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REVIEW - Amazon Echo Dot / Alexa

Discussion in 'Geeks and Gadgets' started by wmrcomputers, Jul 9, 2017.

  1. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    Just send Mrs WMR up ten minutes before you and tell her to lie on your bit.
     
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    WiFi dishwasher? And there’s an automatic cat litter tray around somewhere too...

    I’ve just bought my last two Phillips Hue bulbs. Entire house is now kitted out where possible. At some point I’ll do something with the GU10 fittings but the GU10 Hue bulbs are too pricey for my liking.
     
  3. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Still think wifi switches would be better than bulbs.
     
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    They would. But most UK houses don’t have a 3 wire lightswitch outside of COM lines as the neutral is up top, so cannot easily work with smart switches as they need constant power - something that isn’t terribly easy when they turn the power off. That plus having very shallow backboxes which makes WiFi switches impractical. I have a Fibaro module that simply wouldn’t fit and you also had to put a semi-intelligent resistor in the circuit for LEDs
     
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    Glam Mad Cat Woman

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    I can't remember the last time 'Jesus' made me a cup of tea.
    Not that way.
    No chance. I have a hormonal 26yr old here.
     
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    I sometimes think my middle name must be Alexa.
     
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  7. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Already changed mine to computer.
     
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    Two birds one stone? If they get serious maybe she’ll work for free, helping her future in laws and what not.
     
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  10. wmrcomputers

    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    @Cue - the wifi switches I use simply cut into a live and neutral to any item. I've done my ceiling light directly at the fitting rather than through the wall switch. £.5.50 and when the bulb blows it costs me a standard replacement bulb as it would have done previously.

    I know what you mean about wifi wall switches though. All these places like Maplin sell them yet they can't even be used in a UK home without an electrician dropping a neutral feed down to the wall box which can sometimes be an impossibility.
     
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    Do you just control your lights by voice then and leave the switch turned on? Or have you wired a separate switch live from the Wi-Fi switch to the light?
     
  12. Rikki

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    Just got one myself and would like to do our lights. But we have at least 3 bulbs in every room so it would be very expensive to change them.

    Also do you know if you can get actual socket outlets rather than the inline plugs?
     
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    Switch on 24th Dec 23.59, switch off 26th Dec 00.01 bah humbug :)
     
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    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Bulbs are the issue here too, not paying out near enough £20 a bulb every time one dies! As for the outlets, I suspect you'd need a really deep back box?

    :P
     
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    There’s Lutron and Insteon that don’t need a neutral but they require buying into a whole ecosystem really. I do have a Sonoff for our garden lights but can’t really fit one up in the fitting without tearing the ceiling apart

    Don’t buy smart outlets, there’s no point.

    Bulbs have a warranty and will probably outlive all of us though. LEDs are very long life
     
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    We did sumat like that just before we moved, way back in Christmas 1979. Put the tree up Christmas Eve, Took everything down Boxing Day. None of us were in a festive mood that year.
     
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    proactive Enjoying a drop of red.

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    1. I missed this post sorry Rikki. Look at Sonoff wifi switches on eBay (a little over a fiver) and wire them directly into the flex of regular things like desk lamps etc. Far cheaper than using inline plugs and less bulky, and you can fit them at any point in the cable that will be easiest to keep them out of sight.
    2. If you can be bothered with the extra hassle they can be used for ceiling lights too - hidden away in the ceiling cavity. It means you can stick with regular bulbs. Just bear in mind that you'd want to program them on a mains wire at floor level first, before connecting them in place on the lights. Also, if you ever changed your wifi router it would be easier to change the new one to the same network name and key as the old one otherwise you'd have to go digging them all back out of the ceilings again.
     
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    Biggest problem with the Sonoff stuff is that their servers are slow as shit. Our garden lights are by far the slowest thing to turn off under our "Downstairs" group on Alexa. Everything else is very speedy. It also had a habit of disconnecting and I'd have to flip the garden breaker to reconnect it, but it seems to have stopped doing that now.

    I need to get the firmware that enables local control over MQTT on there at some point.

    Honestly though, I wouldn't go recommending putting it in the flex of cables. It has no ground so you'd have to ugly-wire the ground or just remove it completely on anything that actually has a ground. The TP-Link sockets are stupidly cheap when they go on offer so they're often a far better solution for the average user.
     

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