What other communities are you active on for smart home, network and device issues?

VioletChepilVioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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Hello all,
I'm just curious as to what other communities members are active on. 
- What communities do you visit regularly?
- Where else do you go for help with troubleshooting smart home, network and device issues?
I'd love to learn more about the communities you are using and why!
Cheers,
Violet

Community Manager at Fing

VioletChepilkltaylorMarc

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  • PoohPooh Member, Beta Tester Posts: 674
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    I used to post a lot on MacRumors, but now I just lurk given the huge amount of negativity exhibited on there. I post occasionally on Ars Technica, but am more of a lurker than a poster.

    I do participate on StackOverflow (and some of the other sites there) but that's not that often.

    I've decided though the Fingland is my community of choice. Much nicer folk here, even though there's a veritable shortage of red balloons and pots o' honey...
    People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
    VioletChepilkltaylorMarc
  • kltaylorkltaylor Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 1,188
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    Hello all,
    I'm just curious as to what other communities members are active on. 
    - What communities do you visit regularly?
    - Where else do you go for help with troubleshooting smart home, network and device issues?
    I'd love to learn more about the communities you are using and why!
    Cheers,
    Violet
    Actually, this is the only community board that I am active on.  Outside of gaming sites or like that, this is the place where I can help folks out with the skills that I have.
    "There's a fine line between audacity and idiocy."
    -Warden Anastasia Luccio, Captain
    VioletChepilMarc
  • VioletChepilVioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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    That is great @pooh and @kltaylor! Let's see what else comes up too :) 

    Community Manager at Fing

    kltaylor
  • MarcMarc Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 1,281
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    edited October 2019
    I haunt vintage audio sites like Audiokarma, Steve Hoffman, etc...  Allows me to maintain my vintage audio equipment (Some well over 40 years old, oldest kit probably from around 1962) so I can play the tons of Vinyl I own...   As with @kltaylor, this is my most active board I am involved in.  I like the people and the varied topics people keep posting.  :smile:

    Edit:  Missed @VioletChepil’s 2nd question.  For networking and other tech, I usually go to vendor community sites or google the answer wherever it takes me.
    Thats Daphnee, she's a good dog...
    kltaylorVioletChepil
  • MirekmalMirekmal Member, Beta Tester Posts: 66
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    I'm actually quite active on HASSIO: https://community.home-assistant.io/
    And frequently checking on and sometimes posting on:
    XPEnology: https://xpenology.com/forum/
    VMware: https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vsphere/esxi
    IKEA Tradfri: https://www.reddit.com/r/tradfri/
    VioletChepilkltaylor
  • VioletChepilVioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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    Thanks a lot @Mirekmal and @Marc I'm going to check those out too.
    Cheers!

    Community Manager at Fing

    kltaylor
  • pwmeekpwmeek Member, Beta Tester Posts: 131
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    The only other technical fora where I'm active are a couple of vaping sites (lithium battery management and safety; power formulas for newbies; how to calculate the final proportions in a mixture of other mixtures). I used to be on a lot more, including some that weren't really websites (pre-www) or fora but usenet newsgroups (If that doesn't date me...). I answer a lot of questions on Quora, and occasionally on some of the StackExchange topics.
    This is currently it for networking sites. If it isn't here I RTFM (or Google it if that doesn't help).
    --Pete
    Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    kltaylorVioletChepil
  • VioletChepilVioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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    That's great @pwmeek thanks for the information. I am a daily lurker on Quora but I do not very often questions. Well we're very glad to have you here anyways! 

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    kltaylor
  • PoohPooh Member, Beta Tester Posts: 674
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    Ahhh, the hazy heady days of Usenet, @pwmeek! I remember them well. Had a devil of a time configuring UUCP on our System V servers to get them downloaded via a dialup connection!
    People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
    kltaylorVioletChepil
  • pwmeekpwmeek Member, Beta Tester Posts: 131
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    edited October 2019
    @Pooh - "dial-up" brings back some bitter memories. Positioning myself where I could see both phones so I could stop anyone from breaking my connection while I was downloading an 8 Meg file* (I thought it was 800 kB - d--n missing comma separators); 17 hours over a 300B acoustic modem.
    EDIT: * USDA chart of about 20 different nutritional values for thousands of foods (in case you were wondering).
    --Pete
    Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    VioletChepil
  • PoohPooh Member, Beta Tester Posts: 674
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    @pwmeek - ahhh, acoustic couplers - them were the days! Kids today don't know how easy they got it, right?

    Worst nightmare for me was trying to download IE4 - 23MB out of 24MB and then someone called me forcing the Call Waiting beep to kick in. Arrrghhhh!

    Back in the day though I was a dab hand at the Hayes AT code. Fun times...
    People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
    pwmeekVioletChepil
  • pwmeekpwmeek Member, Beta Tester Posts: 131
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    @Pooh - Programming in Z-80 machine language (setting the bytes with toggle switches). Putting in blocks of NOPs so I didn't have to recalculate every single JUMP instruction (by hand; no hexadecimal calculator) every time I wanted to add a new instruction. I still have an IMSAI and a Northstar (S-100 bus computers) around here somewhere. Never throw anything away.
    --Pete
    Bon Vivant and Raconteur
    PoohVioletChepil
  • PoohPooh Member, Beta Tester Posts: 674
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    I used to get my hands dirty with 6502 on my old Acorn Atom. I did love the way you could embed assembler directly inside a Basic program and call it from within. Even today, after all these years, my head still remembers that address #B002 was for the speaker on the Atom...
    People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
    VioletChepil
  • PixelpopperPixelpopper Moderator Posts: 121
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    As may be evident from my other posts I am active on Roon, Naim Audio & AVforums communities. I have been part of a concerted effort with other forum members to get manufacturers of audio equipment to resolve firmware bugs causing mis-operation of some rather expensive equipment. 
    CiaranVioletChepil
  • gernotgernot Member, Beta Tester Posts: 4
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    - What communities do you visit regularly?
    diverse
    - Where else do you go for help with troubleshooting smart home, network and device issues?
    fhem: https://forum.fhem.de/index.php
    shelly: https://www.shelly-support.eu/
    homebridge: https://forum.smartapfel.de/forum/

    VioletChepil
  • keithkeith Member, Beta Tester Posts: 64
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    IMO this is the go to for all network stuff in Australia.
    Even attracts the odd CEO on occasions.
    An EXCELLENT site, search keithatpda if you want to see a typical exchange.
    (I really only use it out of frustration with the big telcos, :)
    Fingcom is my only regular these days.
    https://whirlpool.net.au/

    VioletChepil
  • VioletChepilVioletChepil London, UKMember Posts: 2,471
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    Ahh that's great to hear @keithatpda!!

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  • waynerwayner Member, Beta Tester Posts: 22
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    Control4 forums:  https://www.c4forums.com/
    Ubiquiti Unifi Forums https://community.ui.com/questions

  • BoombiesBoombies Member, Beta Tester Posts: 3
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    Just off the top of my head...
    Untangle Firewall: https://forums.untangle.com/
    Samsung SmartThings: https://community.smartthings.com/

  • eJonyeJony Member, Beta Tester Posts: 45
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    Hi @VioletChepil
    It seems, recently, more and more communities of which I'm a part, are on discord. They tend to all be "unofficial" channels and reference company branded sites quite a bit. I am part of Ubiquiti, QNAP, and a docker repository site (LinuxServer) in Discord. The real-time nature of the support you can get from fellow community members is amazing. 

    Of course +1 for Stackoverflow, Community.ui.com, and communities.vmware.com. Most "go-to" networking support community is Small Net Builder: snbforums.com.

    I must say, though, community.fing.com is a wonderful, new, and active addition to my community list.

    Marc
  • rootedrooted Gulf Coast, USModerator Posts: 729
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    I'm active on XDA but mostly Hardkernel (Odroid), I have all the Odroid devices and spend a lot of time supporting them.

    I started out supporting embedded devices with DD-WRT and OpenWRT capable routers, moved on to Raspberry once it was released and am an administrator for the XBian forum which is a Debian based distribution for Raspberry Pi. Once I found Odroid I was fully hooked, I have 9 or 10 of them at least and could always use a few more.

    Odroid: https://forum.odroid.com/

    XBian: http://forum.xbian.org/

    Marc
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