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Re: Tuicemen's Place (city residence)
« Reply #90 on: February 07, 2020, 08:58:10 AM »

I'm verry impressed with my current home automation setup.  I use Amazon Alexa exclusively now though both Corona and Google are still I
configuered. My HomeGenie sever on a pi handles all my current needs and I'm finding it harder to imagine other possible things to add. In fact being retired I've actualy removed some automation (timers & macros). My pc still runs 24/7 but handles no automation  ::) :' so not sure why I leave it on. I do use the PC for surfing, forum posting and veiwing HG. However I find myself doing of this more each day from my phone.
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Re: Tuicemen's Place (city residence)
« Reply #91 on: March 05, 2020, 07:32:17 AM »

Severe weather Alerts have always been part of my HA setup (more so at my off grid place). These can trigger many things though in the city I use them more in the winter for anti freezing routines. Today I read about having Alexa warn me of severe weather so I just had to get her involved rofl.
To enable the feature say "Alexa warn me of severe weather" do this to each device you wish to hear the warnings announced from. She will reply with "ok I'll warn you of severe weather in (Your city name)" and tell you how to disable the feature
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« Reply #92 on: March 05, 2020, 09:21:22 AM »

…. Today I read about having Alexa warn me of severe weather so I just had to get her involved …..

Alexa.... reminds me of my grandchildren. Clever, and cute, and growing up almost overnight. I never know what to expect next. Amazon's Alexa programing is top-notch, world-class, technically and creatively the best-of-the-best. Alexa is going to be.... a very impressive lady when she grows-up.

I won't put all my [automation] eggs in just one [collective brand] basket. I think of my setup more as several independent setups... integrated by the Amazon Alexa app. And more and more.... Alexa has (also) been my go-to for my home automation. 

Of course... Amazon (Jeff Bezos) has made billions off this home automation tech. And many... will find the job/wealth producing profits... to be unacceptable and scary. But isn't that the way it always works? 
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Re: Tuicemen's Place (city residence)
« Reply #93 on: February 26, 2021, 06:27:40 PM »

I won't put all my [automation] eggs in just one [collective brand] basket. I think of my setup more as several independent setups... integrated by the Amazon Alexa app. And more and more.... Alexa has (also) been my go-to for my home automation. 

I also have several independent setups but not just integrated with Alexa. Google Home is also utilized for most.

 I had my Broadlink skill fail to access devices the other day even though the app still worked ::) :'. Disabling the skill then reenabling it fixed the issue (never had it setup with Google  :-[ ), however this type of thing shouldn't happen.
 I've been playing with a few ESP8266 wi-fi modules and have flashed one so it acts as a multi Wemo device which can be controlled via Alexa. I've added my X10 devices to it giving them alternate names then what Alexa already sees. This can also send IR so it can act as a back up to the Broadlink. Another egg in the basket. rofl

This week we got a new HVAC system installed and it came with a Ecobee wi-fi thermostat. I quickly set it up for Alexa and Google as well as the app on my phone. I checked out the web UI and also started to look into the developers API. I don't plan on doing much with the API just yet other then displaying temperature and humidity values in HG which a esp8266 module already does for my computer room.
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