Following the initial rollout of Xfinity Home Security in the Manchester area last month, Comcast is expanding that security footprint throughout southern New Hampshire, from Peterborough to Portsmouth.

Xfinity Home Security, selling for $39.95 a month, offers traditional home-security components (police and fire) backed by 24/7 monitoring; subscribers also can adjust digital thermostats, turn lights on or off and watch secure live streaming video from wireless cameras while away from home. The service comes with a tablet-like touch screen with a menu of widgets for weather, news, traffic and sports scores; it also comes with the Xfinity Security app, available free from Apple’s iTunes App Store.

In addition, Xfinity Home Security users can create personalized settings for real-time e-mail or text alerts when home doors open or close or when motion detectors report activity inside or outside of the home.

"Xfinity Home Security brings digital home monitoring to a new level," notes Mitch Bowling, senior vice president and general manager/New Businesses. "It comes with a range of broadband-based technologies that empower customers to stay better connected to their home virtually anytime, anywhere."

There is another perk: Comcast says Xfinity Home Security customers are eligible for as much as 20 percent off of their homeowners insurance.

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