Where there is a will, there’s a way.

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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I want ALL of that data!

Today’s project is somewhat off the beaten path.

The backstory –

Tom, my father-in-law, was in the security business for over 30 years, up in Framingham, MA. In 2016, he sold his company to a larger organization with offices along the East coast. He worked for them through 2017, coordinating the transfer of clients (My wife and I are one of those clients – we bought the components and worked with a local installer for the parts I couldn’t handle) and doing additional sales for them.

He then retired last October, and, along with my mother-in-law, moved down here into a condo near where we live. I believe he brought down every PC and printer he ever owned – and also every tool from his garage ended up in mine.

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