I’ve spent the last few weeks really getting into Quora for the Smart Home space, I actually really do enjoy it. You can follow me on Quora here.
But, there’s some repeat questions I see over and over again which I believe I can answer here for you. So, if you have any further questions, please do let me know in the comments, message me on Quora or tweet @Smarthomebit
You don’t necessarily need a specific Smart Device to control them, you can often use your phone for example to set up rules and control these.
Typically, a Smart Assistant / Smart Hub can be used to control these. But once set up, you don’t need to worry about it.
You can plug in “dumb” items into these devices to turn them “smart”.
Thankfully, as you’re on Android you can install what is known as an APK. This means you can install ‘unlicensed’ apps without going through the app store but also download the genuine app without going through the app store.
I am curious, does this work when using mobile data? or is it across the whole of SA?
Yes, the Amazon Echo is able to play Spotify, as of a recent update, it also now plays YouTube Music and Google Play Music.
You will require an active Wi-Fi connection for this.
The TradFri bulbs are fantastic from Ikea, I do highly recommend them if you’re using a Google Home Assistant.
Other devices are okay, but they’re pretty cheap and lackluster. To confirm, you will need another hub, so it works well if you’re using Philips Hue as of the moment.
This is a rather vague question. If you mean for the infrastructure, that’s likely a no on the basis of having one you can control.
Yes, Amazon will have one, much like companies which can push products to no longer work via software patches.
If you mean in your household? Just unplug it. Once unplugged it has no power to do anything 😉
These are just some of the questions I’ve answered on Quora, definitely do check out my profile on there and give me some upvotes 😉
Learning about Smart Home Tech via Quora is fine for an entry level point, but I definitely suggest reading over more blogs. Like mine, or check out my best Smart Home Blogs.