Reflector newbie looking for advice. Indigo 7.5 going 2021.

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Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:28 pm
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Reflector newbie looking for advice. Indigo 7.5 going 2021.

Before going with Reflector I was going straight to my IP, with firewall, port forwarding etc.

I'm hoping to use Alexa once upgraded to 2021.x.x. I've been reading/researching before jumping off the cliff and found that the Reflector is needed to make Alexa work. Unless I've read it all wrong of course.

Reflector traffic may be a concern, but since I don't do much, if any, image transfers it may be a non issue. The only thing I'm using/concerned about, however slightly, is a control page for my DSC Alarm Panel. First outing was today and I noticed Indigo Touch went on pause after a brief time. I assume that's normal so as to keep traffic within reason.

Finally my question :)
If I leave my direct access up as well as WiFi and Reflector do I have to do some manual switching in Indigo Touch when I leave my LAN/WiFi?
To put it another way, what is the best configuration to use my Public IP when away from home yet WiFi and Alexa when at home.

Hopefully I'm just overthinking :)

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Sat Oct 09, 2021 10:15 am
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Re: Reflector newbie looking for advice. Indigo 7.5 going 20

Honestly, I'm not sure exactly what will happen. I believe you can have port forwarding and a reflector running at the same time, though I've never tried it myself.

Since Indigo Touch doesn't know how to automatically switch between a local bonjour connection and a port-forwarding solution, you're now either manually switching when you change networks or you are just using the port forwarding all the time. If it's the latter, then I don't think that enabling a reflector will cause any issues (assuming that it works with both active). However, I believe that any bonjour connection created while on your local network will automatically pick up the reflector and start using that for automatic switching.

Bottom line: you're going to have to just try it and see since we haven't tested that scenario (and to be perfectly honest it's not a supported scenario since doing the work to configure direct access from the Internet is such a site specific thing - it's why we created reflectors in the first place).

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Sun Oct 10, 2021 12:21 am
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Re: Reflector newbie looking for advice. Indigo 7.5 going 20

Thanks Jay. I'll play around some and report back. Low on the priority list though.
I just don't want to abuse the Reflector bandwidth. Is there any kind of gentle nudge should that happen?

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Sun Oct 10, 2021 10:28 am
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Re: Reflector newbie looking for advice. Indigo 7.5 going 20

hwitten wrote:
I just don't want to abuse the Reflector bandwidth. Is there any kind of gentle nudge should that happen?

No worries – we'll send you an email if there is a problem.

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Wed Oct 20, 2021 8:30 pm
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Re: Reflector newbie looking for advice. Indigo 7.5 going 20

Been running 2021.x for a few days now. Indigo Touch is set for my public IP/firewall that forwards to Indigo Server on M1 Mini. Set same wether at home or out and about. Alexa works great at home.
Happy camper here.

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Thu Oct 21, 2021 7:14 pm
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Re: Reflector newbie looking for advice. Indigo 7.5 going 20

Great, thanks for the follow-up report.

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