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#91 bribri25  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 14, 2017 - 9:27 pm

Is there something for the mailbox so my parents don't have to walk down the icy driveway just to find out the mail hasn't come yet?!

You can get something like a motion sensor to put inside the mailbox and it will alert you when the mailbox opens. However, there isn't much rated for outdoor, and you'll have to be within 30 feet for ZWave to communicate.

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Posted Nov 15, 2017 - 8:45 am

I think Amazon is working on that. Which is part of the reason why they now have a special lock for you to install to let them in whenever they need/want.


Interesting... something to think about. I want an Astro dog my self.

Is there something for the mailbox so my parents don't have to walk down the icy driveway just to find out the mail hasn't come yet?!


You can get a go pro and put it in there to watch live but someone might take it or ask the mail people to lower the arm to signal they have cone by

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Posted Nov 15, 2017 - 11:13 am

Is there something for the mailbox so my parents don't have to walk down the icy driveway just to find out the mail hasn't come yet?!

 

Not smart home related, exactly, but our mailbox has an additional flag that raises or lowers anytime someone opens the door.  Every evening when I get the mail, I make sure it's pointed down, and then the next day when the mail person opens the box to put the mail in, it automatically raises the flag and stays that way until someone opens it again.  I can't see it from my house (too far and too many trees), but if they have a good line of sight to the mailbox, it would work. 



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Posted Nov 16, 2017 - 3:29 pm

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Posted Nov 16, 2017 - 4:33 pm

We have Amcrest security cameras. They can be set up for notifications.

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Posted Nov 16, 2017 - 7:12 pm

Finally got my package today now if I only had the energy to try and set them up tonight.

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Posted Nov 17, 2017 - 1:05 am

I want the color lights. I see there in the BB BF ad so I am going to try and get them and start to build my smart house that hopefully want trap me inside if I don't clean it up right away

I hope so too as I am tried of having to get up and cut the lights off while I'm comfortable in bed

 

https://www.walmart....ap-off/10740655



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Posted Nov 17, 2017 - 1:29 am

Is there something for the mailbox so my parents don't have to walk down the icy driveway just to find out the mail hasn't come yet?!

 

When I was a kid, the people across the street had a mailbox with a bob that dropped when the door was open.  It was, basically, a red ball on a string that sat in an eye bolt in the door.  When the door was opened, the ball fell out of the eye bolt and hung by the cord.  I see a lot of these on my commute...

 

https://www.wdrake.c...ert-ball-337394

 

It's wireless!

 

Only concern with high tech options is that your folks may not be good about changing the battery.



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Posted Nov 17, 2017 - 6:46 am

LOL!!!! 



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Posted Nov 17, 2017 - 7:21 am

How do I fit that it the switch box in my wall to turn my can lights on and off? :)

 

My grandparents friends had one of those and when the dog barked it would trip it and turn the lights on and off.



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Posted Nov 17, 2017 - 5:06 pm

Thanks everyone for your replies.  



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Posted Nov 17, 2017 - 11:08 pm

Is there something for the mailbox so my parents don't have to walk down the icy driveway just to find out the mail hasn't come yet?!

 

Get USPS informed Delivery it will tell you if mail is actually coming that day.  Has saved me trips to mailbox, since I know nothing was coming that day



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Posted Nov 18, 2017 - 4:10 am

Get USPS informed Delivery it will tell you if mail is actually coming that day. Has saved me trips to mailbox, since I know nothing was coming that day

True. Though, it won't inform you of all catalog/mass mailer items. It will let you know 95% of what you care about.

But also doesn't inform you (necessarily) when that mail arrives.

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Posted Nov 19, 2017 - 3:17 pm

Not a big Smart home guy, but I DO love Amazon's Alexa products.  The Show is my preferred device and Quill is offering one for $179 with a free smart plug and other crap plus $5 off with code FIVE4U.  If you usea Quill card to purchase the Show, you will get a $20 gift card...

 

http://www.qvc.com/A...iate.cj.5325996

 

Happy shopping!



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Posted Nov 19, 2017 - 4:32 pm

I have a question. I have health issues and am wondering if the Echo Dot could get help forme (call someone) if I couldn't get to a phone. Anybody know?


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Posted Nov 19, 2017 - 4:55 pm

I have a question. I have health issues and am wondering if the Echo Dot could get help forme (call someone) if I couldn't get to a phone. Anybody know?

From my understanding, Echo has the ability to call other echos (or maybe phones via the Alexa app) with their calling service. Google Home (And mini) have the ability to call any phone number or any name in your contacts; cannot call 911, however.

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Posted Nov 19, 2017 - 6:01 pm

Alexa can call anyone in your contacts list.



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Posted Nov 21, 2017 - 4:57 pm

Can anyone tell me please what the big Google Home does that the little mini doesn't do? I've tried reading descriptions from a few stores and really haven't found anything. I'm assuming it's like the Dot and Echo.... Just a bigger better speaker? Anything else?
Thanks!

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Posted Nov 21, 2017 - 5:06 pm

Can anyone tell me please what the big Google Home does that the little mini doesn't do? I've tried reading descriptions from a few stores and really haven't found anything. I'm assuming it's like the Dot and Echo.... Just a bigger better speaker? Anything else?
Thanks!


You pretty much got it. Think of Echo vs Echo Dot.

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Posted Nov 21, 2017 - 5:16 pm

Great, thanks!! Just making sure. Especially since I haven't quite wrapped my head around the whole echo thing yet either.

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Posted Nov 21, 2017 - 5:26 pm

Great, thanks!! Just making sure. Especially since I haven't quite wrapped my head around the whole echo thing yet either.

The mini won't be great in noisy environment because the speaker and microphone aren't nearly as powerful. But functionally, they do the same thing.

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Posted Nov 21, 2017 - 5:41 pm

Okay cool thanks. We aren't noisy so we should be good.
Probably won't be used anyway. :)
But we have Google music and Google TV and Chromecast, so seems like it would be a good fit for our things.

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Posted Nov 21, 2017 - 7:29 pm

okay, I have been playing with these lights for 2 days and I love it. I need more lights. I can on assume what my neighbors think. It has to look like our house is possessed



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Posted Nov 21, 2017 - 8:57 pm

okay, I have been playing with these lights for 2 days and I love it. I need more lights. I can on assume what my neighbors think. It has to look like our house is possessed

it's like a child with a new toy, isn't it? I think I've gone thru every dimness (I'm sure there's a word, but dimness works for me), just so I can keep giving commands. "Amazon, light 4%" "Amazon, light 27%"...  LOL



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Posted Nov 21, 2017 - 9:04 pm

Great, thanks!! Just making sure. Especially since I haven't quite wrapped my head around the whole echo thing yet either.

 

In the case of the Echo, it's not just the speaker quality -- though it is definitely better.  The Echo features an array of microphones which definitely picks up commands better.  The Dot has aux out, so you can use your own speakers or a stereo for playback -- which means more than one speaker.  (The new Echos have aux out as well.)

 

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Posted Nov 22, 2017 - 6:12 am

Thanks. When I was comparing the Google Home and Google Home Mini on Best Buy's website, the number of microphones was the only difference I saw in the chart. Thank you for explaining what more microphones would do.

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Posted Nov 22, 2017 - 6:17 am

Thanks. When I was comparing the Google Home and Google Home Mini on Best Buy's website, the number of microphones was the only difference I saw in the chart. Thank you for explaining what more microphones would do.

 

Yeah, that's what I was trying to get it with "being in a noisy environment", without being too technical.



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Posted Nov 23, 2017 - 6:34 am

Staples has $25 off $100 with Visa Checkout and the Show on sale for $179.99, so get your $155 Amazon Show!

 

https://www.staples....product_2720233

https://www.laptopma...s-visa-checkout

 

Happy Shopping!






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