How to bring your smarthome outside

Justin Pot
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How to bring your smarthome outside

Linux users love installing software from the command line, and it’s not hard to understand why. Instead of downloading executables, running them, and dodging the various attempts to change your default search engine, you basically type what you want to install and hit “Enter.”

If you want this kind of peace on Windows, look no further than Chocolatey, the package manager for Windows. This free tool lets you install thousands of apps with just a quick command ( choco install ), and update them all with another ( choco upgrade .) This can save you a lot of time if you’re the kind of person who installs a lot of free software.

You can use Chocolatey in two places: the Command Prompt and PowerShell. Here’s how to install this package manager in both environments, but you only really need one or other other. Pick whatever you’re comfortable with.

Install and Use Chocolatey From the Command Prompt

Chocolatey only works in the Command Prompt if you run it as administrator. The easiest way to do this is to right-click the Command Prompt in the Start Menu, and then click “Run as Administrator.”

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To install Chocolatey, first you need to run the following command, which downloads and runs the installer for you:

This command could change, so check the official Chocolatey instructions if you’re having trouble.

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After you install Chocolatey, you can use it immediately (though in some cases you might need to close and re-open the admin Command Prompt). Installing software is simple: simply type choco install followed by the name of the program. Here, we’re running choco install filezilla to install the popular Filezilla FTP client.

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You also don’t have to limit yourself to installing one app at a time. For example, using the following command will install all the listed apps in one go:

Of course you’ll need some way of knowing which packages exist and how they’re named. You can search to see if a given app is offered by using the following syntax:

In the following screenshot, for example, we’re using choco search thunderbird to search for packages related to the Thunderbird email client.

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Alternatively, this website offers a complete list of all packages you can install, complete with its own search tool.

If you want to upgrade a specific package to the latest version, use the command choco upgrade, followed by the package name. If you want to upgrade everything you’ve installed using Chocolatey in one go, choco upgrade all will do the trick. And there are more sub commands if you feel like digging. Just type choco -? to see a complete list.

Install and Use Chocolatey in PowerShell

If you’re a big fan of PowerShell, you can use Chocolately from there as well. This means you can automate all kinds of things, once you get started with PowerShell and learn the ropes.

You’ll need to open an administrator PowerShell to get started. The simplest way to do that is to right-click the Start button, and then click “Windows PowerShell (Admin).”

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Chocolatey, by its nature, requires permission to run scripts from outside your computer. For this reason, the official installation instructions recommend you change the ExecutionPolicy before installing Chocolatey. First, at the PowerShell prompt, type the following command and hit Enter:

If you see a “Restricted” result, then you need to run the following command to set your execution policy so that the Chocolatey installation will work:

The command Set-ExecutionPolicy Bypass could also work, though this is the less secure option: it allows any script to run, regardless of whether its signed by the developer.

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After setting the execution policy, you can run the installer using the following command:

Just like that Chocolatey is installed! Using Chocolatey in Powershell is much the same as in the Command Prompt. Here’s choco install firefox running:

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Subcommands like search and upgrade also work just like in the Command Prompt, and choco -? will give you a list of other functions. Have fun!

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Imagine if your home welcomed you back by turning on a light and adjusting the heating as you walked in.

That’s exactly the sort of thing you can do when you connect your Hive devices together and set up Hive Actions. So your hall light can switch on when your front door sensor detects movement.

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Hive devices work together

Imagine if your home welcomed you back by turning on a light and adjusting the heating as you walked in.

That’s exactly the sort of thing you can do when you connect your Hive devices together and set up Hive Actions. So your hall light can switch on when your front door sensor detects movement.

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It all starts in the Hive App

Hive Actions are easy to set up. Head to the Hive Actions tab in your Hive app to get started.

If you have one or more Hive devices, you can pick from one of our most popular pre-set Actions or you can create your own unique Actions.

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It all starts in the Hive App

Hive Actions are easy to set up. Head to the Hive Actions tab in your Hive app to get started.

If you have one or more Hive devices, you can pick from one of our most popular pre-set Actions or you can create your own unique Actions.

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Powered by the Hive Hub

At the centre of your smart home is our Hive Hub. It plugs into your broadband router and connects all your devices wirelessly so they can work together.

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Powered by the Hive Hub

At the centre of your smart home is our Hive Hub. It plugs into your broadband router and connects all your devices wirelessly so they can work together.

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The Hive App

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Get started with Hive Actions

Go to the Hive Actions tab in the Hive app and select one of our pre-set Actions or set up your own Action.

All you need to do is set up the "When", the "While" and the "Then". For example you could set up:

When: my front door opens
While: it’s dark outside
Then: turn on my hall light and adjust the heating

How to bring your smarthome outside

Get started with Hive Actions

Go to the Hive Actions tab in the Hive app and select one of our pre-set Actions or set up your own Action.

All you need to do is set up the "When", the "While" and the "Then". For example you could set up:

When: my front door opens
While: it’s dark outside
Then: turn on my hall light and adjust the heating

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Some Honeywell Thermostat models come with a smart feature called “Adaptive Intelligent Recovery”. When enabled, the thermostat prematurely turns your heating or cooling system on ahead of its scheduled time. During this time you will see the word “Recovery” on the display panel.

Thermostats are programmed to achieve a desired temperature by controlling the connected HVAC system. It can take time from triggering the HVAC system to heat or cool, for the ambient room temperature to hit what has been set on the thermostat.

The Honeywell Thermostat recovery mode allows the HVAC system to start heating/cooling before the scheduled time to achieve the planned ambient temperature when needed.

What is the Honeywell Thermostat Recovery Mode?

When your thermostat says it is operating in recovery mode, it means the thermostat is working to achieve an upcoming temperature, set in the schedule.

The thermostat turns on the HVAC system before time to achieve the required room temperature on schedule. This is needed as there is typically a delay in obtaining the desired temperature, as it takes time for the warm or cool air to work its way through your home.

Without it, your thermostat would disappoint by only starting heating or cooling at the selected time and then taking an hour or two to achieve your desired temperature!

For example, you want your room temperature to be 72° at 7 am. So, your thermostat will start heating your room around 6 am which gives the system a full hour to bring the room up to 72°.

Similarly, in Summer, when you have set your thermostat to a lower temperature for the time you return from work, it starts cooling your room before time.

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Benefits of Recovery Mode

There are numerous benefits of the Honeywell thermostat recovery mode.

Designed to save energy

For two-stage heating or cooling systems, the recovery mode on programmable thermostats is designed to be energy efficient.

Instead of quickly generating and blasting warm or cool air throughout your home, the system gradually brings up or down the temperature. This consumes less energy and ultimately saves money.

Comfort and Convenience

Using the Honeywell Thermostat recovery mode will provide you comfort by attaining the desired temperatures when you need it.

Depending on inside and outside conditions, the time it takes to warm up or cool down your home can vary throughout the year. The recovery mode can adjust the time it takes to pre-warm or pre-cool, based on these factors.

Outside of the recovery mode, you can program your thermostat easily so that it works when you need it and remains off when you are out.

Less Load on the HVAC System

The Honeywell recovery mode or “Adaptive Intelligent Recovery” system places less load on an HVAC system by not requiring sudden calls for large intense amounts of warm or cool air. This is particularly important for two-stage heating or cooling systems.

Regular sudden temperature change requests put a heavy load on an HVAC system and can result in premature components failure.

How to Override or Disable Recovery Mode?

While recovery mode is convenient and energy-efficient, sometimes you may want to disable it.

I’ve personally disabled it on my thermostat, as our heating system is quite noisy and the impact of recovery mode was prematurely waking us up in the mornings!

While the process to override the Honeywell thermostat recovery mode is quite simple, it varies slightly based on the specific model. Below is a general step by step guide for disabling the recovery mode through settings.

If this walkthrough does not work for your specific model, then you can search for the instruction manual here to find the specific steps.

Note: If after disabling the Honeywell Thermostat recovery mode, you still see “Recovery” on your display, you may need to reset your thermostat. Instructions on how to do this are here.

  1. Select the “Settings” option from the display screen.
  2. Navigate to the “Preferences” option and select it.
  3. A menu appears. Select the “ Smart Response Technology” option from the menu.
  4. Now select the “Off” button to turn off the recovery mode.
  5. Touch the “Previous Menu” option to go back.
  6. Now, select the “Home” option on the screen.
  7. This way, you get back to the home screen.
  8. You can see that the recovery mode is turned off, and the thermostat is strictly following the schedule.

Conclusion

We hope that this detailed discussion on the Honeywell thermostats “Recovery Mode” answers your questions. In case you need any help, you can ask in the comment section below.

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As an engineering graduate, I love the idea of using technology to transform how we engage with the physical world. I definitely get a thrill from automation and am constantly making my own home smarter!

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Davea0511

On my Honeywell T4 thermostat you turn of recovery mode (adaptive intelligent recovery) by going into the installer setup (ISU) by hitting the middle bottom button and plus button for 3 seconds, then hit select until you get to 425, then down arrow to change the setting to 0. Keep clicking select after that until you get to “done” and hit select.

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I travel a lot and wanted to know if I could bring my Echo with me and connect it to public Wi-Fi networks to use in hotel rooms. People may also want to use an Echo with a public Wi-Fi network if they live in a dorm or an apartment with free Wi-Fi, so I have shared the information I learned to assist other people who want to connect their Echo devices to public Wi-Fi.

How do I connect my Echo to public Wi-Fi? Some public Wi-Fi networks are able to connect to an Amazon Echo device. A password and/or acceptance of the network’s terms and conditions may be required to connect. Echo devices cannot connect to WPA2-Enterprise Wi-Fi networks.

Many users have reported difficulty connecting their Echo device to a public Wi-Fi network, so in addition to instructions on how to connect your Echo, I have shared some troubleshooting tips.

Connecting an Echo to Public Wi-Fi

Most public Wi-Fi networks still have passwords, so if you are provided a password, you can connect to the Wi-Fi network in the Alexa app normally. However, many Wi-Fi networks use a captive portal rather than a regular Wi-Fi password.

A captive portal is a web browser that will automatically open on your phone, tablet, or computer the first time you use the public network. You have probably seen a captive portal when using the Wi-Fi at a coffee shop, hotel, or other public place. It often requires a password, room number and/or acceptance of terms and conditions.

Connecting Your Echo Device

If you have an Echo that you have previously set up on a different Wi-Fi network, it’s easy to connect it to another network without going through the set-up process again.

  1. Plug in the Echo.
  2. In the Alexa app, tap Devices.
  3. Select the Echo device you want to connect.
  4. Under Wireless, select Change.
  5. Select Continue.
  6. Confirm that you see the orange ring light. If you don’t, press and hold the Action button on the Echo until the light turns orange.
  7. When you see the orange light, tap Continue.
  8. Select the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to. If the Wi-Fi network does not have a captive portal, enter the password you were provided.
  9. If the network has a captive portal, a separate web browser should open automatically. You will need to enter the password or other log-in credentials required by the Wi-Fi network such as a hotel room number. You will most likely have to accept terms and conditions to connect.
  10. Close the window, and the Alexa app should connect your Echo to the network.

Troubleshooting a Public Wi-Fi Connection

Many users have reported that when they click on the public Wi-Fi network in the Alexa app, the captive portal page does not load or there is an error message. If you are unable to clear the captive portal, the Echo will not connect to the network.

Here are some tips if you are having trouble connecting your Echo to a public Wi-Fi network:

  • If you are staying at a hotel, call the front desk. They may be able to authorize your Echo’s MAC address which will bypass the captive portal.
  • Keep in mind that some hotels have a limit on how many devices can be connected in a specific hotel room. Check with the front desk to see if there is a limit in your room. You may also be able to purchase Wi-Fi for additional devices.
  • If you travel often, I highly recommend purchasing a travel router. It functions just like your home’s Wi-Fi router, but it is smaller for easy portability. With a travel router, you can access the public Wi-Fi network’s captive portal on your phone or laptop and connect your Echo device to the travel router through your other device.

Click here to shop for travel routers on Amazon. If you don’t know much about travel routers, this list of eight of the best travel routers on the market is a good place to start.

Alternative Ways to Connect Your Echo

If you do not want to use a travel router or you do not have access to a Wi-Fi network at all, you can connect your Echo to a mobile hotspot. Mobile hotspots allow you to connect devices to the Internet anywhere there is cell service.

Most phones can function as hotspots, but they will use your phone’s data. Check your phone plan to see if your phone can be used as a hotspot and how much data you have to spare.

How strong and stable your phone’s hotspot is depends on your phone’s signal and battery life. I have found that keeping your phone plugged in at 100% charge while using the hotspot maximizes the strength of your Wi-Fi connection.

If you don’t want to rely on your phone’s hotspot, you can also purchase a seperate one.

This guide reviews six popular hotspots to help you determine which is best for your mobile Wi-Fi needs.