• DIY Smart Home

    From Mortifis@VERT/EMPTYKEG to All on Monday, December 31, 2018 21:06:00
    I've completed a couple of smart home projects using an RPi. Has anyone else got something similar on the go?

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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to MORTIFIS on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 01:00:00
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    I've completed a couple of smart home projects using an RPi. Has anyone else >got something similar on the go?

    No, but I have thought about using one as a weather station. Problem is I think I might be able to buy an already-made station that will do what I
    want for less than getting all the sensors for the Pi (or other SBC).

    Closest I have come is running a BBS on one. :)

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  • From Mortifis@VERT/EMPTYKEG to Dumas Walker on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 21:20:00
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    I've completed a couple of smart home projects using an RPi. Has anyone else >got something similar on the go?

    No, but I have thought about using one as a weather station. Problem is I think I might be able to buy an already-made station that will do what I want for less than getting all the sensors for the Pi (or other SBC).

    Closest I have come is running a BBS on one. :)

    You're right there, RPi sensors and project parts are getting ridiculously expensive, but then there's the 'fun' in doing it :)

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  • From DaiTengu@VERT/ENSEMBLE to Mortifis on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 20:52:00
    Re: DIY Smart Home
    By: Mortifis to All on Mon Dec 31 2018 01:06 pm

    I've completed a couple of smart home projects using an RPi. Has anyone else got something similar on the go?

    My 2019 wish-list includes turning my home into more of a "smart home". I was looking at commercial options, like the Samsung SmartThings setup, as it seems to have the widest range of devices and works with both Google Home and the Amazon Echo.

    I'm not sure if i want to DIY it. While I'm sure it would be considerably cheaper, it's one of those things I want to be reliable and not have to fiddle with constantly to get it to do what I want.

    DaiTengu

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  • From Mortifis@VERT/EMPTYKEG to DaiTengu on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 19:26:00
    Re: DIY Smart Home
    By: Mortifis to All on Mon Dec 31 2018 01:06 pm

    I've completed a couple of smart home projects using an RPi. Has anyone else got something similar on the go?

    My 2019 wish-list includes turning my home into more of a "smart home". I was looking at commercial options, like the Samsung SmartThings setup, as it seems to have the widest range of devices and works with both Google Home and the Amazon Echo.

    I'm not sure if i want to DIY it. While I'm sure it would be considerably cheaper, it's one of those things I want to be reliable and not have to fiddle with constantly to get it to do what I want.

    DaiTengu

    Certainly it is easier to use a Google Home or Alexa, or even just wifi smart plugs, etc. My only 'real' issue with those devices and services is privacy, I personally do want Google to track my bathroom habits when I turn lights on and off :-P

    My first 'smart plug' project used a RPi housed in a box using a Kuman 8 channel relay board but only 2 wall socket plugs split into 4 individually controlled outlets, operated via a web interface and Python scripts. It was a fun and practical project and is self contained so it isn't monitored by a cloud service.

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  • From Thumper@VERT/THEWASTE to DaiTengu on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 20:37:00
    DaiTengu wrote to Mortifis <=-

    Re: DIY Smart Home
    By: Mortifis to All on Mon Dec 31 2018 01:06 pm

    I've completed a couple of smart home projects using an RPi. Has anyone else got something similar on the go?

    My 2019 wish-list includes turning my home into more of a "smart
    home". I was looking at commercial options, like the Samsung
    SmartThings setup, as it seems to have the widest range of devices and works with both Google Home and the Amazon Echo.

    I'm not sure if i want to DIY it. While I'm sure it would be
    considerably cheaper, it's one of those things I want to be reliable
    and not have to fiddle with constantly to get it to do what I want.

    I have the Samsung SmartThings right now with a Kwikset 916 Keypad Deadbolt
    nd
    and also control my heater and a few plugs with it. Now I've added a couple of Wyze Cameras and Amazon Echo & Echo TV to control them also.



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  • From DaiTengu@VERT/ENSEMBLE to Mortifis on Thursday, January 03, 2019 01:53:00
    Re: Re: DIY Smart Home
    By: Mortifis to DaiTengu on Wed Jan 02 2019 11:26 am

    Certainly it is easier to use a Google Home or Alexa, or even just wifi smart plugs, etc. My only 'real' issue with those devices and services is privacy, I personally do want Google to track my bathroom habits when I turn lights on and off :-P

    Hey, if Amazon reminds me to order TP because it thinks I'm running out based on the amount of times my bathroom lights go on/off, they deserve my business.

    My first 'smart plug' project used a RPi housed in a box using a Kuman 8 channel relay board but only 2 wall socket plugs split into 4 individually controlled outlets, operated via a web interface and Python scripts. It was a fun and practical project and is self contained so it isn't monitored by a cloud service.

    I have one RPi right now hooked up to my TV in my living room, as it's running RetroPi. I mostly use it to play some MAME games and NES/SNES ROMS. It's just not powerful enough to do N64 or GameCube stuff reliably, though. Maybe in another version of two.

    DaiTengu

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  • From DaiTengu@VERT/ENSEMBLE to Thumper on Thursday, January 03, 2019 02:02:00
    Re: Re: DIY Smart Home
    By: Thumper to DaiTengu on Wed Jan 02 2019 12:37 pm


    I have the Samsung SmartThings right now with a Kwikset 916 Keypad Deadbolt nd
    and also control my heater and a few plugs with it. Now I've added a couple of Wyze Cameras and Amazon Echo & Echo TV to control them also.

    Deadbolts and outdoor cameras are high on my list of things I want to hook up.

    Ideally I'm looking for a wide-angle, high-resolution camera to point at my driveway, as I've had my truck rummaged through once a couple years ago (because I forgot to lock my doors), and in the summer that's where my boat sits, and I'd like to keep tabs on it. I'd like one in the backyard too to keep an eye on the dogs. I don't need a specialized recording device, as I have 45TB+ of storage on my network where video could easily be dumped (I am a digital packrat)

    I'm completely torn over wired/wireless cameras. I'm not keen on running cords through my attic, since doing anything up there is nearly impossible (I've lived in my house for 11 years, and I've been up there once to try and replace a bathroom exhaust fan. it didn't go so well.)




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  • From Digital Man@VERT to DaiTengu on Thursday, January 03, 2019 01:48:00
    Re: Re: DIY Smart Home
    By: DaiTengu to Thumper on Wed Jan 02 2019 06:02 pm

    Re: Re: DIY Smart Home
    By: Thumper to DaiTengu on Wed Jan 02 2019 12:37 pm


    I have the Samsung SmartThings right now with a Kwikset 916 Keypad Deadbolt nd
    and also control my heater and a few plugs with it. Now I've added a couple of Wyze Cameras and Amazon Echo & Echo TV to control them also.

    Deadbolts and outdoor cameras are high on my list of things I want to hook up.

    Ideally I'm looking for a wide-angle, high-resolution camera to point at my driveway, as I've had my truck rummaged through once a couple years ago (because I forgot to lock my doors), and in the summer that's where my boat sits, and I'd like to keep tabs on it. I'd like one in the backyard too to keep an eye on the dogs. I don't need a specialized recording device, as I have 45TB+ of storage on my network where video could easily be dumped (I am a digital packrat)

    I'm completely torn over wired/wireless cameras. I'm not keen on running cords through my attic, since doing anything up there is nearly impossible (I've lived in my house for 11 years, and I've been up there once to try and replace a bathroom exhaust fan. it didn't go so well.)

    I have/had all kinds of security cameras over the years and the most reliable are the IP/Ethernet cameras with power-over-Ethernet (PoE) being a nice convenience as well. I still use some WiFi cameras, but they sometimes lose connectively, sometimes need to be reset. I also use several USB-connected webcams as security cameras and even an old firewire camcorder. They all work but have their distance limitions.

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