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    For the dumb ones (like myself) amongst us - let's use this fred to discuss smart technology, APPS, etc.

    First question: What is IFTTT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uys View Post
    For the dumb ones (like myself) amongst us - let's use this fred to discuss smart technology, APPS, etc.

    First question: What is IFTTT.
    IF This Then That

    Its an app/platform that allows you to connect various things together from different platforms - mainly meant for IOT (Internet Of Things) integration. So I can create a scene whereby if I ask Alexa to say "start theater" then this can cue up a movie on my chromecast, close the blinds and dim the lights using my sonoff devices etc.

    Essentially you are not tied into 1 single platform for IOT such a alexa / google / Sonoff etc etc - via IFTTT they can talk to each other
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uys View Post
    For the dumb ones (like myself) amongst us - let's use this fred to discuss smart technology, APPS, etc.

    First question: What is IFTTT.
    The thread's title wasn't very clever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizardalpha View Post
    The thread's title wasn't very clever.

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    I two see to many problems with this fred too make it wirk.
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    SMART is an acronym that can stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely
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    Quote Originally Posted by Predator View Post
    SMART is an acronym that can stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely
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    Quote Originally Posted by cainslie View Post
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    Back on Topic. Yeah, the explanation for IFTTT is correct.

    Makes me think back to when procedural programming was a thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mullerza View Post
    IF This Then That

    Its an app/platform that allows you to connect various things together from different platforms - mainly meant for IOT (Internet Of Things) integration. So I can create a scene whereby if I ask Alexa to say "start theater" then this can cue up a movie on my chromecast, close the blinds and dim the lights using my sonoff devices etc.

    Essentially you are not tied into 1 single platform for IOT such a alexa / google / Sonoff etc etc - via IFTTT they can talk to each other
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uys View Post
    For the dumb ones (like myself) amongst us - let's use this fred to discuss smart technology, APPS, etc.

    First question: What is IFTTT.
    I have no had much success with Sonoff etc, but I did buy a Smart plug for my coffee machine and what a good solution, previously the machine burned elements because it was on 24x7, now it is only on when I need it to be on.

    I have a read a lot about all of this and I think it can get a bit addictive when you really start playing with this.

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    I built a bunch of DIY Homekit accessories when we were in SA, some on SONOFFs with flashed firmware, some built on Arduino compatible WIFI boards, and ran a service on my home server to control that. It worked pretty well, and was, for the most part, a pretty painless system.

    SWAMBO bought me a Google Nest Mini speaker for Christmas, and I had picked up a couple of Ikea smart bulbs as well. I've now also added a few smart outlets to control some string lights and the kettle, as well as some smart light switches for multi fitting lights

    I really enjoyed the HomeKit system, and while any shortcoming where almost certainly down to the nature of my DIY installation, using Google Home now is, IMO, a better experience. By far the the biggest difference is the amount of accessories available. the HomeKit ecosystem is pretty limited, and pretty expensive, compared to buying anything that works with Google Home (and I assume Alexa). I've picked up 3 packs of outlets and 3 packs of light switches for $20 and $40 CAD respectively, and they just work. Automations are more powerful in my experience as well with Google.
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    IFTTT may work for me. I want to use Google home to open my garage door. So I'll add a Sonoff to that that - but when I open the door I want some lights inside the house must switched on - these lights are already fitted with Sonoff switches.

    I need some research on how to fit the Sonoff garage door opener in parallel with the the existing receivers and limits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uys View Post
    IFTTT may work for me. I want to use Google home to open my garage door. So I'll add a Sonoff to that that - but when I open the door I want some lights inside the house must switched on - these lights are already fitted with Sonoff switches.

    I need some research on how to fit the Sonoff garage door opener in parallel with the the existing receivers and limits.
    You can create scenes in ewelink that allows you to control multiple devices with one device.

    In Alexa you can create routines, again doing the same thing (for instance I have a routine that if I arrive at home after 6pm, all outside lights turn on automatically)

    I manage my interaction without IFTTT because alexa already talks to sonoff.

    I'm sure you will have similar functionality within the google device so may not need to use IFTTT
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    Which Sonoff switch should I buy for the garage door if I want to also use a Sonoff remote?
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    Next question.

    My house is setup with Wifi and some Sonoff switches. I use eWeLink for it but it is also connected to the Google assistant.

    On the farm I obviously have a different Wifi network and I want to add one of these on there to monitor the fridge (We only have solar there and sometimes we need the workers to assist the batteries with the generator.

    Will it work?

    Can eWeLink manage devices on different wifi networks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uys View Post
    Next question.

    My house is setup with Wifi and some Sonoff switches. I use eWeLink for it but it is also connected to the Google assistant.

    On the farm I obviously have a different Wifi network and I want to add one of these on there to monitor the fridge (We only have solar there and sometimes we need the workers to assist the batteries with the generator.

    Will it work?

    Can eWeLink manage devices on different wifi networks?
    I havent tried it but cannot see why not. You do not need to be on the same network as the device to use the ewelink app so having having devices across multiple wifi networks should not matter
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uys View Post

    Can eWeLink manage devices on different wifi networks?
    For sure.

    Ewelink works from anywhere in the world. You can have 100 sonoff devices in 100 house with 100 different networks and control them all via the app.

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    I have the eWeLink and Google assistant set up now. The board is lying next to me, powered by USB, and if we ask Google assistant to "switch on the garage door" the relay click, LED goes on, and 1 second later it goes off again.

    Now I have to connect it to the trigger on the motor - it is a Gemini.

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    Some important information:

    The red wire in photo 2 goes nowhere - it is only 3cm long.


    The white (trigger) and green (ground) comes from my Paradox alarm - we use the Paradox REM3 to open and close it currently. No other remotes are connected.

    Input to the device to power itself is 7-32V AC/DC - no problem, I'll get that off the backup batteries (24V).

    But what do I use for the trigger signal? What voltage?
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