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Z-wave 3-Speed AC Ceiling Fan Control using 0-10V Relays

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In this project we look at how to control a Ceiling Fan that allows for standard rotary switch control and doesn't require an automation controller to coordinate multiple Z-wave switches through scenes. One of the principles I apply to any project is that your device should continue to be operable in an intuitive way that doesn't require a smartphone. In other words the automation should enhance, not replace, familiar control schemes that can be used by visitors, kids or the people you eventually sell your house to. For ceiling fans, this means being able to use the common rotary switch interface...

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The Homebuilders Oath - Future proofing and Conduit

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I get asked a lot about how to "Future Proof" a new home. The answer isn't smart wiring, running wires you don't know if you'll ever use or up front installation of the latest gadgets and home automation technologies. It's simple plastic tube - conduit.

If you don't want to install conduit, I have a simple oath you can take so you're prepared for whatever the future holds.

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Geofencing - Why you can't rely on GPS alone

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One of the most frequent gripes I see in the online forums is related to Geofencing and using it for presence detection. People blame their "crappy" home controller but in reality the problem is inherent in GPS accuracy. Here's how to make it work better.

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Raspberry Pi Doorbell & Letterbox Automation Project

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This was the first major Raspberry Pi (rPi) automation project I embarked on and learnt many things along the way. This project was initially born out of a need to have an outdoor waterproof doorbell. There weren’t many on the market at the time and those that existed: Couldn’t be integrated into my existing Z-wave home automation system; Weren’t weather/waterproof Only had one function (doorbell only) and no other functions like camera; and If camera existed, it has a very low resolution. The below figure shows the internal side of my external fence that houses the Raspberry Pi, doorbell and...

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VeraPlus Performance Dashboard using collectd and Grafana

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Use open source versions of InfluxDB and Grafana as a solution to collecting data from your Smart Home and Network devices, and put that information on snazzy looking dashboards and graphs.

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