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To Smart Home or Not? Your thoughts please

Jan 8, 2020 6:54AM PST

Hi,

When I was younger I watched Home Alone 3 and remember I was so in awe with the smart house of Kevin's dad. That was 1990s.I was thinking of slowly put up my smart home, but at the same time, thinking if this is worth it. I know it can save time and all, but I just read an article mentioning these 15 must have gadgets
- Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance bulbs
- Philips Hue light strips
- Philips Hue Tap
- August Smart Lock
- Samsung Connect Home Pro
- SmartThings arrival sensor
- SmartThings motion detector
- Google Home or Amazon Echo
- Arlo Pro
- Samsung POWERbot
- Logitech Harmony Elite
- Chromecast
- Ring Doorbell
- Nest Learning Thermostat
- Nest Protect
it was a good article, but I am not sure if I can cope.

I am a homeschooling mom with a toddler, I also work from home, as much as possible I don't want confusion, but I know these new innovations should help us live better.

May I know your thoughts?

Thank you.
Mitch

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Re: gadgets
Jan 8, 2020 7:52AM PST

Personally, I have none of those 15 gadgets and I'm feeling quite happy with it.

I'm vaguely considering to buy a Chromecast in the future, but I think I'll wait with upgrading the electronics related to my TV till the moment arrives the cable company stops transmitting analog video and - probably - I'll have to find a replacement for my VCR also.
Having a Chromecast probably would make me use the TV more than is good for me.

But I don't live in the USA. That might make a difference.

Just my thoughts.

Post was last edited on January 8, 2020 7:54 AM PST

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Hue light strip
Jan 13, 2020 8:06AM PST

I've the Philips Hue light strip behind my TV setup. That's it for me right now. But maybe I'm gonna go for more gadgets from Philips i'm not sure yet

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start small
Jan 13, 2020 9:45AM PST

imo, start small and see if it is really something you want to mess with. maybe a few bulbs and alexa or google. also, I would not go with everything on the list. there are other brands which are just as good and cheaper. just do your homework and not rely on lists where the website is getting a cut on sales if you click their link.

one thing, if you own your home, you may want to go with smart wall switches instead of bulbs. with bulbs, the light switch must stay on for them to work. If you have smart wall switches, you won't have to worry about making sure the switches are on when your guest leaves.

my setup includes
1. ge, cree, and hue color bulbs though I wasted my money on the color bulbs. very seldom use the color except at christmas
2. tplink and wemo plugs
3. nest smoke detector
4. hue motion
5. philips thermostat
6. both google home and alexa
7. wink hub

I like to get more than one brand on anything in case a company decides to quit supporting their products. I started out with nothing but tcp connected bulbs and got burned when they decided to quit supporting them. wasted several hundred dollars because of them. Now if a company goes belly up, it will not be so expensive to replace things.

I mainly use alexa but have the google home as a backup. google does not support the alexa skills I use.

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