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Home Automation
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I've been into Home Automation for quite a few years. When we bought our house I decided I wanted to install some basic stuff. I have motion sensors that will turn on lights for us when we enter a dark room, and turn them off after we leave. The night light in the kid's room is controlled automatically to turn on 1 hour after sunset and dim to 10%. I have motion sensing lights outside that are on the system.

The most recent addition is the Big Red Button that I put in beside the baby's crib. It's configured to ring a chime when pressed. The first night I got it setup I had the chime plugged in near him and had him press the button. He picked up on it right away. So now when he wakes up the first thing he does is press the button. We haven't had any luck with baby monitors over the years, they either don't have the range needed or they just die within a short period of time. So this has been a good solution so far. Obviously wouldn't work well for an infant that can't stand and push a button. Smile

Anyone else doing any home automation?
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#2
I have tinkered with x10, don't have the money to go full on jetsons yet.
This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins. -Ben Franklin
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#3
Played with an Arduino yet? Seems like there's lots of potential there.

I'm somewhat fascinated with the $100 internet-connected thermostat that you can now buy at Home Depot.
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#4
I taught my dogs to find my remote and bring it to me. The cats know how to turn on the lights in a couple of rooms since I stick treats on the switches. That's as automated as I'm getting around here. Big Grin
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Once my kids get a bit older, I plan on setting our safes up with a device that via wifi(or other RF) will send me a text when the gun safe is opened. I think alarm systems like that already exist. If not, I'll be looking at creating something with Arduino.

gascolator;37932 Wrote:Played with an Arduino yet? Seems like there's lots of potential there.

I'm somewhat fascinated with the $100 internet-connected thermostat that you can now buy at Home Depot.

If you're talking about The Nest, I'd hold off a year or two. On of my buddies is on his third one due to hardware failures.
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TheWolff;37996 Wrote:Once my kids get a bit older, I plan on setting our safes up with a device that via wifi(or other RF) will send me a text when the gun safe is opened. I think alarm systems like that already exist. If not, I'll be looking at creating something with Arduino.

gascolator;37932 Wrote:Played with an Arduino yet? Seems like there's lots of potential there.

I'm somewhat fascinated with the $100 internet-connected thermostat that you can now buy at Home Depot.

If you're talking about The Nest, I'd hold off a year or two. On of my buddies is on his third one due to hardware failures.


he's talking about the 3m or the honeywell version nest as far as i know is only carried by lowes, ive tried both of them the 3ma dn honeywell i like them both
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#7
Ive been installing 2gig alarm products that uses zwave technology to turn lights on, control climate and unlock doors. Have a customer whoo is in bagdad who can control the stuff via her cell phone
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goofin;38013 Wrote:Ive been installing 2gig alarm products that uses zwave technology to turn lights on, control climate and unlock doors. Have a customer whoo is in bagdad who can control the stuff via her cell phone

When I started this, Zwave was still on the drawing board, so I went with what was available, X-10 of course. I got lucky a few times on ebay where I was able to pick up large lots of stuff that people were selling cheap.

Today I replaced a wall outlet that failed sometime yesterday and was causing the entire X10 system to not respond to any commands. That's the first module to fail in over 10 years. I have a couple other wall switches that I want to install too for some exterior lights.

One other thing I want to get configured is having a Big Red Button near our bed that one press of it turns on all the controlled lights in the house.
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streaker69;38088 Wrote:When I started this, Zwave was still on the drawing board, so I went with what was available, X-10 of course. I got lucky a few times on ebay where I was able to pick up large lots of stuff that people were selling cheap.

X-10 is quite useful for functions where you're not in the middle of a congested area. For example, it gives yeoman service, dirt cheap, to turn on the flood-lights at the front of our barn from the car as we drive up. No risk of interference, as nothing else is even close to in range. And the receiver, switch module, and something like 10 little simple remotes was around 25 bucks.

But man these new neural networks where the system gets more robust as you add devices are just way cool.
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#10
One thing I have always thought about, was starting a company around this.

Think of the elderly, overweight, and lazy populous. Tell them that they can run most
Of their house at a "low" price.

The market practically jumps at you.
This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins. -Ben Franklin
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