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Re: Smart Home Devices

Postby Bsuds » Nov 12th, 2019, 6:32 am

I think it's a good idea to stay on top of new technology. It helps the old mind keep working.
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Re: Smart Home Devices

Postby RVThereYet » Nov 12th, 2019, 8:37 am

Even Steven wrote:I've installed a smart doorbell. It doesn't require monthly payments but gives you all the functionality of a smart doorbell. Anytime somebody comes to my door or rings the doorbell, I get a notification, I can talk to them, and if they have a package I can open my garage door so they can put the package inside. Pretty cool.

Jehovah's Witnesses will be disappointed as now I will just ignore their knocking, but hey, that's their problem.


That must be one smart doorbell if it can pick up on their knocking
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Re: Smart Home Devices

Postby Even Steven » Nov 12th, 2019, 8:47 am

RVThereYet wrote:That must be one smart doorbell if it can pick up on their knocking


It can alert you even if somebody is at your door, it has a motion sensor. But you can regulate it so it doesn't go off every time a car drives by if you're facing a road.

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Re: Smart Home Devices

Postby Bsuds » Nov 12th, 2019, 9:47 am

If I choose I can have my security camera, that is focused on my driveway, send me a message when someone is in a certain area. The doorbell camera too as well as when someone pushes the button.
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Re: Smart Home Devices

Postby Glacier » Nov 12th, 2019, 10:54 am

Hooked up my Christmas lights last night. Love the smart plugs!
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Re: Smart Home Devices

Postby Even Steven » Nov 12th, 2019, 1:19 pm

Glacier wrote:Hooked up my Christmas lights last night. Love the smart plugs!

Is it just a plug that is smart?
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Re: Smart Home Devices

Postby alanjh595 » Nov 12th, 2019, 1:33 pm

I have a light sensitive timer that turns the lights on at dusk and off again after 4 hours. I think that is pretty smart.
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Re: Smart Home Devices

Postby Bsuds » Nov 12th, 2019, 1:54 pm

Glacier wrote:Hooked up my Christmas lights last night. Love the smart plugs!


Mine are as well but I'm not ready for Christmas lights yet. I am prepared for all of my DW's decorations which includes many, many lighted ceramic houses. I have enough switches to turn them all on/off with a single command but will have them on a timed routine as well.
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Re: Smart Home Devices

Postby Glacier » Nov 12th, 2019, 2:49 pm

Even Steven wrote:
Glacier wrote:Hooked up my Christmas lights last night. Love the smart plugs!

Is it just a plug that is smart?

Yes. I set it to turn on 30 minutes after sunset and off at 11:23 pm everyday except Friday and Saturday nights when they turn off at 12:31 am.
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Re: Smart Home Devices

Postby Urban Cowboy » Nov 12th, 2019, 5:38 pm

Why not off at 11:24 PM? [icon_lol2.gif]
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Re: Smart Home Devices

Postby Bsuds » Nov 27th, 2019, 5:59 am

Too bad that we could not set lights to use random timing.

Then it would appear more likely that someone was at home.
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Re: Smart Home Devices

Postby Bsuds » May 19th, 2020, 1:24 pm

I picked up a Google Home for $39. That's $70 off the reg price.

I didn't need another smart device but for that price it was hard not to.

Besides the BW said to get it and I never say no to her! :biggrin:
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Re: Smart Home Devices

Postby Even Steven » May 19th, 2020, 1:53 pm

Mini or full size speaker?
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Re: Smart Home Devices

Postby Bsuds » May 19th, 2020, 2:00 pm

This one.

I have several minis (5) and a Home Hub already,

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Re: Smart Home Devices

Postby Even Steven » May 19th, 2020, 3:11 pm

Bsuds wrote:This one.

I have several minis (5) and a Home Hub already,

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Sweet! How's the sound quality on this one? I've been told you can actually listen to music on it as speaker is good quality as opposed to Mini which doesn't play music nicely.

Also, is the deal on Google website? Me wants.
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