Chris 'n' Steffie

Gaming, adventuring, DIY



Hello, Nest Hello


We installed our Nest Hello. It’s a fancy doorbell.

It can be powered by existing doorbell wiring, although we didn’t have one to start with. Transformers are easy enough to find though.

It was chosen because it integrates with our Google Home devices, phones, watches, etc… The facial recognition is a pretty cool feature, it will tell you who is at the door before they have even pushed the button.

Our WiFi signal isn’t very strong outside of our house, so we have to use it at a reduced bitrate, but the video quality is still pretty good. There is currently about a 2 second delay from button push to announcement inside – not too bad.

We hope to bury the wire when we get around to re-pointing the front of the house.


Another Google Home!


During Black Friday, the Google Home Mini was going cheap if you bought 2. So, we thought it’d be a neat idea to fit one into the bathroom. It actually works really nicely mounted on the ceiling.

The 2nd mini was placed in the bedroom – all three can work together when playing music, which fills the house with sound more evenly than just one at a higher volume.

New garage door + automation!

We had a new garage door installed. It took a little longer than we wanted to get around to it, but it is nice to not have leaves blowing inside your house! We needed a door that would make the best use of space, so an up-and-over style wasn’t going to work. We decided to go with a roller door – the one we picked:

  • Matches the colour of our windows
  • It rolls up tight so as to maximize space in the garage
  • Has an intrusion alarm
  • Can be opened or closed without power if needed
  • Fully weather sealed
  • Detects objects in the way

We wanted to go one step further, we need it to be convenient. We added in a WiFi plug (which in turn integrates with IFTTT and Google Assistant), which toggles a power supply. As far as the door is concerned, it is being operated with a key switch, but for us, we gain a lot of convenience!

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