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El Jeffe's Avatar Picture El Jeffe – June 21, 2016 05:43AM Reply Quote
I think I still have X-10 modules that I bought in 1981 or 1982.
I've been controlling lights and such for 35 years.
My favorite was my Mac IIc that ran 24/7 for 5 years or more. It recorded/logged every motion detected; ever (Stanley X-10) garage door open and close; every dawn and dusk; lights on and off during that time; using SHED's XTension ("ex" TEN... X10...) software. http://www.machomeautomation.com/doku.php/index
Even had late night motion that turned on lawn sprinklers.

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El Jeffe – June 21, 2016 05:51AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
I'm about ready to pull trigger on 'doorbell cam'; as the HomeKit and Doorbell Cams are seemingly coming together.
There is a doorbell cam website, too. http://www.doorbellhome.org/reviews/ring-vs-skybell-best-video-doorbell/

iOS 10 / HomeKit

Withings home kit support http://blog.withings.com/2016/06/13/apple-homekit-support-withings-home-coming-soon/?clickid=wkIWDGX0W2ykS1M2kaXE4V97UkSX4oz1w2evVM0

SmartHome Comparison

https://ring.com $199 MSRP retail price

$150 eBay http://goo.gl/gz0JCC
$160 accepts best offer http://goo.gl/Cu8rVI

Sky bell http://www.skybell.com

Canary all in one security device (not DOOR)

http://www.brinno.com/front-door-security-camera/PHVMAC $139 Amazon http://amzn.to/1UzVHGs Motion Activated

http://www.brinno.com/front-door-security-camera/PHV1330 $84 http://amzn.to/1UzVSSb Button see/record. Optional knock/motion sensors ($38/$29)

http://www.brinno.com/front-door-security-camera/PHV1325 $75 http://amzn.to/1Kj3xUk Just camera/screen.

http://amzn.to/1UzXRWt $199 Amazon

TITHINGS (internal not door)

KUNA outdoor light/cameras

Chamberlain Garage Door

ddt – June 21, 2016 10:54AM Reply Quote
You may still be able to get a discount on RING via atp.fm


John Willoughby – June 21, 2016 10:56AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
I added a HomeKit compatible lock (August Smart Lock) to one of my house doors, as a trial before I jump into things on a larger scale. It works well enough for unlocking, but since my house has wooden doors that don't close to the precise same position every time that they are closed, it is very unreliable locking. If the bolt and slot don't line up precisely, the door doesn't lock. When locking the door by hand, you don't even think about putting the right amount of push/pull on the door to position it correctly, but the electric lock can't do that.

I guess that I can work on the door jamb, but I was hoping for more of a turn-key solution. (Heh.) Kind of disappointing.

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ddt – June 21, 2016 11:03AM Reply Quote
Algorithms v. Heuristics

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Heuristics: 1


johnny k – November 18, 2016 01:11PM Reply Quote
What smart home things are you people getting for Xmas? (Aside from a Range Dial, if you preordered one - yes, it's shipping in a few weeks.)

Mokers (Moderator) – November 18, 2016 01:24PM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
RangeDial for Christmas? Yay!

I have my stuff tied to my Alexa. So probably getting a second Alexa for the kitchen and another TP-link smart plug.

El Jeffe – December 20, 2017 08:04AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
I love(d) and miss all my X-10 home control. SO much of it worked well.
To ME, it seems many HomeKit and other home automation are just new spins on stuff I bought and used when I was 16, from JS&A, my first X-10 stuff.
So, this trip to Tampa next week, I am updating a bit. I have a FOUR GANG switch area. All traditional flip/toggle (dumb). SO, I want to add Automation/control. All switches I find are ROCKER switches.
Did not want to dive in and replace all switches at this time.

So, quick to implement solution is I got a http://switchmatehome.com Switchmate (Bright aka Slim).
It just used powerful magnets to attach over existing toggle.
HORRIBLE HORRIBLE ratings. But willing to try and if I have to, return it, for $29.
Still in 'testing mode'. Seems pretty cool.

I am thinking one can "take with" to other places, too. Hotels, etc. You can program it, and it also has a motion sensor.
If you have an apartment, and want to put something up like this, but not re-wire the place, seems like easy choice, if it WORKS....
so far so good

bahamut – December 21, 2017 09:41PM Reply Quote
Could be useful as a crime deterrent. Although from what I hear it's best to just leave a radio on.

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