I’ve been all-in with Apple for 20 years, except for my smart home. I kept all this with Nest and Google simply because Apple didn’t give me all the options I wanted. That, plus he always needed a low-priced speaker that I could put in every room. But now, I really want to switch to HomeKit, buy some HomePod minis and get rid of Google Assistant, but there are some obstacles that prevent me and I hope it’s just my ignorance and someone here can tell me how to overcome them. I already have the Starling Home Hub in place, so all of my Nest devices work (kind of) in the HomeKit, but there are still a few issues with stopping the show. I have a Netgear ORBI WiFi 6 and I have 500 Mbps in every corner of every room, so there are no problems here. And all my lights are Hue, so again, no problem. The first issue is a minor one, but it really saddens me. Siri talks too much. If I say, “Siri, turn on the office light,” I get it. “OK … just a second … I’m working on it … OK, I turned on the office light.” If I say “Hey, Google, turn on the desk light” I get a soft “Ding” and the light comes on. Will I just have to get used to this with Siri? Ringing room motion alerts – or even motion warnings from the Nest IQ outdoor camera. These simply do not happen. I hear the ringtone and I can talk to anyone out there using my iPhone, but if Amazon drops a package, the only way I get notifications is through the Nest app … which is horrible. Want to make Nest camera motion alerts work with HomeKit and Starling Home Hub? Both cameras work very well … I just don’t send alerts via HomeKit. I also pay for the Google video storage service and it is very good and not so expensive. But isn’t there a way I can store Nest camera video in iCloud and use HomeKit to watch videos? If not, then I will need a recommendation for a different camera and a video sound. Arlo Pro 3, maybe? Nest thermostats. I have two of them and it works perfectly with HomeKit, so absolutely no problem here. Nest Detect Smoke detectors. I like these, but they don’t seem to work at all with HomeKit and Starling Home Hub. I don’t mind buying anything else if I have to, but I thought I should work with HomeKit using Starling. Nest Secure alarm system. This doesn’t work either, but Google has already interrupted it, so I’ll get something else … SimpliSafe or Abode … anything. I don’t want a paid alarm service, I just want a self-monitoring system to warn me of an intruder. The music. I really don’t think this will be a problem. I’ll put a mini HomePod in three main cameras and now that Apple allows Pandora (my favorite) I’m fine here. My wife and I use the iPhone and wear Apple Watches, so between them and the HomePods, voice control shouldn’t be an issue. But if someone were to take a stab at solving my aforementioned problems, I would really appreciate it. I’m a retired geek, so implementation won’t be an issue. Thank you in advance.
I want to switch from Google to HomeKit, but …
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