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re: Home automation hubs - mchias1
[quote]I don't recommend raspberry pie for HA unless you have lots of free time on your hands and want to buy every radio chip separately (zwave, ZigBee, lutron, etc) then patch together a very non GUI friendly control system. [/quote] Yes you have to buy separate radios, but between zwave and hu...
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re: Home automation hubs - mchias1
Raspberry pi + zwave stick + Phillips hue software. Can use multiple automation software packages (I use homegenie). Use what you like. Hue software allows for Alexis integration....
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re: Simple diode question in a circuit - mchias1
The relay would prevent back flow. If it's open no power can go across it. Same with the switch if it's open. Would there ever be a case where the relay is closed with no power on its common? If so then you'd put the diode from the NO leg of the relay....
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re: Android app to access videos on home computer - mchias1
I used UPnPlay. Set up a DLNA server on your computer. [link=(http://www.howtogeek.com/215400/how-to-turn-your-computer-into-a-dlna-media-server/)]DLNA setup instructions[/link]...
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re: Smart Bulbs - mchias1
I wouldn't touch those bulbs. They are Bluetooth connection. You'll be limited by range quite a bit. There's better automation interfaces like wifi and zwave. Along with what the other two are saying, if you want a color bulb make sure it can connect to a hub like wink, Vera, or Philips hue. ...
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re: Official WINK HUB Home Automation thread - mchias1
where did you get that from? what is included in the premium kit?...
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re: Official WINK HUB Home Automation thread - mchias1
saw that which is why i wanted it as a secondary z-wave controller only. I use a raspberry pi with a usb z-wave for primary controller. i had my house pre-wired with window and door sensors, so looking to use a standard Vista panel and a decent touch panel. Liked the look of the 2gig and the fac...
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re: Official WINK HUB Home Automation thread - mchias1
Tigerwise, just saw a video on setting up a 2gig control panel as a secondary controller. have you set yours up this way? just curious how well it works this way. also would the 2gig controller work with a standard (honeywell) wired alarm panel?...
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re: Official WINK HUB Home Automation thread - mchias1
Do any of you guys use the Aeon Labs micro switch? and if so be able to perform some measurements for me on the pins of the device?...
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re: Official WINK HUB Home Automation thread - mchias1
does the previous generation work? edit: just looked, no go for either generation....
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re: Official WINK HUB Home Automation thread - mchias1
[link=(http://www.amazon.com/Aeon-Labs-Aeotec-Z-Wave-Multi-Sensor/dp/B00S68NUSW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1461861334&sr=8-3&keywords=aeotec+multisensor+6)]multi sensor[/link] You can add one of these to each room you want to monitor temperature....
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re: Official WINK HUB Home Automation thread - mchias1
Can your controller poll your zwave devices, say every 5 minutes, then report back to you any that are not "alive". Pretty sure all the ones I've seen that plug into the wall don't have battery back ups, so you wouldn't know if the breaker tripped except that the device is now dead....
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re: Not-so-official Open Source Home Automation Thread - mchias1
Do you have your house pre-wired with a security system? if so could save some money on buying equipment. I'm looking at upgrading light switches first, and at ~$45 a switch it'll take me awhile to get my house going. ...
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re: Not-so-official Open Source Home Automation Thread - mchias1
let me know if you can discover it on your work laptop. i have a windows 10 laptop i could try it in also if needed....
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re: Not-so-official Open Source Home Automation Thread - mchias1
so finally found my USB stick. can say connected it to HomeGenie was super easy. I have never connected it to my Pi before. It was automatically detected. Selected the usb drive in settings and it was working. Clicking on discover network, required me to press the button on my one outlet and ...
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re: Not-so-official Open Source Home Automation Thread - mchias1
Inigo, were you able to get your usb stick working? did you try it in another pc?...
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re: Does anyone have Cox HomeLIfe with home automation? What tech do they use? - mchias1
looks like homelife devices are Zigbee devices. Wink works with Zigbee. You'd need to find out from cox if they take all their equipment when your contract runs up. Be 100% certain you read all the fine print before signing up with cox, like any company who says we'll give you equipment for "free...
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re: Not-so-official Open Source Home Automation Thread - mchias1
and you have the black usb stick and not the white one?...
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re: Not-so-official Open Source Home Automation Thread - mchias1
i would uninstall current drivers through device manager and then try to reinstall don't know if that would fix. by the way, which drivers did you download? the SiLabs ones or the UZB ones? just trying to rule things out....
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re: Not-so-official Open Source Home Automation Thread - mchias1
I'm pretty sure it doesn't natively. HG is more geared towards single action widgets and scripting. If you know how to code and Kodi has an api, you could always write something to work with Kodi. If it was me however, I'd prefer to use Kodi to do interface with whatever program and do my home...
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