Smart Home Q&A - May 2018

Smart Home Q&A - May 2018

On this month's Q&A, there's questions on less expensive smart light strips, the best non-Apple HomeKit app to use, and combining existing in-wall speakers with smart speakers. All of this and a little more on this month's smart home questions and answers session!

From Denny: (starts at 1:23)

I am looking for smart home products for my new and quite small (400 sq ft)  apartment that I will be moving into later this month. From the little research I’ve done, I am considering on getting the following; Phillips Hue bulbs/light strips, August smart lock, Amazon Echo, and a Roomba 690. I’m also interested in getting a smart wall adapter where I can turn on the object it’s plugged into via Wi-Fi.

Is there anything else you think I am missing or should I be fine for the most part? I’m also concerned about paying $80 and up for smart light strips. Are there any alternatives? If you have any other suggestions on products please let me know, THANK YOU!


From Eric: (starts at 5:57)

By the way, I love your videos. Thanks for the info. Question: I noticed you sometimes like to use the manufacturer’s apps for automation of HomeKit. Like the iDevices app or the Elgato Eve app. Which of the different manufacturers’ apps do like you more and why. Which app, other than the standard Apple Home app, do you find to be your go to app?


From Pete: (starts at 18:17)

We recently moved into a new home that used to be a model home. The home came with five speakers built into the ceiling in various rooms, two in the living room one in the front dining room and one upstairs in the hallway. 

We also have Google home installed throughout the house. We have six devices one big Google Home downstairs in the living room and one Google Home Mini in each of the four bedrooms as well as one in the dining room. So that’s a lot of Google stuff. :-)

All of the speakers in the ceilings tie back into a central location in the basement beside the electrical panel. What I would like to do is somehow integrate these speakers with my Google home devices so that, for example, the living room ceiling speaker integrates with the living room google home device and so when I play music on the Google Home device in the living room the living room speaker also plays

Short of rewiring the entire house with new speaker wire, can you think of the technology or a method that I could use to wire the house and this way? 

Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this issue.

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