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Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by TWO2SEVEN, Jan 10, 2017.
Do any of you visit other forums discussing home automation?
You can discuss home automation here. It is a forum of smart home and automation.
For HomeKit discussions, I visit MacRumor's topics on HomeKit and CarPlay. For my ISY994i, I check out Universal Devices' forum. For HomeBridge (HomeKit for the impatient), I usually go to github.com for any help or discussion related to a homebridge plugin. I have others that I'm following in Tapatalk that I can't remember off the top of my head.
TBH, I ditched homekit in favour of Amazon Alexa. It works with *everything* in my house, my hive, lightwave, harmony - with no faffing around whatsoever. Next step is to see if I can get it working in my car (doesn't have CarPlay) - but Alexa would be great with a mobile wifi hotspot (which would also be useful for my cars traffic thing so I don't need to faff with personal hotspot), would be useful for things like opening the gate, controlling Spotify, etc.
Shame really, as homekit could've been great - but the whole approval process has made it really lag behind the competition.
After working as a Controls Engineer in factory automation and having to deal with security for over 10 years and now dealing with vehicle electrical systems and dealing with security because of telematics, I'll take the security of HomeKit (and Wink, although I don't any of their stuff yet). Many people still don't realize how much unsecured IoT devices or IoT devices that have poor or buggy security that brought down the internet that this past year.
Anything internet-connected may have bugs, but what makes you so sure HomeKit devices won't have security issues?
Like anything in this world, you are responsible for your own protection IMO. Anything that needs internet access but not network access is in a separate vlan. So if someone hacks into my lightwave box or hive, the worst they can do is turn on my lights or crank my heating up. We're not talking alien-invasion level stuff here.
As you point out, never can be 100% sure on anything, but at least HomeKit was built with security as a key feature. Some other platforms had to add security later, because it was an afterthought.