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A few weeks ago we picked up a Google Home device from Best Buy. I must admit, I was always jealous of those of you who had Amazon’s Echo, but we held off on buying a device, waiting for Google to come out with something.

I must say, I am glad I waited! If you don’t have a device yet, definitely consider Google Home over Echo, I think it is even cheaper right now too with the holiday prices somewhere around $99.

Here are a couple of great things you can ask your Google Home for the holidays. Everything assumes you are starting out with “Okay Google” as that is what you need to say to get it going.
 

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I recently got around to installing my Foscam fi9803ep (HD/POE) camera, and after getting everything setup, realized I was unable to access the SD card via the “SD Card Management” option in the settings for the Camera.

If you logged into the camera via the web interface (using Internet Explorer, no Chrome support from what I can find) you can configure the camera to take a Snapshot every X seconds, as well as have it take snapshots or record based on an “Alarm” setting. I was able to get all of that configured, but when I tried to access any of those files, I was unable to do so remotely. Clicking on the SD Card Management link in Internet Explorer would simply open up an FTP connection to the camera, in Windows 10, but no matter what I typed in, I wasn’t able to successfully log in.

Update: I have experienced the same problem with a Foscam fi9900ep camera as well. 

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This is a follow up post to our post earlier this week

Earlier this week we posted about not being able to get the INSTEON Wireless Security IP Camera with Pan, Tilt and Night Vision working with our Insteon Hub using the Android Application. I reached out to Insteon support to see what they had to offer, they suggested that if I had an iOS device I could use the “Add existing” option when adding the Camera to the Hub app, but that feature isn’t available on the Android version.

We are an Android household, though I do have a Macbook Pro, I don’t have an iOS devices. I commandeered the office’s IPod Touch for the weekend to see if I could get the cameras working, and what do you know, they sure do!

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For a few years now I’ve been wanting to tie our Christmas lights into my Insteon Home Automation, but I haven’t had any of the Insteon hardware/software hooked up due to various houses we were in. This year is different, this year my Christmas lights are hooked up to my home automation system!
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Is [email protected] vaporware? That is the question I have been asking myself since Google announced [email protected] at Google IO earlier this week.

There isn’t a whole lot of information out there as of right now, as to what [email protected] actually is, will be, or wants to be. The details are very sparse. The only information with any sort of a timeline that I’ve been able to find is an article from TechRadar that says the first “product” will be due at the end of this year (2011).

I’m hoping that things will flush out from Google over the next few months. In the mean time I think it is time that I dive into some Android development. I’ve been meaning to do so for quite some time, but with everything else going on I haven’t had the opportunity.

If you recall my last blog post you’ll see that I’ve dumb’d down the house, so this announcement from Google about [email protected] might have come at just the right time for me. Is it time to ditch Insteon and move to something else? Only time will tell.

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So here we are, getting ready to move again, so what do I need to do? Well, remove all the Insteon hardware from the house of course! This post is actually a year and a half too late, as we have actually moved once already, we left our house in Colorado to move to California. Making that house “dumb” was easy, as I had only put in two Insteon switches in that house.

Here in California I had wired up 7 various INSTEON SwitchLinc devices throughout the house, with a combination of relays and sending units. I never really took it 100% like I wanted to, but I also knew we wouldn’t be living here for more than a year. So I removed all of the switches this weekend. Installing the SwitchLinc devices is easy, removing them is just as easy. Though I did run into one stumbling block. The hall lighting in this house was wired with a 4 way switch. I had no clue what that meant, except that it had 3 switches that could control the lights.

When I had wired up the Insteon switches I ended up making only one of the switches work, the other two were plated off. Well that wouldn’t be acceptable for the land lord so I had to figure out how to get it working. Fortunately I came across this website that showed me how to figure out the wiring of a 4-way switch.

Hopefully with the new place I’ll have the opportunity to wire things up again and this time I can go all out. I’ve got plenty of devices to use.

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