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RE: Smart Light Bulbs

i'm considering dumping my old style light timers replacing them with wifi smart bulbs. lots of questions i hope others can answer. - most of the smart bulbs will be in fixtures that are on timers year round but some of the smart bulbs will be in other fixtures that are occasionally used on an as-needed basis. will the smart bulb also function as a "regular" bulb? will it lose its programming if turned off at the wall switch or fixture? if it holds its programming how long will the bulb's programming be retained when the bulb or fixture is off?They are programmed either in your phone (android or Iphone) or ipad...And in order to work the light must be left on and connected to the internet... - we have a planned momentary power outage each week when our stand-by generator tests itself under load. will these momentary outages (~5-seconds) disrupt, alter or cancel the bulb's programming? does the programming reside in the bulb or on the PC? the PC at home is on a UPS so there is zero interruption to it. interruptions won't bother anything...when the internet comes back up the program reconnects.. - i don't care for or need smart bulbs that can change hue or color. prefer soft white especially in the lamps that will see occasional use. LEDs are notoriously harsh. can anyone recommend a brand that's not so harsh? - do smart bulbs come in 3-way wattages such as 60/100/150 (equivalent)? can i get single wattage bulbs in the equivalent of 25 or 40-watts? - the upfront expense is ok but i sure don't want to be replacing them often. for those that have them what has been your experience in terms of longevity? not looking to go cheap nor am i wanting to take out a mortgage. looking for good value. I chose to use switches vs. bulbs in most cases, but if you look at Wyze their product is very reasonable...KSA(?) is as well.Typically a phone or ipad...haven't seen any for PC's - do the bulbs come with an app for my iphone/ipad? do i program them with those devices or with my PC? - any other opinions, cautions or words of wisdom would be appreciated. I like because I can control things from out of town as I need to as well as set programs up. thanks.
Gdlow 01/25/20 09:11am Technology Corner
RE: Wi-Fi extenders

OK, let me explain the situation. (Should have done that in the original post) We have a brick & stick that is 70' long two stories over a finished basement. The router is connected to the desktop at one end of the house. We installed a home security system that has three cameras as well as the base station that are set up 40 to 60 feet away. Vendor is telling me we need the extenders to reach the cameras. I need something that I can mount 30-35 feet out that will shoot the signal another 35-40 feet. Nothing moving, all stationary targets. I use Meshforce Mesh network, but have been around EERO, google mesh systems and they are good as well.
Gdlow 12/22/19 11:19am Technology Corner
RE: Shortcut phone number to connect DNS with DirectV

I recently switched my locals to LA. I get them all over the western US. No DNS necessary to receive just the western feed. If you need both, different story. How did you do that? do you live there? inquiring minds want to know thanks
Gdlow 08/18/19 10:29am Technology Corner
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