Smart Things and Home Automation

moa999

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It was only very old Sonos hardware (as early as 2005 thru 2015) that was defined as legacy, and those products can still run on a separate branch of the software. They reportedly didn't have enough RAM to handle future code.

Almost the consumer grade stuff (Play series forward and the IKEA Symfonisk range, other than the first gen Play5) works fine.
They'd previously killed a controller many years ago, so it wasn't unexpected.

Similar to what Microsoft has done with Windows11, only allowing hardware from 2017/18 or later to officially install it (there are some ways around). At some point to move forward with the software you've got to have minimum requirements.
 
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Reporting back a few weeks later. I've set up Home Assistant in a virtual box on an old PC. So far it's performing very well. Very good reliability so far with all of my Philips Hue lights dotted around the place. I've also had luck with a TP-link wifi power socket I already had.

And then I went down the rabbit hole - and have had luck so far with:
  • A Holman WXHUB and WX1 wifi tap timer & wifi socket. These are paired via the Tuya Smart app integration. It only works by triggering scenes as HA cannot control the device. This works most of the time. I'm a bit worried I will trigger to turn the tap on one day (it's connected to sprinklers) and it won't turn off again. So, I've created a short watering scene in Tuya which disables the tap after a timer, and this will hopefully avoid any large water use incidents...
  • An ikea wifi power socket, paired via the hue bridge
  • Have just added some mirabella genio christmas lights via the tuya smart app integration
  • A lytworx LED strip which connects over local wifi
Next step is to buy a USB zigbee controller to try to get direct control of the hue & ikea devices and buy some cheaper zigbee switches and sensors (I'd love something to alert me when I receive mail, for example). Also testing out the HA iphone and android apps to set up some routines based on presence.
 

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Nice. How are you finding the ring doorbell?

but it's a little slow as HA has to poll the Ring servers for events.

I have a Ring doorbell on a guest wifi netork and am disappointed at the delay between someone or something approaching the door, and the alert I get/chance to talk to them. 5 to 10 seconds, which makes the interaction function useless. Ring servers are in the US, I understand, hence the delay.
 

jb747

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I had a Ring, and threw it away. I expect the issue was as much the local NBN as anything else, but having to talk to the USA to answer the doorbell doesn’t work for me.
 

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For me its more of a security and monitoring device in my absence than a "doorbell". I get about 1 caller a month that I'm not expecting ( rural area with deliveries to PO). If I'm in the garden at the back, a delay isn't a biggie.
 
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