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Confused as to what is compatible with Alexa, Google Home..?

With so many smart home products out there, it can be mind boggling as to what is compatible with what. To make things easier for all of us, CNET has built a bunch of smart home compatibility guide to make it less of a headache to figure what's what. Check them out below. I hope this helps!

Smart Home Compatibility Guides:
-- What works with Amazon Alexa?
-- What works with Google Home?
-- What works with Apple HomeKit?
-- What works with Belkin WeMo?
-- What works with SmartThings Hub and Sensors?
-- What works with Lutron?
-- What works with Wink?
-- What works with Philips Hue?
-- What works with Nest?

Here is CNET Best Smart Home Device list

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Conpatibility Is the Problem

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The problem with home automation and the IoT in general is that this article even had to be written. Unless there is industrywide agreement on a standard for communication with and from devices, there is little point in buying any smart-home devices. But, no one has taken the lead to push for compatibility.
This is where there is a role for government. Remember when you had to pay $35 or more for a simple cord to charge your phone? Then the FCC required compatibility for such devices. They didn't say which technology to use. They simply required compatibility. Hence, microUSB.
With HDTV, the FCC required only two things: The resolution had to be twice the current 525 lines, and it had to fit in a 6 MHz channel. From those simple requirements, we got digital television.
So, now might be a good time for the relevant agencies (HUD? Dept of Transportation? insurance companies?) to step up and say, "We won't allow devices to be sold unless there is compatibility and a certain level of security." They shouldn't specify any particular technology, but they should set minimum requirements for compatibility and performance.
What is the point of buying an autonomous car if you can't drive it and can't insure it, and it's not secure? And what are technologists designing to? What is the point of buying smart-home products, if you don't know if they will work with other products. What is the point of buying them if someone can break into the system and change settings (such as turning off an alarm)?
Only after minimum levels or performance and security are set, can the talents of the technologists really be used to the fullest.

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there is a general standard

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z-wave and zigbee is currently the general standard for most home automation. if you stick with those you should be okay. in addition some home automation is wifi. Yes it can be risky but...sometimes its worth the risk to be lazy Happy

on a side note, I was burned by tcp connected. had 20 of their bulbs when they decided to pull the plug without warning. I paid 16 to 21 bucks apiece for them. So, IMO, when you buy, buy a mixture of bulbs and other devices from different companies so if one company pulls the plug, you will not have to replace everything.

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You proved my point

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You say there is a "general" standard, then name two. So which one is THE standard?
And, your issue with "tcp" (sic) proves my point. My HDTV can display any TV signal. It doesn't matter if my HDTV manufacturer goes out of business. I still can watch TV, because it is based on a standard (ATSC).
The idea of IoT has been around for a while. It's going nowhere unless there are standards. Ditto for autonomous driving. If the major players can't get it together, then government sometimes can be very effective by applying the standards boot to their rears.

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actually I did not prove any point

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poor example with the tv. I could have still used the bulbs but not remote access. just like your tv example, you can use a smart tv but not use the smart features anymore if the manufacturer went out of business. and how many different standards are there for tv's? a whole lot more than two Happy

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What about Echo

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I agree that z-wave and zigbee is a general standard these days. But why devices like Amazon Echo are not marketed as compatible to it ?

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Echo is totally different

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Alexa requires a skill to in order to perform an action. Controllers and gateways are likely to be compatible with certain z-wave devices then allowing Alexa to perform actions on behalf of the controller using voice assistance. Visit theartofsmartliving They will be to clarify compatibility issues with any smart home products and guide you to your perfect smart home solution.

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