So I bought a Roomba and of course they all need stupid cloud setup to do their thing anymore. and I don't have Internet yet... but I did find my wifi router. so I just did the most bogglingly stupid roundabout way of getting it online: sharing my phone's 5G to my desktop over wifi, then sharing my desktop's wifi over ethernet, then connecting my router to my desktop's ethernet, then connecting my phone back to the router over wifi to run the Roomba setup.
Amazingly enough, it actually worked.
@clacke I mean without cloud setup they still work in the traditional push-button-get-vacuumed way, but the cloud setup is necessary to set a schedule and map boundaries and so on.
@clacke Yeah. It'd be nice if it could do all this purely on the local network, that said. Supposedly it DOES keep it all local, but it still gates the ability to set that up behind setting up wifi, and it only lets you set up wifi if your phone is on wifi, which means being online.
@clacke I’m honestly not sure how it worked! I *think* it’s because iOS has fancy multi path routing stuff that “Just Works,” like it’ll definitely let you talk to local network stuff while also being on 5G if the local network has no internet available. Which is nice in a lot of scenarios.
@hulver that’s the first thing I tried, but unfortunately the app is either too smart or too dumb for that. It specifically wanted the phone to be connected to external WiFi.
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