Our buddy Jason Churchward is back with a new post, showing us how to automate a valve using ST_Anything Hubduino!
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Our friend Kerry from The Smarter Home Club pokes a pin in the balloon of our most basic technological concept while sharing his troubleshooting process with RFLink and its problems relating to a grouchy anemometer….
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William from ZemiSmart asked me to review a couple of his company’s products for The Smarter Home Club. Today, I want to tell you about the ZemiSmart Wi-Fi Door/Window Sensor. This sensor works with the Smart Life app, meaning it uses one of the popular Tula modules based on the ESP8266, which is very well loved in the smart home community. I have a LOT of pictures included in this entry, to help guide you through the initial setup, as well as to help illustrate one way to get a little extra functionality from it.
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Kerry Clendinning of the Smarter Home Club explains how IR works and offers advice on how to get better performance!
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Paul Taylor from the Smarter Home Club returns for part three of his series on the Raspbee/Conbee. In this part, he covers connecting a device to the Zigbee network!
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In the last entry, I introduced MQTT, as it is an important messaging protocol for use in home automation and IoT. It will be one of the primary tools in our project illustrating how to connect some unusual technologies into a more standard home automation system. One other component we need to introduce is Webhooks.
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Our buddy Paul Taylor is back with Part 2 of his series teaching us about Raspbee/Conbee for home automation!
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Kerry Clendinning from The Smarter Home Club has written up a new article for us covering Hunter SimpleConnect fan controllers and Home Assistant!
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There are two things I don’t like in my home automation – Bluetooth and batteries. For me, Bluetooth is fabulous for headsets and speakers, but if there’s more than a few feet between the source and the traget, you’re going to have poor performance unless you’ve got top of the line components. As far as batteries go, if there’s something controlling electrical or electronic devices in my home, I want them on the same circuit as the device. Keeps things simple! Plus, I don’t like to change batteries constantly (as you’ll see below).
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