Alrighty then! A new topic for my fellow resident geeks (or just enthusiasts) to sink some teeth into!
Seeing as how mom is getting an Amazon Echo Dot, along with a couple of Maxcio AC wall-worts to start her journey into home automation off…
I was looking into how things work, what’s required, etc when I was blown away by possibly the most invasive privacy permissions I’ve ever seen. (And I’ve seen some doozies in the Google play store.)
Anyways, the Maxcio outlets (sold by Amazon) require the use of an app (“Smart Life - Smart Living” by Tuya Inc. - which has the offending permissions, seriously read the TOS on this one when creating an account. Mind-blowing), and then the app finds your devices (and gives you MAC ID, etc.) AND THEN you have to link the app to Alexa. (so no dice for those thinking of using fake info on the bullshit app, since they’d gain your REAL info from Amazon.)
Anyways, I’m wondering if there’s a “generic” app (non-cloud dependant) that’s compatible with Alexa for home automation, that works by either polling via MAC address, or static IP?
(I have the MAC addresses, and already reserved IP’s for them, but Alexa still doesn’t “see” them, of course.)
Bear in mind, I’m trying/wanting to avoid the use of a hub. (This is for local (LAN) use only, no Internet dependencies wanted/welcome.)
/side note, if such doesn’t exist:
From what I’ve seen so far… It’s looking like I’m going to have to create a Dev account at Amazon, Amazon Skills, and GitHub for starters…
to make my own ‘custom’ Alexa Skill. /sigh