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Posted on 08-04-17 10:19:10 PM Link | Quote
My job is smarthome stuff, not necessarily anything about learning patterns or anything, as much as "hey it's kinda neat that I can control my TV and my cable box and the room lights via this iPad laying on the couch", complete with plenty of RS232 protocols, IR flashers, AV distributers, user interface design, and a certain big-deal AV hardware manufacturer.

The houses I've gone to, where the entire thing is integrated, are nuts. Every room has speakers of some sort, fancy pools with sprinklers, full-on theaters in the basement complete with dolby atmos, every single lightbulb and switch is meshnet or centralized, house-wide lighting presets (with some being "automatic", with motion sensors or timers), touch panels mounted in the walls, special remotes for every room, centralized AV sources (so you can route a cable box or a radio to literally any TV or speaker in any room), and of course these systems come with hefty pricetags to match.

That's really it though, I'm not personally interested in smarthome technology outside of it being my day job. Though, those Philips Hues are pretty nice, we have two in the programming lab at work, and it's nice to be able to set it to outdoor-esque white, or soft white, or red, or green, etc.

Having voice-activated lighting control, or TV control, or whatnot, it's pretty neat, but I doubt I'd actually do it at home; the novelty wears off once you've dealt with dozens of amazon dots in various applications.
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Posted on 08-06-17 06:35:57 PM Link | Quote
There probably is, but with the lack of any set sleeping schedule here, and all 4 of us being on different work schedules, a set timer system wouldn't work well. My "to bed" time varies between 11 PM (best) to 4 or even 5 AM some nights.
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Posted on 08-08-17 06:58:53 PM Link | Quote
A friend gave us a Ring doorbell! Now we just need to figure out how to install it. We don't have a current doorbell to wire it into…
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Posted on 08-09-17 01:15:49 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Tarale
A friend gave us a Ring doorbell! Now we just need to figure out how to install it. We don't have a current doorbell to wire it into…


You can get a separate Ring chime if you can't wire it to your existing doorbell so you still hear something in your home when it's pressed instead of just through your phone. The Ring doorbell itself will run off battery but you'll have to charge it every few months.
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Posted on 08-10-17 11:40:49 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Orlandu
Originally posted by Tarale
A friend gave us a Ring doorbell! Now we just need to figure out how to install it. We don't have a current doorbell to wire it into…


You can get a separate Ring chime if you can't wire it to your existing doorbell so you still hear something in your home when it's pressed instead of just through your phone. The Ring doorbell itself will run off battery but you'll have to charge it every few months.

Thanks! Yeah, I saw something about the Ring Chime, figured that's how it works. Thanks for confirming that. We'd like it wired in for power reasons, but I think I'll get a Chime as well.

We haven't set it up yet, but I'm super excited about it. With the new baby, it's been a bit awkward when people knock on the door. This way I can tell couriers and stuff to wait just a moment while I put the baby down. Or I can see if it's even worth me stopping what I'm doing at all. I hope we get it working this weekend!
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