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    True !. That's quite interesting

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      OMG.... Where did my slink-e go??? One of my first toys

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        upstatemike WOW! That is something. Thanks for posting. Love the HomeBrain. I suggest you leave it as is and update the documentation.

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          1981: DC motor on a wall wired to a DPDT, center-off switch at my headboard. DC motor had a pulley with a belt (OK, rubber band) that went around the dimmer switch knob. Remote controlled lighting.


          ~Bill

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            Originally posted by Bill Brower View Post
            1981: DC motor on a wall wired to a DPDT, center-off switch at my headboard. DC motor had a pulley with a belt (OK, rubber band) that went around the dimmer switch knob. Remote controlled lighting.
            Back in the days when HA was rock solid! I bet except for needing to replace the rubber band that this setup would still be working today if you had left it in place.

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              WINK SUCKS! I grew up with X10 and chose WINK when it came out because it was easy and because it could handle multiple protocols. It was a cheap hub and I could use relatively cheap parts. For the first year I loved it. Then the hub would lose connection and I could not control things while on the road. Then they went to a subscription service..... Then their servers went down and I could not control anything even at home! Now you can't add or even REMOVE something without paying for a subscription! I was trying to exclude some devices so I could add them to my Zee/Pi. I feel like I am being extorted!

              Is there anything inside a WINK anyone wants? If not, it will be out on the practice range Wednesday! I can't imaging it lasting much longer....

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                Originally posted by CountryPlace View Post
                WINK SUCKS! I grew up with X10 and chose WINK when it came out because it was easy and because it could handle multiple protocols. It was a cheap hub and I could use relatively cheap parts. For the first year I loved it. Then the hub would lose connection and I could not control things while on the road. Then they went to a subscription service..... Then their servers went down and I could not control anything even at home! Now you can't add or even REMOVE something without paying for a subscription! I was trying to exclude some devices so I could add them to my Zee/Pi. I feel like I am being extorted!

                Is there anything inside a WINK anyone wants? If not, it will be out on the practice range Wednesday! I can't imaging it lasting much longer....
                Just follow up and share some pictures of your Wink's demise.

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                  Originally posted by upstatemike View Post

                  Any alternative suggestions?

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                  Maybe get out and date more?



                  Jim Speiser
                  35-year veteran of Home Automation
                  Still don't know squat

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                    Another one bites the dust. The original SmartThings hub (2013) will go offline on June 30th 2021: https://www.the-ambient.com/news/sma...k-too-rip-2554
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                      Originally posted by upstatemike View Post

                      2 Rip the CDs in my CD changers so I can get rid of the Slink-e and listen to all my music using the Turtle Beach Audiotron.
                      I tossed my Turtle Beach a few years back. Use a Sonos Connect/Port

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                        Originally posted by dcorsus View Post

                        I tossed my Turtle Beach a few years back. Use a Sonos Connect/Port
                        I wouldn't jump all the way to from the Audiotron to Sonos without pausing at Slim Devices SliMP3 first.

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                          Originally posted by upstatemike View Post

                          I wouldn't jump all the way to from the Audiotron to Sonos without pausing at Slim Devices SliMP3 first.
                          of course ..... what was I thinking

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                            I actually have a lot of SliMP3s... not Squeezeboxes (I have a lot of those too) but rather the original Slim Devices music players. For that matter I have a lot of Sonos gear as well. Not currently using any of it. I really need to start getting rid of some of this stuff.

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                              Originally posted by upstatemike View Post
                              ...I really need to start getting rid of some of this stuff.
                              I agree with and understand that message quite well, though it usually takes the form of "You really need to start getting rid of some of this stuff...."


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                                Originally posted by CountryPlace View Post

                                Is there anything inside a WINK anyone wants? If not, it will be out on the practice range Wednesday! I can't imaging it lasting much longer....
                                Hoping your took a video at the range. Please share!

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