Smart Home Q&A - June 2018
On June's Q&A, there's questions on the brand-new Amazon Fire TV Cube, how to trigger or schedule Google Assistant Routines, and using Insteon keypads to help automate devices in a smart home. Plus, a follow-up from Pete's questions last month. All of this and a little more on this month's smart home questions and answers session!
From Peter: (starts at 3:09)
Hi Joe. I love your YouTube channel!!
I wanted to ask about the Fire TV Cube. I'm in the UK, so it is not available here yet, but what is the volume and sound like on the Cube? If I bought one for the living room, I was wondering if I could replace my current Echo (an original Amazon Echo) altogether? The sound is quite good on my Amazon Echo but I wouldn't really want 2 devices in my living room competing for who would answer me - so if I only had the Cube, what would playing music through sound like?
From Kshitij: (starts at 10:24)
Hey Joe. I love your channel and have learned most of my smart home tricks from you. I wanted to ask if you're aware of a method to trigger Google routines using either a sensor or a button or even by a schedule? Currently, I have my routines working using voice commands. What I'm looking to do is have the routines trigger when it's morning. Would you have any insights? Or are you aware of a better way to do so?
From Jason: (starts at 20:53)
I am in need or some of your expertise here. I have slowly pieced my smart home together using Hue bulbs, the MyQ garage door, Kevo door lock, Nest thermostats, and Harmony for the physical stuff and also a few Echo Dots. I have been wanting to get a few of the Insteon keypads for my home specifically the 8-button and be able to control everything mentioned. Can this be done? If so, what is needed? I remember way back you did a video that showed those keypads controlling the Hue bulbs but for the life of me cannot find much more on it. I love the idea to control lights, fan, possibly a scene for Harmony, and even door locks off these keypads and also through Alexa. Please help!