Discussion in 'The Bar' started by Stan Beeman, Dec 30, 2015.
Thanks for the feedback!
I had solar put on my house this year and had one of those installed. I like that I can control shit from my phone
now on to my review:
I like it
fantastic - thanks
Yes and love it. Nothing like waking up and turning on the heater while still in bed or leaving work and turning on the AC during the summer to make sure I walk into a cool house. No cons whatsoever.
I still have this bad boy circa 1950
I do and I love it... I also have the smoke alarms too. Check with your power company many will give you one at a reduced cost.
Yes and I think it was way overpriced for what you get. The AWAY function doesn't work right and Nest told me it's a known problem. Would be nice if they would fix it.
Wonder if their customer support and R&D budget has suffered since getting purchased by Google. Big G has a tendency to purchase companies and then grow quickly bored with them.
i was interested until Samsung bought them. Samsung also is incorporating the SmartHome hubs (the kickstarter project it bought) into its smart TV line in 2016. Given how secure their phones and TVs are i decided not to upgrade my TV, and I am replacing my SmartHome system.
On this note - I am now suggesting to anyone using any kind of wi-fi enabled device like this to separate it from your home LAN. If you're smart enough to set up VLANs do that. If not buy a cheap POS second wi-fi router and put it in front of your LAN router. You can google double NAT to see what I mean. Almost 0.0 of these devices get firmware updates and all of them have major holes in their security. It's becoming very common for hackers to use a smartTV or wi-fi controlled lighting to get into your network. Then you get a cryptowall ransomware on your main mac-hine and you're fucked. It's a PITA but wi-fi devices are a major weak link in home internet security.
yup. you have to configure your routers correctly and most do not have the experience to setup dd-wrt (let alone know what it is and why you want it).
As things get worse router interfaces will probably start making VLANs drag and drop or something. I think IPv6 will help too but that is so far off. Supposedly NAT will go away with IPv6 and all devices will get their own WAN address. Just like the dial-up days. If they do that and don't automatically setup a routing table for the internal LAN it would isolate everything by default.
I like it.. Our realtor gave us one as a gift when we purchased our current home. Don't know if I would pay 250 for it.. Like others stated- it's cool controlling it with my phone..
problem is every year ip6 is next year. my apple routers can do it now but i still need an ip4 connection to twc so i still need the bastion firewall.