Combining different systems

Maybe a less Orwellian example....if I had access to all the Alexa and Google data from a particular area, street, or house, and I wanted to know which houses would be the best and least risk to rob, I'd find it a big help to see for how long they'd set their heating to 'away', or for how long it'd been since their Alexa last reported a command or question....

It has no access to my heating system nor anything else useful to such an enterprise. The only data it could derive from my living style, is the charger for my car going on and off, or my drive light, which happens whether I am home, or not.
 
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Has anyone tried Home Assistant?

I was chatting to a kitchen fitter the other day about home automation and how frustrating it was that I'd tried to go down the Google route but they'd abandoned their plans to go into that market.

He said that Home Assistant is open source and can combine all common products in a single eco system.

You can either run it on a standalone device like a custom made (and sold) Raspberry Pi or, in my case my Synology network drive could host it.

Looks very promising, has anyone tried it?
 
Has anyone tried Home Assistant?

I was chatting to a kitchen fitter the other day about home automation and how frustrating it was that I'd tried to go down the Google route but they'd abandoned their plans to go into that market.

He said that Home Assistant is open source and can combine all common products in a single eco system.

You can either run it on a standalone device like a custom made (and sold) Raspberry Pi or, in my case my Synology network drive could host it.

Looks very promising, has anyone tried it?
Yes, I've used it loads, it has lots of plugins supporting all manner of the weird and wonderful from the cheap and cheerful to mainstream stuff. I only have some ZigBee sensors and sockets and a few Wi-Fi mains relays and some control of my heating.

It's Linux based but the install images hide a lot of the complexity of that quite nicely, you don't need to buy their special device, you can just run it on a Raspberry Pi 4.

I would caveat that by saying it needs some IT savvy to get the most out of it
 
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I didn't name call. You have an unhealthy aversion to modern tech..

Fine, but try not to draw others in, with wild stories of the CIA/MI5 spying on the use of a basically simple bit of software..
yeah, no one captures (steals) personal data. What use would it be anyway...
 
yeah, no one captures (steals) personal data. What use would it be anyway...

How many days, do you suppose someone might need to sit in my drive, waiting for a single burst of wifi in 24 hours, which would signal my car charger to switch on? How many weeks might they be waiting there, for me to press the remote control for my garage door? You don't suppose I might notice them sat in my drive, certainly for such a long period of time :eek:
 

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