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Rupert fell down the smarthome rabbit hole
« on: December 30, 2018, 06:14:07 PM »
It's bad. He was last seen messing with cheap chinese inline switches.

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Re: Rupert fell down the smarthome rabbit hole
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2018, 10:05:50 AM »
Guilty as charged  8)

the thing about a simple switch, is it can go in the wall or the ceiling. Its fast. OK, so I do worry about the build quality. But I have made so many mistakes buying wifi only stuff, and am reluctant to start trying to tie it into Hubitat.  It adds a level of complexity I don't want. That simple switch is awesome. The Shelly looks better, but no good for hubitat.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J20hxfUTP9I&t=726s

thinking about this too:
https://konnected.io/

I have an alarm system, 5 pirs all wired, door contacts.... a bell battery and a keypad....  That would mean I could use them all for lights, set the alarm from upstairs etc etc.

Digging deeper.
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Re: Rupert fell down the smarthome rabbit hole
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2018, 03:21:30 PM »
>wifi only stuff, and am reluctant to start trying to tie it into Hubitat.

Same here.  I want only native or generic devices for now.  I don't want the support issues possibly arising every time there is a Hubitat firmware update.  Also, I've seen mention by the elders that custom add-on can slow the hub.  I have about $300 of wifi devices I've retired, including TP-Link ($200 of which could be salvaged with the custom drivers) but I just don't think it's worth it to bastardize a great system.

>cheap chinese inline switches

I already had two on order when I saw your post, hhh.

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Re: Rupert fell down the smarthome rabbit hole
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2018, 05:41:24 PM »
Ah, I should have guessed you would be down the same hole :) 
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Re: Rupert fell down the smarthome rabbit hole
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2018, 08:43:32 PM »
>same hole

Yeah, back when I was using wifi devices, I started looking at the Sonoff Basic inline switch to hack a few small appliances.
https://www.amazon.com/Sonoff-Remote-Control-Compatible-Android/dp/B078GDFYTY
That's when I decided it was dumb to keep adding to my cloud dependencies, went looking, and eventually found Hubitat.

SO now I'm through with the basic household infrastructure and am ready to hack small appliances but -Yeow!- inline switches/relays are high-$$.  I was hoping for something like the Sonoff price of $7 each.  Those cheap chinese switches are the cheapest I could find (Amz) without going through Alibaba|Ebay and the unknown merchants problem.

>I have an alarm system, 5 pirs all wired, door contacts.... a bell battery and a keypad..

Konnected.io shows it compatible with Hubitat.  That's interesting.  One of my daughters is planning to drop her wired security service provider this summer.  Konnected.io looks to be a PITA, but it might be worthwhile to grind through it if you could salvage a previous system.

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>deeper

I just ordered 2 G Minis to try out their TTS stuff.
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Re: Rupert fell down the smarthome rabbit hole
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2019, 04:45:29 PM »

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Re: Rupert fell down the smarthome rabbit hole
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2019, 08:14:36 PM »
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Another alarm interface system mentioned

AD2PI Network Appliance

http://www.alarmdecoder.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/39

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Re: Rupert fell down the smarthome rabbit hole
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2019, 09:12:59 PM »
those little switches are repeater the seller tells me.
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