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Send Pager Messages

Although not as common as they once were (thanks to the cell phone), pagers remain useful for relaying messages from your smart home, particularly when you consider their long-lasting batteries, inexpensive nationwide coverage, and ability to receive signals where cell phone coverage is limited.

Have you ever arrived home for the day and discovered that you’ve missed a phone call or a package delivery, or that the troublesome bathroom sink has leaked all over the floor, again? If you carry a pager, your home automation system can notice events such as these and transmit them to you using simple numeric codes. One of the advantages of sending notifications via pager rather than via email [Hack #73] is that it’s simpler to set up a paging system. Another advantage is that sending the message is often much faster because your computer doesn’t have to establish an Internet connection to send the message. Also, pager messages often are delivered nearly instantaneously, and they don’t have to fight for attention in your inbox with the rest of your email.


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