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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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re: Used to be a card-carrying member of MAME scene but fell off the wagon - mchias1
my coworker casts his emulator(s) from his phone/tablet to his TV. Uses a bluetooth controller to play with....
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re: It's almost garden time boys! - mchias1
Looking to start a worm bucket to create some fertilizer using kitchen and garden scraps. Anyone know where in the Baton Rouge area I could get the composting worms (Red Wigglers) locally? ...
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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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