IoT Journey: Welcome

In 2013, I bought an old 1937 farmhouse. It was full of character, and by character — I mean awful popcorn ceilings, poorly designed HVAC and circuitry, galvanized piping chock full of rust and sludge, and paneling.

Over time, my wife and I worked hard to update the house — but some parts of it still have the original horsehair lath & plaster walls and lack of attic that make running cables for networking and other cool stuff difficult. I leaned on IoT devices (smart thermostats, bulbs, hubs, speakers, etc) to make up for the deficiencies in my house. At first, I installed 10 dimmable LED can lights in our living room… But, the dimmer I found that operated by remote didn’t work with LED, instead causing rapid flickering (I assume it was down to it using PWM to adjust brightness). I returned the remote, and could not find one compatible with the bulbs I bought. I ended up going to Home Depot, bought 10x Commercial Electric dimmable and colorable (white spectrum only) bulbs and a Wink Hub.

Some of the products look cool when people come over, but I secretly hate since it causes me compete heartburn every time I go to use them.

Anyways, this will be a series I’ll post every Monday — so keep an eye out. I’ll start tomorrow with the first one, about the Wink Hub.

This series will go over some of my largest frustrations with technology, and I’m going to use very adult terms… Often. See you tomorrow.

Here’s just some of the items I use (or used) that I’ll discuss:

  • 1x Emerson Sensi Thermostat
  • 1x Ecobee Thermostat
  • 1x Wink Hub v1
  • 1x SmartThings Hub
  • 1x Samsung Smart TV
  • 2x Amazon Echo Dots
  • 2x Amazon Echos
  • 1x Amazon Echo Plus
  • 1x Amazon Echo Auto
  • 10x Commercial Electric 5-6″ bulbs
  • 3x Phillips Hue White Bulbs
  • 10x Cree Bulbs
  • 1x Leviton Smart Outlet
  • 3x Kiddie Smoke / CO2 Detectors
  • 1x Wink Water Detector
  • 1x Wink Relay
  • 2x Wyze Cameras
  • 4x Firstrend Cameras
  • 2x Comfort Cam Cameras
  • 1x Yamaha Receiver
  • 6x Roku
  • 3x Fire TVs
  • 5x Feit Electric Bulbs (Full Color)
  • 1x Egg Tray

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