February 13th, 2019 ×

The Smart Home


In this episode, Wes and Scott talk about the Smart Home — all the different tech available, how it works together, pitfalls to avoid, hardware, software, and more!

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Show Notes

2:25 - The tech

  • Wifi devices
  • Zigbee
    • Can operator on low power
    • Usually Cheaper
    • Water Sensor, door sensor, temperature
  • iOS
    • HomeKit sucks
    • You need an Apple TV or iPad to access outside of your house

9:13 - Controlling your smart home

  • Smart Things
  • Home Assistant
    • Host your own
    • Lots of add-ons
    • You need to babysit it
  • Android
    • Google Assistant
  • Google Pixel squeeze to assistant is way better than saying "Hey Google".
  • Google Home
    • Google Home is awesome
    • Custom sayings with IFTTT
    • Custom via Routines
  • Alexa

23:52 - Software

  • Stringify
    • Basic automations
    • Makers accounts
    • Web hooks to trigger actions
  • Homebridge
    • Make non-iOS stuff work with HomeKit
    • Swipe up control is nice

28:15 - Hardware

67:32 - What we want in the future

  • Scott
    • Motion sensors
    • Door sensors
    • Locks
    • Blinds
    • More bulbs
  • Wes
    • Fireplace
    • Constantly recording cameras
    • Sensors galore
      • Windows open
      • Doors open
      • Garage door
    • Zigbee Hub
    • Xiaomi Sensors
      • Gear Best


  • Scott: Philips Hue
  • Wes: All the recommendations from above

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