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A place to share and discuss all things related to home automation.

Home automation is the residential extension of building automation.

It is automation of the home, housework or household activity.

Home automation may include centralized control of lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), appliances, security locks of gates and doors and other systems, to provide improved convenience, comfort, energy efficiency and security.

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/r/homeautomation

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I’d like to find inexpensive “blank” smart home devices I can program to fit my needs at home…hashtag DIY for Dummies

Alternatively I’d like to reprogram some old bricked devices I can’t bring myself to toss, such as Amzn dash buttons, contact sensors, etc.

I know I can purchase cheap blank RFIDs, then set up a command using the Shortcuts app, but I don’t want to limit functionality to Apple HomeKit. I’m not a fan of Shortcuts.

For reference—my smart home runs on Apple and Alexa. I’m a dreamer, not an engineer : )

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2024/02/21
05:30 UTC

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Z-wave repeating with old and new devices.

I moved not long ago and took all my zwave gear with me. it was allot of older GE switches and dimmers they where mostly standard zwave and a few that were added later on where zwave plus. half dozen aeotec smart switches.. etc.

needing more devices at the new house, I bought a bunch of zooz s2 switches and dimmers.

  1. knowing that powered zwave devices will act as a repeater. will the old zwave devices repeat the s2 devices?

  2. when communicating with each other old and new (trying to get clarity here) will the s2 devices downgrade to s0 to talk? and is there a performance hit in doing so?

I don't have any security concerns so I'm not really worried about s2, but i did read that s2 devices are less chatty and better for a larger zwave network.

  1. so should I mix pre s0, s01 devices with s2 or just make everything s0? since this will be a larger deployment than previous installation, better latency and less traffic is preferred. if on the other hand it's going to cause a performance issue with the whole downgrading thing. I would guess probably all s0?

anyways.. thanks for reading, any advise is welcome.

2 Comments
2024/02/21
03:48 UTC

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Video Options for busy street protection

Hello! I live on a busy street as far as people walking by goes. I live above a restaurant and my front door comes out onto this street. Often our current cheap doorbell is pressed or we get knocks on our door for people thinking we are the door to the restaurant. Which has left us with a sign taped to our door that says “Restaurant next door”. Now, I rent this apartment and the street I live on is friendly during the day but once the theater next door to me closes along with every other place on the street, the meth heads and bad kids come out to play. I’ve seen vandalism in open areas before and there’s very little law enforcement that passes by regularly. Actually, the restaurant was broken into via back door and vandalized horribly 2 weeks ago around 3 am. I was awake at the time and heard/felt it all. At the time I thought they were just renovating or something, I didn’t find out it was vandalism until the next day. Okay okay skip to question…

I need suggestions on a camera system. Either doorbell camera or floodlight camera maybe? That has ways to protect against vandalism and obviously theft. I would like to be notified if someone rings my doorbell and the option to see who it is before answering. Possibly even answer without going downstairs unless it’s actually for me (I get sick of running downstairs just to find out they thought I was the entrance to the restaurant despite the sign on my door stating otherwise) but I’m extremely worried about buying a camera just to have some punk spray paint it or take a hammer to it. I have very little money to work with so I can’t afford to replace a $200 doorbell every week. Please and thank you! Photos for visualization.

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2024/02/21
03:44 UTC

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WiFi setup for home automation?

I'm looking for recommendations for a WiFi setup for a new construction build with home automation. I have a Google nest mesh system right now in my current house and it's been good to me so I'm inclined to go that route but I've heard good things about TP-LINK and Netgear.

One thing that's also been suggested to me is to have 2 separate routers connected to my modem. One router would be primarily for my smart devices and then the other would be just be for personal use internet access like for TV's and laptops and phones etc. has anyone done this and had success?

2 Comments
2024/02/21
03:29 UTC

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Best home automation ecosystem?

We are doing a new construction build and I'm looking to get a decent set up for smart home automation in the house. My current house is a Hodge podge of smart life and nexlux light switches, my q garage door openers, and Google home items.

I'm a big Google guy so doing nest thermostats, speakers, and security cams is kinda how I'm leaning but as far as light switches go I'm not sure the way to go.

I've also heard of Aqara which uses a hub that connects to the WiFi and then radio frequency to link moisture sensors light switches and a whole host of other smart devices. Anyone have experience with something like this? Is there a certain brand or ecosystem that you would recommend or is it ok to have a few different ecosystems in your house?

6 Comments
2024/02/21
03:24 UTC

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Anyone used the Leviton Smart panel system?

I'm GCing our home build and looking at load center (break panel) options. I've heard of the SPAN smart panel but I got a recommendation to check out the Leviton load centers due to their affordability and smart home capabilities. Has anyone gone the Leviton route for their house? What has your experience been?

For context to our situation we will be installing solar with a home battery 2 to 3 years after the house is built (we will rough in what we need to during the initial build). We are also planning 2 ev charges on the garage ceiling and a welding/extra ev charging socket for the 3rd stall. HVAC is a 4 ton forced air geothermal system (so that will pull a decent amount of amps) and a natural gas boiler for hot water and heated basement and garage floors.

I'm thinking we will have to split our electrical into 2 panels (150A each at least) which would allow us to do a critical loads panel and a non critical loads panel. So overall I'm curious if there would be good way to leverage the Leviton panel for energy tracking, home backup, solar power directing, or smart ev charging? Or if a smart panel would be a waste of money?

0 Comments
2024/02/21
03:19 UTC

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can I install a homekit smart dimmer?

My switch only has two wires going in but theres one in the back, is that the “neutral”? can I install a homekit enabled smart dimmer here? the bulbs are dimmable but the current switch is not a dimmer.

2 Comments
2024/02/21
03:10 UTC

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Zigbee vs Knx for new apartment

I am moving to a new apartment and the option of getting the wiring done is an option for me. Also Apartment has concrete/RCC walls and not brick walls.

I have read that knx based solution is going to be much more reliable and safe from getting outdated. Having said that, I wanted to get a fresh opinion from the community on this subject.

Ecosystems like Aqara/Ikea make great looking products and are innovating fast. Will knx start looking like a legacy solution 5-10 years down the line?

2 Comments
2024/02/21
02:03 UTC

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Adorcam app (Alkivision IP camera)

Hello,

I bought some IP cameras off Amazon. Brand name is called Alkivision, the app they use is called Adorcam. Recently the app has stopped working correctly (not showing events) making my home cameras useless. Is there a universal IP camera app that I should try? It connects using a QR code. Thanks for any help.

1 Comment
2024/02/21
01:54 UTC

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Shelly relay wiring in Australia

I've got a question for the Aussies. How do you elegantly wire a Shelly to a GPO and stay compliant?

I'm often wiring Shelly 1PMs into GPOs, but I bloody-well wrangle the 2.5mm hot conductor into the output on the Shelly's terminal block and it sucks. I would LOVE to use a ferrule-crimped 1.5mm conductor because it's the proper fit Shelly-side, but I never do because I want to stay compliant with our AS3000 safety standards.

This leaves me wondering how anyone else does it?

I thought about pigtailing a 2.5mm conductor off the 1.5mm via a BP or WAGO, but that's retarded. I also thought to just use the 1.5mm considering the length is trivial (less than 100mm), but I just can't bring myself to. I mean, the standards aren't lost on me (I mean that consistency being an integral part of safety is not lost on me).

So how do you other Aussies do it?

1 Comment
2024/02/21
01:50 UTC

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Non-invasive options for smart lighting

I recently moved into an apartment in the basement of an old home and wanted to get back to automating my lighting. Unfortunately, all of the lights are LED drop panel ceiling so smart bulbs aren’t an option. I bought some Shelly relays not realizing that my wiring doesn’t have accessible neutral wires, so those and most smart switches are not an option, plus I’d like it to be easily removable when I move out. I recall reading about a little motor that actuates a light switch but don’t remember the name, are there any similar solutions?

4 Comments
2024/02/21
01:11 UTC

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iPad connectivity issues when on PoE

Hi folks, I have a simple home automation setup with a couple of wall mounted ipads in iports on PoE. I could use some advice debugging an issue. For some reason, a few days after a hard reset the ipad generally loses internet connectivity, but the ring app continues to work and get a live feed just fine. Safari, and other apps on the ipad can't connect online. Has anyone experienced this before? Very odd to me that ring works but safari stops. This happens every time after a hard reset - everything works for a few days, but then safari and a few other apps stop being able to get online.

I'd be grateful for any advice!

1 Comment
2024/02/20
23:19 UTC

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Can't connect fingerbots to app

Howdy,

Hope y'all are well. I bought the below a few months ago. I can connect the first item (the bluetooth hub) to the tuya app no problem ( the smartlife app as well ). But I can't get the fingerbots from the second link to connect at all. I've tried the QR codes, holding the button down until it blinks to enter pairing mode, and entering device codes (which aren't clearly labeled and I'm not sure I'm entering them in correctly). Anybody ran into this before? Thanks for any ideas. Cheers.

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1 Comment
2024/02/20
19:59 UTC

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Wired lighting control protocols?

Just wondering if there are any wired protocols for lighting control for home use. DMX is apparently a possibility for some uses, but I'm not sure if there are any home lighting fixtures available that support it.

I have Zigbee CCT recessed lights in my house, and they're ok, but i have a LOT of devices, and the Zigbee network is not particularly stable (I think there are too many relays). I would love to know if a wired option exists. It would (obviously) be a huge headache to retrofit, but next time I do a gut renovation I'd love to go wired.

4 Comments
2024/02/20
19:57 UTC

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HVAC automation

I have a daikin hvac system. Requested wall control units so I can use ecobee. They failed to do so, and would cost more to have it done.

The units do have an 'on/off' button on them. Was thinking about using switchbot units to press the button.

Does anyone here see any problems, mainly with causing damage to the unit. Seems to do the same as on/off on the remote.

5 Comments
2024/02/20
18:34 UTC

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Recommendations for connected thermostats in new house

Hi all.

We're getting a new house built, and they're now starting with the wiring and all the electricity part.

We have most things figured out (power and TV sockets, home networking, etc.), but I have some questions regarding the thermostats and what kind of hardware I should be aiming for. I'm fairly competent with technology, but this is simply an area I've never looked into, given I've always lived in rentals with pre-installed solutions.

We're going to discuss the topic this week, and I assume if I don't come with any specific proposals the installer will offer their own recommendations. I'd like to check first what are some typical systems that people are using and have a clear picture, just in case I need to purchase the thermostats already. I assume I can probably tell them to leave the wiring in place and let me install the thermostats later, but I just want to make sure I don't forget to ask them anything critical that may have to be done now.

Our heating/cooling situation in the new house:

  • Two-floor house
  • Radiating floor (water tubes) through the whole house
  • Independent thermostat in every room (meaning, 8 independent thermostats)

We just want a system that we can easily manage from our PCs/phones when we're away. I'm a software developer so it would be a nice plus to have something that I can further tinker with in the future if I want to automate stuff. E.g.: set something up on my Raspberry Pi to control the thermostats, etc. But ultimately, I want something that just works fine and can easily be managed by my wife as well (not just me).

So... how does this typically work? You get 8 separate, full-blown thermostats from a specific brand and set them up in each room so you can handle them all from the same app/dashboard? Or can you make things cheaper by having a "main" thermostat and some smaller sensors in each room?

I assume having an ethernet cable go into each of them is overkill, right? We're on time to make it happen, but I assume Wi-Fi is more than enough for something like this.

Just for context, our home network situation will be as follows:

  • Network patch-panel inside built-in wardrobe where the fiber and all network cables will converge
  • MikroTik RB5009 as router
  • 2 x UniFi ceiling-mounted PoE APs for Wi-Fi (one per floor)
  • 1 x ethernet jack in every room
  • 5 x outdoor ethernet jacks in the outer walls of the house for home security (likely UniFi PoE cameras, but not decided yet)

I've seen recommendations for Sensi, Ecobee and Honeywell systems. Could you let me know what kind of setup/architecture would make sense for our needs?

Edit: Forgot to mention we live in Europe, so I'm actually not sure if the Sensi stuff is sold or even usable here.

9 Comments
2024/02/20
14:24 UTC

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Trying to get notifications from my Bosch Refrigerator

I have a Bosch Refrigerator and my family members are always leaving one of the French doors opened. It will start to beep but it's so quiet that no one hears it so the door can end up staying open for hours.

I tried using Home Connect on my phone but after spending time with the settings, I can't get it to notify my phone with the "Refrigerator Door Open" alert. If I run the app it will display the alert within the app but that isn't helpful at all.

I want all the phones in my household to start beeping loudly when the door has been left opened. Better yet, I want a loud speaker to blast a siren.

Am I doing something wrong or does Home Connect not support phone alerts?

11 Comments
2024/02/20
14:21 UTC

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ESI thermostat to smart

Which smart (ideally zigbee connected) thermostat would be suited for replacing an ESI ESRTP5?

1 Comment
2024/02/20
12:13 UTC

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Shelly Pro 4 Resetting

I have multiple Shelly Pro 4 and they are randomly resetting. I believe that it is happening because of the overcurrent protection even tho this is happening even when I turn the output off. They are not connected to any load just a contactor, is there any way to fix this?

edit: they were installed by a certified electrician

1 Comment
2024/02/20
10:27 UTC

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Multi room speaker options

Hi all. I'm so ready to take all of my Google Home speakers out behind the barn and retire them permanently with the way they perform lately. The only feature they offer I really can't live without is the multi room audio. Does anyone know of a solution on how I can setup my own multi room speaker setup? Preferably wifi controlled, don't want to run cables. I plan on using an aux Chromecast as the audio source so I can still cast to play things.

Cheers!

4 Comments
2024/02/20
08:19 UTC

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Using a digital wallet as access key

Hi all, I was wondering if it would be possible to add a digital key to a digital wallet like Google Wallet or Apple Wallet and use that in combination with an NFC reader to unlock my front door.

I'm assuming here that if it's safe enough for my bank to let me use a digital wallet it should be safe enough to use for my front door. Also, when I use my digital debit card I need to unlock my phone and if I can use that when unlocking my front door it'll add a factor of authentication above a regular key.

Thanks!

1 Comment
2024/02/20
07:36 UTC

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I think my house wiring has neutral?

I took some photos of my bathroom switches here: Imgur

Are the bundle of white wires in the middle connected to what looks like a wire nut neutral wires?

It also looks like there are 3 drops coming into this box so 3 neutral wires connected together?

Is the copper wire going to the green but a ground wire?

The light switches only have the screw connector lug things on 1 side so that looks to be single pole?

I’d like to get smartthings compatible light switches to replace these 2 in the photo. One of them turns on a vanity light which already has a smart light in it and the other turns on the bathroom fan. Both of these things are only turned on via the pictured switches.

****edit: i'm just trying to figure out what to purchase before calling someone for help in connecting it, I don't see the purpose of paying to have wires identified if it is straight forward, I was just confirming before I purchase and THEN calling someone to come hook them up for me.

I turned the breaker off to remove the switch pictured and I'm not disconnecting or changing anything myself

17 Comments
2024/02/20
07:23 UTC

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Switchbot with an external wired or wireless button?

I'm trying to add an easy to reach button to my headboard to turn my CPAP off while I'm facing away from the machine. The button would only be about 3 feet away from the CPAP so I could use a wired option or hack if that exists. The button is flush with the top of the CPAP so I think the only thing that would work is a fingerbot or switchbot.

2 Comments
2024/02/20
07:21 UTC

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Ink or energy saver screen monitor

Hi guys, is there any recommendations of ink screen or something extremely energy saver that can be used to show a dashboard with informations from my sensors, like temperature, door, plugs...? Thanks!

0 Comments
2024/02/20
07:07 UTC

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anyone know how long the finger bot box works for?(auto time set lighting)

i usally instantly wake up whenever my lights are on and i refuse to wake up to a alarm for some reason so im trying to find a way i can automatically turn my lights on at a set time the only thing i can seem to find is auto light switches and finger bot/ switch bot, and i dont want to switch to phillips hue since the lights in my room are so bright, also i dont use alexa/ google home, so whats something i can do??

5 Comments
2024/02/20
04:43 UTC

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GSM gate openers in the US...Cheapest way in?

I want to trigger a remote 12V relay from my phone. It seems like the easiest way to do this is with a gate opener, and there are a bunch of RTU5024 GSM openers for like $40.

Will these things work in the US in 2024, considering 3G and even 4G is being phased out? I don't know my LTE from my GSM, I'm just trying to figure out the cheapest path that will last for years. Do these devices need their own SIM? My plan was to get some cheapass pay-as-you-go SIM that would never run out (since the device is triggered by an unanswered phone call, which costs nothing).

Are these random Amazon/Ali/eBay switches trash or what? There doesn't seem to be a recognizable brand around for miles...

3 Comments
2024/02/20
03:27 UTC

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Mystery Boxes/Switches

I just moved into a home with a bunch of Hue lights. The bulbs weren’t a problem, but there are some assorted other lights (primarily hardwired into custom fixtures) with this small box that controls the lights. HomeKit identifies them as switches but doesn’t connect. The previous owners say they connected to every light in the house (even the ones with the boxes) through the Hue app. Can I use the app with these? If so, what option should I select and, if not, what’s a compatible app? Thank you for your help!

11 Comments
2024/02/20
03:26 UTC

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