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re: Home Depot Home Automation Clearance - HOT DEALS - mchias1
what section of HD is the stuff located? I walked around the cortana HD and saw no smart home stuff other than thermostats....
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re: HDHomeRun Quatro setup question - mchias1
Connect the quatro to your router/switch. Any computer with Plex on it and on the same network can act as the recording device. It's best to use a hardwire connection to the quatro and the recording computer.. The quatro doesn't convert the OTA signal from mpeg2 to h.264, like the extend does....
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re: Need Network WAN Help- Surveillance - mchias1
free dns services: [link=(https://freedns.afraid.org/)]Free DNS[/link] [link=(https://www.duckdns.org/)]Duck DNS[/link] Both of the above are pretty reputable. See if your router supports running a VPN server. I have an ASUS router that I set up an OpenVPN server on it. I can access my...
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re: Converting Alarm System to Smart - mchias1
Konnnected does not allow for home monitroing except through smart things hub. The "Arduino" boards replace your existing alarm panel. You reuse existing wired sensors in your house. If you want to keep your existing panel and add self monitoring the envisalink posted above or there's a similar...
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re: UPDATED: I want to start installing smart light switches and need advice..... - mchias1
You can also install one of these: [link=(https://www.amazon.com/Aeotec-Z-Wave-Micro-Dimmer-2nd/dp/B00IRI1CEK/ref=pd_cp_60_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=7Y6C5JQ47TYVKEKY22J9)]aeotec zwave micro switch[/link] You need to find the last switch that goes to your lights, then put this device between ...
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re: Addressable LEDs for Christmas display - mchias1
check out some of the videos this guy does. he's kind of douchey, but for what i'm thinking of doing he explains exactly what i would need. [link=(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7G4tLa4Kt6A9e3hJ-HO8ng/videos)]DrZzs youtube videos[/link]...
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re: Moto Z2 Force. Flawed but fantastic. - mchias1
i haven't "ordered" it from Moto yet. i got my phone through best buy when it first came out because i got it for $17/month for 24 months. Best buy also threw in the 1st gen speaker mod. verify about the lease thing. i read it as after the 18 months you would pay [Retail-(total lease payments)]...
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re: Moto Z2 Force. Flawed but fantastic. - mchias1
I have the z2 force on sprint in baton rouge. old phone was the original moto x. the z2 is such an upgrade on signal for me. i sometimes get better signal than wife's S7. if you do get one, make sure you get a screen protector. i've dropped my phone a couple times already in the 3 months i've...
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re: Smart Watch Advice - mchias1
I have a moto 360 sport. I have 0 daily issues with the watch. Has build in GPS and heart rate sensor, so don't need my phone if I want to use a tracker, like Runkeeper. Another plus is the watch can be had for $100-150. The only downside I have with this watch is the watch band is non-replace...
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re: Question for Smart Home lighting knowledge folks.... - mchias1
Unless CAD can find something, I think you may in SOL. Phillips uses "Zigbee light link" protocal, which apparently is not compatible with regular zigbee light switches, that work with Wink or Smartthings. Searching for "zigbee light link switch" does not come up with anything useful....
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re: Oh this is why people hate cable companies.... - mchias1
I have a HDHomerun Prime. You cannot view OnDemand through it. You can watch pay-per-view and sports packages (I used to get CenterIce). The prime allows you to watch/record 3 channels from 1 COAX wire with 1 cablecard (usually $2.95/month). SiliconDust has a free app that lets you watch...
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re: Moto Z Play a bad idea to buy now? - mchias1
The new Z play is unlocked for all 4 major carriers. The verizon one is just $400, where the unlocked one is $500. The unlocked version comes with 64GB storage and 4GB ram compared to verizon of 32GB and 3GB ram. I have the new Z2 force on sprint. Have had it for about a month now. I'm loving ...
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re: Educate me on Z-Wave - mchias1
@lsufanintexas have you been able to get your stuff set up? i just installed homeassistant on my pi. finding the learning curve a higher than homegenie. definitely would not recommend to someone unless they want to really learn and dive into coding. think they need a simpler interface for non-...
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re: Educate me on Z-Wave - mchias1
I've had no issues with distances as well or traveling through most walls. The ONLY walls I can't get through is my front porch which is stucco walls. The wire mesh used to hold the stucco on blocks the signal. Regular wood or brick walls shouldn't be an issue. I tried putting a outdoor zwav...
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re: Educate me on Z-Wave - mchias1
I got 120vac relay with 5v coil off Amazon. I'd recommend finding one with a 3v coil. The pi DO only output 3.3v for a high. I had to add a transistor in series with the relay coil to switch ground on so I didn't burn up my Pi outputs. Also not sure if you need a relay that supports up to 120....
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re: Educate me on Z-Wave - mchias1
Yes you can group devices in a room. Gene (the guy who wrote it) has a lot of good info on his webpage. The forms are also handy. Unfortunately Gene has stopped development. He doesnt have time to devote to it. But being open source, the community is always looking for new modules. I only kn...
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re: Educate me on Z-Wave - mchias1
Don't need a repeater. The zwave devices will work as a repeater. I use a rapberry pi with homegenie (open source software). You'd need a zwave dongle. Recommend the zwave stick from aeon labs. I like homegenie. Simple to use interface but also allows to create code in C, python, or Java....
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re: Napoleon - Kenmore fridge help - mchias1
Thanks for the amazing feedback, as always. I tried accessing the control panel yesterday. Couldn't find it anywhere so I assumed it was behind the control "knobs". I was never able to get that front face plate off. However in my moving stuff I ended up moving the freezer knob back and forth a b...
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Napoleon - Kenmore fridge help - mchias1
I have a kenmore model 10656936600. It stopped working yesterday. I'm trying to troubleshoot it, but can't find a manual anywhere online. all i have is the wire schematic. I'm trying to locate the thermostat and control board. We ended up buying a new fridge, but would like to see if the kenmor...
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re: Used to be a card-carrying member of MAME scene but fell off the wagon - mchias1
The emulators I have on my tablet (GBA and DS), the rom websites are easy to find through google. Download a zip file to my tablet, then the emulator loads the zip file....
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