Elena Donovan Mauer

Elena Donovan Mauer has written for Real Simple, Self, Good Housekeeping, Parents, The Knot, The Bump, and other publications. Elena is also a soccer mom, adjunct professor and taco enthusiast, who can be found antique shopping and singing in her kitchen. She lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with her husband and two sons.

Elena Donovan Mauer

ADT vs. Ring

Deciding between Ring and ADT home security systems? They’re both great choices—and your decision will depend on your own needs and preferences. Ring is an Amazon line of products, probably best known for its video doorbell. It includes a Ring Alarm Security System, a DIY-installed system that includes a range of security and smart home …

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Ring vs Vivint

When shopping for a home security system, it’s natural to want to know which is best. But if you’re looking at both Vivint and Ring, the answer isn’t so clear cut. That’s because Vivint and Ring are two very different companies, with different offerings at different price points. The right one for you is going to depend on …

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Frontpoint vs Protect America

If you’re shopping for a home security system, Frontpoint and Protect America are both smart choices. Frontpoint is only about a decade old, but is known to be an excellent option for those who want to DIY their installation. Protect America has been in the home security game since 1992 and offers durable GE-made equipment. …

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Frontpoint vs. ADT

Deciding between Frontpoint and ADT? The two security system companies may seem similar at first glance, but when you look closely, you’ll find some major differences. Frontpoint is a relatively new company (started in 2007) known for its easy DIY installation and friendly customer service. ADT has been around for over 140 years and is …

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