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 on: Today at 08:12:09 AM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen
But even if real fearful cloud dangers did exist... MILLIONS of new Home Automation users are embracing it. I'd like to post to, and for, those NEW Home Automation users who found out about this stuff and would like to have it in their homes too. After all.... isn't that in part what this forum is for?
Having and posting about ones concerns does nothing to intimidated new users from using new things (Home Automation).
 Debating the pros and cons of anything doesn't mean either side is fearful.
Posting about having backups for just incase situations is being informative and not about trying to discourage users from embracing a new tech.
 The forum is for sharing info not for attacking who is concerned (afraid) of what!
 >!

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 on: Today at 01:11:19 AM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by JeffVolp
As our entire grid is cloud based. Wait.... didn't Jeff used to live in America?

Yes, and that is a concern I have.  For short term interruptions we have a 2200VA pure sinewave UPS on 4 KWH worth of batteries powering the critical electronics circuit and some lights.  An emergency switch panel can also route that power to the refrigerator, freezer, or furnace.  On more than one occasion we were watching TV and had no idea power was off.  A generator is available for longer term outages.  And for an extended interruption - days or weeks - we have a bank of solar cells to provide enough for refrigeration and limited lighting.  Like the cloud, the grid provides convenience.

Jeff

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 on: January 17, 2019, 11:05:06 PM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by HA Dave

My point was that "relying" on the cloud can be dangerous.

Anyone totally relying on the cloud for important functions like heat is living life dangerously.

We Americans must just love danger. As our entire grid is cloud based. Wait.... didn't Jeff used to live in America?

... I may be fearful of things but change is not one of those the cloud just isn't reliable enough for me to fully embrace. Maybe someday it will be but I doubt I'll it will be in my life time.

Oh come on. You guys keep cycling through your same old paradigm fears. Afraid of servers.... as you post on-line.... ON A SERVER. My electric (and gas) distribution, my phones (hardwired and mobile), my Broadband, and cable TV, thermostat control, alarm, garage door.... and yes even the little AI devices and associated programs that control a lot of stuff here (and everywhere).... are ALL based on cloud appliances, servers, and software. Just exactly like it was supposed to be in the future (a couple decades ago).

This is.... (like it, hate, fear it).... life in the modern world. I didn't make it that way. And covering your eyes and pretending not to see it won't make it go away.

I am NOT trying to push anyone into current technology stuff. And I am so sorry so many have so much trouble embracing the current state of tech. But let's just stop posting these silly fears. It reflects poorly on X10 users. Computers work, the Internet works, the cloud works. Everything breaks, dies, vanishes, whatever. Nothing is invulnerable... except for Superman (when no kryptonite is around). 

But even if real fearful cloud dangers did exist... MILLIONS of new Home Automation users are embracing it. I'd like to post to, and for, those NEW Home Automation users who found out about this stuff and would like to have it in their homes too. After all.... isn't that in part what this forum is for?   

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 on: January 17, 2019, 07:03:48 PM 
Started by alzy - Last post by alzy
Thanks all! Hope some find this helpful! >!

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 on: January 17, 2019, 06:44:46 PM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by bkenobi
IIRC, there is also an app for Windows phones but nothing for iOS.  I don't know if/when the development for Window phones stopped but I haven't seen any mention of it in a LONG time so it may not exist anymore.

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 on: January 17, 2019, 05:18:01 PM 
Started by soxfan1966 - Last post by Tuicemen
You have to create a macro (and activate it) that triggers the Garage door program  when the device you wish to trigger it is detected. I haven't set this up or the email camera pictures which this is based off here in the city but it is setup at my off grid place.
I'll see about logging in there and  getting the specifics. if you need extra help.

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 on: January 17, 2019, 05:05:02 PM 
Started by alzy - Last post by brobin
Nice job Alzy!  #:)

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 on: January 17, 2019, 04:56:32 PM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen
I actually have several IP camera apps however viewing my cameras on HG I can perform other tasks if I see something out of place. This saves time having to open another app if I need to turn on/off a module. The cameras also act as a confirmation that something X10 did actually get turned on or off.
I guess this all depends on what you need or like to do with your cameras. HG doesn't have all the Camera options I want (yet) but I'll get them added eventually. ::) :'

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 on: January 17, 2019, 04:40:46 PM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by brobin
BTW, an excellent android stand-alone camera viewer app is IP Cam Viewer: hit-mob.com/ip-cam-viewer-android/
I've been using it for years and it works with virtually ANY camera - up to 16 at a time.

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 on: January 17, 2019, 04:33:01 PM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen
I saw a USB add on board for the Pi Zero and Zero W.
Mounted on the back side. With nylon spacers and screws. Pressure contacts connected to some of the test pads on the back.
They updated it to add a ferrite ring. You put over one of the pressure contacts. Seems the Wi-Fi RF was getting into the board through one of the signals connection contact.
My addon board is designed specifically for the Zero W though I imagine it would work with the Zero as well.
It has metal spacers and screws, only 3 full sized USB ports + 1 UART connection, and no ferrite ring though it does use the same test pads.

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