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I'm thinking of having a bash at a bit of this home automation stuff. Nothing too fancy, just thought I'd start with some of the wifi controlled light switches, plug sockets, and maybe some rad valves to control my unconventional heating system, ideally with some ITTT options driven by temp sensors. From initial research it looks like this is one of those areas where there are just too many options and different manufacturers. Ideally I'd like to start with something that I can add to later - so don't want to buy cheap crap, or stuff that is going to be incompatible with everything else in 5 minutes time. 

I generally don't trust retailer reviews, so has anyone got any sage words of advice or experience they can pass on?

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I bought a Samsung home hub, Hue lights, a couple of sockets and various sensors. Lighting works fine, switching off when I leave and on when I return, or when certain doors open or close.  I bought presence sensor that goes on your key fob, but that wasn't really necessary as the hub can use your phone as a presence sensor. Can be controlled by Siri and by Alexa.

It's a bit frustrating that you can't really create routines with any complexity  to run on the hub. It can integrate with tons of products though, cameras, thermostats etc. Cautious recommendation.

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5 hours ago, manx-person said:

@maynragh Are you an iphone and/or an appleTV user?

I've recently setup a security camera, lights and switches and geofencing

You in the Apple or Android "ecosystem" or other ?

Apple'd up to the eyeballs - phones, pads and computers. No TV though. All advise welcome.

After reading @guzzi comment (thank you) it did sort of set me off thinking maybe I should be looking for an Apple based system first, and just accept the fashion victim prices. That said I've had Mac laptops for nearly 10 years now. I am a particularly abusive user (work related dust, moisture & impacts) and the build quality is worth it I reckon on the laptops at least.
 
Thanks again. 

 



 

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It's in it's infancy at the minute, but I've played around with IFTTT (android based) on a few things too. I've got a couple of the Amazon prime buttons around the house that I've hooked up to the downstairs lighting, garden lighting and shed lighting (Really easy to modify them to whatever you want by the way, cheapest wifi enabled button at the min!)

I think once the stuff drops in price a bit more mainstream adoption will follow. 

If you come up with novel things to do with it though I'd love to know, my imagination is a bit limited!

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49 minutes ago, Tarne said:

It's in it's infancy at the minute, but I've played around with IFTTT (android based) on a few things too. I've got a couple of the Amazon prime buttons around the house that I've hooked up to the downstairs lighting, garden lighting and shed lighting (Really easy to modify them to whatever you want by the way, cheapest wifi enabled button at the min!)

I think once the stuff drops in price a bit more mainstream adoption will follow. 

If you come up with novel things to do with it though I'd love to know, my imagination is a bit limited!

I googled Amazon Prime Buttons but it's directing me to a button that's used for making orders I think. I assume that's not what you're talking about? 

I'd really like to set up a basic IFTTT to control my heating system. I'd like to automatically control some circulation pumps and valves based on what the temperature of the water is in certain places in the system - I don't have an automated boiler, so this would basically be responding to the inputs I do or will have. I think it should be do-able from what I've read, but I haven't sat down properly yet to work it out. Other than that I'd just like the usual lighting and socket controls. 

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46 minutes ago, maynragh said:

I googled Amazon Prime Buttons but it's directing me to a button that's used for making orders I think. I assume that's not what you're talking about? 

I'd really like to set up a basic IFTTT to control my heating system. I'd like to automatically control some circulation pumps and valves based on what the temperature of the water is in certain places in the system - I don't have an automated boiler, so this would basically be responding to the inputs I do or will have. I think it should be do-able from what I've read, but I haven't sat down properly yet to work it out. Other than that I'd just like the usual lighting and socket controls. 

No, that's exactly what I'm talking about - just google "Amazon dash hack" and you'll find the guide, really simple

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8 hours ago, Tarne said:

It's in it's infancy at the minute, but I've played around with IFTTT (android based) on a few things too. I've got a couple of the Amazon prime buttons around the house that I've hooked up to the downstairs lighting, garden lighting and shed lighting (Really easy to modify them to whatever you want by the way, cheapest wifi enabled button at the min!)

I think once the stuff drops in price a bit more mainstream adoption will follow. 

If you come up with novel things to do with it though I'd love to know, my imagination is a bit limited!

amazing what you can afford on "bennies":lol::flowers:

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