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Tribe Tech Review
« on: September 27, 2017, 04:22:10 PM »
I have a blog where I review home technology products from the lens of a shomer Shabbos consumer.  I am happy to respond to comments or suggestions in this forum where we can share concerns and workarounds.  In a recent article I reviewed the Wink Hub and Leviton switches and provided a 30% coupon code by entering "tribe" at the official Leviton store.  I discussed solutions for programming lights for Yom Tov and potential halachic problems with Winks Homesitter service.  I plan on writing about issues and potential solutions regarding smart locks in an upcoming article so feel free to share your experiences and ideas on this thread.

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Re: Tribe Tech Review
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2017, 02:17:38 PM »
Will be writing about locks.  I have experience with a few but let me know your experiences and what thoughts you have on the topic.

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Re: Tribe Tech Review
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2017, 07:51:01 AM »
With smart locks logging every open and close, can you use the mechanical component on Shabbos?  Is there a way to bypass this?

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Re: Tribe Tech Review
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2017, 10:57:28 PM »
I believe ALL Smart Locks may have issues on Shabbos.  This is even if you are using them mechanically (no obvious electronics used) which is not obvious.  If you disagree, I would love to hear from you.

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Re: Tribe Tech Review
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2017, 11:24:35 PM »
I believe ALL Smart Locks may have issues on Shabbos.  This is even if you are using them mechanically (no obvious electronics used) which is not obvious.  If you disagree, I would love to hear from you.

How about the ones that fit over your existing lock?
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Re: Tribe Tech Review
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2017, 02:22:15 PM »
is that really the case that none of the smart locks have a manual override?

I see plenty of options on amazon for a key insert

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Re: Tribe Tech Review
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2017, 06:09:35 PM »
is that really the case that none of the smart locks have a manual override?

I see plenty of options on amazon for a key insert

He says even when being used mechanically
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Re: Tribe Tech Review
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2017, 08:34:32 PM »
How about the ones that fit over your existing lock?

Sounds like you are referring to the August lock.  They too send a log even when using the mechanical component.  Basically, any time you open or close the lock (and it does not matter how you do it) it send a log.  Maybe this is permissible for safety, but you should certainly ask if you believe it is a concern.  I am writing on this topic in the Jewish Link of Bergen County this week.  It will also be on my blog this Friday

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Re: Tribe Tech Review
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2017, 08:36:44 PM »
is that really the case that none of the smart locks have a manual override?

I see plenty of options on amazon for a key insert

The manual override is to remove the battery or sever the connection.  Any other use of the lock, even with a manual key, will send a log.  There is no light or beep but check your log and you will see every activity.

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Re: Tribe Tech Review
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2017, 08:41:31 PM »
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Re: Tribe Tech Review
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2017, 09:07:01 AM »
I am writing on this topic in the Jewish Link of Bergen County this week.  It will also be on my blog this Friday

The article I referenced is now on my blog site at wordpress.  Feel free to post comments or questions on this thread

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Re: Tribe Tech Review
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2017, 11:24:36 AM »
I wrote a part 2 this week on compatibility of smarks locks with Shabbos and had a possible way to make them work.  Please see my wordpress site for the full article and let me now if you have any questions or comments

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Re: Tribe Tech Review
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2017, 01:31:52 PM »
I wrote a part 2 this week on compatibility of smarks locks with Shabbos and had a possible way to make them work.  Please see my wordpress site for the full article and let me now if you have any questions or comments
Link to website?

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Re: Tribe Tech Review
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2017, 01:40:11 PM »
Link to website?

Not sure the moderators like outside links tribetechreview.wordpress.com

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Re: Tribe Tech Review
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2017, 06:55:50 PM »
Anyone have a good idea on how to turn on and off a gas fireplace on shabbos?  I have a possible solution I am exploring but looking if others have come up with creative ways of doing this?  The problem is that fireplace switches are low voltage and most if not all smart switches require 120 Volts.