Technology is constantly changing and with that comes the constantly changing and endless possibilities of technologies one can use with Sea Ranch Connect.
Monitor your Sea Ranch home when you're away traveling or from another main residence. There are a few options available: Camera Systems that range in price from $25 to $1,000; Cloud Storage that can be free or cost up to several hundred dollars a year; other options include stand-alone or integrated with "alarm" systems and/or home automation.
A hands-free speaker that you control with our voice, think Siri in a box for those who have Apple devices. The new voice assistants can allow you to get weather forecasts, update and query your calendar, answer questions through web queries, integrate with home automation and streaming media, place orders on Amazon, play music and more! Price starts around $50 and up.
Free for Prime member, Premium $4, $8 or $10 per month. 2 million songs available without Prime. Pairs will with Echo.
Free trial, then $10 a month. Has 40 million songs available. Good portability, pairs will with Siri.
Free trial, can then choose Free with ads or $10 a month without ads and has better sound quality. Has 30 million songs available.
Free with ads, can then choose $5 or $10 premium plans. Has 40 million songs available.
$4 or $10 monthly plans. 300 curated "stations," available.
$10 or $20 monthly plans. Has 40 million songs available.
To compare streaming music options, Consumer Reports created a chart where you can learn and compare.
Also known as "Smart Home," where a residence has appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio and video systems or security that are capable of communicating with one another, can be controlled remotely by a time schedule, from any room in the home, or remotely from any location in the world by a telephone or internet.
There are so many ways to save and back-up your files through various online vendors to using cloud services with various features and pricing. Find the best backup service and learn more about what they offer.
No computer necessary! Uses a regular dial-tone that works with any phone and can call to any phone anywhere in the world. Typical features include calling to US and Canada long distance, voicemail, call forwarding, caller ID, call waiting, etc.
$25 a month. Great and easy to use with the latest telephone features. Monthly bill helps to pay for the Sea Ranch Connect network.
$99 to $199 one time, monthly taxes about $3.50. Each feature is priced separately, premium plans available.
$29.95 yearly payment or $49.95 one-time payment.
$9.99 to $24.99 per month.
Based on the device you use:
Watch your first home TV content from your second home or while traveling. Can watch TV on a PC, Mac, tablet, phone or some TVs. Cost for $300 box installs where content is ("your first home"), can view with web browser or Slingblox app. No Slingbox monthly fees.
Can use a Smart TV that has apps built into the TV or connect a digital media play to the TV.
Use digital media players and dongles. Or can plug into your TV through a gaming system such as Microsoft Xbox, Sony Playstation or Nintendo Wii U. Or standalone with an Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Apply TV, Google Chromecast Nexus Player, or Roku Streaming Player.
Utilize apps on your phone or tablet such as Apple TV, apps with specific providers like Roku and DIRECTV Now. Software is also built into a Smart TV.
All streaming media devices connect to the internet by Wi-Fi and some by ethernet. For Wi-Fi connections, you will need your Wi-Fi network name (sometimes called an SSID) and its associated password.
Wi-Fi signal may be too weak, internet signal strength does not necessarily equate to internet speed. Use a speed testing internet site such as Ookla, Speakeasy, et al.
Too many impediments (walls, major appliances, electrical panels, etc.) between the gateway/router and your internet device.
Problem: Even with an optimized gateway/router location, you cannot reach all areas of your home.
Solution: Increase the range your gateway/router, install a more powerful Wi-Fi router, add a range extender, or install a mesh network.