Joe Dugandzic of smarterhomelife.com joins us again, this time in a crossover episode. We start by him asking me to describe my progression in Home Automation from my first smart lightbulb to the more advanced capabilities Steve and I enjoy today. But then we turn the table around and I ask Joe a series of questions submitted by NosillaCastaways.
As many times as I’ve talked to Joe about Home Automation, I continue to learn from him. There are at least two moments in this episode where I had an “aha” moment of learning.
Joe recorded the show on video while I recorded on audio. You can watch Joe’s video here:
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Here are the questions you asked Joe, but you’ll have to listen or watch to get the answers. In a few cases there are some links that he mentioned though.
- Allison – Why can all these home automation devices only do 2.4GHz?
- Frank Petrie – I’m handicapped and live by myself in a studio apartment. I need to automate only a handful of things. My question is it worth investing for so few uses?
- Joe talked about a video he created on the benefits of Home Automation for disabled people. Here’s a link to the video.
- Sandy Foster – I don’t have much in the way of home automation. Our garage door opener can be accessed via wifi, but it’s not Home Kit compatible; ditto for the alarm system. The Ring doorbell is also stand-alone.
However, we did install the Ecobee 4 smart thermostat this past Christmas. The Ecobee has an app for the iPhone, and it works well. However, I can also see the Ecobee in My Home. My question concerns why I should use one app over the other, and what are the advantages of each? Since I don’t have any other Home Kit devices, I’m not sure there’s any advantage there. Also, why do I see each of the three Ecobee sensors and the main unit twice in the Home app?
- Nik Lal – The thing that keeps me from starting is not knowing in which standard/spec to invest. Remember back in the day everyone was getting into … what was it, something like X10 for home automation? I can’t be arsed to look it up right now. But it offered the kind of flexibility the cool kids are finding in the Raspberry Pi these days. But I haven’t heard it mentioned in years now. Just concerned about the investment of time and money, only to find out the thing is either disappearing or isn’t extensible in the way I want it to be and then having to find something different.