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On 15/08/2019 at 4:17 PM, Red Spade Audio said:

Smart smoke detectors can notify you if your house is burning down when you're at work.

 

I really wanted one of these for the last Reno, but they needed to be linked and Neat wouldn't do. Also bloody expensive.

 

Turns out Clipsal does a relay base that you can run into something external - could be a UPS I/O, I have it as a separate zone on the alarm system - and so remote notifications. Pretty good, not expensive. Also gave a remote test/hush button, which was nice. Other makes prob have similarly.

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nest mini and chromecast both set up without much trouble and working well. Grabbed a few more globes too. 


The only issue so far is with Spotify playback,  because I currently use airplay  for audio (3 airport expresses into stereos around the house, also extending my wifi). 
 

When google assistant plays Spotify it plays on the nest (or chromecast) as expected.     However,  I’d like it to be able to  ‘control’ the Spotify playing on my iPhone, not take over the playback.  

 

That sort of multi user control is certainly possible with other devices.    Maybe there’s a way to force Spotify onto a particular player (spotify connect device),  or some other way to do, but I haven’t worked it out. 

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I checked out the DETA switches yesterday and they seemed fine  (as much as I could tell through the clear plastic packaging),   but they  were sold out of the 4 gang so I didn't grab any.       I did get a  floodlight globe for rear garden and an oyster light ($55) for the kitchen,  both Arlec grid connect.  Even though I'm planning on smart switches for those circuits I wanted smart globes too for the dimming / colour control features.      

 

I've now got smart lights in all the important locations   (living, lounge, kitchen, front and rear garden).    I've noticed us getting into the habit of leaving switches ON so will see how that goes for a while before deciding on the switches.       I guess I've only spent 25% of the total originally expected  and achieved 75% of the functionality I really wanted.

 

I had a xiaomi Android TV box sitting idle in a drawer so hooked that up to the rumpus room TV.  Works well,   including the remote with dedicated google assistant button (& mic),  but unfortunately it can't be included in speaker  groups for some reason.  

 

I only added the Chromecast because it was effectively free with the nest mini,  but the media consumption benefits  have proved to be  a great unexpected side effect of this smart light business.      

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new kitchen light wired up and working well.  

 

I added a chromecast audio to two hifi systems in the house.   It seemed the  best  way  to overcome the issue of google not playing nice with my existing airplay2 setup for wirelss multi-room audio.      I've still got the airport expresses in place because they're extending my wifi, so I've  got the airplay option but I really can't see me using it often.   

 

On a side note I tried  to replicate the google assistant/casting  functionality  with Siri/Airplay  but it doesn't seem possible to even add the airport express as an apple homekit accessory.      I'd have been mighty pissed off   if I'd started investing into apple homekit gear before realising this shortfall.        (note: it should work according to apple,  but doesn't for me)

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