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Jul 14, 2019, 08:52 PM
 
I do kind of, sort of want a smart house, but only to an extent. I only want the ability to control lights and certain appliances (i.e., air conditioning) and pretty much nothing else.

The lights would be neat because can have them turn on certain times of the day, so no one will see I am not at home. Of course, definitely don't want anything silly like smart light bulbs, only want a smart outlet that is internet connected, so anything I plug in will turn on, upon a press of my iPhone. Turning on the air conditioning (I don't believe in central air, as cooling down an entire house is just plain silly when I am only in one room, not to mention it taking forever and costly) in the living room 15 minutes before I come inside would be nice.

Camera doorbells are nice, but only want one that is not connected to the internet. Paying any kind of subscription service is just silly. Store all data on local devices only. No face recognition stuff either. Sure, I lose some "benefits," but I'm ok with that.

No smart devices like anything from Amazon Alexa, Google Home, or others. Real humans listen to what you are speaking and voice data leaks are becoming common now. Not asking for recommendations here, just commenting about usefulness of a smart house.
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Jul 14, 2019, 09:47 PM
 
If the doorbell cam is meant for security in any way, local storage is self-defeating.
     
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Jul 14, 2019, 09:51 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
If the doorbell cam is meant for security in any way, local storage is self-defeating.
Kind of true. The burglar would first have to know it is local storage vs cloud storage and then actually find the storage device, which could be anywhere in your house (which in my house is next to impossible to find). There isn't an actual wire attached from the doorbell to the hard drive. All wirelessly connected.
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Jul 14, 2019, 10:13 PM
 
For the system to be compromised the burglar needs no tech savvy beyond “that box looks worth stealing”.

Besides, an actually tech savvy burglar would cut my cable and swipe all my drives.
     
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Jul 15, 2019, 12:39 AM
 
It could take some work to get your living room AC to come on. The typical window unit does not come on after a power failure, which a smart socket simulates. You might need a smart AC with either built-in timer, or internet-enabled. Or download and read the owner manuals in advance, see if a unit can be set to come on after a power failure.

If a window unit can be wired to a remote thermostat, then you'd be good to go. Wire it through a relay, and you plug the relay into your smart socket.
     
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Jul 15, 2019, 01:52 AM
 
Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
The typical window unit does not come on after a power failure
They don’t?

I figured the ones with knobs are using analog circuitry.
     
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Jul 15, 2019, 01:57 AM
 
A non-digital one should come back on. Mechanical controls. But ... are those still made? All I see in the stores are digitals with remotes.
     
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Jul 15, 2019, 03:54 AM
 
A Frigidaire one with knobs came up as “Amazon”s Choice” when I searched for “ac window unit”.
     
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Jul 15, 2019, 06:58 AM
 
Can't you clone the remote controls to another device? Used to be a few ways of doing that.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Jul 16, 2019, 10:39 AM
 
Then it would need an IR blaster, and those can be pretty sucky.

As luck would have it, the place I just rented is in a semi-sketch neighborhood, and am charging up a pair of Ring doorbells for it. Also setting up a bunch of Hues to have lights switch on and off when I’m not there so it seems inhabited, which it often won’t be. That’s a super expensive way to pull it off, but I happen to have a bunch lying around.

With the AC, I’m just leaving it on.
     
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Jul 16, 2019, 06:46 PM
 
Some asshole is trying to break in!

     
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Jul 18, 2019, 10:15 AM
 
I am looking at xiaomi door lock. Folks say it's really safe and kind of unlockable. Any thought, experience to share?
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Jul 18, 2019, 12:11 PM
 
A door lock that is unlockable?
When are you not home? I have a truck I need to fill.
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Jul 20, 2019, 04:09 PM
 
Our first real interloper.



This is the first frame, so Ring gets poor marks for not turning on fast enough.

Looks like whatever tool he’s carrying is in a belt sheath, which makes me think “legit”, but I also know that trick.
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He just needs a hard hat and clipboard.
     
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And a high-vis vest.
     
   
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