Phoscon ZigBee Gateway AKA – ConBee or RaspBee – Part 1: Introduction

Our friend Paul Taylor from The Smarter Home Club took the time to give us a great introduction to the Conbee, also known as the Raspbee. This setup is a great example of the true DIY spirit you see in some of the cleverest home automation setups around. I’m really looking forward to additional entries he makes in this series!
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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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Setting Up Your Philips Hue Bridge

Hue bulbs (and devices that emulate them) are a great first step into the world of Home Automation. In bulbs, you have dim-able white bulbs, as well as bulbs that can change color with input from the user in the Hue app. You’ve also got light strips as well as in-wall switches – you can set up a significant part of your home automation ecosystem Philips Hue and compatible brand products that easily integrate with Amazon Alexa or Google Home.

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RODI Filtration Part Three – The Install

The RODI project (Reverse Osmosis/Deionization) is nearing its completion. As I mentioned in parts ONE and TWO, my wife has expressed some health concerns due to the local water quality, so the time was right to refurbish my Merlin RO filter and put it into service. Today, we’re one step closer to completion of the project, though a few extra steps were added along the way….

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