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Logitech POP :: First Impressions
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Volker Weber    

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Woah. This was the easiest and best home improvement ever. And I have been meaning to do it for a year.

As you assemble more smart things in your home, life can become complicated. When we built our home, I decided for simplicity over flexibility. Pressing a light switch turns on a light. It does not ask a computer in the basement to please turn on a light. I have too much experience with software and obsolence to use cutting edge installations. I'd rather add them on top.That is why I did not put in smart switches, smart outlets, or other home automation systems. I do however add components on top of that dumb infrastucture. The biggest items are Sonos players and WeMo switches. Both have their own apps.

Sometimes you don't want to use an app to switch on a Sonos player, or a WeMo switch. You can walk up to the Sonos player and press Play/Pause, a WeMo switch also has a button that toggles it on and off. But what if you want to do switch off all lights at once, or silence all Sonos players. What if you want your kitchen Sonos player to tune into your favorite radio station with the press of a button. That is where Logitech POP shines.

Each POP button has three events: press, double press, long press. Each of these events can trigger multiple events. I have programmed one button for Play/Pause on my living room Sonos setup, tuning the kitchen Sonos player to Ute's favorite station, and silencing all Sonos players throughout the house for those three events. Another button turns off all lights, turns on a certain set of lights, and tunes my bedroom Sonos to a particular Spotify playlist.

This elaborate setup took only a few minutes. Plug the gateway into a power outlet. Load the POP app on my iPhone, let the hub connect to my Wifi and scan for all my devices, pair the two POP buttons, and then assign the actions. Easy peasy.

POP can also join your Apple Homekit setup. If you do that, you can trigger your Hometkit scenes without fetching your iPhone. To get started you need kit with the gateway and one or two buttons. You can add more buttons later. Recommended!

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