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    Are we going to see Google Home support? Or is Insteon financially tied to Amazon?
    Granted, 'Home' has only been around for a couple months, but Google Assistant has been around since before Echo, and there was little movement there either.
    I love Insteon because of the vast capabilities in virtually every area. But what good is it if 'control' is restricted.

    Amazon is a great shopping experience, and it's echo is geared toward that objective.

    Google is a great information service, and that is what Home is geared for.

    They are very different, and people choose one for those differences. Insteon should not be twisting arms favoring one over the other.

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    Insteon is a home automation protocol. The link to the Amazon echo is for voice control of Insteon devices, not any other Echo capability. A possible reason for choosing the Echo it that the Echo was available, Google Home was not.

    Again, home automation is the objective, not information services. Apple also has voice control (i.e., Siri) and there is an Insteon product for that. What do you mean by control is restricted?
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    • #3
      Sorry about semantics. My usage of 'control' was meant to be a reference to the end user's interface. My 2245 Hub physically controls my house, but "I" control my house with 'Home'.
      'Home' may 'use' the 2245 Hub, or maybe the Honeywell thermostat, to then control the house.

      I recognize that neither Google nor Insteon can like the two systems single handedly and need to work together. Which is the topic of my concern, I haven't seen any indication that this collaboration in under way. And my skepticism is reinforced by the lack of Insteon/Google Assistant collaboration, and "Assistant' has been around for quite some time.

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      • #4
        Just in case you didn't know contacting Google, Honeywell, IFTTT, is like trying to talk to God. You can ask, plead, and write as many letters as you like - You simply won't get a reply!

        Meaning other small to large vendors have over the years contacted their support line to obtain the required API's to start the integration process. Sadly, many of the listed companies simply don't ever reply!

        Honeywell is by far the worst company to ever deal with in this regard . . .
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        • #5
          Insteon generally does not make people aware of new functionality until it is released or just before. They could be working on things without our knowledge. Even before echo support was officially released, they had it in testing for months prior. With that said, google only released their api back in dec.
          Last edited by richaree; 02-22-2017, 09:44 PM.

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          • #6
            I was able to get Google Home working with Insteon via IFTTT to Stringify. Once I got started it was pretty easy. I can control my 10+ light switches throughout the house. IFTTT works with Google Home and Stringify. Stringify works with IFTTT and Insteon. Connect Stringify and Insteon and then you can create a string in Stringify for the pieces you want to control. Then you create an Applet in IFTTT (simple phrase) on the Google Assistant channel and have that control the string. I've found that if I follow a few general rules on setting up the phrasing it works well. It's not always as quick as I would like with a periodic 1-2 second delay but I'm overall pleased with it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ammarmon View Post
              I was able to get Google Home working with Insteon via IFTTT to Stringify. Once I got started it was pretty easy. I can control my 10+ light switches throughout the house. IFTTT works with Google Home and Stringify. Stringify works with IFTTT and Insteon. Connect Stringify and Insteon and then you can create a string in Stringify for the pieces you want to control. Then you create an Applet in IFTTT (simple phrase) on the Google Assistant channel and have that control the string. I've found that if I follow a few general rules on setting up the phrasing it works well. It's not always as quick as I would like with a periodic 1-2 second delay but I'm overall pleased with it.
              Oh - I can't see any problems happening using this multi cloud, multi hop method at all.

              LMAO . . .
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              • #8
                Thanks to ammarmon's post, I have successfully set up Google Home (round device) and Google Assistant on Android phone to use IfTtT linked to Stringify to control my Insteon Hub to control lights in the house. Its not hard to set up, but the delay is noticeable, sometimes up to 10 seconds. Mostly 4 to 6 seconds. First Google Assistant has to invoke IfTtT in the cloud, then call Stringify in the cloud, which comes back to the Insteon Hub for action. Circuitous, but it works.

                Sure wish Insteon would get their act together and work directly with IfTtT and Google Assistant! Would eliminate one or two middlemen and eliminate a lot of the delay. I would vote for IfTtT integration first!

                I should add that it is great to have Stringify integration. That makes the above possible, and its cool on its own. For instance, I created a Stringify flow which detects when I arrive home via GPS location service, and switches on my garage lights. Many more capabilities exist.

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                Last edited by svtdoug; 05-06-2017, 01:46 PM.

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