Automating your smarthome without the cloud

Presented by: Seth Petry-Johnson
Time: Thursday, Jan. 11, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Modern "smart" homes are dumb; your lights shouldn't stop working because your Internet is down, and your new doorbell shouldn't compromise your network security.

A smarter and more secure home doesn't depend on cloud services or a disparate array of apps to function, and it's easier than you might think to achieve total local control. A dash of technical knowledge, a dab of DIY elbow grease, and this session are all you need to get started.

In this session you'll learn how to choose and install a local hub (Home Assistant vs Hubitat vs HomeKit), which devices work best (Zigbee vs Z-Wave vs Wifi), and how to integrate lights, plugs, sensors, and switches without the cloud. You'll also learn how to add smart features like remote control and push notifications to your existing "dumb" appliances.

Come take a tour through the land of smart, local home automation and stop being dependent on someone else's computers!

Room: Salon ATags: IoT, Cloud, AutomationLevel: Introductory and overview