Smart Devices - new peril

Discussion in 'Just Talk' started by quasar9, Jan 13, 2023.

  1. quasar9

    quasar9 Screwfix Select

    We have talked about these here often enough, with three camps. Those that can’t get enough and try automating every aspect of their house from lights to TRV and everything in between, those that only adopt proven and useful technology and those who refuse to move at all !

    now we have this from BBC. Nothing new here at all. We all know the issues of lack of support, security holes and interoperability issues. But here it is anyway.
  2. Bob Rathbone

    Bob Rathbone Screwfix Select

    'Smart' on the box means smart for the manufacturer, not the customer. We are giving control of our lives to an unknown party with these connected devices, the manufacturer or any third party could hack the device and render it useless, meaning that the customer must replace it. Beware of the 'Smart' meters, it has become an issue with suppliers automatically placing customers with bad credit onto a pre payment scheme. With smart meters no one needs to visit your house to do this, it's all done remotely by the same communication device that sends out your meter readings. More corporate control of our lives.
    quasar9, Kingscurate and rogerk101 like this.
  3. AnotherTopJob

    AnotherTopJob Screwfix Select

    It seems a lot of solutions are invented for problems that don't exist, merely to make you stick to a brand, such as Amazon.

    I much prefer 'plug and play' remote switches or bulbs, where you simply have a remote with no need for Smartphone apps etc.

    Same with CCTV, it takes more work to install but hardwiring all the cameras has to be better for reliability and security.
  4. halalooyer

    halalooyer New Member

    What about people who use a smartphone for every thing, when they lose the phone they lose everything.
  5. AnotherTopJob

    AnotherTopJob Screwfix Select

    Smartphones can be fairly easily backed up but of course if something's working well, you tend to forget.

    Once you adopt new technology though, it's very hard to go back. You can take a photo, share it, transfer money or buy something in a matter of seconds.

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