I know we have had discussions in multiple threads that touch on the topics of smart homes and devices including the possible privacy issues with devices always listening.
Putting aside that particular concern for the moment (though it is valid IMHO), has anyone "gone all in " so to speak on a smart home deployment, amazon, apple or google (or mixed)?
The reason I ask is I volunteered for a mid term project to fully explore possible uses cases and deployments now that all of the big players have coalesced around a core base standard protocol in MATTER.
So in my house at the moment, I have three Amazon Echos, an echobee smart thermostat, two Eufy smart locks, a Google Home speaker, an unreleased (so can’t name names yet) smoke and air quality detector, as well as MATTER enabled smart TVs from Samsung and LG as well as a ring doorbell and a couple of ring out door cameras. As well as already having a Sonos soundbar home theater system. And to tie them all together, an Eero mesh nettwork.
And God help me, my wife has been looking at Samsung’s smart fridge…
So a couple of quick observations right off the bat. One is that despite the allegedly common support for the MATTER protocol on all the devices getting them all setup and configured and talking to each other has proven to be one of the more technically complex and challenging undertakings I have done in a good while.
To start with, the seeming only successful way to get these going without all levels of weird glitches is to initially setup and configure each device in isolation first and then device, by device join them to the larger whole system.
And despite Amazons, Google’s and Apple’s at least implied promise that you could/should be able to manage the menagerie via the Alexa, Google Home, or Apple home apps respectively, so far that has been the source of more frustration and missteps than general success.
That all being said I’m already finding some positives such as being able to “move” music I was listening to, to another room as I move there, or for example being able to check and get alerts from the ring doorbells or the two cameras, not only from my phone, but from both televisions.
It also has had it’s share of odd/humorous moments such as the response to the query “what’s the weather” providing three divergent responses with occasionally the various voice assistants literally attempting to talk over each other
One last purely technical comment is don’t even think about trying to deploy more than a couple of devices on a typical one access point wifi device. Smart homes like most office/commercial spaces work far better with mesh WIFI systems.
OTOH, I think there is a career path for someone that has mastered this tech as a consultant for deploying them.
Anybody else dipped their toes in to this, beyond just a smart speaker?
EDIT forgot to mention about a half dozen Philips Hue bulbs/light sources as well