First Ring Daily 784: Woodwork and Warzone

Posted on March 9, 2020 by Brad Sams in First Ring Daily, Podcasts with 3 Comments

On this episode of First Ring Daily, Brad fails a project, Warzone is on the horizon, and Phillips closes a hub.

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3 responses to “First Ring Daily 784: Woodwork and Warzone”

  1. Daekar

    I love it when you guys piss off everyone at once. Well done!

  2. factoryoptimizr

    In the long run, the concern over home automation hardware obsolescence is less about sound systems and lightbulbs and more about light SWITCHES and power outlets - fixtures that are embedded in the home. If new construction or a home remodel adds home automation-enabled light switches and power outlets throughout the house, shouldn't there be a reasonable expectation that those won't need to be replaced with the "latest model" after a few years in order to maintain functionality? Not talking about ADDING functionality, just preserving the ORIGINAL functionality in perpetuity. In my own home I have light switches and outlets dating back to the early 1900s when the house was constructed. They still work as originally designed and I know that I won't lose functionality if I just leave them alone. The solution Sonos ultimately settled on is a good compromise: "Your old stuff will continue to work...you just won't get the cool new features." That should be a key design consideration for every company building home automation gear: "How can we support this in perpetuity?" Not necessary, perhaps, to add new functionality forever, but at least preserve the original functionality forever.

  3. mmcpher

    "Wifi is unplayable". I've always wondered about the Wifi Router end of "What I Use", as I understand that PT uses a Google-branded router, whereas there were and are much higher-rated routers available. In my experience, in a couple of locations, choice of wifi router is one of the things where paying more is justified, because the better-rated routers provided higher speeds and much more stable connectivity. In this case,, it may also be a function of the lack of top-end provider availability. But we've had Fios for years but even if you keep abreast of Verizon's latest and best-rated branded wifi-routers, their branded performance in nowhere near the level you can achieve by shutting off the Fios Router wifi radio and passing through to a higher-end "third-party" wifi router. Some of the best tech bucks I even spent.

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