The issue with the Internet of Things (IoT) and the connected home is that they’re not even remotely connected. At least not seamlessly. Thanks to competing communication protocols and manufacturers building closed ecosystems, you need a new app every time you add something “connected” to your house. But developer Alticast has proposed another solution. One that uses something that many already in the home: your cable box.

If I knew this was up for debate, I would have proposed it a year ago! Of course, the other option is to include it in the separate Wi-Fi router many people use. Otherwise, you are at the mercy of the cable or satellite company for software updates.

A small, separate, low-cost box is looking better and better…

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