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My wife and I just bought a house for the first time and I have outfitted it with loads home automation smart tech, however the one thing I really want is the Nest Hello. I have looked at other doorbells, but the Nest Hello would be optimal since I have 3 other Nest cams (2 outdoor, 1 indoor), the Nest E Thermostat w/ Temp Sensor, and the Nest Security System. I love all of their products so far, and I think they have the most complete ecosystem.

My issue is that my house doesn't have a doorbell system. I actually see a hole to the right of the door where there is two small wires, but they aren't receiving any power. So at one point there was one and it has since been removed.

How difficult is it to put in a doorbell system with a house that is already built? Is there a workaround where I don't need a doorbell system to use the Nest Hello? Any ideas are welcome.

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so i'm trying to make an iot project and make it as secure as possible. not something crazy. a rpi , relay and couple of leds. i want to use this guy's work as "base" and make it secure. it's an academic project to study iot. i know these system are crazy and cannot be completely secured or anything but it's an academic project so bare with me.

i found so many good tips on the internet but i'm confused. so here are some questions:

  1. so many security tips say that don't use cloud servers, make it local as possible. so does this mean all software controllers like home assistant are not good ? but according to this they talk about using ddns which can be implemented on home assistant and they talk about cloudfare to stop ddos attacks which contradict the cloud point, so use them or not ? are they safe or not? if so what is the best ?
  2. how can you make the remote control website safe ? authentication ?
  3. and one more thing, Thread uses the offical IEEE iot protocol, but i don't know how to implement it in my project. is there some examples, Diys, projects, anything that shows how to use it ? can it be implemented in the "base" instead of what he uses?
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About three weeks ago I bought a single Lutron Serena roller shade from Lowes special order.

The quoted lead time was 15 days. I found that to be accurate.

I selected one of their light blocking shades and the shade does block light very nicely.

My one complaint is that I gave them the exact measurements of the window opening and specified the mount type as above the window. The shade that they sent me is cut to go inside of the window opening so there is about a quarter of an inch of light on each side.

Otherwise the install was easy. I selected the battery powered option so I didn't need to run power. They say that the eight D batteries will last a couple of years. As a nice touch the shade is made so the fabric cover over the roller slides down to expose the battery pack. No disassembly required.

The shades linked with my Lutron bridge easily. Only weird thing is that Alexa treats it like a light. So rather than open/close you use on/off.

https://youtu.be/yUFRzsp4rfM

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My new house has metal doors, which are very narrow. Does anyone know of locks I can use? None of the standard ones (Kevo, Yale etc) fit, because the space between the edge of the door and the glass is too thin (both width and depth). I could use a drop bolt lock, but that will require running wires which isn't really ideal.

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I used it about 2 years ago and it couldn't motion detect worth a damn and I had recording issues.

I have Blue Iris now, but with 6 4k cameras on a quad core xeon, it struggles. I'm not looking to space heat my office just for cameras so I was thinking of trying Synology again. I HATE the purpose built NVRs from Dahua and Hikvision. They are reliable enough, but the apps and live view sucks so much compared to Blue Iris or Surveillance Station and their backup options are super limited. I can offload the Synology to B2 every night if I wanted with just a few clicks.

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Hi, new to the smart-home stuff and I'm looking for some gadgets/devices that over time, pay for themselves. For example I already have some smart plugs to power on/off power strips consisting of my entertainment systems.

I was wondering if there is anything else out there which is more of an 'investment' than a purchase. Not seen this question before and thought it would be interesting to ask. Thanks!

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There are lots of inexpensive generic Wi-fi plugs (and bulbs for that matter) available nowadays. Most offer Alexa/IFTT/etc. Integration. Do these tend to have separate on/off commands. The early ones where usually a toggle. Is it common to be able to read the current state of these devices?

I’m wondering if it is assumed to be supported as most listings on shopping sites don’t make specific mention.

Thanks.

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I replaced two side-by-side switches with Innoveli switches, and there is a slight electrical hum coming from it. Any ideas on how to fix this problem?

Edit: Pretty sure it is the switch itself, needs to be replaced by amazon again.

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in the recent firmware update, my Hub died. i read some forums and people are saying a capacitor is the culprit (C7 capacitor). I opened up my hub, but i want to ask you guys if you know what color is the C7 capacitor?

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Just moved into a new apartment; have a light bulb in a hallway that is awkwardly wired to multiple switches. I'd like to replace it with a speaker that can fit into the socket. All I've found so far are combination led lights / speakers. Any ideas for something that is just a speaker?

Thanks and cheers,

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It seems that all of the interesting smart locks are a deadbolt. I need one that’s integrated with the handle.

It would be for an AirBnB situation so I would want logging and the ability to remotely assign passcodes.

Any Suggestions?

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EDIT: I guess my title is inaccurate. I really mean a wall dimmer-compatible bulb with adjustable color temperature.

There are plenty of opinions out there as to why one would prefer a smart switch over a smart bulb, so I'll skip that discussion. I am already bought into a variety of z-wave dimmer switches and would prefer to keep them. There is also plenty of science out there as to why one should not use a dimmer switch with smart bulbs, and I have yet to find a bulb with adjustable color temperature that is also compatible with a dimmer switch.

So: What if I want to use a dimmer switch and be able to adjust the bulb's color temperature? Am I out of luck?

My use case is below if you care to read it.

I'm a big believer in the effect light and color have on one's circadian rhythms and like to reduce my exposure to blue light in the evening hours. Because of this, all of my bulbs are standard 2700-ish kelvin temperature because they, for obvious reasons, are used more during the evening.

My home is in a relatively urban area and privacy is a concern, so the blinds are typically drawn during the day and interior lights are sometimes necessary even in the daytime. It's obviously not a problem to use soft white bulbs in the daytime, but I really like it when the color temperature of the bulbs match whatever daylight does come through the windows. My ideal setup would allow the color temperature to be adjusted throughout the day according to the daylight, but still be compatible with my existing z-wave dimmer switches.

Bonus points if there is a ceiling can retrofit that meets these requirements.

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Trying to determine which to go forward with. We have...

-Schlage Connect door lock

-Ecobee3 & Ecobee4 (yes, two)

-Alexa (Echo plus the Ecobee4 alexa)

-Ring Pro Doorbell

So far no smart lights; maybe in the future. Would Wink or Smart Things (or something else) be better for this group of devices?

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I've got Google Home/SmartThings, but sometimes we don't want to use voice (early in the morning). I need these to adjust the Thermostat when we are cooking or drying clothes (because of electric Demand Rate).

They need to be small, battery powered, and very simple.

Maybe something like this, smaller is fine: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0799S3764/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A1XO9WGZO0A93O&psc=1

Edit: Exactly what I need, but these aren't available yet? https://aeotec.com/small-z-wave-remote-control

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Hi. I have bought a couple of POE cameras and hooked them up to a PC running Blue Iris. Now, I'm trying to figure out how to use these cameras to open lights with a motion trigger. I also have the Abode home security system and several z wave switches connected to Abode. I normally use IFTTT/Stringify to connect other smart home gadgets to my Abode system.

Can I connect Blue Iris to IFTTT/Stringify? If so, how do I do this? Thanks.

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Hello,

Adding two reading lights in my bedroom. Each has it's own z-wave GE switch (beside the bed).

I would also like to put a switch by the door to turn both on and off (irregardless of current state). I really only have room for one switch by the door so I was wondering if it's possible to use a single add-on switch to control 2 lights?

My gut says no, but I thought I would ask.

My plan B. is to use a third switch (with no load) and write a HA script to toggle state on the other 2 switches when this one changes.

Thoughts or options appreciated. Thanks!

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I bought some lutron caseta switches on prime day. They said they were for ceiling fans and lights. My current switches are dimmers for both the fan and light in 1 electrical box so I thought this meant I had the single pole it talked about and it was going to be as simple as just swapping them out.

But it turns out I think i was wrong as it doesnt look like there is a place to wire the fan to after all. Which switch should I really be looking into buying? https://imgur.com/KT8cUPD.jpg

Edited to add a picture of the switch I'm replacing.

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Long story short I've just moved in a new place, previous owner had an ADT 2Gig GC2 system, she asked me if I wanted to carry on with the service ($55 a month) - no thank you very much. Not sure she was too happy (she's probably locked in to a contract now) and she hasn't given me any codes or passwords.

But now I have this very useful but unusable box on the wall - how can I factory reset the whole thing so I can choose my own set up? I've tried the 1561 default installer code but (unsurprisingly for an ADT install) it doesn't work. I unplug it from the wall but it has some kind of battery power? Can I take this thing off the wall without triggering the alarm? If I can get all power out from it I think I can follow an online guide to factory reset it but i'm not sure at the moment. Being an alarm system I imaging it has sirens that go off if you try and tamper with it?

what can I do with this thing?

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Hello all,

I’ve been thinking about setting up a smart home for a while but I’m note entirely sure where to start!

The few things I’m considering right now is a voice assistant, lights, and a door sensor. Are there any other ‘beginner’ friendly items that I should look in to? I don’t want to dive in too deep and end up hating it lol

Do I need to have a hub? I’ve heard of Home Assistant, Wink, Smart Things, and such, are one of these options better than the other? Is Home Assistant easy to set up?

What would happen if I bought a device without getting a hub? I realize if I had a lot of devices things would probably get complicated, but is it necessary if you had two or three devices?

Im an Apple user, my boyfriend uses android. I’m more interested in the smart home than he is, so should I bother setting things up for both devices? For example I would like to get the fibaro door sensor and they have a version that's specifically for the home kit. Do I need an apple tv or homepod to work this? I don't have those things, so obviously it would be cheaper to buy a hub if I need one for it to work.

Thanks!

Edit: If I decide to go the Home Assistant route is this kit what I need? (Minus the ethernet cable and usb stick if I wanted)

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Hello All,

I am new to home automation. I have a Samsung Smart Things Hub. I recently purchased 2 Zooz(Zen21) switches from Amazon and further have it installed in the basement., after struggling a bit, I finally got things to work. I am now planning to go all in and I have some questions.

  1. What kind of switches do I use for a fan/light combo. Save for 1 fan all the other fan's house are controlled by a remote control, the existing switches just turn the fan/light combo on/off. With that said, can I just use a switch like the Zen21 in such a setup?
  2. If I have a pair of 2 way switches, is it ok to just replace 1 of the pairs with a Z-Wave switch to save some $?
  3. I have a big chandelier in the house with about 20 bulbs with a dimmer, how do I figure out what power rating of the switch is and how to figure out what to get?
  4. It seems like the switches that I have replaced are in a metal box, does that cause the switch to be enclosed in a faraday cage like situation? One of the reasons for me to expand the # of z-wave switches in my house is to have a robust enough network. I was having a tough time getting the first 2 switches to work reliably. I further had to move the SmartThings hub relatively close by the switches.
  5. What are the cheapest quality switches if I were to replace a large # of switches in my house?

Thanks for all feedback!

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I recently installed a new pull-chain ceiling fan, no light (don't worry, this isn't one of those questions about 2-in-1 fan & light switches) and it has 4 speeds - extra low, low, medium, and high. It is wired to the GE Z-Wave Plus Fan Speed Control Switch (rocker-style dimmer) - item 14287.

Since the fan has 4 speeds and the control switch has 3, setting up the percentage levels in Wink shortcuts (which become Echo scenes) has been tricky, plus I only want the 3 lowest speeds - on the fan, extra low, low, and medium, though I have named them in Wink as low, medium, and high. The only consistent setting is extra low (what Wink/Alexa know as "Low") and it's set at 0% which somehow works.

I read somewhere that you can limit the highest speed seen by the control switch by setting the pull-chain at that speed. The problem I'm having is that the fan only works with the switch when it is set at the high speed using the pull chain.

Has anyone dealt with this or know something about it? Tips, tricks, ideas? Thanks!

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I'm looking for a z-wave hub that I can send direct HTTP requests to to control z-wave devices. The Hue hub does exactly that (but for Hue, of course), but I can't seem to find a z-wave hub that will allow me to send commands directly from my server to the hub, no internet connection required, like Hue. Does that even exist?

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Hi, I'm new to this subreddit so please let me know if this isn't the place for this.

I have a bunch of hue and lutron lights as well as a google home. I've set up home control so when I say goodnight to google home, it sets the thermostat, turns off the lights, and asks me when to set the alarm.

I would love to further set it up so 15 minutes before the alarm rings, the lights turn on. Right now I don't think I can have the native alarm clock trigger an event (i assume that's what I need), so I might need a separate alarm. Any ideas on how I can make this possible?

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