So, doing wiring for a small, new construction, upside-down house by the river. I wanted to go smart home with Alexa. I want to use Alexa exclusively if at all possible. No appliances bought, or thermostat, and I have the smart outlets and switches. What I need to know is what Smart Bridge to buy that will allow me to use the Alexa app. only! or is this question N/A?

(smart lights, thermostat, Alexa, fans, sprinklers, cameras, shades, and doors [think star wars]).

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    If I was going for a smart home, I would make sure not to be tied into one company. Too many stories of a company going under or changing their systems and people end up with pet rocks. Exercise is good for your health.
    – crip659
    Jul 17 at 23:25
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    Or Alexa just gets pissed at you.
    – JACK
    Jul 17 at 23:57
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    You: "Alexa, turn on the kitchen light". Alexa: "I'm sorry, I can't do that Kevin, you know you shouldn't be eating a snack at 2am, it's not good for you." Jul 18 at 0:03
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    Alexa won't work without internet - so if you loose internet you do loose any control. Jul 18 at 0:27
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    I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that for you (from Space Odyssey, HAL) There's no way I'd ever do a completely smart house: Too many risks, too many points of failure, loss of power is a big one as well as loss of internet com. For trivia junkies, HAL is one letter each off of IBM!!! Jul 18 at 0:59

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I'd go control4. You can get the alexa voice control that works with control 4. If you loose internet you still have native control4 app or hard controls for backup.

I have control4, russ sound 4 zones, honeywell security (2 suites), lutron zigby lighting (all controllable via c4 iphone app). I have hikvision 4 cameras (not integrated into c4). I have rainbird for irrigation but also not integrated (haven't looked into it). The lighting scenes are quite cool ( all-on, all-off, party, home, etc ). You can do a all lights blink alarm mode if you want as well. The scenes can be programmed by the installer. At the entry I have a single gang switch box with 6 horizontal stacked keys which each do a scene. I didn't go too crazy on the lights so I really just have the common areas and I kept the bedrooms/bathrooms dumb.

I haven't put in an alexa voice control for it but you can (probably in the future). Star wars doors sound cool. Sounds like budget isn't a problem so probably control4 is the premium option that is likely to integrate or have integration options available.

Be interested to see what you end up with.

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