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    Wemo’s confused Smart Dimmer shows how hard standardizing IoT may be / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 4 August - 17:13

Wemo’s confused Smart Dimmer shows how hard standardizing IoT may be

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When the smart home compatibility standard Matter finally arrives , it promises to simplify and improve the connections and compatibility between different device brands, using Thread as its secure, low-energy backbone.

Until then, let devices like Wemo's new Smart Dimmer with Thread serve as a warning: Matter runs on Thread, but not all Thread devices will give you a Matter experience. Belkin's new dimmer is a prime example of a device "with Thread" that is far from universally accessible—and likely confusing to buyers.

Wemo's new dimmer doesn't require the onerous Wi-Fi setup you might remember from switches of old, instead connecting to your smartphone by Bluetooth or an NFC tap. To use it outside of Bluetooth range, you'll need a Thread network in your home. But here's where it gets tricky: This smart dimmer is controlled exclusively through HomeKit, so you'll specifically need a HomePod Mini or second-generation Apple TV 4K within a reasonable range of the switch. Those more robust devices can act as "border routers" in a Thread network, allowing more single-purpose devices like a dimmer to connect to a Thread mesh and access the Internet.

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    Insteon looks dead - just like its users’ smart homes - Always try to use open standards for cloud based IoT, so you're not left stranded

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Monday, 18 April - 20:09

The smart home company Insteon has vanished. The entire company seems to have abruptly shut down just before the weekend, breaking users' cloud-dependent smart-home setups without warning. Users say the service has been down for three days now, despite the company status page saying, "All Services Online." The company forums are down, and no one is replying to users on social media.

Insteon is (or, more likely, "was") a smart home company that produced a variety of Internet-connected lights, thermostats, plugs, sensors, and of course, the Insteon Hub. At the core of the company was Insteon's propriety networking protocol, which was a competitor to more popular and licensable alternatives like Z-Wave and Zigbee.

A proprietary protocol can often mean your device is a useless paperweight if the company which owns it goes bust. Open standards like MQTT however mean other support exists to continue using your devices, for example, on Home Assistant and other open smart home services. More and more we are seeing companies close down, leaving consumers stranded, so it is imperative to instead choose to buy products which support open standards.


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    OPNpool integrates the functionality of a traditional Pool Controller into the modern smart home

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Sunday, 17 April - 10:05

It can keep tabs on the status of the connected controller, pool pump and chlorinator. This provides not only a more convenient solution than physically interacting with the pool equipment, but the ability to create automations that runs the pump for a duration depending on the temperature.


  • Visualizes the status of the thermostats, pump, chlorinator, circuits, and schedules.
  • Allows you adjust the thermostats and toggle circuits
  • No physical connection to your LAN
  • Supports over-the-air updates
  • Easily one-time provisioning from an Android phone
  • Integrates with MQTT and Home Assistant
  • Accessible as a webapp
  • Protected with IP68 waterproof case and connectors
  • Does not require a power adapter
  • Open source!

This device was tested with the Pentair SunTouch controller with firmware 2.080, connected to an IntelliFlo pump and IntelliChlor salt water chlorinator.


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    The Connectivity Standards Alliance Unveils Matter - An Open Standard To Unify The Smart Home Ecosystem Of The Largest Tech Giants

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 13 August, 2021 - 18:38 · 1 minute

The proliferation of connected objects continues to change the way we live, work and play. From homes to offices, factories to hospitals, connected objects enable us to experience our environments in cohesive, interactive ways. Yet, for too long, disconnected platforms and disparate development paths have caused confusion for consumers and complicated processes for developers and innovators. Smart objects should be reliable, secure, and work together – this is the shared vision behind Project Connected Home over IP (CHIP), now known as the new standard, Matter.

Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Google, SmartThings, and the Connectivity Standards Alliance came together in 2019 to develop and promote this new standard, joined by fellow Alliance board member companies IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Schneider Electric, Signify, Silicon Labs, Somfy and Wulian. Now, there are more than 180 Member organizations of all sizes, across a range of business categories, and over 1,700 Member individuals participating in bringing the Matter specification, reference implementations, testing tools and certification programs to life.

Consumers get increased choice, compatibility, and more control of their experience. Developers get lower development and operational cost via a single SKU and more time for innovation. Retailers get reduced complexity in-store to create a more simplified purchasing experience, leading to fewer returns for compatibility issues.

It seems though that the actual implementation is going to be slightly delayed though.


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    Home Assistant wordt gestopt. #HassIO #IOT #SmartHome… / Home-Assistant Twitter News · Tuesday, 5 May, 2020 - 20:04