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Netatmo Outdoor Weather device

Hey,

It's half past eleven for me now. I haven't had any new data from my outdoor device since 4pm yesterday.

It doesn't indicate any errors and apparently has a connection. I've already changed the batteries. Then I cleaned it a bit. But still no new data. What could be the reason for this? Does anyone have any tips?

Greetings

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2024/06/28
09:40 UTC

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Globe smart bulbs from Costco

I have about 20 of these bulbs in my home. All of them stopped responding to Alexa a few days ago. I checked the Globe app and all of them no longer appear in my device list in the globe app. I assumed my crazy ex had accessed the account and deleted them to be a pain in my ass. No biggie, I changed the password on the account and started the process of reinstalling all the bulbs. None of them will reset! I have turned them on and off so much my neighbours probably think I’m having a rave over here! They will not enter either set up mode! The globe site is no help on what to do if they will not enter set up mode. I have had these bulbs for years with no issues so this is very frustrating.

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2024/06/28
08:50 UTC

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Some experience with Zemismart WiFi Matter-certified Roller Shade Motor

I have been using them everyday for 5 months and yesterday became unreachable for the third time since and still are 😒

I have been using a couple of those for almost 5 months. I must say when they work it is amazing but every once in a while one of them will be unreachable. The issue is, when the are unreachable you can try unpluging and plug them again and it would work 3/4 times. Sometimes a hard reset is the only way to solve it and its sad.

Although i have good WiFi coverage, some blinds still show "weak signal". WiFi is defintly not as relaiable as the ones eith Thread Protocole, but i guess this is the available options at this price point.

I am sure all issues mentioned can be menimised with Firmware Updates, but since there is no way of manually doing it yet. I have contacted Zemismart hoping of reaching tech support to see if

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2024/06/28
07:51 UTC

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Smart Lights

I need some help with LED Colored Downlights. I am renovating an apartment and we have space for 80 downlights.

I’ve been looking at Tuya, Nanoleaf, Hue. I want something that is stable and can handle such a huge number of lights.

Does anyone have experience with these or others in large quantities?

7 Comments
2024/06/27
23:33 UTC

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Seeking advice to make one of my cabinets smart

Hi Folks. Do you have any recommendations for adapting a smart lock such as https://www.kwikset.com/products/electronic/electronic-smart-locks to a cabinet? I know there are cabinet locks such as this https://shopyalehome.com/pages/smart-cabinet-lock but this is too flimsy. Is it possible to adapt a door lock to a cabinet? Would appreciate any advice. I'm thinking about talking to a locksmith to come up with a solution. It doesn't need to be kwikset, but more the locking mechanism as is doesn't fit a cabinet door. Much appreciated!

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2024/06/27
22:58 UTC

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Reset Devices

Is there an easy way to disconnect my ex from all devices since he moved out?

He's the one who set them up years ago and there are multiple brands of smart switches, bulbs, TVs, and thermostat throughout the house. Everything is on his Amazon account which I still have access to, but he hasn't been willing to help me figure anything out and if he decides to change his password I'm worried I'll be SOL.

Also, he wired the office with smart recessed lighting but no light switch, so when the internet goes down I can't turn them on. Is there an easy fix for that or will I have to pay someone a lot of money to figure out wiring for a light switch?

4 Comments
2024/06/27
22:26 UTC

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Intercom advice for new home construction

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2024/06/27
21:03 UTC

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Help With Finding A Smart Home Guide Video

Hi! I watched a video where a person has a wall mounted monitor in their kitchen that would automatically connect to their phone and start playing music on spotify depending on who was there. I need help finding that video as I wanted to see if I can get a hint on how he did it.

Thank you!

3 Comments
2024/06/27
20:24 UTC

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Would a Circle View Doorbell fit...

I'm helping my parents find a video doorbell for their house, but the mounting spot is incredibly skinny (~1.1" or we could cut the trim to get about 1" more). They're very invested in the HomeKit ecosystem and Logitech's product looks great, but we have no idea if it'll fit... does anybody know the dimensions and layout of the angled mounting bracket? Thanks!

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2024/06/27
17:57 UTC

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Student Product Survey

Hi everyone! I'm a student at the University of Victoria, and this is a survey I made for one of my courses. It takes less than five minutes to fill out!

https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/LQHNBPT

Thank you for your time!

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2024/06/27
17:55 UTC

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Outdoor String Lights - Govee, Nanoleaf, or LIFX?

Let me preface this by saying I have a decent amount of experience with smart home products and don't mind fiddling a bit, as long as I don't have to constantly re-fiddle. However, I have zero experience with the three brands mentioned in the title. I've searched around quite a bit but am having a hard time getting decent answers.

I have a large backyard where I'd like to run permanent string lights. I estimate I'll need 500ft / 150m of lights, which I understand will require multiple control units with any of these three products. Not ideal, but oh well. I'll be hanging them from guylines and intend on keeping them up year-round (hopefully for many years to come).

Things I know:

  • Govee string lights v2 seem to be pretty new and there aren't many reviews of them, but Govee also seems to be the oldest player in the market. They also seem to be the cheapest, but I am willing to pay more for higher quality.
  • Nanoleaf has cool crystal-looking bulbs and reviews are almost always positive
  • LIFX has neat lanterns with multiple colors possible in each bulb, and supposedly amazing color saturation. Not sure if I care about the multi-color thing that much but the bulbs do look cool. Edit: I may be ruling these out, because the max length per power supply is just 72ft.

Other considerations:

  • I live in northern Illinois. It gets up to 100F/38C in the summer and sometimes down to -20F/-29C in the winter. It's also quite windy.
  • In the future, I may want to run permanent lights on the front of the house for holidays, and strip lights under some steps/around the patio. I would prefer to use the same brand for those things just to keep things simple.
  • I'd like the ability to set all the lights to a similar theme for different occasions.

Thanks for any input!

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2024/06/27
16:52 UTC

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Home Security system with best app?

I have two houses. One has Vivint and the second one that I just bought has Telus home security.

I love the Vivint app, but the Telus home security app is horrendous. It’s very ugly and having to click through menus to do basic things frustrates the hell out of me. I’m in Canada, and Vivint is no longer offered here since Telus bought them out (yay for oligopolies!)

I originally would have preferred to have a professionally monitored system, but it seems like of the options we have in Canada, there’s nothing decent available.

Of the self monitored home automation systems, which one would you say has the best app? Something similar to Vivint would be preferable

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2024/06/27
15:52 UTC

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New to Smarthome arena, need some advice on a Smarthome/Brand to choose

Hi folks, really appreciate 🙏🏻 your help. I haven't been following the Smarthome sector much but do consider myself technically oriented when time allows.

My priority goal: get my house door locks to become 'smart', and invest in a flexible smarthome system that will allow other various things to be added to it.

  1. One door lock is an expensive Baldwin that I believe runs on Z-Wave tech. We don't want to replace this as its aesthetic goes with our door, so I need to pick a system that supports it.
    1. From the product page: "Baldwin Touchscreen with Z-Wave works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant when connected to a SmartThings, Wink or similar Smart Home Hub (devices sold separately)"
  2. I have another normal deadbolt that is replaceable by whatever suits the framework's needs. Aesthetic not required on this one, just functionality.

My secondary goal: Start to add in various devices into the system that I already have (if possible):

  • Exterior Security Camera (to be purchased)

  • Sprinker system (to be purchased)

  • Sonos system (I doubt this could be connected in though)

  • Alexa air sensor

  • Midea Air conditioners with wifi connections

This is that moment that I don't know whether to go down the road of Apple and Homepods, or Alexa, or Google, or Samsung, or other. But I don't want to paint myself into a corner. I'm lightly invested in the Apple ecosystem, but future flexibility is more important to me. I don't quite understand if I should invest in Matter etc.

FWIW we only have Apple phones in our house.

Any push in the right direction would be so appreciated 🙏🏻

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2024/06/27
15:22 UTC

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Best way to control bulbs connected to different outlets

In my home office, I have an overhead light connected to a wall switch, and two lamps in the corners of the room connected to separate outlets. What would be the best way to flip the wall switch and have all three bulbs turn on or off? A smart switch, outlet, or bulbs?

3 Comments
2024/06/27
13:43 UTC

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Apple TV Compatibility for Home Hub

I have started going to down the rabbit hole with wanting more and more smart home devices. I’m looking for a Home Hub that will work with HomeKit, Matter, Zigby, etc and I was recommended an Apple TV.

Before pulling the trigger I wanted to ask the community about the compatibility with Apple TV as a Home Hub. I have no intent of using the Apple TV for streaming (I have other streaming boxes that are better IMO) it would just be for a Home Hub.

I currently have Phillips Hue Lights throughout my house, Nanoleaf Lights, I just pre-ordered the Inovelli Wall Switches, and I was going to get the Smart Bot Tilt Blinds. I know I can control my Hue and Nanoleaf lights without a hub but the other devices require a Hub to work. Each smart home company had their own Home Hubs so I’m trying to find one that will work universally. Is an Apple TV the way to go or is there another Hub you would recommend?

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2024/06/27
12:02 UTC

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Smart lock for uk UPVC doors recommendation

Anyone have a recommendation for smart locks for uk doors please

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2024/06/27
11:29 UTC

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Any reason to NOT purchase Honeywell T10 thermostat over T9? Also, difference between regular vs. builder versions?

Currently have a Honeywell T4 Pro thermostat, Trane S9X1 single stage gas furnace with central air AC.

Looking to upgrade to new smart Wi-Fi versions. Realized Honeywell has the universal wall plate of the same line up, so I can literally just pop on/off newer thermostats.

Saw various versions of T9' and T10' available. Aside from cost, is there ANY disadvantage or reason to not get the T10 over T9? I don't have a humidifier or need extra controls but it's nice to have them for future proofing. I assume install wouldn't be that much more complicated with the T10 but I could be wrong.

Also, for the T10, they have various versions available.

With sensor, THX321WFS3001W/U
No sensor, THX321WF3003W/U

With sensor (Builder Model), THX321WFS2001W/U -- says Discontinued on website
No sensor (Builder Model), THX321WF2003W/U -- says Discontinued on website

Anyone also know what the difference with regular and builder models are?

6 Comments
2024/06/27
11:03 UTC

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Looking for suggestions on very simple front door motion sensor/monitor system.

As title says, I'm wondering what would be the easiest way to setup a front door monitor that provides an alert to my phone when the door is opened (or when motion is detected in the area)? I have no need for any other components/cameras. I also use Android which seems to rule me out of some options I have found online. I'm not opposed to using a hub if its the best way to do this.

2 Comments
2024/06/27
10:46 UTC

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Merkury LED Smart Bulb not working

Hello all, today my roommate gave me one of his bulbs and it really doesn’t seem to want to work for me

I reset the thing, did the full turn it off/on thrice and connected it in the app, it said in the app that it’s installing the updates and security features and the light turns blue

I let it sit for some time, and it hasn’t finished, he said it normally takes a few minutes but it’s been hours now

I’ve also tried it in a lamp one of the bulbs was in before, but it still stayed on the blue updating color

It shows as offline in the app too,

Can anyone help?

Edit: I fell asleep and tried again, it’s working now!

2 Comments
2024/06/27
09:16 UTC

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Solar powered IP camera with FTP upload

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2024/06/27
08:46 UTC

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Big Display LED Digital Clock using P10 RGB Display Panel with Huidu W04 Controller

2 Comments
2024/06/27
08:17 UTC

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IR blaster with rolling code support

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2024/06/27
06:13 UTC

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Kwikset won’t pair to ADT

I recently factory reset my kwikset doorlack because the touchscreen feature wouldn’t work. The screen would stay black. I would remove the batteries and replace them then it would work for a day or two then go back to not working so finally I reset it. Now that I’ve reset it I can’t get my lock to reconnect with my adt system. Any suggestions?

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2024/06/27
05:24 UTC

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Looking to connect my older dumb window unit AC to smart home. Have some ideas looking for some advice.

Hello Im working on connecting all my lights and some large power draw things to my smart home network. I have a large and somewhat old window unit it uses a 6-15p nema plug (so 15amps and uses 240v) Its rather dumb but it does save its current settings and when it starts back up continues as if it wasnt turned off. I essentially want the ability to turn it off remotely on a schedule so I can cool only rooms I need to cool as my house is not particularly well insulated. I was doing some digging and compared to the normal smart plug doodads it looks like connecting this would be much more involved. Im considering attempting with the attached amazon product. My plan is to cut and strip the existing ac cable and connect both ends of the cable to their respective leads on this 30 Amp ColoRock smart switch . I am not an electrician, but it seems rather straightforward (I can also call an electrician if need be.) I'm looking for advice for or against this idea. how exactly would I connect this? should I place it within a plastic junction box for safety? would it even work as I'm expecting? are there any known products that work exactly as I'm intending? is there a better way to go about this?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0BZVKKCCY/ref=ewc_pr_img_2?smid=A2N6M3O5BY3M3C&psc=1

6 Comments
2024/06/27
03:06 UTC

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[HELP] Smart Switch Tuya

Hey Guys, I just bought and installed this smart switch from Aliexpress, those one that comes with an capacitor and doesn't need an Neutral cable, after the installation the light started flickering and IDK how to fix this, can anyone please help me ?

(in the end of the video I compare the lights that I've installed the smart switch with the normal switch lights)

9 Comments
2024/06/26
22:16 UTC

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Bulk Coin Cell Batteries?

Anyone have a good reliable place to get coin cell batteries in bulk for a good price? Like many of you, I am sure you’ve been burned by fake or low-quality batteries on Amazon so right now I am stuck paying like $14 for CR2032’s at CVS.

I have a ton of devices that use CR2032 (Aqara Vibration, Aquara Humidity, Hue Remote)

Maybe two devices that run on CR2050, and than my Aqara Door & Window sensors are the only ones that use CR1632

6 Comments
2024/06/26
21:50 UTC

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Bulk Coin Cell Battries?

Anyone have a good reliable place to get coin cell batteries in bulk for a good price? Like many of you, I am sure you’ve been burned by fake or low-quality batteries on Amazon so right now I am stuck paying like $14 for CR2032’s at CVS.

I have a ton of devices that use CR2032 (Aqara Vibration, Aquara Humidity, Hue Remote)

Maybe two devices that run on CR2050, and than my Aqara Door & Window sensors are the only ones that use CR1632

11 Comments
2024/06/26
21:49 UTC

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Connecting a plug and light switch.

I have possibly a silly question.

I would like to a have a plug that is controlled by a light switch.

I am wondering, if I get a smart light switch and a smart plug, could I turn on the plug with the light switch?

3 Comments
2024/06/26
18:35 UTC

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