02-02-2019 07:21 AM
Funny about the link listening, I though only alexa and google home did that .
Was it that you were having trouble connecting from your phone to the link's access point for setup (vs getting the link to connect to your wifi)? In that case the only thing I could see left would have been to forget the link's access point on the phone then try to rejoin it for setup.
wemo link (eol, out of service, and still unreliable)
hue (good but expensive and needs the dedicated hub)
lifx (seems good, expensive)
v1 TP Links (less expensive but quite unreliable)
yeelight (struggles when the power is turned off, don't use with a light switch) can disable cloud access and its local API which is quite good
samsung/sylvania/whitify (wemo rebranded these) good, inexpensive
For bulbs with a zigbee hub (hue, belkin, lightify) the old GE bulbs are pretty unreliable esp after a power outage (I have too many!). Hue takes most bulbs but not wemo. Sylvania takes most bulbs including wemo and gardenspot. Cree work well with both.
The inexpensive china source bulbs are a security risk - they own the cloud servers that the bulbs and switches connect to so I wouldn't use those. Often they're not properly certified for household use, so check that too.
02-02-2019 02:27 PM