Where is the local control?
Received an email from Chamberlain MyQ today. Seems they have a planned outage this weekend. Which is fine. Thanks for the warning. It’s late at night anyways.
What is worrisome is that I didn’t realize that the app requires an internet connection and more importantly access to their servers to operate. Why doesn’t the app work on the local network. This means no internet or no Chamberlain no ability to control the door.
They aren’t the only lame providers of Iot. Smartthings suffers the same issue. Nest however does not. Yes for remote control the internet is needed but in the house local control is provided. The roomie remote, which we haven’t discussed yet is another good app as local control of the entertainment system is not only possible but the only capability. Apple does well here too. Wemo works just fine locally. The GE z-wave switches work local by pushing the switch but app wise they are tied to the Smartthings hub so not so good locally via the app.
These bad architecture and design decisions are not good if the industry expects wider adoption. Our older appliances, wall switches and physical remotes work just fine without that internet connection. And rightly so. Hats off to the Iot suppliers that recognize and design for this.
For the ones that think that we will always have a connection I recommend you go into the wilderness with just your smartphone for navigation and tell us how that works out.