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Whole-Home Automation
« on: December 01, 2020, 11:08:13 PM »
I'd like to do the following via WiFi / Bluetooth:

Front-door lock/unlock
Garage door up/down
2-zone thermostat
Color light bulbs
1-5 outlets

What's my best option today?

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Re: Whole-Home Automation
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2020, 03:05:33 AM »
I'd like to do the following via WiFi / Bluetooth:

Front-door lock/unlock
Garage door up/down
2-zone thermostat
Color light bulbs
1-5 outlets

What's my best option today?
I've got all that stuff. I mixed and matched. Come to Walk-On's tonight and we can discuss what I did. HRC is an expert on that stuff too. He doesn't read the board much anymore though.


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Re: Whole-Home Automation
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2020, 07:37:25 AM »
Comes down to personal preference. You can mix/match like Rick said, but I've leaned toward the Google/Nest products simply because I like to be able to control everything from one place.
Currently I have the thermostat, door lock, doorbell cam, living room lights, 3 upstairs outlets, alarm system, and both smart tv's running through Google and I'm pretty happy with it. Garage door is next on my list.

My neighbor started with the Ring doorbell cam, so he's leaned more Amazon/Alexa heavy for his house. I don't notice much of a difference between the two.


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Re: Whole-Home Automation
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2020, 07:43:29 AM »
Comes down to personal preference. You can mix/match like Rick said, but I've leaned toward the Google/Nest products simply because I like to be able to control everything from one place.
Currently I have the thermostat, door lock, doorbell cam, living room lights, 3 upstairs outlets, alarm system, and both smart tv's running through Google and I'm pretty happy with it. Garage door is next on my list.

My neighbor started with the Ring doorbell cam, so he's leaned more Amazon/Alexa heavy for his house. I don't notice much of a difference between the two.
All of mine are controlled through the Alexa devices. However, some are made by Kasa, some by Geeni, and my garage door opener is MyQ from Chamberlain. Thermostat is Honeywell. Smart plugs are by T Teckin. Front door lock is Kwikset. Needless to say, most of the devices I control through the Smart Life app. Including three security cameras. A couple of others, have their own app. But everything except my garage door opener can be voice controlled through Alexa.


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Re: Whole-Home Automation
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2020, 07:53:27 AM »
no thanks.


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Re: Whole-Home Automation
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2020, 08:39:06 AM »

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Re: Whole-Home Automation
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2020, 07:17:05 PM »
All of mine are controlled through the Alexa devices. However, some are made by Kasa, some by Geeni, and my garage door opener is MyQ from Chamberlain. Thermostat is Honeywell. Smart plugs are by T Teckin. Front door lock is Kwikset. Needless to say, most of the devices I control through the Smart Life app. Including three security cameras. A couple of others, have their own app. But everything except my garage door opener can be voice controlled through Alexa.

And everyone in China knows kind of underwear you wear.  :borat:


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Re: Whole-Home Automation
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2020, 07:18:55 PM »
And everyone in China knows kind of underwear you wear.  :borat:
And?


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Re: Whole-Home Automation
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2020, 12:31:33 PM »
And everyone in China knows kind of underwear you wear.  :borat:

I don't think my Nest or garage door app from  Chamberlain are going to give them 1% more information than they get from your PC and phone.

Just based on the refinement of ads on Google, Facebook, etc they clearly don't need more info about what my interests are, or what underwear I wear...