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Discussion in 'Tech Forum' started by ill, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. ill

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    so it seems to be the thing to do with your home now.

    I have a Nest and a couple Echos and a Sengled Hub with my outside lights hooked up to it...and a Roomba, I suppose.

    I don't plan on doing much more than that.

    I got my mom a Samsung SmartThings hub for Christmas. She already has a Nest, a Ring, and a Google Home. I am working on upgrading her dimmer switches and all that. It's a lot of work and I am not a fan of electrical shit, but it's what she wants.

    Anyone else have anything smart in their homes?
     



  2. Roy Munson

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    I've never understood the need for a Nest. Though I work at home and want my house at the same temperature all the time. My thermostat is even programmable, but I just have it hold the same temp all the time.

    I have a ring, a couple echos and a few smart plugs. I'm considering replacing all my flood lights with ring lights, but just haven't pulled the trigger yet.

    The other thing I'm looking into is a new jackshaft garage door opener that I can control and monitor with my phone: Elite Series 8500 | Garage Door Openers | LiftMaster
    Plus it gets rid of the middle chain drive making it easier to put a golf simulator in my garage.
     
  3. ill

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    I am a little worried about putting in anything smart that allows access to my house, like a garage door opener or a smart lock on the front door.

    I love my Nest. When we were coming back from Mexico in May, we landed to some cold ass weather in MD and of course I hadn't left the heat on. So on the drive back from the airport, I was able to go and turn the heat on so that house was nice and cozy for us when we got there.
     
  4. Roy Munson

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    when we go on vacation our cats are still here, so the house never gets below 67 or above 72. Maybe I'm just not the target audience for a Nest.

    As far as having internet connected locks to my house... I'm under no misconception that a lock is keeping somebody from robbing me if they really want to. Its really about me being able to see on an app that I remembered to shut the garage door and close it if I forgot.
     
  5. ill

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    there have been a couple times where I wish I had that. Instead, I get 5 minutes away from the house and think about whether I closed the garage or not.

    What I need is the neighbor kid's phone number so I can have him close it if I forgot.
     
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    nest, lifx bulbs in all the lamps, G Home is actually convenient to control all this
     
  7. williewilliejuan

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    Me. That’s why I don’t want to let google or amazon hot mike my house. A few years from now, some would be politician is going to get derailed by Alexa.
     
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    Not a ton...we have about half dz of those smart outlets with lamps plugged in with on/off control...pre-hub, it wasn't that great...now with the hub, they are more stable now. I'd like to expand my outdoor lighting at some point, but I'm not there yet.