Thanks to the plague of 2020, we’re all looking for interesting ways to pass the time – I’m no exception. Today, I started a fun project that combines low voltage, a Shelly 1, and my garage door. Depending on the kind of garage door opener you have, this project can be REALLY easy or it can be a little harder, but it isn’t out of anybody’s reach.
Last week, I placed my first order from https://shopusa.shelly.cloud/ and today, I did a fun “quarantine project,” setting up independent receptacles on an electrical outlet in my den. The best part? I finished the project in less than 20 minutes!
Smart home means different things to different people, what it boils down to is the ability to improve our lives through technology. Yesterday, my wife had the chance to chat with Kate Reddy from LAB 714 about a very timely and potentially life saving application of 3D printing technology.
Whenever I automate a circuit, my two favorite modules are the Shelly 1 UL and the Shelly 2.5 UL. They’re my go-to for 90% of the circuits I work with, because they’re so quick and versatile, but offer great functionality. Here’s a quick install of a Shelly 1 with a Decora style switch in a standard single gang box.
Under cabinet lighting with the Shelly RGBW2 is a fantastic smart home project for nearly anyone. The RGBW2 is low voltage, requiring a 12v or 24v power source, can support up to four channels (Red, Green, Blue, and White or four White channels), and offers the same ability to enjoy local and cloud control of the device as other Shelly relays. What’s more, if you don’t want a permanent installation, you don’t even need to use a single screw to mount the project.
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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As people add more and more WiFi-based devices to their home network, especially with smart home products like bulbs and switches that can quickly multiply the number of devices, questions often arise about limitations of WiFi routers with large numbers of devices. This guide will help answer some of those questions and give guidance on how to insure that your network serves both you and those devices well.
Jason Churchward from The Smarter Home Club has written another great blog post, this time, showing off his Garage Door automation!
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Our friend Jason Churchward from The Smarter Home Club has shared a FANTASTIC write up on how to use a Shelly 1 module to control an inexpensive siren/strobe light he ordered from AliExpress.
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Paul Taylor from The Smarter Home Club wrote a GREAT tutorial on how to convert a Leviton dual decora switch to momentary. A momentary switch acts like a push button – only engaged while held. This is really great for use with a project like automated blinds or a custom doorbell and, as always, Paul takes the time to break it down so any of us can do it!
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