Home Control Assistant Newsletter for Feb 19 2023

Have you read the Important Announcement posted on August 1, 2021? If you haven't you need to.
New technical note

A HCA user contributed a new technical note this week. He is using Alexa for control of his HCA devices and programs via Hubitat. Since I tend to create really long and detailed technical notes, and the one on setting up Hubitat for voice control is one of the longer ones, he wanted a short step-by-step of what to do when he wants a new device to be voice controlled. A sort of "Just the facts, ma'am" kind of thing. He did a really nice job. A great reference since there are several steps to do.

Technical note #712
That's it for this week, but starting next month there will be lots of new stuff: A new HCA release, plus several new releases to the online library. Good stuff all.
HCA Cloud Termination Countdown

Each week I’m going to update this section of the weekly message. If you use Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to control HCA devices and programs though the HCA Cloud, and if you want to keep doing that, you need to act this year. The HCA Cloud is terminating in
316 days.

Hubitat can provide that bridge between Alexa and Google Assistant when the HCA Cloud shuts down. Without an alternative to the HCA Cloud, voice control will be a thing of the past for you. And its not hard! Clear step-by-step instructions are in
technical note #703.
If you are using a version of HCA prior to version 17, you may have questions about the wisdom of upgrading to version 17 given the future of HCA. Here is something to consider:

The support policy for older HCA versions has been changed
 as I can no longer devote time to past version users. Support will only be available for HCA 17 users.

If you are on version 16 or earlier and want to continue using the cloud features and want to be assured that if you have a question that it gets answered, it is indeed time to upgrade.

HCA is fully operational for several more years so the update cost, spread out over that time, is very little. Knowing support is available when you need it is worth it.
Upgrade to HCA 17
Anyone who is using Hubitat with HCA – not SmartThings – please drop me a note as I would like to add you to a discussion list for those users. I have some Hubitat ideas that I would like to “kick around” and it would help to have a group of users who have experience with Hubitat. Please just send a note to the regular support address saying you would like to be added to that discussion list.
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