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re: Smart plug ins - mchias1
I have a lamp attached to one, 1 for outdoor Christmas lights , and 1 for the Christmas tree. I prefer dumb bulbs. They are cheaper to replace....
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re: Tablo, Tivo, or HD Homerun - mchias1
I can only speak of the HD Homerun. I have a prime and run in with windows media center currently. If you want a OTA homerun, you would need to roll your own DVR. You can take your pick, Kodi, SageTV, etc. Any open source DVR would work. As far as pay DVR's: Silicon Dust is also current...
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re: Official WINK HUB Home Automation thread - mchias1
what zwave hub do you have? the device itself is not compatible with Alexa (doesn't have a zwave radio), but that doesn't mean you can't tell Alexa to activate the gate then your hub sends the command to the relay. What you'll do is have Alexa send an "ON" command to the hub for the relay. T...
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re: Official WINK HUB Home Automation thread - mchias1
Looking at pdf manual for your motor, you'll want to install the zwave relay inside by your ac transformer (plug) for the gate. The zwave relay is not made to be outside. You will need to either run wire in conduit if that's how the existing power is run or buy direct burial wire like stated in th...
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re: Official WINK HUB Home Automation thread - mchias1
which model do you have? you could possibly add a zwave device like this: [link=(http://www.gocontrol.com/manuals/FS20Z-1-Install.pdf)]zwave relay[/link]. you need to supply it 120VAC and wire it up as a dry-contact. one of the motors i looked at accepted a push button to control the gate. you...
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re: Smart Garage Door Openers - mchias1
if you want to use a pi. I wired up my garage door opener using a 5v (coil) relay in parallel with the button in the garage. I put a mosfet on the "ground" side of the relay coil. The pi only puts out 3.3V on it's IO. Had to send the 5v output to the high side of the relay, then the IO pin contr...
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re: Official WINK HUB Home Automation thread - mchias1
@CAD youtube video for arrival sensor [link=(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9le8RUaPlM)]LINK[/link]...
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re: How important is your DVR to you? - mchias1
[quote]Have they resolved the problems with the program guide yet?[/quote] No. On Cox I always found IFC to be off by hours. And forget about sports. All you get from Rovi guide data is "college football game" or similar. [quote]WMC guide has been nothing but reliable for me with the rare exc...
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re: Official WINK HUB Home Automation thread - mchias1
I use 1 smart switch since it controls 4 floodlights. Personally I like switches over bulbs. With zwave you would have to unpair the buld and pair the new one anytime you change the smart bulb, which shouldn't happen often at all just 1 more thing need to remember to do....
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re: Android OS; is there a way to see what files are the largest? - mchias1
I use an app called "diskusage". It'll show you graphically how much space everything is taking....
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re: Official WINK HUB Home Automation thread - mchias1
Cad, Are you able to change settings on the Schlage locks through z-wave? I'm talking about alarms, auto-lock, user codes, etc?...
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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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