Anyone freaked out about the great Nest melt down the other day? Here is a good advice for all of you who constantly complain and moan about smart technology: the glass is half full, enjoy the technological advances…
I prefer the middle ground: accepting that outages will occasionally happen, but creating my backup plan in advance so I have critical functions covered one way or another.
@JDRoberts, Outage??? What Outage??? OHHH those that are cloud dependent…gotcha…
You need a good plan for when your dog trips over and unplugs the hub’s power cord. Calling support is not it!
I’m with @JDRoberts on this one. I would be naive to think that something that works perfect now will continue to forever.
I watched my Son, standing in arms reached of the “Smart Switch”, yell at Alexa for over a minute, telling her to turn on the lights…He finally got frustrated and just left out of the room. Ok,…so Alexa was being un-cooperative and clearly technology failed “him”.
We can’t be so dependent on “SmartThings” that “we” become “Dumb”…
I called him back into the room and reminded him that the “Switches” actually work with or without the internet.
@HA_fanatic My dog is my automation system!
Joking aside. Yeah everyone needs a backup plan.
Backup of z-wave network - Check
Backup of configuration settings - Check
Backup of automation rules/events - Check
Backup controller - Check
Backup power (UPS) - Check
Backup of Internet (dual LTE modems on a load balancing router) - Check
Manual use of a switch (heaven forbid) - Check
There’s a (serious) thread for that
@JDRoberts I read that thread. I thought it was great. Service dogs are just awesome!
LOL… awesome… Here’s a compilation…
Yeah, I miss my buddy every day (he died late last year).
It will be a year or two until I have a new partner, so this is a hard time.
Sorry to hear that.