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Home automation is the residential extension of building automation.
It is automation of the home, housework or household activity.
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I am looking for a solution to automate my blinds. For design and reliability, I chose Legrand Valena Next with Netatmo, but when trying to buy it in large stores, they told me they don't have stock and have removed everything from the shelves. Has the end of this series arrived? Should I look for stock in small stores or wait for them to release a replacement?
I've installed a sonoff minir4 on a light switch and set it to Detach Relay, as I have a wifi bulb in the controlled socket. I'd like to use the switch though to toggle the smart bulb on or off, but I don't understand how to achieve that.
I have a hybrid setup currently, using both Alexa and HA. Most devices were set up and controlled by Alexa (some wifi, some zigbee), HA is very recent and mostly I'm learning about it. The sonoff is visible in the eWeLink app, as well as in HA and in Alexa, but I can't figure out how to get HA or Alexa to recognize or action a switch toggle.
I'd be very thankful if someone can point me in the direction I need to go to make this work.
For those currently utilizing the Somfy Sonesse motorized blinds - which manufacturer or company did you go through to order the actual blinds with them?
Ive been trying to run this down for quite some time and keep landing at either Graber(which is more expensive than Hunter Douglas) or a small custom shops. The challenge with the small shops is that none of them can provided a finished look fabric wrapped hem-bar like Graber. They all seem to be cheap aluminum non fabric wrapped or heat sealed.
The attached picture is the look I’m seeking to pair 5% solar shades and 2 windows with dual blackouts and solar with the Somfy motors, so I can automate with all my other devices within Brilliant and HomeKit.
I was thinking of mmWave sensors to make the lights smart. Smart locks, Water Leak Detectors, Smart Smoke Detectors. Anything else?
Is there any smart theromaste for hot water unit with Central heating unit, that can be installed on each heater unit? Looking Forward to Split heating Cost in a shared living Apartment
Hello all, my house came with White LED strips under cabinets, and i want to replace them with RGB.
Here is the current Setup: There is a LED driver on a closet INPUT: 120V OUTPUT 24V 2.5A from there a 2 wire cable goes to the LED lights .... Is there something (Controller) i can put before the LED and connect RGB lights? Was looking at this: https://www.amazon.com/BTF-LIGHTING-WL5-Controller-Compatible-Smartphone/dp/B08L9GWJK1/ but wanted to check with the experts first...
I'm a complete noob when it comes to home automation and my Internet research so far has left me confused as to where to start. What I'm looking for is the following:
• A way to control smart bulbs and/or smart plugs using just my phone (Android) with no cloud integration. I only need to control things locally and I don't have home internet (just cell network).
• I don't want to rely on voice control as I don't like the idea of shouting out commands in my house:)
• I have some NFC tags and want a way to, say, place one by my front door to turn off all of my smart bulbs when I leave the house, for instance.
• I use Tasker for basic automation, so if there is a way to automate things with that, I am open to learning.
So, where do I start? Any info or links to resources would be appreciated! I've heard of Home Assistant but it's unclear to me whether I need some kind of a hub to run it on and I'd rather just use my phone. Thanks in advance!
I bought a smart bulb to switch out the porch light with, and I cannot seem to open this housing to swap out the bulbs. I am not handy at all, swapping out a bulb seemed like something I could handle, but I seem to be stuck at the first step. Any thoughts?
The motor on two of my motorized blinds died recently. I assume they reached the end of their life, having be bought from Selectblinds in 2016.
When opening them up I found a Bofu EYB25-0.7/34 motor, which I could only find very little info about online and it seems impossible to just order the same model again.
Can you recommend an alternative motor? AA battery or rechargeable battery operated, compatible with 433MHz remote.
I installed these in my 3rd flood attic space with a recent renovation. They are no longer available. Who has knowledge of other brands and products available that are VeSync compatible?
Hi everyone. I'm new to this home automation stuff and I'm looking for a way that I can ramp up my "dumb" LED panels/lights and halogen bulbs through automations set in an app? Can anyone point me to an available device? I found this one online https://shop.insteon.com/products/dimmer-switch but it's US based and they don't ship to Belgium. I want to ramp up the halogen and LED lights for a more natural way to light my vivariums. I currently use MEROSS smart switches which go directly on the cable of the devices but I don't like how it just flicks on. Can't imagine my reptiles liking the stress of "suddenly light!". TIA
Starting from scratch with a newly built home. Im an Apple guy so probably use apple home pods and home kit-based devices. I see everyone talking about Home Assistant and also of late I see ads for Homey. I assume these are hubs that can be used to connect multiple devices.
Given that I am not technical and do not plan to write scripts, connectors, or code, I am trying to decide where to start. I like the UI of Homey (from their website) and seems like it has a drag-and-drop flow builder which is appealing for a non-techie but I cannot tell where to begin and how to go about this in a structured manner with minimal pain.
I would probably want to automate - cameras, switches, dimmers, create scenes, and maybe shades but nothing too crazy. ill have music and speakers, but assume I'll do everything from an app.
Any help will be much appreciated.
Looking for a replacement for my door spy hole. Should look like my regular spy and come with wifi mode. Any tips?
Hello, I would like to recommend a free real estate app(Homelens X) for helping home owners track the health or net worth of their houses. Please search Homelens X in apple app store or click this link.
This app is still under active development and seeking feedbacks from early users! Here is a list of existing app features:
I am working on an object detection project which requires me to monitor a parking lot continuously from across the street.
what cameras would you suggest?
Right now I am looking at Eufy.
I have standard DC ceiling fans with light kits and remote controls installed in almost every room of our home. Given the integrated remote receiver I’m able to integrate them with my Bond Bridge to turn the light on/off as well as control the fan speed. The only issue is that the remote commands to turn on/off the light are the same and there is no way in Bond or Home Assistant to determine if a light is on or not.
Are there any devices I could install in the light sockets themselves that would report back if they had power? I’ve considered installing a Shelly Plus 1PM on the power to the fan so I could detect fan speed and light power via the energy utilization but the PM models don’t use dry contacts and it seems like the combined load of the fan and lights isn’t good for those devices. I’ve got everything solved to automate the fans & light kits except determining if the lights are on or off and this is the last piece of the puzzle I need to solve. I’m trying to do this without having to remove the built-in receivers/controllers as some of these fans are installed on some high ceilings and it wouldn’t be a fun job pulling them down for this one need.
Hi - in the entry area to my home we have two switches that control two lights, with the two switches and two lights at opposite ends of the entry stairs. Because of the age of the wiring I'm struggling to confirm figure out which wire is what, and confirm how the Shelley should be wired in. Any thoughts on 1) if this is possible and 2) which wires are which?
Got a few PIR Sensors among other things that burn through 2032 batteries every few months and get tired of swapping them.
Would like to plug them straight into a wall USB outlet. Searched Reddit for existing posts, found a few but nothing I really liked. A lot of options on AliExpress etc come up as 5V to 3.3V step down converters. Would probably work but looking first for a clean 3V solution. Mechanical guy here so I know to ask for help with electrical stuff. Since they run on a CR2032 I assume actual current draw is single digit mA or less. So the USB power consumption would be trivial. And I know some converters need a specific load to function correctly. Any recommendations? Ideally some small pre made board with micro USB or USB-C jack. Doesn't need to fit exactly inside a CR2032 footprint since I assume that's a bit ambitious. But smaller would be better.
I’ve been seeing plenty of blinds controllers but is there a shutter controller? Would love a servo/stepper motor that opens them as the day continues but open to any options.
SmartThings compatibility ideal but probably going HA soon.
I have Somfy roller blinds installed and a wireless bridge that allows us to lower/raise them via Google Home.
After setting up my Somfy blinds, I had a blind installed for a roof light. I believe the manufacturer is Ellard. The remote looks like this: https://www.ellard.co.uk/hand-held-transmitter
They appear to sell a wireless bridge but I'm guessing it'll be expensive: https://www.ellard.co.uk/mini-hub
I assume I could rig up both to work from a single Raspberry Pi without too much work? I'm a JS developer and can use command line. Just wondered if there's a generic off-the-shelf option or if I could use my existing Somfy controller somehow?
Has anyone added a Graywind motorized roller shade to any smart apps? I tried the Graywind app and smart life app and they both look like the photo.
Hello, the central control of my air conditioner is quite old, and I'm looking for a way to automate it. I had thought about using a relay like the Aqara T2, for example (https://www.aqara.com/en/dual-relay-module-t2/dual-relay-module-t2-installation-video/), but I'm unable to figure out:
a) If it's possible for it to work. b) In case it does work, how to connect it.
I have a diagram of the air conditioner control.
Any help is welcome, and if another relay is needed, I have no problem with that.
Thanks in advance!
Hey all, rennovating the house and I want to be able to control basic light/electric shutter switches from an AWS server (making some kind of project).
what device would let me do this?
thanks for the suggestions.
I'm trying to get my Alexa device to give me a notification when I get a gmail with the following subject "There's a new study available for you!" This can be up to 10 times a day if that makes any diference.
I have Tasker, Macrodroid, Gmail on my Android phone together with the Alexa app and not sure how to get them to talk to each other.
If there are other ways to do this would love to hear from you.
Renovating a new place now.
Bought a bunch of Phillips downlights and wireless/battery switches to use (not sure if that was the best option but got them now)
Give that, is there any reason to have/keep physical light switches (ie with power) built into the walls as well, or just use the wireless smart switches only?
Renovating our new place, and we want to get motorized blinds (around 10 of them)
Is it better to go with battery ones (like Ikea FYRTUR) or find some hardwired ones so don't need to charge?
I have a Ring video doorbell and a Ring home security system. Was also planning to buy outdoor cameras. However, I want to move away from Ring because their business model is parasitic. I already paid enough money for the devices. Now I have to pay monthly foruding them? I need to cut down on my subscriptions which is where I and seeking help in this forum.
Is there any video doorbell and home security alternative which does not require a subscription? I would prefer something that is not cloud based.
Hello sorry im new to smart stuff. I have a SYMYNELEC Light Bulb Security Camera and id like to be able to stream to a small screen when theres activities on the camera.
I just want a small screen that only does that for cheap.
thanks a lot
Hello I'm a 4th year student and I need to find some ideas for dissertation. I was interested in home automation, however I don't really know what topics would be worth writing on. Needs to be like 10k words.
Please give me some ideas or questions you might want research done on. ^^