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By the way, YouTube shows autoview bali blinds can be operated by SmartThings hub. anyway, thanks for all the input

I operate mine with homeseer and vera can do it too. The problem like already said is Alexa control not vera. you can control the blinds with vera app. You need alexa to understand it.

I know that the bridge will work for you. I also know that homeseer (and probley vera but i'm not sure) see's the blinds as a dimming bulb. So by nature alexa finds my blinds from homeseer as a dimming light bulb. Problem comes in when you use the words up and down 50% vs. saying dim to 50% or turn on or turn off.
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Security / Re: Vera vulnerable to Wi-Fi Krack exploit?
« Last post by Alex Waverley on Today at 06:27:15 pm »
I'm not really worried. As I said Vera's WiFi is off. As for my WiFi network, I'm hoping for a patch for DD-WRT soon so I can plug the hole but I'm not sweating it. If someone sits on the street in front of my house in a car, my K9 security system will detect that and alert. Since I have a camera on them, I'm pretty sure I will notice their behavior. I also have a camera aimed down my drive so I would be able to see Mr. or Mrs.B. Hat and catch them in the act. :-) Easy enough to SSH into my home server and drop the WiFi LAN port to stop their game.

Agreed. I have two Veras, neither of which have WiFi activated. I have wall mounted tablets with ImperiHome that use WiFi but so what. I never use them of anything but initiating  scenes. What folks should do is use HTTPS Everywhere and/or VPN's when transmitting private information, and encrypt all critical information until and unless it is being used.

I like my Vera units a lot but, as I've said before, trusting them with any critical function is like racing a motorcycle while wearing a $10 helmet.
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By the way, YouTube shows autoview bali blinds can be operated by SmartThings hub.

Yes, a SmartThings hub can control autoview blinds, as it can control most any Z-wave device.  Ditto for Vera.  But Alexa can't talk to the SmartView hub, AFAIK.

So you ALREADY have the Vera Controller skill for Alexa Smart Home?  And you're using it to control lots of other Zwave devices (via Vera).  Great.  I'm surprised that it doesn't know how to control blinds, but I know that it does have some "filters" on what it'll control.  For example, it refuses to control any time of "lock" device "for security reasons".  Still, it ought to be able to control blinds, I'd think.  You did re-run the discovery process after adding your blinds, right?  If so, maybe you could take it up with the Vera support folks.

Yes i ran discovery 3 times after "forget all devices". good suggestion, i will contact vera support and will update you. thanks.
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Security / Re: Vera vulnerable to Wi-Fi Krack exploit?
« Last post by Alex Waverley on Today at 06:10:57 pm »
Like I said, I have a K9 security system which is quite capable of handling physical break-ins.  8)

Even a small dog is a great security system. A barking dog attracts a lot of attention.
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Security / Re: Vera vulnerable to Wi-Fi Krack exploit?
« Last post by Alex Waverley on Today at 06:08:00 pm »
Probably more than enough to tell whether you're in or out...

Or they could just knock on the door....  (and yes, that has happened to me.)

All of the local bad guys that I am aware of do not have the smarts to perform computer hacking.

Nor the desire to deal with a dog. Thieves are opportunists who look for low-hanging fruit. My greyhounds are great watchdogs. They'll watch someone come in; Watch them take my stuff; And watch them leave...probably. Then again maybe not. That's enough to make my house less attractive than the neighbors. Like the old joke says "I don't have to out run the bear, I just have to out run you".
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Security / Re: Vera vulnerable to Wi-Fi Krack exploit?
« Last post by Alex Waverley on Today at 05:55:05 pm »
@BOFH ...
Have your trained your K9s for cyber security ?

Does your dog byte?
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Lock, Motion & Security Control / Re: Motion sensors false trip
« Last post by The Don on Today at 05:54:04 pm »
I was just told there is a threshold setting in the Z-Wave but don't now where.... Anybody?
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By the way, YouTube shows autoview bali blinds can be operated by SmartThings hub.

Yes, a SmartThings hub can control autoview blinds, as it can control most any Z-wave device.  Ditto for Vera.  But Alexa can't talk to the SmartView hub, AFAIK.

So you ALREADY have the Vera Controller skill for Alexa Smart Home?  And you're using it to control lots of other Zwave devices (via Vera).  Great.  I'm surprised that it doesn't know how to control blinds, but I know that it does have some "filters" on what it'll control.  For example, it refuses to control any time of "lock" device "for security reasons".  Still, it ought to be able to control blinds, I'd think.  You did re-run the discovery process after adding your blinds, right?  If so, maybe you could take it up with the Vera support folks.
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Security / Re: Vera vulnerable to Wi-Fi Krack exploit?
« Last post by Alex Waverley on Today at 05:50:15 pm »
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How valuable is the information that is being sent to and from Vera via wifi? Valuable enough for someone to take the trouble of sitting within range of your wifi connection to monitor and intercept it? I hope not.

Probably more than enough to tell whether you're in or out...

It shouldn't be. I keep my security system and automation devices separated. Same with my cameras. Vera can close my garage door but the trigger runs through a reed switch so it it physically isolated if the door is closed. My cameras are hard-wired on an isolated subnet and I use a physical contact closure to activate panic lighting via the alarm. Vera and products like it are not security or life safety devices and should not be relied upon for critical functions.

Just my two cents. Which I intend to keep safe.
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General / Re: What roomba vacuum cleaner is the best?
« Last post by wilme2 on Today at 05:49:43 pm »
he problem of a consistently reliable spinning mirror is probably why no company followed Neato in using LIDAR.

It is pretty cool to see the LIDAR spinning on camera.  While you can't see it with your naked eye, I have a surveillance camera in an area where the Neato passes, and you can see the laser spinning around the room in the recordings.  I suspect the cats can see the laser too based on their reactions...
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