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  2. I got frustrated trying to set mine up as it wouldn't pair with the Bluetooth in my Toyota Camry. The support site lists a few years of Camry that don't work and I assume this is due to specific customer complaints. My car doesn't have an audio in jack, so I started looking into a USB powered BT speaker to put in the car... As I started testing that in my house and had some issues, but found out that my Samsung S10 phone can act as a BT speaker for the Echo Auto! That surprised me as I have always used my phone as a BT transmitter to a BT speaker. Anyway, I now can use my phone as a speaker for Echo Auto, as it requires my phone anyway as its mobile connection and GPS. This gives me what I'll always wanted... a hands-free Alexa app on my phone I can have routines "speak" using "This mobile device" and Reminders speak using "Alexa on phone" Frank
  3. Well, it looks like I'm waiting to the release of Wifi 6 or when it will be in my neighborhood. I don't want to upgrade next year, too.
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  6. I have seen some screen shots of the new API and saw a list of the feature set, but nothing more then that. Wish I could go but there's no way my company would let me go until we get the current project finished. Will very much be looking forward to whatever you can tell us frank.
  7. There must be must be more to it than that. When has "They don't need it, yet" ever been a reason to stop a sale? Nobody needs a twerking stuffed bear, but we can get one! LOL It maybe true, though. I'd like to have it but if it's monetized in anyway to get it, I'll be fine without it. I can believe the "There's no money in Wifi 6 much easier.
  8. I have some interesting news about SmartThings, WebCore and Sharptools. I have had this fear that SmartThings was going to make it more difficult to use WebCore but instead they are going to actually support and PROMOTE it at SDC19 !! https://www.samsungdeveloperconference.com/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=outreachkit&utm_campaign=sdp2019&utm_term=smartthings They are unveiling their new API and actually offering a lab using WebCore... no mention of ActionTiles... I'll be attending and let you know what I find out
  9. it may look bright in the blacked out room, but that is the camera adjusting... its REALLY dim
  10. Hi Larry, It does a great job of that and also looks really good even in a bright environment
  11. Hey @FrankE I was thinking about replacing my old dot with one of these as it has the built in clock. I heard it will dim the display when the light in the room dims. I was wondering just how dim it gets in a completely dark room as i like my displays very dim when I'm sleeping?
  12. Well there it is! @Larry Underwood got it...and faster than SmartThings support confirmed that it was a PIR. Yeah so...heat is killin ya!
  13. It does look really nice Frank! I wondered how it would look, but I like it too.
  14. Hey @MNA1966 - So I actually made a comment in a video I recorded today (but won't come out till next Sunday) about this. Both Amazon and Google left WiFi 6 out, and I think the honest truth is that there are so few people that need that level of network speed right now that they just don't think it's worth it on a cost vs benefit basis. I don't really either yet, as 802.11AC seems to be able to handle a ton of traffic at higher speeds. Let's be clear...both of these companies want to sell you 20 cameras to stream in your home...and neither gave you a router or access point with WiFi 6 on it. Something is amiss for sure...and I think it's just that we don't need it yet.
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  16. AYL_Brian I understand this router won't have Wifi 6, Is that a con in anyway? I heard by many Wifi 6 is in 2020 but do you think we'll be waiting even longer for the infrastructure and ISP's (assuming ISP's will have anything to do with it if you have your own router)? Each state in the U.S. does their own infrastructure and where I live, it's a State that lags behind most states in that department. The fact that Google, who is one of the main investors of Wifi 6, didn't put it in their router tells me it will be longer than we think and everybody else who has put Wifi 6 in a router is just marketing their router.
  17. I was thinking thru how to make good use of some old cell phones we have and turn them in to security cameras. But my question is has anyone found one that integrates with SmartThings and/or Google Home? If you have done the cell phone security camera thing but not integrated it in to your smart home, what apps have you found that work best?
  18. I actually like the built-in clock. I'm using it next to the kitchen sink with the medication reminder light. Although it can also display the outside temperature, it only does when speaking a response to an temperature check... I wish it would toggle between time & temp with a user selectable frequency
  19. I can't get the new Nest router out of my mind. Plus, knowing Amazon won't be getting that data will be nice. I guess Google will, instead. Somehow, I think they may be the lesser of the two evils. Who knows. Alexa is still on my network so I'm probably still screwed. LOL With the new Nest design I can put it more in the middle of my apartment with a long Ethernet cable. That way I should be able to get by with just the router. As long as I can get past the thick, metal, fire apartment door, where my Nest Hello is, I can get just the router.
  20. Brian W

    Motion Detectors

    @AYL_Brian and @Larry Underwood thank you guys for all of the info. Brian from my motion sensor to the street is right around 30 feet which is why I was surprised I was having this issue. Another oddity is that the motion sensor seems to detect motion at that street distance more commonly during the daytime vs. nighttime. And I donโ€™t mean more occurrences, I mean more so that a car in the daytime is more likely to trip the sensor than a car at night will. Now there are a bunch of variables that may play in to that from temperature to possibly people drive slower in the evening, but nonetheless I thought sharing that may be helpful to others. One other thing of potential value in thinking about this is my house is approximately 10 feet above street level. The sensor is mounted to a vertical wall, and the sensor is angled downward as much as the magnetic mount will allow. Iโ€™m not in dire need of trouble shooting at this point, I am sharing this info more in hopes it can be helpful to others. Larry and Brian you guys continue to rock. Thanks again.
  21. @Brian W Cars engines emit a lot of heat, the faster a car goes the more heat it emits, also larger trucks have bigger engines so more heat there too. Also radiator's rapidly change temperature one of the main reason's for false alarm's. If your interested in how a PIR sensor works here's a good site to check out https://learn.adafruit.com/pir-passive-infrared-proximity-motion-sensor/how-pirs-work @AYL_Brian Took me a while going through a few white papers on the model number but found this info. Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor Detect movement and activity to trigger smart lights or receive an alert when you're not around. The SmartThings Motion Sensor works with your SmartThings hub to allow your home to react to your presence or to detect visitors or unwanted guests. When motion is detected by the motion detector, you can receive an alert or message on your phone, trigger an event like turning on a light or buzzer, or send a message to a property manager or neighbor. Use the motion sensor to automatically turn on lights when you enter a room, or turn them off to save money and energy when no-one's around. The motion sensor mounts quickly and easily with the included mounting bracket, utilizing a magnetic ball mount. GP-U999SJVLBAA Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor Specifications: PIR motion sensor works with SmartThings hub Zigbee 3.0 device Dimensions: 2.23" x 1.98 x 2.19" CR2 battery (included) Operating temperature 32-104 F
  22. I've been sitting here now for a bit and I'm trying to figure out why this would happen to you....I mean it's supposed to be 15 feet away is the range and I think you're talking about a lot further. I started to wonder about reflections, and I do feel like the speed of the subject is really relevant as well. I've noted this in my own use of most motion sensors. I actually sent SmartThings a support request to tell me about the sensors because I feel like it's just a true motion/light sensor and not a PIR sensor. I can't believe I don't know this already as I use them all around my home...but...there it is. I'm 99% sure it's not PIR...but want to be 100% before I tell ya. This is part of why their upcoming Vision product is so important to them. Like @Larry Underwood said, person detection is becoming key as people find gaps in motion sensors, but the Vision likely won't be something you want to stick outdoors. Anyways, I'll let you know what they tell me...they have been awfully cryptic about this in their documentation for some reason...but maybe a PIR like the Wyze Sense makes more sense in the end. Let's see!
  23. If you are trying to access your cameras with there IP addresses then any router "should" allow you to access your IP camera's via the local LAN without needing access to the internet. Of course it will depend on the software your using and weather it needs access to the internet or not also. Are you using a Ethernet power injector to get power to your PoE cameras or are you using a PoE capable switch?
  24. Anyone know if the new Nest Wifi will work locally without internet? On my Asus router, I could still see my POE cameras locally on my LAN if my internet went out. I already have the Google WiFi and that doesn't work locally.
  25. Sadly, unless I missed it, that didn't happen. I'm pretty obsessed with the wake-word/phrase issue on my Google Homes. Google spends a lot of effort trying to make conversations more natural, tuning the intonation of the voices etc to try and get as close as possible to a real personal assistant but then starts the whole thing off so badly by forcing users to start an interaction with "Hey Google" or "OK Google" both of which still feel awkward to me a year after first installing my three Google Home Mini devices. I long for the day when Google will allow the wake-up sequence to be customised and to be either a single word or a phrase. I can see two reasons why Google and Amazon are holding out on this. 1 - Security. There have been reports in the news of Alexa doing embarrassing things, e.g. one report about a year ago where a couple claimed that Alexa had emailed a voice recording of their private conversations to a friend. On investigation the explanation was that it was an unfortunate sequence of false activations and then interpreting some of the conversation as commands (https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/24/17391898/amazon-alexa-private-conversation-recording-explanation). My guess is that Amazon & Google might be scared that if they open up the door completely to full customisation of wake-up words users might make silly choices that cause far too many false activations and then blame Amazon or Google when an incident such as I just referenced above happen again. The more likely it is to get a false activation the more likely it is that such stuff would happen. 2 - Processing power in the device. Maybe there's a lot of very specific tuning that has been done to pre-program the wake-up words/phrases and Amazon & Google are not confident that they can get the same level of recognition accuracy and false-positive rejection if people are allowed to choose just anything. My best hope is that maybe the range of options might be increased as in-device processing power increases and maybe Google might also add some single word activation options although as well as computational issues that also needs someone at Google to have the imagination and flair to come up with some good ones - I think "Alexa" and "Siri" were quite nice choices from Amazon and Apple, they feel quite natural to me; I'm not so sure about "Cortana". I did hear 2 bits of news from yesterdays announcement that might potentially be good news re this subject although perhaps not immediately... 1 - The inclusion of a 3-mic rather than 2-mic array in the new devices. That should help with background noise rejection and clarity of input audio hence improve recognition accuracy and what Google might be comfortable doing in the future. It's not unreasonable for Google to roll out the new hardware first, analyse metrics on recognition accuracy and discrimination vs the mark 1 devices for a while, and based on that decide whether to be more adventurous with wake-up word options going forward. 2 - The talk of extra in-device processing power to cache and use additional recognition patterns for frequently used commands so that it can recognise them locally and respond more quickly than if it has to push the audio up to the server for analysis. That extra processing power doesn't need to be used until after the wake-up word/phrase has been recognised because first the device needs to recognise the wake-up cue and then it potentially recognises locally understood speech in the audio that follows the wake-up word/phrase. It is just possible that Google might be able to use that additional power when in standby/waiting-for-activation mode to do deeper analysis and hence be more discriminating on the initial activation recognition with the same consequences as (1) above. I live in hope!
  26. Over time I think the Tri-Band option will become a good one for those in apartments and close in homes, but I think it's going to be OK with 5 GHz for the most part because of the number of channels to pick from and the relatively short range. I would think as things transfer to 5...it'll be just fine. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and if you didn't watch....
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