This is the story of how a single word caused my smart home to go berserk. My mother, like all good mothers of kids who grew up in the 80s/90s, has some concern for the level of technology I have integrated into my family’s lives. She regards Alexa, in particular, with a mild contempt, sure […]
Summary Packing a light switch, motion sensor, ambient light sensor, microphone, speaker, and smart assistant (Alexa) into a device the size of a standard wall switch, the Ecobee Switch+ is a solid early entry in the “Alexa/Google embedded in everything” product wave, but a combination of price, lack of dimming capability, lack of three-way capabilities, […]
I’ve been tinkering with smart home tech for over six years, so my house as undergone some…evolutions. Lately I’ve been helping some friends get their smart homes started from scratch, and that — plus a question a reader sent in — has gotten me thinking about what I would do if I were to do it all over again.
The Leviton DW6HD-1BZ Wifi dimmer switch is a great performer with easy setup, broad compatibility, and good usability — and doesn’t require a proprietary hub to work. Just make sure you’re OK being dependent on Leviton’s cloud, because right now there’s no local control.
To really understand why Home Assistant exists in the first place, you’re going to need to get familiar with the landscape of smart home tech, specifically the different communication technologies out there…so grab a drink and settle in.