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Little Cottage
We have the Google Home & have it also connected to 'Nest', so it takes commands like turning on/off fireplace, turn room temps up or down, etc. For a modern household it is really making many things more convenient!
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celestina89

Personally, I haven't found them to do anything that I can't do and I can do a lot of things they can't do. I've also found they are very expensive since it must be "connected" to the device you want it to control or to get information. Therefore, it must be always "on" which makes it a target to get hacked.

A neighbor set one up for cameras to record any movement on the private road. She resets it every 48 hours after viewing the results. One day she discovered her computer was hacked despite all her passwords. Apparently the hacker got in through her camera then to her "assistant" then to her computer. Her network was always "on" and not secured in one area of connection.

She and her hubby also had trouble getting the blinds to work right or the lights to turn on or off. Something to do with the connections.

I think I'll wait a few years before the bugs get worked out and the system is a lot more secured.

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You forgot to mention a HUGELY POPULAR one which is one, of if not the best - The “Sonos One”. Sonos is a well respected, higher end, wireless speaker maker that existed long before any of these other wireless products. It is often connected to a TV home theater system or a stand alone speaker the listen to your own music or streaming radio, podcasts, sports, music, news, and of course your own TV wirelessly in different rooms. The Sonos newest speaker includes the Amazon Alexa in it and looks must more sophisticated than any other wireless speaker. As a result, your home decor is not punctuated with the devices sitting on tabletops although this is an option. They also have stands, wall mounts, and look seemless into your decor and home. Moreover, when you entertain, the speaker is far above in sound quality than any Amazon, Goggle, or other as the company has been making high end speakers for decades before. Sonos One is the best wireless voice control. It is also controlled far from him and within your home via smart phones. Additionally, if you have wireless thermostat, sprinklers, lights, and so on, your Sonos One app can control all those in same app and from same Sonos One with Alex installed inside in a partnership with Amazon Alexa. It’s the highest and best of worlds. Our home is controlled with Sonos One. Amazing such a more elegant and highest end wasn’t included. And best, it’s around same price as the others yet again the best engineering, appearance, and quality.
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