This discussion gives me the opportunity to ask a long-time back burner question of mine regarding HomePods and other devices. For various reasons, I’ve never had the desire to have a HomePod or an Alexa device.
I do have an interest in installing a few smart switches to give the illusion of being home when we are not. I have a Nest thermostat, a Rainbird irrigation controller and a drip irrigation hose bib mounted controller that I can control/program/change with their respective apps. I assume smart switches can be tied into a phone app instead of having to have a central device like a HomePod? Anyone have experience with doing this? Any recommendations regarding brands, technical considerations, etc.?