John Carlsen

John is a technology journalist with over seven years of experience researching, testing, and reviewing the latest tech. Before joining SafeWise in 2020, John was an editor for Top Ten Reviews specializing in home security and the smart home.

Posts by John Carlsen

Abode equipment compatibility

What Works with Abode? Compatible Devices

John Carlsen | Sep 22, 2020 | Home Security

Abode makes a ton of equipment for its security system and sports compatibility with third-party smart home products. Learn more in our quick guide.

Ultimate Guide to Google Assistant and Google Nest Products

John Carlsen | Sep 24, 2020 | Smart Home

Take your smart home to another level with Google Assistant. Here’s a rundown of everything Google Assistant and Google Nest can do for you.

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Arlo Doorbell Review

John Carlsen | Sep 15, 2020 | Home Security, Smart Home

We compare the Arlo Video Doorbell and Arlo Audio Doorbell to see which is better. Learn how these smart doorbells stack up in our Arlo Doorbell review.

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Vivint-Compatible Equipment

John Carlsen | Sep 22, 2020 | Home Security

Vivint’s sleek equipment and plentiful compatibility make the best smart home experience in a security system. Find out more in our Vivint equipment guide.

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Best TASER and Stun Guns of 2020

John Carlsen | Sep 9, 2020 | Personal Safety

Stun guns and TASERs are convenient self-defense weapons that fit easily into most bags and pockets. We review the top brands to find the best products.

Frontpoint camera

Frontpoint Cameras 2020 Guide

John Carlsen | Aug 25, 2020 | Home Security

Frontpoint sells a variety of security cameras that work with its security system. Read our full review to see how they stack up against the competition.

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Best Sump Pumps

John Carlsen | Aug 24, 2020 | Home Safety

Protect your basement from water damage by installing a sump pump. Find the best sump pump for you by checking out our top picks and advice.

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How to Install Entry Sensors

John Carlsen | Aug 20, 2020 | Home Security, Smart Home

Entry sensors are one of the easiest parts of a security system to install. Here’s a quick guide to the ins and outs of installing entry sensors.

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Security School: Latest Home Security Breaches and Responses

John Carlsen | Aug 31, 2020 | Blog, Safety News

Security companies should protect you, but sometimes hackers or business practices break this trust. Here are the latest fails and wins from security companies.

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Everything You Need to Know about Home Security

John Carlsen | Aug 13, 2020 | Home Security

Home security goes beyond alarm systems and security cameras—it’s a mindset. We lay out the info you need to know to improve your home security.