Wink hubs lost connectivity and functionality since an outage began on July 1. As of today, July 13, it's still a problem according to the official Wink Status page. Indeed, until yesterday, there wasn't even a detailed status update from Wink. Now … [Read more...]
WWDC 2022: Why Apple’s influence on Matter is a win for all smart homes
This might surprise you but I think the new Matter smart home standard is the best thing that's happened with Apple HomeKit yet. And just because I like sharing multiple surprises, you might not know how much HomeKit has influenced that standard. … [Read more...]
Insteon hubs use Telnet. Should you be concerned from a security perspective?
On our most recent IoT Podcast, Billy called in to our podcast hotline with a security question. He's using an Insteon ISY99-4i Home Automation Controller along with Home Assistant to power his smart home. Since the Insteon controller uses Telnet for … [Read more...]
The inexpensive age of DIY smart home image detection is here if you’re up for it
I’ve said many times in the past that every home ought to have a Raspberry Pi computer. And that is even truer for every smart home. Aside from being relatively inexpensive, these sub-$50 computers can accept analog signals from sensors, are easy … [Read more...]
Where have all the smart home hubs gone?
This was going to be a post about the smart home options to buy after you ditch the Wink hub that has been down for the last few weeks, but it has since turned into a realization that there are no smart home hubs available on the market from … [Read more...]