Wiring, wireless, automating homes, etc?

Discussion in 'General Discussion [cga]' started by Atown, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. Atown

    Atown Christian Gamers Alliance Amazon Store Manager

    Hey all,

    I was curious on this with some questions.

    I know age-wise we skew a little older but with that is all of the rights, responsibilities and cool things we can purchase and do in our homes XD

    That being said, are any of you using NEST or home automation things? Echo dots? Alexa, Google home devices etc?

    Also, has anyone tried running cat6 cables through their chimney from the 1st floor fireplace to the 2nd floor fireplace? (We dont use ours so I'm considering it for the steamlink)

    But do you even need hardwiring ? I'm running a linksys wap4410n with injected POE.

    But I've also thought about doing some Ubiquity equipment too before getting too many linksys WAP style units in the house.

    I also have a sophos firewall box that I've been extremely pleased with but I wish I could make it smaller. Its a micro-ATX computer [​IMG]

    Super old school imo for stuff, but what are other people doing to optimize their home?
  2. Tek7

    Tek7 CGA President, Tribe of Judah Founder & President Staff Member

    I had plans years ago to punch a hole in the wall and run cables connecting my computer in bedroom to the TV in the living room.

    Then I bought a Steam Link and shelved that plan.

    Then I barely played any Steam games on the Link in the last year. Glad I didn't punch a hole in the wall after all.

    My Steam Link and computer are both connected directly to the router using network cablescabl usually work fine together, but sometimes I have to reboot my PC to get the Link to work properly.

    I'm of no use on the other stuff, though. I'd love to explore smart home hardware in the future, but will probably wait until we get a bigger house.
  3. Bowser

    Bowser Tribe of Judah StarCraft Series Chapter Leader

    I have a Nest. I also have a home lab for running malware and VPNs, complete with pfsense, Bro, and a dedicated network tap.
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  4. CowRocket

    CowRocket Well-Known Member

    any of those things scare me greatly.. like for real... NWO type stuff
  5. Atown

    Atown Christian Gamers Alliance Amazon Store Manager

    Do you find you use your nest alot? like has it been valuable? do you use a bunch of apps? baby cameras?

    Baby cameras is the next step im trying to figure out, whether to buy a whole system or use pi cams everywhere
  6. Bowser

    Bowser Tribe of Judah StarCraft Series Chapter Leader

    I only have the Nest as a smart home feature. I might invest in security cameras and a garage door in the future. I use the Nest a lot; it's super convenient from the phone, especially when we wake up in the middle of the night and need to turn the fan on. It also gives the weather and energy reports.
  7. Elader Arkon

    Elader Arkon Helped Tek test a thing

    I don't own a home, and I can't do much to my apartment. However, I just recently got an Amazon Echo, and Alexa is a borderline cyberpunk personal assistant (especially with IFTTT), especially when you start adding in Alexa wearable devices. If only she was socially conversant...

    So no Nest stuff for me, however I am looking into getting a Logitech Harmony Hub so I can control my entertainment system with Alexa commands.

    When I do eventually get a house, I am definitely making it a smart home. Having been dropped headfirst into AWS Cloud development and some associated IoT research for work, the stuff you can do is mindblowing. Like, using DeepLens to automatically open the garage door for you when it recognizes your vehicle's license plate coming up the driveway.

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