Peq smart home aims to take on SmartThings

Chris Davies - Aug 14, 2014
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Peq smart home aims to take on SmartThings

Another day, another smart home system, with Peq believed to be Best Buy’s attempt to jump on the home automation bandwagon. Peq – pronounced “peek” – follows in the footsteps of similar systems like SmartThings, Revolv, and Staples Connect, with a central hub that wirelessly connects to various cameras, door and window sensors, thermostats, and more.

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However, Peq does step away from the usual routine in at least one place. There’ll be a monthly service charge, currently $9.99 though with no minimum contract, in order for the functionality to remain active.

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Coughing up ten bucks a month enables the ability to make custom rules, and receive SMS and email alerts. It’ll also allow users to stream live vide and record & store videos and pictures, in addition to giving access to a dedicated customer care team.

It’s worth noting that there are still limits, however, even if you’re paying. Peq can send unlimited email alerts but only up to 20 SMS a day, while it can store up to 20 video clips and capture up to 40 images a day.

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A system like this to a large extent lives or dies by the range of sensors and add-ons it works with. Peq will kick off with a basic starter kit, including the hub and a single door & window sensor for $119.99, while adding two remote lamp sockets to that in the “Illumination” bundle takes it to $199.99.

Alternatively, $199.99 gets you the hub, a door & window sensor, and a single wireless camera. Finally, the “House & Home” package is $489.99 and comes with the hub, two door & window sensors, two lamp modules, two motion sensors, a water sensor, and a smart thermostat.

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Peq cameras will be $129.99 apiece, while lamp modules will be $59.99 and appliance modules $54.99; Zatz Not Funny is told that Best Buy is counting on sensor sales to help offset the low hub pricing. The smart thermostat is $129.99, while the door & window sensor is $34.99.

Motion sensors come in at $44.99, water sensors at $49.99, and carbon monoxide detectors at $89.99. Motion sensors are $69.99. It’s unclear what third-party brands might eventually be supported, though at least one SMC water sensor will work with Peq, and the carbon monoxide detector is provided by Visonic.

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The DIY smart home space is getting crowded, and Peq is arguably at a disadvantage with its contract pricing scheme. Most of the rival systems intended to be installed by the user themselves are free to run beyond the initial setup fee; despite that, some – like Staples Connect – are even cheaper than Peq.

Meanwhile, alternatives that do charge a fee, like Vivint’s recently announced Sky system, ask for more than $10 a month, but in return promise full installation and remote monitoring.

When, exactly, Peq will make its official debut is unclear, though we’d expect it to be soon, especially with Apple’s HomeKit¬†fast approaching.

VIA Zatz Not Funny
SOURCE Peq


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