“Hey Siri, play the podcast Data Center Therapy”

We’re leaving the data center this week to venture back to the home front, as the Matts (Misters Yette & Cozzolino) explore their own experiences with home automation. It’s well known that the HA space is very fragmented with all the competing ecosystems and technologies out there, so our intrepid technology sherpas do their best to break down the possible options & integrations for all our listeners who already spend the bulk of their day supporting the tech at their organization.

The DCT professionals expound on a myriad of home automation technologies and practices such as:

  • Mesh wireless and multiple access points, whether to have devices & platforms directly Internet-attach or otherwise, and how good wireless connectivity can be fundamental for things to work well.
  • How service discovery protocols like Avahi and mDNS can make for “noisy” networks and complicate stable, reliable home automation – as well as how to have fun with geofencing and location awareness.
  • Hacked Amazon Dash buttons, Philips Hue bulbs, Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, smart plugs, smoke alarms, and some platforms & devices that can make interoperability a challenge (without nifty tricks like HomeBridge).

If you’re a seasoned home automation pro, or just thinking of starting out with a platform / device or two, this episode’ll get your mind going and your home-hacking creative juices flowing. Give it a listen and let us know your stories of home automation gone wrong – or what you’re most proud of!

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About Data Center Therapy

IT talk with a healthy dose of empathy: Hosts Matt Yette & Matt Cozzolino draw on their combined 40+ years of infrastructure experience as they discuss the ever-changing technology landscape – from virtualization to storage, security to networking, and everything in between.

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