Anyone started investing in Smart home devices?

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  1. hitme64

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    To be or not to be...Kohler's Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet

    Taking nature's call with a dash of technology...doing your thing while ambient sounds and light and heat make it a worthwhile activity...get soaped, sprayed clean, powdered dry and perfumed all in one sitting...Alexa-enabled to open smoothly when needed and close when done...

    Goof: If this is really tomorrow's toilet tech then why the toilet paper by the side anyway? Unless some robotic arm will swipe that and wipe your butt for all it takes...
     
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    Aside from Lazada, where do you guys get your Broadlink RM Pro?
     
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    Hi guys! I'm just starting with my home automation project. Got an echo dot and I'm looking for reliable yet inexpensive smart plugs. In your experience what brands will you recommend? I'm quite doubtful of some brands sold in Lazada and Shopee (i.e. price ranges from PhP500-PhP800) but will consider it if feedback and reliability is good.

    Thanks.
     
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    go with TP Link which has local presence.
     
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    I bought a chromecast to solve this
     
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    Mm...don’t fool around with anything electrical. Buy known brands. Avoid cheap stuff because they might cause electrical fires.

    I use two TP Link smart plugs (from Octagon SM Malls).
     
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    +1 on TP Link's smartplugs.
     
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    Thanks, guys! Safety is my utmost consideration as well as cost. Tempting the Php500 variants but you can’t put a price on peace of mind.


     
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    bought couple of smart plugs and outlet... so far its good.. i have an amazon brand and its the same the one i bought thru lazada
     
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    You can get them from Wish or Shopee.... whichever sells them at the cheapest landed cost. Though, I still prefer Lazada because they're easiest to deal with when returning items.
     
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    More goodies.

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    Time to retire the old... or maybe re-task them for less important jobs. I've got three of these and they'll be 10 years old in just a couple of months. The plastic case have actually become brittle and started cracking under its own weight.

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    Can you change the name Alexa responds to in UE MEGABLAST?
     
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    Any reviews on this product? I was supposed to buy this in Canada last month during Boxing Day, but the line was too long.
     
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    I got those wyze too but just the basic one got them for $20+ actually dont need one but it got good reviews so i figured i’d try it just want to see how it goes with my echo spot and echo show... have yet to set it up hehe
     
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    I now have three. Two regular Cams above and a Pan Cam.

    Use it a lot to check out what's going on at home.
     
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    The August Home Lock Pro is such a joy to use.
     
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    aren't wyze cams technically xiaomi cams? wyze cheaper but fewer features compared to the xiaomi in our market.

    been using xiaomi cams from local store and super happy with it.
     
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    anyone using google home hub? i find it weird that it i use the activation phrase "hey google" compared to "okay google" it does not recognize the command... saying "hey google" is much cooler and smoother than saying "okay google" bummer
     
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    Maybe the hardware, to a certain extent, is identical. But that's where the similarities end.

    Wyze uses a totally different camera firmware and mobile app. But what made my decision easy was the fact that CCTVs, being a highly sensitive matter in terms of privacy, I really don't trust Xiaomi enough to handle the "handshaking" between the cameras and my mobile devices. Who knows where those servers are and who is in control. Xiaomi isn't particularly privy on how they handle data and streams. That's besides the fact that they were primarily meant for the Chinese market.

    Wyze on the other hand have been transparent in how they handle privacy and security. The back end is essentially hosted in AWS (US) (Wyze - Security and Privacy), and they're more likely to be bound by US privacy laws than China gives a crap about anything.

    By the way, Xiaomi cams won't work with the Wyze network... even if you flash it with a Wyze firmware. Apparently, hard-coded unique hardware IDs (GUIDs) prevents this from happening.

    The other two reasons why I went with Wyze:
    1. Native Alexa and IFTTT integration
    2. Large community of english-speaking users
     
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