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Smart homes will turn dumb overnight as Charter kills security service

10 comments

  1. [9]
    joplin
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    Smart homes are such a cool idea and have so much potential. But there's almost no reason they need to be contacting anything outside my home. There should be some sort of server I can run on my...

    Smart homes are such a cool idea and have so much potential. But there's almost no reason they need to be contacting anything outside my home. There should be some sort of server I can run on my home computer that I can update remotely if needed, and all my devices should talk only to my home server. It would end BS like this.

    Also, these devices really need some basic security. I hope the new alliance announced between Apple, Amazon, Google, and Zigbee works out.

    16 votes
    1. [6]
      seizethegoddamngap
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      Check out HomeAssistant. I don't have it set up yet, but it seems like an all-in-one solution. I doubt it is an easy setup at this point in time and probably takes some tech acumens, but it's...

      Check out HomeAssistant.

      I don't have it set up yet, but it seems like an all-in-one solution. I doubt it is an easy setup at this point in time and probably takes some tech acumens, but it's definitely an option.

      11 votes
      1. [3]
        joplin
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        Very cool! Thanks for the link!

        Very cool! Thanks for the link!

        4 votes
        1. [2]
          vivaria
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          I found this link to be informative and funny, and might be up your alley too: https://vas3k.com/blog/dumbass_home/

          I found this link to be informative and funny, and might be up your alley too: https://vas3k.com/blog/dumbass_home/

          4 votes
          1. joplin
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            That's really funny! And looks quite useful. Thank you for that!

            That's really funny! And looks quite useful. Thank you for that!

            4 votes
      2. ali
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        I set it up today, it was super easy. I just had to flash the sd card, put it in a raspberry pi, and wait a little bit. The pi hole addon did. cause some headache though.

        I set it up today, it was super easy. I just had to flash the sd card, put it in a raspberry pi, and wait a little bit. The pi hole addon did. cause some headache though.

        2 votes
      3. pseudolobster
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        Here's a couple more options: https://www.domoticz.com/ https://www.openhab.org/ I've never used any of these, but I had to research them for a client at one point. Some others I looked at:...

        Here's a couple more options:

        https://www.domoticz.com/
        https://www.openhab.org/

        I've never used any of these, but I had to research them for a client at one point. Some others I looked at:

        https://www.castleos.com/
        http://www.openremote.com/
        https://www.charmedquark.com/

        2 votes
    2. [2]
      Octofox
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      The consumer doesn't understand one way or the other so there is no pressure to do it the right way and the local hosted way doesn't allow for the OEM to suck up all of your data and then brick...

      The consumer doesn't understand one way or the other so there is no pressure to do it the right way and the local hosted way doesn't allow for the OEM to suck up all of your data and then brick your device when they want to sell a new one.

      6 votes
      1. joplin
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        Yep. It's pretty blatant and infuriating. I think another few Mirai-botnet-like incidents or expensive devices losing functionality and the tide may start to turn as consumers realize, "Hey, these...

        Yep. It's pretty blatant and infuriating. I think another few Mirai-botnet-like incidents or expensive devices losing functionality and the tide may start to turn as consumers realize, "Hey, these guys are screwing me over!"

        4 votes
  2. Bullmaestro
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    Didn't Google pull the same stunt with Nest? I recall there being a lot of older Nest devices which were effectively bricked by the parent company. I'm also surprised that none of this has led to...

    Didn't Google pull the same stunt with Nest? I recall there being a lot of older Nest devices which were effectively bricked by the parent company.

    I'm also surprised that none of this has led to a class action lawsuit.

    7 votes