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Seems do-able with SpaceX frequent flyer miles.

They've not shown up where I read.  ...Until now.

Orbital Kinetic Bombardment gets close to nuclear on damage and cost

Traffic / Re: Debbie feels a tremor in the Force
« on: November 11, 2018, 08:40:33 PM »
And security keeps giving way to convenience.

per /r:

Hardware & Technology / Re: Hubitat
« on: November 11, 2018, 06:50:36 PM »
I find z-wave pairing to be flakey and may require additional maintenance to keep the mesh intact.  Reading around, I see posts about repairing the zwave mesh fairly frequently.  Zigbee, otoh, just seems to work.  I'm beginning to think that that's why Amazon went with the zigbee platform on the Echo Plus even though the masses wanted zwave.  I'm going zigbee whenever possible.

For keeping circuitry in standard mode, the only option I've been able to find is an overlay switch.  I'd dismissed them before due to their requiring batteries and the clunky aesthetics.  But, they are zigbee and have been now added to the Hubitat device list, which means they could be local only. I've ordered one to play with on the Hubitat sometime in the future.

While we're on the topic of overlays, here's one for pushing buttons

MicroBot Push - Wireless Robotic Button Pusher Smart Home Automation

There was a homeautomation thread on reddit that talked about the money and overwhelming logistics of installing lighting control in an existing home.  It eventually became a sort of "count the switches you can see from one spot" thread.  I have a semi-open floor plan downstairs where we spend most of our leisure & meal time. From the dining table, I count 23 24 switches and 3 fan controllers.

I could not get the above Third Reality overlay switch to work on a toggle switch (tried 2 different brands), the actuator just didn't have enough oomph. It works fine on paddle-style switches.

Zigbee vs Z-Wave: Two big smart home standards explored

Traffic / Re: Debbie feels a tremor in the Force
« on: November 11, 2018, 05:29:09 PM »
Louise just talked to her Roku and the damn thing found the program she wanted.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Hubitat
« on: November 11, 2018, 02:13:31 PM »
> commonly available devices

Yesterday, they pointed me to a big box chain that has been closing out their white-labeled, hub-dependent z-z devices as the market is now strongly going cloud-based with apps.  Scored 3 motion detectors for $15 each.  Though prices for the LAN devices have generally been slightly less than cloud-app devices anyway (ballpark $30).

They also pointed me to a receptacle that is zigbee-controlled with repeater but also carries a hidden zwave repeater ($30).  This is handy!

Hardware & Technology / Re: Hubitat
« on: November 11, 2018, 01:49:07 PM »

If I'd grasped the idea of the zigbee/zwave mesh when first thinking about smarthome (SH) tech, it would have been a big help getting over the the dumbest-guy problem.  Thinking about how & where the mesh devices with repeaters might be located makes the layout much easier --particularly for remote nooks and crannies in a physically large, sprawling installation (and possibly detached buildings).

Tested: I put the usb zigbee-zwave antenna dongle on a 25' extension cable and it worked fine. This adds a lot of flexibility in getting the transmitter into a good spot.  BTW, in the UK the Hubitat is shipped with 2 dongles, one for zigbee, one for zwave and both are installed on the two available usb ports. Dunno why it's different there, Rupert.

EVs will make great suburban 2nd cars. Currently, I'm more interested in level 4+ autonomy than drive train, but I have a hunch that we're going to see affordable L4 available in EVs first.

Traffic / G search: Articles For You
« on: November 10, 2018, 04:15:56 PM »
New content on search page in US, ties into G News.

Water Cooler / Re: California burning again
« on: November 10, 2018, 12:10:16 AM »
/r says this was taken while trying to escape the Paradise fire.

Marketing / Advertisers abandon Yelp
« on: November 09, 2018, 11:56:39 PM »
Yelp craters as much as 32% as advertisers abandon the site

Hardware & Technology / Hubitat
« on: November 09, 2018, 02:27:44 PM »
As mentioned in another thread, I'm going with the recent-entry Hubitat system as it's the only one I found that is

- Mostly off-the-shelf. Not hack-it-yourself like Rpi/HomeAssistant/etc
- Uses both Zwave and Zigbee commonly available devices from multiple manufacturers. Not proprietary brands
- **Local network**
- Robust forums.  Responsive support.
- BONUS #1: Though the system is local, Hubitat does host a web-accessible copy of your system UI dashboard.
- Bonus #2: The UI dashboard is DIY-built and very customizable with a wysiwyg editor.
<added> - Some Alexa integration available

I'm still a noob in smarthome tech, and I've stumbled across a few fundamentals that would have helped to know from the git-go.  A month ago I found that newer Zwave devices form a mesh network, so most new devices can act as a repeater.   Yesterday, I found that most new Zigbee devices can also act as repeaters for the zigbee signal. This helps in larger installations with devices located a distance from the system antenna.  Of the two Z-signal types, zigbee seems to be the more robust and has greater range, but zwave seems to be the more popular --not sure why.

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