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Google Home and Vera

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Google Home and Vera - Jeremy Goodchild, January 2018 Home automation via voice control is getting more popular these days with the Apple’s Home, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home entering the market. I was inspired by this article and so I wanted to get on-board. I ended up opting for the Google option because of: Apparently it’s voice control was superior than others to some degree (Siri) I use Google Calendar and wanted to integrate to this; Google Home Mini wasn’t a significant investment (around $54); There seemed to be 3rd party integrations already performed (Vera Concierge) This article was my own...

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Fan Control with Aeotec Nano Dimmer

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Aeotec's Nano Dimmer supports inductive loads up to 100W - now you can control your ceiling fans, or make your extractor fans run quiet while using less power.

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Vera's Alexa Skill Beta - and how to implement something that works in the meantime

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Good voice control of your home is one of the nicest features to have. While promising, Vera's skill for Alexa (in Beta) is lacking for those of us in Australia. In this blog we look at how to get the responsiveness and reliability you expect while waiting for full Australian support.

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VeraPlus and VeraSecure - Australian Versions coming? Or make your own.

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Australian's have been left hanging for the latest controller releases. In this blog we look at some recent announcements and how to make your own AU frequency VeraPlus.

 

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Make your own Arduino Wi-Fi Pool Acid Level Sensor for Vera

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This Blog Article is courtesy of one of our customers, who wins a $50 store voucher for his story. This is a great example of using inexpensive Arduino components to build a sensor that you can't buy off the shelf. It's also a good demonstration of how Vera can work with just about anything, not just Z-wave devices.   Pool Acid Level Sensor - Jeremy Goodchild, March 2017 If you have a pool and are constantly checking the acid container to see if it’s low or needs replacing or filling, you understand the pain and motivation for this project.I basically wanted...

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