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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-18-2017, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Finally moved into new home with Alexa

Amazon Echo (Alexa) will turn on/off light and I made the hardware and created a "skill" to check/open/close the garage door. I finally found a replacement (and updated) thermostat that has a local web server (all the other cloud thermostats require an internet connection to somebody elses' server) after my original one met a smokey death due to an oops.

I can now check/set thermostat, including checking humidity and outdoor temperature.

I can largely re-use the Alexa skill I wrote for it.

"Alexa, ask Jarvis for the temperature."
"The current indoor temperature is 75 degrees. Humidity is 55%. Outdoor temperature is 90 degrees.""

"Alexa, tell Jarvis to set the thermostat to 74."
"Setting cooling to 74 degrees."

"Alexa, ask Jarvis about the garage."
"The garage is closed." (I can also access the controls via web in case we've driven somewhere and MrsRojhan and I both look at each other with, "Did we....").

Now, once I can get her to make breakfast, clean the house, ...
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or ask her to start the car for you haha
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I love Alexa.

What are you using with it??

I've got the Nest thermostats/fire alarms, philips Hue for indoor lights, Wemo switch for the outdoor lights (app allows a schedule/timer also).
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I love Alexa.

What are you using with it??

I've got the Nest thermostats/fire alarms, philips Hue for indoor lights, Wemo switch for the outdoor lights (app allows a schedule/timer also).
I have several Cree lights controlled Alexa -> Wink -> bulbs.
Custom Alexa skill for the Radio Thermostat CT80.
Custom Alexa skill and custom hardware for the garage door sensor and control.
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I haven't tried a home assistant yet more than Siri and Apple Home. But I've got 30+ lights controller through the Hue system, plus my nest and the 3 security cameras not to mention my small network stack that I'm working to automate. So far I haven't found a need for automated outlets.


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I haven't tried a home assistant yet more than Siri and Apple Home. But I've got 30+ lights controller through the Hue system, plus my nest and the 3 security cameras not to mention my small network stack that I'm working to automate. So far I haven't found a need for automated outlets.


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Smart outlets can smart-ify dumb items like fans that don't have native automated controls.

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Smart outlets can smart-ify dumb items like fans that don't have native automated controls.


Yea. I may automate some switches like Bathroom fan, bathroom lights (not using Phillips), overhead fans in each room, etc. But the automated switches are expensive and I really don't like having a separate hub for everything. I'd like one hub or program to manage all my automated systems. Philips is a tricky one since I have so many and the nest I've found HATES playing well with even IFTTT. Oh yea, I've also got motion activated lights set on different routines based on the time of day and current light levels. I LOVE home automation.


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Our house is conditioned for simple X10 (power line signaling and control born in the 1970's) with filters, bridges and amplifiers across two 200 amp panels. Works good, but it's getting harder to find components. Leviton produced high quality switches, controllers and power line conditioners, but they got out of it. The big home automation companies didn't like the X10 standard because it isn't proprietary; i.e. cheap DIY. So it got killed. Not the highest tech protocol, but it gets the job done.
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Our house is conditioned for simple X10 (power line signaling and control born in the 1970's) with filters, bridges and amplifiers across two 200 amp panels. Works good, but it's getting harder to find components. Leviton produced high quality switches, controllers and power line conditioners, but they got out of it. The big home automation companies didn't like the X10 standard because it isn't proprietary; i.e. cheap DIY. So it got killed. Not the highest tech protocol, but it gets the job done.
X-10 got killed because it required filters, and was erratic in larger applications and was blown away by Universal Powerline Buss (UPB) - a successor technology. I replaced my X-10 with UPB in 2007 and it is rock solid. Lights, t-stats, shade screen control, garage doors, and fully integrated it with security system - enter home, turn security off, and it turned on select lights throughout house (after sundown), adjusted thermostats, etc.

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X-10 got killed because it required filters, and was erratic in larger applications and was blown away by Universal Powerline Buss (UPB) - a successor technology. I replaced my X-10 with UPB in 2007 and it is rock solid. Lights, t-stats, shade screen control, garage doors, and fully integrated it with security system - enter home, turn security off, and it turned on select lights throughout house (after sundown), adjusted thermostats, etc.

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IIRC, X-10 also couldn't do bi-directional (e.g. status) signalling. It was fire-and-forget. I stopped using it around 1990 or so, both due to the lack of managed controllers (serial, RS422, etc) and because surge supressors, crossing phases, etc. blocked the signal.

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