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Old 05-08-2019, 06:28 AM
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Sup, now this is the official unofficial Alexa thread.

Anyone have some smart home tech that they're running w/Alexa?

I just have that tallboy Echo so far. Use it for streaming music, asking about the weather and time, and play a few games, like Breakout Room and Dungeon Adventure.
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Old 05-08-2019, 06:31 AM
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we're still trying to get this new house sorted out,

but we had everything through alexa at the last house, locks, garage doors, lights, music security system, HVAC etc. just about everything you could do

now we're leaning more into google home and NEST since their products a little more "easy to use" but you have to spend more to stay in the ecosystem.
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I have one that I got for Christmas a few years ago. Never use it. Come to think of it, Iím not even sure where that thing is..
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am I the only one that thinks this thing is stupid??

I can see it for things like lights and simple items but no way do I want my door locks, hvac, etc all to be internet accessible and controlled.

I like to mess with my friends(that don't have kids) by waiting til they leave a room and giving Alexa a command like to set an alarm for midnight, etc.
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you think someone is going to hack your a/c and make it real cold in your house?
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you think someone is going to hack your a/c and make it real cold in your house?
To me it's not about "if" but more so "can".
The likelihood is slim but I just don't see that as something I'd like to setup.

For my the Doorbell cam is different, that's no biggie, someone could likely see my comings and goings and make the doorbell chime ring, that's something that anyone outside my home can see/do anyway.
Granting outside control to functions that should be kept inside, is where I have to cut it off though.
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do you have a smart thermostat?
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you think someone is going to hack your a/c and make it real cold in your house?
Honestly, yes. There is a website that you can see all internet connected devices. There are some things that should not be connected to the internet in any way.

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Oh, I know I sound crazy. I'm fully aware.
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no I get it, even someone on here had someone hack their bedroom camera

I'm just not too worried about someone being so bored they're going to break into my house and mess with my thermostat
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do they make one that can flush my toilet yet?
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I made a few audio recordings of me on my phone so I can BT stream my voice into the living room when I'm not there and **** with the kids.
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was anyone surprised at how useful Alexa was for a certain task, or is it just slightly more convenient than having to take out your phone to open an app or use siri?


also does siri work with a Nest? haven't even used my nest yet because I connected it to AC only, and it's been got damn 40 degrees outside ever since.
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Getting Ring alarm to test, their glass breaking sensor solution is to use the echo DOT (3rd gen). **** 10 bucks a month...the alarm system done paid for itself in a yr.
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I refuse to ever use Alexa or a google home...I'm all about technology/smartphones, etc, but nah...I'll don't feel like giving them THAT much data.
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I refuse to ever use Alexa or a google home...I'm all about technology/smartphones, etc, but nah...I'll don't feel like giving them THAT much data.
do you use google.com?
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do you use google.com?
I do, but there's a difference between letting it hear EVERYTHING I do in my home vs. what I search. And while everything is far from perfect, at least I'm not using an android phone to track my location every second of every day.
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I'll don't feel like giving them THAT much data.
Right - but most people seem to be ok with typing anything onto a public forum, posting all sorts of somewhat private things onto facebook or instagram, and transferring or storing sensitive information online for shopping, banking and more. God forbid there are recordings stored of your voice saying "ALEXA, WHAT TIME IS IT" How many people are really having conversations in front of their smart device that could really be used against them in some way. Not like you have the nuclear codes and go chit chatting about them as you walk through the house.
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yeah I'd be way more concerned with google tracking my search history rather than someone listening to my daughter throw-up broccoli
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I can't wait to start getting adds for vegetables and cleaning supplies when I'm on my iPad tonight.
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do you have a smart thermostat?
Yea, I have the Ecobee, have Alexa turned off and temperature alarms set to alert me a certain thresholds.

Best way to minimize any issues. I agree with you, I'm not worried about some messing with my thermostat but I guess it's different for us since it's just us in the house, no kids that need certain temperature levels and all that jazz.
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can't someone hack your wifi though and *** wititi
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I can't wait to start getting adds for vegetables and cleaning supplies when I'm on my iPad tonight.
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