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brobin

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Re: Alex10 (x10 control with Amazon echo, dot or tap)
« Reply #240 on: December 05, 2020, 10:30:03 AM »

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It seems the desire these days is for a full blown Alexa hub with its own proprietary lighting, switching, sensors etc hardware. No doubt thatís in the pipeline but until it happens youíll need a hub with a certified Amazon skill to ensure some form of ongoing reliability. Emulators just donít cut it anymore unless you have the requisite programming skills to maintain them.

T's Alex10 and PiX10Hub projects were terrific in getting Alexa to control X10 but time marches on and the constant changes that break existing systems make a supported Alexa Skill de rigueur today.  Only a small number of people have the requisite interest and aptitude to
do any more than plug something in and be done with it.  I have a friend who's a brilliant doctor and can put seriously injured people back together but can't solder two wires together or even deal with the setup menu on his printer.  They moved into a new home a year ago and the thermostats are still flashing 12:00   rofl
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Re: Alex10 (x10 control with Amazon echo, dot or tap)
« Reply #241 on: December 05, 2020, 04:25:16 PM »

Yes you have two groups these days, the ď plug'n'go Ď and the ď solderíníhope ď. Personally Iíll build before Iíd buy and thatís why X10 has always been so appealing. It basically fits into any setup. I really am amazed when I see people ripping out their setup in favour of the likes of Z Wave or similar knowing that with a little thought new life can be given to the old dog.

When it comes to the likes of Amazon Alexa of course it can be circumvented for local control only but you really have to understand the technology to achieve this and know that it is a constant game of catch-up, something thatís not appealing to the basic user. If you can buy a cheap hub with a registered Alexa skill that is the way to go. Leave all that catch-up activity to the supplier and not the end user. If on the other hand you fancy a challenge.......get the soldering iron out.  rofl
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