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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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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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Vera Controlled Reticulation and Pool Level Control - Part 3

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In part 3 of the project, I cover the physical installation and plumbing of the Pool Level Control system.

As this is a retrofit to an existing pool, let's just say the pipework isn't "elegant". If you were installing a new pool, you could streamline and simplify the layout. The fact that it's even possible to retrofit this system is down to the smart home control over the reticulation.

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Vera Controlled Reticulation and Pool Level Control - Part 2

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In this article we look at how to leverage Vera and our Arduino/MySensors controlled reticulation to manage the water level in the pool, monitor acid tank level and control valves or lighting.

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