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 | 2 | 3 | 4 

AKT

300 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 2370727 8-Dec-2019 22:20
Send private message quote this post

davidcole:

Dratsab:


richms:


sir1963: I have a real issue with "smart" technology.


I have liven in a house that was 100 years old, still had the same locks on the doors, the old round light switches and a couple of rooms had pull cords for the light switches. 


It worries me that people still have houses with that old stuff in them. 


Heh - my house turns 165 in January. There's a resonable amount of 'old stuff' in it, in fact one of the door locks (J A Carpenter, No 60) is even older having been manufactured sometime during the reign of William IV (1830-1837) according to the brass plate on it. I had the levers in another lock rearranged not long after buying the house. A locksmith (collector) saw it and offered $350 on the spot plus free replacement/fitting.


I have an issue with smart technology too: I want some but think it'd be too hard to install in my old house. I need someone like @davidcole to come round and advise what is/isn't feasible. Replacing the above locks probably falls into the latter category :-)



 


i haven’t done locks.  But yes could come look at what else you want to do.



Our ‘modern’ house (b. 1910) falls in the same boat hence wanting to hide the smarts. We have an August lock from our last house but for the same reasons as you our locks are remaining dumb. Our current renovations have led me to some Aeotec nano dimmers to hide as my two dips into the water of automation (or as I sink down the rabbit hole). Unfortunately I’m not as smart as some of my fellow geek zoners so have gone down a more plug and play route for now but @davidcole has had plenty of good advice to give. Some of which I haven’t heeded for a number of different reasons but it would be good if there were people/companies who could build your bespoke system with rasp pi etc without the need to have to learn it all yourself as I am time poor for the foreseeable future!

Will no doubt come crawling back to ask how to set up Vera at some stage...

A

4671 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  # 2370848 9-Dec-2019 07:36
Send private message quote this post

AKT: 

 

Our ‘modern’ house (b. 1910) falls in the same boat hence wanting to hide the smarts. We have an August lock from our last house but for the same reasons as you our locks are remaining dumb. Our current renovations have led me to some Aeotec nano dimmers to hide as my two dips into the water of automation (or as I sink down the rabbit hole). Unfortunately I’m not as smart as some of my fellow geek zoners so have gone down a more plug and play route for now but @davidcole has had plenty of good advice to give. Some of which I haven’t heeded for a number of different reasons but it would be good if there were people/companies who could build your bespoke system with rasp pi etc without the need to have to learn it all yourself as I am time poor for the foreseeable future!

Will no doubt come crawling back to ask how to set up Vera at some stage...

A

 

I'm not sure how good a bespoke system built by a company or person would be....I've found my system has grown and changed as I figured out how different components fit together.  Also the owner needs to take a fair bit of ownership of it to keep it updated and make additions.

 

For anyone to go into business doing this, they really should be an electrician, that's the one bit that holds me back, I'm not confident to muck around in wall boxes with 240v (for even something like a fibaro switch).





Previously known as psycik

OpenHAB: Gigabyte AMD A8 BrixOpenHAB with Aeotech ZWave Controller, Raspberry PI, Wemos D1 Mini, Zwave, Xiaomi Humidity and Temperature sensors and Bluetooth LE Sensors
Media:Chromecast v2, ATV4, Roku3, HDHomeRun Dual
Windows 10
Host (Plex Server/Crashplan): 2x2TB, 2x3TB, 1x4TB using DriveBender, Samsung 850 evo 512 GB SSD, Hyper-V Server with 1xW10, 1xW2k8, 2xUbuntu 16.04 LTS, Crashplan, NextPVR channel for Plex,NextPVR Metadata Agent and Scanner for Plex


 
 
 
 


164 posts

Master Geek


  # 2371257 9-Dec-2019 14:44
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

I bought an Insignia HomeKit garage door controller. Got it set up last night and works a treat. With a bit of a workaround, it’s now set so that when dad arrives home on his motorbike, the garage door will be open and ready for his arrival thanks to a geofence automation. 

 

For $60, it’s a pretty reasonable price. 


1 | 2 | 3 | 4 
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Ring launches indoor-only security camera
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:26


New report findings will help schools implement the digital technologies curriculum content
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:25


N4L to upgrade & support wireless internet inside schools
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:22


Netflix releases 21 Studio Ghibli works
Posted 22-Jan-2020 11:42


Vodafone integrates eSIM into device and wearable roadmap
Posted 17-Jan-2020 09:45


Do you need this camera app? Group investigates privacy implications
Posted 16-Jan-2020 03:30


JBL launches headphones range designed for gaming
Posted 13-Jan-2020 09:59


Withings introduces ScanWatch wearable combining ECG and sleep apnea detection
Posted 9-Jan-2020 18:34


NZ Police releases public app
Posted 8-Jan-2020 11:43


Suunto 7 combine sports and smart features on new smartwatch generation
Posted 7-Jan-2020 16:06


Intel brings innovation with technology spanning the cloud, network, edge and PC
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:54


AMD announces high performance desktop and ultrathin laptop processors
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:42


AMD unveils four new desktop and mobile GPUs including AMD Radeon RX 5600
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:32


Consolidation in video streaming market with Spark selling Lightbox to Sky
Posted 19-Dec-2019 09:09


Intel introduces cryogenic control chip to enable quantum computers
Posted 10-Dec-2019 21:32



Geekzone Live »

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


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



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.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.