Hello! My name is Svetlana, I'm a UX/UI designer working on a design for a smart home app. I want to know about the experience of using any smart home application (be it MiHome, Tuya, Home Assistant, etc.) and your own thoughts. If you have a similar experience and want to help, please write to me in private. Your participation will help me make the product better and understand the needs of real users. I'm looking forward to communicating with you! Thank you.
Hi. So when I had my house build I ran a bunch of stuff, one of which being two pairs of speaker wires to each bedroom and to 4 spots around my living room… Over the years I have used them here and there with different success.. But today they sit in my walls just unused.
I converted all the cat6 or 5e (I don’t remember) over to basically eithernet jacks. The cable coaxial well it’s there but now unused. But I was thinking there has got to be some use for two pairs of speaker wires to each room. Can I make them usb plugs? Not sure so looking for ideas.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this.
So, I think I'm in a bit of an unusual situation. I work at a camp & retreat center that has wifi throughout. I want to put a few switches in the office that can control outdoor lighting throughout the camp. We currently have switches in each of the buildings, but it is a particularly frustrating job to get all the lights on in the evening when it is brutally cold out or we are short staffed.
Most of our staff is not very tech savvy (my boss literally has his wife print out his emails for him each day!!!) so, I'd love to avoid having to set up any sort of raspberry pi or new phone app.
Is there type of 3-way switch that can connect to the wifi, turn on a light in another building AND turn on an indicator light in the office, without having any sort of wire running between the buildings? Hopefully looking for a simple solution without breaking the bank too.
I greatly appreciate any input that you can give. Thank you!
First off, I'm in the U.S. if that matters for anyone. Also I'm super new to smart home stuff. I'm looking at Shelly's products and I understand electrical wiring, but I'm wondering how these devices will help me. If I run power to a switch in our main office, how will I get it to turn on the lights in the dorm building? Do I need to program it through the app? If I do, would the physical light switches still work in both locations (again, there is no direct connection they have separate electrical panels and meters)?
I'm sorry if my explanation is confusing or not thorough enough. This is a whole new beautiful world I'm exploring right now.
Best advice I can give you is to buy one and play with it.....
Good advice here.
But, in short, they all have WiFi capability, you can program them through a web browser (or their app) and a physical switch (or any number of them) can be virtually connected to a number of remotes. N-way switching (ie. multiple switches for the same lights) can be easily arranged. You don’t need any sort of central controller. They also have built-in timers with programmable schedules… Awesome!