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  1. Hello & Thanks for your info.; I have been attracted to Eufy doorbell camera because of its lack of connection to the 'Cloud'. I purchased the doorbell with the base station and connected the battery operated doorbell to an adapter to maintain its charge. It seems, and forgive me for being incorrect, that the rest of the products that you recommend are connected to the Cloud and instead of keeping my information in my house they send it out over the internet to the Cloud.
    I would like to add a Roomba, an automatic door lock, and light controls. Is it not possible to get these items without connected them through the web and the Cloud???

  2. i would not use any home automation device or service that requires a server on the internet to work
    1) i don't want my info to go out on the internet where anyone can intercept it and use it against me.
    2) i don't want a service failing because my internet connection goes down (yes, that happens occasionally)
    so IOW, if it can't happen locally, it aint gonna happen. no IFTTT, siri or alexa for me, thank you very much. exceptions:
    – a (heavily encrypted) direct connection from my LAN to a mobile device where the internet transfers the data from one end to the other but does nothing else with it
    – a computer on my LAN retrieving data (weather, for example) from the internet for processing in my LAN

  3. I have been using Insteon products for about 3 years – from internal and external cameras (useful for proving FedEx did not deliver when they claimed they did), motion detectors, thermostat, door sensors, water leak sensors, garage openers, front door locks, lights switches, etc, Multiple devices can be controlled through "scenes" and states of devices can also trigger other devices and so on , like turn TV on if motion detected while away. However, Insteon stopped providing support for remote front door openers which was a pain (I suspect insurance issues). I'm about ready to move from the Insteon hub to another more "open" system. It seems you like hubitat. What are its pros and coms? Do you use just the one systems or do you have many and if so how well do they integrate?

  4. great stuff i am looking for a auto lock for a sliding glass patio door. sliders only can be locked from inside but is you have on a guest unit or pool house there is nothing any ideas

  5. What organization is your fundraiser affiliated with? I'm disabled and have a rare disease. I'm a paraplegic and was given 5 years to live last November because I need a brain and spine surgery but there are only 5 neurosurgeons in the US who can do it on people with my condition and none are in my state. After changes Trump made to Medicaid, they will not cover the surgery or much of anything in or out of state for my condition which was when I was labeled terminal. So I'm not dying because there is nothing more that can be done but simply because my condition isn't in the Medicare formulary. They made it so that though you cant be denied insurance with pre-existing conditions Trump made changes so that the formulary is strictly dependent on the condition being treated and no matter how many disputes you file it doesn't matter because what the formulary says goes and coverage for rare disease no longer can be determined on a case by case basis so if you have a rare disease that isn't in the formulary you just don't get care for it at all so for people like me though preserving the right to insurance with pre existing conditions its a loophole so that the insurance you have doesn't have to pay for your medical care once you get it. I wasn't sure if the place you are raising funds for would be able to help. Most fundraisers are for children or for people with specific conditions. There's nothing out there for most rare diseases or adults even if you have had the condition since you were a child but may have not had a name for it until you were an adult. Make A Wish Foundation is a good example. I was born sick but undiagnosed until the age of 28. I made friends in the hospital with various conditions and they would tell me about the wishes they got, you know, their trip to Disney, the wheelchair van Make A Wish gave them, their amazing new playhouse and swing set in their back yard and such. The Hospital suggested my parents contact make a wish and they did but I was denied because when they asked them the name of my condition, we didn't have one because its so rare so I had to sit there listening to everyone talk about the awesome things make a wish did for them knowing I would never get that opportunity simply because what was going on with me didn't have a name. Anyhow, there isn't really anything available for people with rare diseases. and I don't know what they consider a young adult or if they have any flexibility or consider the age the illness began. Mine is genetic so I've had it all my life, I'm also now 32 years old and undiagnosed until age 28 but thought maybe there's a chance this may be a place I hadn't tried that may be able to help make this surgery happen. Btw, if your curious I have Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome with a lot of hypermobile presentations. My vertebrae sublux multiple times daily which has caused microtears up and down my spinal cord. Which is why I can no longer walk, now due to the subluxions and cranial settling its damaging my brain stem which is responsible for things such as breathing and heart rate so I need a Chiari Decompression, Cervical Fusion to fuse the spine so it doesn't move and my cranium cannot compress the cord and tethered cord release. I also have a CSF leak needing repaired but that can be done in the state but another thing insurance refuses to cover. I had a sinus surgery when I was 19 in which the doctor went back too far into my nasal cavity tearing the dura. This condition effects the whole body, it causes organ and vascular ruptures, pretty much everything dislocates so I have a lot of nervedamage , degenerative joint diseases and pain related conditions and neuropathies, multiple heart and neurological conditons, another rare disease which is more common in EDS called Systemic Mastocitosis and more.

  6. All these innovations look and sound great but some can be hacked into very easy. If there is a power outage you are locked out or into your own home so you would need your own backup power supply like a generator or solar panels to make sure you never lose power.

  7. Awesome video – thanks! Questions: Are you pairing the lights with Hubitat directly? How about the Caseta gear? Using the Caseta hub or pairing directly with Hubitat? Are you doing all of your automation in Hubitat? Any automation happening elsewhere? Thanks again for your great videos!

  8. Matt, have you ever thought through the process of temperature monitoring of your freezer(s). I have freezers in my kitchen refrigerator, a stand alone freezer in my utility room, and an old freezer in the ‘replaced’ frig/freezer that’s now in the garage. I’ve tried the transmitter design with batteries in the freezer, but they just don’t last. My desire would be to have a probe inside the freezer that is direct wired to a sender unit outside of the freezer (where the wire that the magnetic door seal goes over doesn’t affect the seal). This could then interface with a Hubitat for warnings if the temp rises above a certain temp. I’ve seen a couple of DIY videos, but I don’t have the talent of an EE to effect such a contraption. It seems like there is a valid need for a ‘home owner’ product that works as discussed. I’ve seen commercial, big freezer products that are too expensive for home use. Thanks.

  9. I like this video because, for most of the things, he isn't telling you to buy all these expensive light bulbs and washing machines, he's showing you how you can make the things you already have IoT-enabled.

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