Best Buy's Insignia 'smart' home gear will become very dumb this Wednesday

It’s another reminder that, where possible, we should avoid proprietary hardware. :frowning:
With Nest suffering the same (and then un-suffering after an outcry) Evil Corp does not [always] have our best interests at heart.

In utopia-land we would have all hardware designed to run on open-source firmware :slight_smile:

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we should avoid CLOUD SERVICES.

Fixed that for you.

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I own two insignia plugs. I haven’t used them in months because they didn’t easily work with OpenHAB. I’ve switched to using tp-link plugs which thanks to Hilbrand work great! I’ve always figured the insignia plugs could be hacked because I think they just use http to communicate but haven’t bothered

That depends. If they use hostnames you could possibly hack your network’s DNS. If they use hard-coded ip addresses that makes intercepting the data more difficult. You then need to somehow decode encrypted data exchanges.

You’re correct. That is a better way of putting it.

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