Gadgets for a carefree — and smart — vacation

vac gadgetsWhile you’re away, is everything at home OK?

As vacation season kicks into gear, many of us struggle with managing the homestead from afar. Is everything safe? Did the neighbor feed the cat? Did that delivery arrive?

Thankfully, there are a variety of smart home devices to make your vacation more carefree. Many can be installed in few minutes by anyone who’s ever wielded a screwdriver, and then they can be managed on a smartphone.

So you don’t have to buy a new refrigerator or washing machine to take advantage of smart home intelligence. I’ve tested scores of remote sensors, locks, cameras and switches, and these are some of the best:  More