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Alex10 SmartPhone App
« on: February 05, 2017, 10:55:37 am »

You can currently access the bridge with a smartphone or any device that has a network connection inside your network.
You can also do it if you port forward However I strongly advise against this.
Why? Because from the bridge anyone can create a script and activate it as there is no security yet coded into the bridge.
I've thought about reworking X10Relayer or Ultralight to enable them to interface with Alex10 and the bridge. X10relayer would then allow a TAC (android app) interface.

Ultimately it would be best if the HA-Bridge had some security built in then one could pass commands directly to it from a smartphone.
I've been putting off doing anything on this front as I'm not sure what the demand would be.
If you'd be interested would you want voice control from your phone or a simple button press option or both. ???
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Re: Alex10 SmartPhone App
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2017, 11:16:09 am »

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If you'd be interested would you want voice control from your phone or a simple button press option or both

I am interested in both. Although I am very happy using X10 commander but I would like to use Alexa too.
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Re: Alex10 SmartPhone App
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2017, 04:54:46 pm »

I'm still on the fence about working on this ??? ::) :`).
I would have thought there would have been more input either for or against.
If I move forward it would be geared towards the bridge so all devices not just X10 could be controlled.
Since a small server would be require would users like to see some sort of web page?
Or just notifications of sent commands?
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Re: Alex10 SmartPhone App
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2017, 07:25:21 am »

I vote for web page!
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Re: Alex10 SmartPhone App
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2017, 01:37:18 am »

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Since a small server would be require would users like to see some sort of web page?
Or just notifications of sent commands?

I am not sure what you mean. Could you explain a bit?
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Re: Alex10 SmartPhone App
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2017, 04:44:13 am »

A web server would be needed to pass info from the app to HA-Bridge as HA-Bridge has no web security. I could do this via UDP as well as TCP but with the server it is possible to display a webpage which one could got to directly.
With out a web page going to the site would simply display a OK or blank screen.
The webpage could be set to display status info as well as maybe the possibility to control devices thought I'd want additional security for that.

So I guess the next question for those wanting a web page what would you like to be able to do on it?
1:just read and see status?
2:control devices?
3:or both?
4:or other things?
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Re: Alex10 SmartPhone App
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2017, 11:31:18 am »

So it looks like log on ID is going to be added to the bridge perhaps in the next release (4.3.2?)  `:) ~:0~
Depending on how this works there may not be a need for an additional web server and a Smartphone could access it directly. However I doubt configuration would be easy on a small screen.
This will help with the creation of a phone app as commands can be passed directly to the Bridge without a middle man. `:) ~:0~
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Re: Alex10 SmartPhone App
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2017, 10:33:48 am »

Just checking the HA-bridge issues on GitHub and I noticed a version release the authorization adds  will be implemented (4.5.0)
Since several items have been tagged with this version # I suspect it will be soon.
Once this is rolled out I'll start looking at a possible Android interface app. (Chr)
« Last Edit: March 28, 2017, 02:38:09 pm by Tuicemen »
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