Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | ... | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | ... | 80
networkn
Networkn
30812 posts

Uber Geek

ID Verified
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1824484 18-Jul-2017 15:36
Send private message

gnfb:

 

Trying to work out the best value way to buy a harmony remote with the following abilities

 

Control Kodi

 

interface with Alexa

 

Control Sony TV

 

Am I correct in thinking you have to have the hub for the alexa connection?

 

 

Yes. I have a Hub Ultimate I found in Jan which I absolutely love. There are skills you download for Alexa and install. There are lots of step by step guides on Youtube for setting it up. 

 

 


 
 
 

Shop Mighty Ape for electronics, games, computers books and more (affiliate link).
  #1824485 18-Jul-2017 15:36
Send private message

reven: 

 

i did try using a smart watch and say "ok google, open garage door", but that was extremely flaky as well.

 

 

I have a Tasker on-screen button setup on my LG R Smart Watch which I can double-tap to launch the open-garage-door action in openHAB (via the REST API). I find this works very well. I just have to double-tap my watch as I am approaching (maybe 1-2 mins out, well before RF range) and when I pull into my drive the door is open and the house is _awake_.

 

Works great when on my bike as well. 


reven
3671 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #1824488 18-Jul-2017 15:40
Send private message

SumnerBoy:

 

reven: 

 

i did try using a smart watch and say "ok google, open garage door", but that was extremely flaky as well.

 

 

I have a Tasker on-screen button setup on my LG R Smart Watch which I can double-tap to launch the open-garage-door action in openHAB (via the REST API). I find this works very well. I just have to double-tap my watch as I am approaching (maybe 1-2 mins out, well before RF range) and when I pull into my drive the door is open and the house is _awake_.

 

Works great when on my bike as well. 

 

 

1-2 mins away, yeah, what if say you have a accident, and your now away from home, possible being taken away to the hospital, and your house is left wide open???

 

your phone could be completely ruined, so last gps location would stay in that location (so gps update wouldnt rearm the house).  

 

 

 

so yeah, ill stick to pushing the button when i pull into my driveway and waiting the 5 seconds it takes to open the door.




  #1824490 18-Jul-2017 15:41
Send private message

reven:

 

1-2 mins away, yeah, what if say you have a accident, and your now away from home, possible being taken away to the hospital, and your house is left wide open???

 

your phone could be completely ruined, so last gps location would stay in that location (so gps update wouldnt rearm the house).   

 

so yeah, ill stick to pushing the button when i pull into my driveway and waiting the 5 seconds it takes to open the door.

 

 

Ha - that is a fairly worst-case scenario! But fair enough, I take your point. Just pointing out the potential usefulness of simple smart watch apps, as opposed to relying on GPS position, or having to get your phone out and open an app.


reven
3671 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #1824498 18-Jul-2017 15:47
Send private message

yeah i know its a worst case scenario, but its a possibility.  like i said i like the ability to remotely open/close a garage door, but i wouldnt want to automate opening/closing/unlocking any access to a house.  these things are basically impossible to get perfect, and its kinda easy to think of a situation when it would fail.  

 

the effort to try and get it perfect, isnt worth the risk IMO.  and pushing a button, entering a code on a door, is pretty easy.  

 

yale zwave door locks are still my preferred lock because its basically perfect.  if you dont have your keys/phone/any device on you, you can still get in, and its nice a easy.  the only downside to any smart lock is they require power, so they can go flat (and then you have to use the dreaded keys).


gnfb
2450 posts

Uber Geek


  #1824509 18-Jul-2017 16:03
Send private message

networkn:

 

gnfb:

 

Trying to work out the best value way to buy a harmony remote with the following abilities

 

Control Kodi

 

interface with Alexa

 

Control Sony TV

 

Am I correct in thinking you have to have the hub for the alexa connection?

 

 

Yes. I have a Hub Ultimate I found in Jan which I absolutely love. There are skills you download for Alexa and install. There are lots of step by step guides on Youtube for setting it up. 

 

 

 

 

Is that a remote? or just the hub?





Is an English Man living in New Zealand. Not a writer, an Observer he says. Graham is a seasoned 'traveler" with his sometimes arrogant, but honest opinion on life. He loves the Internet!.

 

fbwhatnot on trademe

Email Me


kryptonjohn
2523 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  #1824525 18-Jul-2017 16:16
Send private message

SumnerBoy:

 

reven:

 

1-2 mins away, yeah, what if say you have a accident, and your now away from home, possible being taken away to the hospital, and your house is left wide open???

 

your phone could be completely ruined, so last gps location would stay in that location (so gps update wouldnt rearm the house).   

 

so yeah, ill stick to pushing the button when i pull into my driveway and waiting the 5 seconds it takes to open the door.

 

 

Ha - that is a fairly worst-case scenario! But fair enough, I take your point. Just pointing out the potential usefulness of simple smart watch apps, as opposed to relying on GPS position, or having to get your phone out and open an app.

 

 

 

 

You could put a timer on it so that if you don't arrive in say 5 min it closes the door.




kryptonjohn
2523 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  #1824533 18-Jul-2017 16:18
Send private message

gnfb:

 

networkn:

 

gnfb:

 

Trying to work out the best value way to buy a harmony remote with the following abilities

 

Control Kodi

 

interface with Alexa

 

Control Sony TV

 

Am I correct in thinking you have to have the hub for the alexa connection?

 

 

Yes. I have a Hub Ultimate I found in Jan which I absolutely love. There are skills you download for Alexa and install. There are lots of step by step guides on Youtube for setting it up. 

 

 

 

 

Is that a remote? or just the hub?

 

 

Both:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Harmony-Ultimate-Customizable-Cabinet/dp/B00BQ5RY1G/ref=sr_1_14?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1500330391&sr=1-14&keywords=harmony+hub

 

But you don't need the remote if you are happy to just use Alexa (and also an app on your device)


razor2000nz
160 posts

Master Geek


  #1824659 18-Jul-2017 18:05
Send private message

kryptonjohn:

 

Also is it fussy about phrasing? Does it care if it is "alexa change the channel to 51" or "alexa change to channel 51"?

 

 

 

 

 

 

doesn't seem to be to fussy, she obeyed when told "alexa change to channel 51", she did struggle with 52 though (got there on the second attempt) she went to channel 5 first, could be more to do with the kiwi mumble though.


razor2000nz
160 posts

Master Geek


  #1824663 18-Jul-2017 18:19
Send private message

kryptonjohn:

 

Sweet. Can't you define favourites to name channels though?

 

Looks like I'm going to have to get me a Harmony Hub.

 

Can you put the hub in the middle of a room to control other stuff? I'm thinking heat pump as well as the TV and related components. What's the range and coverage of the IR like?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

possibly about the favorites i tried but it didn't work - may have to some more research/investigating.

 

my hub is in a cupboard and it controls tv/soundbar/sky - its the position of the ir blaster(s) that is important. 


russelo
323 posts

Ultimate Geek


  #1824984 19-Jul-2017 09:38
Send private message

nurcopolics: I'm currently looking for a way to control the garage door but it just doesn't seem to be a good option for the echo yet. Does anyone have one that works?

 

 

 

I've done this and it is working reliably.  I used MQTT on esp8266 connected to ha-bridge.  No need for Openhab or Home Assistant.  As discussed here, I disabled it as I can shout from outside to open the garage.  

 

I'd rather use Home Assistant's presence tracking to automatically open it as soon as I arrived.


kryptonjohn
2523 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  #1825052 19-Jul-2017 11:42
Send private message

@razor2000nz - I can envisage one problem with scripting activities... Say I want to script watching Roku. One of the steps would be to select input source HDMI2. But that's not a simple button press. If currently on HDMI1, with the TV remote I would press "Source" then move down one to HDMI2 and select it. But if it was already on HDMI2 or some other source it wouldn't work.

 

Is there a way around that?

 

 

 

 

gnfb
2450 posts

Uber Geek


  #1825097 19-Jul-2017 12:14
Send private message

Just to clarify 

 

You need a Harmony Hub in addition to any of the harmony remotes to use voice commands through Alexa Echo??





Is an English Man living in New Zealand. Not a writer, an Observer he says. Graham is a seasoned 'traveler" with his sometimes arrogant, but honest opinion on life. He loves the Internet!.

 

fbwhatnot on trademe

Email Me


razor2000nz
160 posts

Master Geek


  #1825136 19-Jul-2017 12:59
Send private message

kryptonjohn:

 

@razor2000nz - I can envisage one problem with scripting activities... Say I want to script watching Roku. One of the steps would be to select input source HDMI2. But that's not a simple button press. If currently on HDMI1, with the TV remote I would press "Source" then move down one to HDMI2 and select it. But if it was already on HDMI2 or some other source it wouldn't work.

 

Is there a way around that?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with in the harmony system you have to create activities, ie i have turn tv on, off, and go watch fire tv, (but you can have as many as you want) then designate a button to do all what is needed with one press of a button. for instance tv on - is tv power on then to hdmi1, soundbar on to arc, sky box on. you give that activity a name then alexa recognizes it , so all i have to say is alexa turn on the tv, and all the correct components fire up and go to the designated inputs - then as long as your "in" that activity you can change channels/volume  by voice command

 

 

 

can be a bit tricky to get it all set up but once you do its all good! 


kryptonjohn
2523 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  #1825140 19-Jul-2017 13:02
Send private message

Yep, but if someone uses the old remote to change the source, or turn it off, does it get out of sync and need to be got back in sync manually?

 

Cheers

 

JohnO

 

 


1 | ... | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | ... | 80
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic





News and reviews »

One New Zealand Extends 3G Switch-off Date
Posted 11-Apr-2024 08:56


Amazon Echo Hub Review
Posted 10-Apr-2024 18:57


Epson Launches New Versatile A4 Desktop Scanners
Posted 10-Apr-2024 15:31


Motorola Mobility Launches New Android Phones in New Zealand
Posted 10-Apr-2024 14:59


Logitech G Unveils the PRO X 60 Gaming Keyboard
Posted 9-Apr-2024 19:01


Logitech Unveils Signature Slim Keyboard and Combo
Posted 9-Apr-2024 13:33


ExpressVPN Launches Aircove Go Portable Router With Built-in VPN
Posted 26-Mar-2024 21:25


Shure MoveMic Review
Posted 25-Mar-2024 12:47


reMarkable 2 Launches at JB Hi-Fi New Zealand
Posted 20-Mar-2024 08:36


Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra review
Posted 19-Mar-2024 11:37


Google Nest Wifi Pro Review
Posted 16-Mar-2024 11:28


Samsung Galaxy A55 5G and Galaxy A35 5G
Posted 12-Mar-2024 12:41


Cricut EasyPress Mini Zen Blue launches at Spotlight New Zealand
Posted 12-Mar-2024 12:32


Logitech Introduces MX Brio Webcam
Posted 12-Mar-2024 12:24


HP Unveils Broadest Consumer Portfolio of AI-Enhanced Laptops
Posted 3-Mar-2024 18:09









Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.







GoodSync is the easiest file sync and backup for Windows and Mac