Q&A: Home Automation - May 2017
Questions this month ranged from smart home bandwidth concerns to Bluetooth smart lock connection issues to how to automate a programmable or push-button coffee maker!
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I thought it would be helpful to briefly chat about the Alexa Calling feature that Amazon introduced last month, the video I put out with Allison Sheridan from podfeet.com has a ton of views, surprisingly but evidently people were very interested in it!
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Comment from Mike Smith (on Qube bulb)
Nice video, thanks. I'm looking at using wifi bulbs similar to these, but can't get past the point where the app wants me to supply my home wifi password. That just seems too unsafe to supply my network access to some company I'm not familiar with.
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Comment from 4BetaMale2
Very in depth video. I'm glad you take the time to answer subscribers questions and make these videos.
That being said I have a question.
I have a Gateway for cable Internet. I don't want to use it for the wireless lighting because of the bandwidth drain on the network.
Can I get a second Wi-Fi and have it dedicated for just the lighting? Something I've been wondering about.
Say you have an Amazon Echo and you want to tell her to turn off a light in a room. It seems overly complicated that she has to go into Amazon's cloud servers and then back to you just to turn off a light.
Or can she just stay in your Intranet?
That also goes for phone apps that would do the same thing but without the voice-AI.
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Comment from bravomike09 (on Kwikset Premis)
Pretty good review, but we can use some discussion on the blue tooth connection. That seems to be the weakest link in a lot of these smart locks. This is an issue when an Apple TV is not located close enough to the lock.
Often the front of back door lock will not be close to an Apple TV. This issue needs to be discussed more.
A very good solution would be for the lock to have a wifi connection instead of, or in addition to bluetooth.
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Comment from Roy Rugani Jr (on Smart Home Coffee)
So you have coffee machine plugged into smart switch and only turn it on to make coffee? If so, then then don't have choice to use auto programming if machine has it, right? (Product suggestion: MicroBot Push)