Why is IFTTT not the ideal solution for personal home automation?

3 minutes of reading

"Do more with the services you love", so says it slogan di IFTTT, one of the services born in the last few years and among the most apprezzati for those who have a broad and synergistic view of the possibilities offered by the network, by the cloud, by propri device personal.

For those who do not know him, IFTTT is a free service that allows you to integrate more services of different nature in order to define automatic actions when specific conditions arise. The acronym that gives the name to this service is in fact “IF This Then That", Or" sand this happens, do this another wayor". Simple and brilliant.

IFTTT Banner

IFTTT fa apphis point of great strength is simplicity: in essence his website and his app mobile make available a huge set of services (perpetually growing) which can be used as trigger (trigger) and / or how action (action) for proautomatic activities. It is not possible to structure particularly complex activities: the logic is always the same: "if this happens, do this other". Never as with IFTTT is the limit fantasy, just take a look at the page "Discovery”Of their site to get a picture of the potential of this service.

Always, when we talk about compatibility of home automation components, we also analyze it from an IFTTT perspective. In short, an IFTTT compatible component is capable of being used as ingredients of one or more IFTTT activities. Let's assume we have a sensor lumistrength and a light bulb of different brands, both Wi-Fi, both IFTTT compatible: define an IFTTT activity that turns off the light when a certain level is exceeded lumiroominess (and vice versa) would be child's play.

In light of this certainly positive analysis, because therefore we do not judge the adoption of IFTTT in the ambit of personal home automation?
For a whole series of good reasons.

1) Decentralization

Organize the prohis personal domotics based on IFTTT attributes wrongly to this service the role of personale HUB, or that of a coordinator of the automations of the profirst home automation. In practice, all automations are defined and coordinated on and from IFTTT, which becomes the beating heart of the profirst home automation.

Placed heart button, though, outside the body itself.

Why should something that should manage a private environment such as that of personal home automation be positioned outside the scope itself? IFTTT is a cloud-based service, therefore any automation involves the transit of information in and out of the prohome environment, a crucial aspect that introduces the following points.

2) Security

Any Internet service, however safe - we are confident of the commitment profused by IFTTT to secure i propri services - lives always under the potential threat of malicious parties. Beyond the security of the service itself (which we take for granted), our account could be in danger: weak passwords and information shared with several people (perhaps family members) could provide access to our automated systems configured at IFTTT to third parties by delivering , to some extent, some if not all the functions of our home automation to people unauthorized. Drawing the conclusions is simple.

3) Reliability

Each of the IFTTT automations dedicated to the proproma domotica usually provides a network dialogue between multiple subjects: among the home automation components present in the home and their reference cloud (the one of the produttore), who speaks with IFTTT, who speaks with the cloud of the proproducer of the target component, who speaks with the component itself ... in short, a fair amount of traffic. Light, of course, but still traffic.

And if one of the subjects had un procommunication problem, first of all - trivially - the home router? Any automation would stop working immediately.

Of course: this analysis is also valid in case of adoption of HUB personal, of course, but in this case the proproblem is radically attenuated by the possibility of using different techniques. This theme is approfondito in this ad hoc article.

4) Limitations

What it can or cannot be done with IFTTT it is bound by the ingredients that are made available to the service itself (which are often children of the ingredients made by the proproducers who offer compatibility to the service). Much can be done with IFTTT, but the room for maneuver offered by the personal HUBit's not even farnamecomparable. Even a minimal experience on one is enough HUB How Home Assistant to easily realize it.

 The HUB they allow each resource to be abstracted like a LEGO brick, allowing the user to reach levels of automatism and perfectionnamevery high indeed.

In conclusion

IFTTT is and remains a valuable service, extremely convenient for automating actions that are often repetitive, or in any case able to make life easier for us - in IT at work and in personal matters. In home automation? Of course, it works, you can make interesting things, but in our opinion the personal home automation it is quite another thing. IFTTT allows to realize some automations (with proproblems mentioned above), a personale HUB allows you to manage - seriously - the profirst home automation.

But if I use IFTTT and am I okay? Good for you. But perhaps, and we dare perhaps, you're not entirely aware of the real potential that modern home automation offers you. If you have time, we suggest you take twenty minutes to read our training.

HUB personal


Please comment below