I’m considering renaming all my devices (Hue, Lutron, Alexa, Z-Wave, Zigbee…~80 total) to reduce the seemingly-increasing voice command issues on the front end and create some better order on the back end.
I’m getting ready to install Serena shades and outdoor Hue lights (~20 new things), implementing ActionTiles and starting to work with WebCoRe (and automation more broadly), so now seems like a good time to pause and implement a consistent naming system.
I figure if I’m about to ask my wife and kids to get used to new devices/routines/commands/interfaces, I might as well do it in one fell swoop, disconnect/rename/reconnect/regroup, work out any kinks, and make future changes easier.
I know naming when it comes to Alexa can be a real mess, and it’s clear that the use case will determine the best approach. I’m aware that Alexa’s device groups can address most of the naming conflicts (but only if device names and group names aren’t similar…it’s not clear to me whether multi-room music groups add to this issue).
My specific question: I’m wondering if it makes sense to take a coded-naming approach – like CBLRSW (color bulb-living room-southwest) or LutronWallDimmer07 – starting at the bottom (Hue bridge for instance), carry that naming through ST/WebCoRe and then just name things using device groups (or natural names when required for single devices) in Alexa and give them understandable names (again for devices or groups) in ActionTiles?
Do you sense there’s any reason not to take this approach if I’m not interfacing with ST/Lutron/Hue…just Alexa and ActionTiles? Is there other detail that’s helpful here? Am I missing a trick?
Perhaps this is just a fools errand without real benefit?
I’m open to suggestions/cautions/ridicule.