers, thanking them for what they’ve meant to us.

Ultimately, we want to make their lives easier. Our dads work hard their whole life to provide for us. The least we can do is to give them something to make their lives easier.

One of the best uses of Staples Connect is to make things easier and more accessible around your dad’s home. Here’s a few ways you can do that.

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Everything you ever need to know about Staples Connect

Each week, we receive questions from our fans and supporters. Many of them ask us if the answer to their question is somewhere on the web. Some ask us if there’s a place where all the information is compiled.

We’ve got good news for you: that place exists and you’re in it! This page will be a list of everything you need to know about Staples Connect, from getting started through customizing your home so it stays in sync with you. Let’s get started. Read more

Smart homes and smarter parents

Parents have a lot on their plates. They have to make sure their children are fed, healthy, safe, educated, clean, entertained, happy, social…the list goes on and on. And it never stops. As a parent, you don’t get a day off. Your first priority will always be your kids. Your energy goes towards making sure they are fully taken care of.

This can be exhausting. And terrifying. And it’s only Thursday.

Oh, and there’s that technology thing. Your life—and the life of your children—is more connected than ever thanks to the Internet, social media, smartphones, wearables, and now smart home technology. Technology greatly affects how you raise your kids.

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Even on Vacation, your home still works for you

“Vacation.”

Ahh, the joys that word brings to mind. It’s when we get to relax, go somewhere warm and tropical, kick off our shoes, lie in our chairs, sipping pina coladas as the world goes by. It’s beautiful. It’s needed. With all that we’ve got going on during our lives, we need time to unwind and not think about everyday things. We need our island in the sun.

When we’re on vacation, there’s plenty of things we don’t want to do, like thinking about work, getting up early, doing chores…the list goes on. One of them is tipping the neighborhood that we won’t be home for a few days. We don’t want our house to become a target when we’re not there.

Fortunately, Staples Connect gives us a way to address this.

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Staples Connect: the hostess with the mostest

Spring is in the air. Full days of sunshine are finally upon us as the weather continues to warm up. It’s the perfect season to have some well-deserved fun with your friends. As Robin Williams would say, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” And we completely agree: it’s time to party!

The date is set and your guests have all been invited. After spending countless hours searching Pinterest, you’ve finally found the perfect hors d’oeuvres. Desert? Eh, piece of cake. And thanks to the creative geniuses of Pinterest, your mind is swirling with decoration ideas. Unfortunately, time isn’t on your side. You’ve got less than a day to figure out how to make your home party-ready.

Time may not be on your side, but technology certainly is.

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No internet, no problem

Why we built Staples Connect to run when the internet is down

 

If you’re communicating important information, don’t rely on a single communication channel.

This should be obvious. It’s not a difficult concept to understand. But this hasn’t been the case throughout history and still isn’t standard practice for home automation. People trust their data to one channel—a secure channel, sure, but still one channel.

Does this strike you as strange? Does this seem reckless and completely irrational? We protect and take care of our homes; why don’t we pay the same consideration to our connected home data?

We have a better way, and we want to share it with you.

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