Yesterday our Internet service was down for a few hours and I witnessed what happened with all the new automation I installed last year. It wasn’t pretty.
What bothers me is that years ago the automation I had worked fine in the absence of an Internet connection. I even had calendar sync completely local (on my LAN). I could control lamps with X10. Now everything seems to need to phone home. Nothing can work peer to peer.
While I now have a home thermostat that doesn’t require Internet access, for a couple years we had a Honeywell Lyric which can’t even do a night setback without being commanded by Honeywell’s servers.
But now I find that my home security cameras (Blink) and automation (Amazon and SmartThings) don’t work because they are actually controlled by their companies servers and not locally. Why does the Cloud need to be involved when I just want to turn on a lamp?
I don’t dare use Quicken because the data synchronizes between systems using Dropbox, which was out. Everything I’ve got under Resilio Sync however works fine because it is peer to peer.
I didn’t try it but I suspect now that I couldn’t even play my media using Plex because Plex wants to call home.
This whole thing is bad for reliability and also for privacy. Voice control with Siri or Alexa is just the tip of the iceberg.
Note that I don’t use the Apple Home App but I suspect it too wouldn’t work in an Internet outage.
Thoughts, comments, experiences welcome!