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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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Vera Controlled Reticulation with Arduino and MySensors - Part 1

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In this blog I'll cover the Arduino based Reticulation Controllers I've built as part of the journey to getting my pool to automatically fill itself. In addition I no longer have to worry about sprinkler bans, weather forecasts or putting my beer down if the lawn looks dry. Project Objectives: Reticulation fully controlled by Vera Run times for stations obtained from Vera Automatic adjustment of run times based on time of year Disable sprinkler operation based on actual and forecast rainfall Automatically enforce Winter sprinkler ban schedule for Perth Manual on/off control from Smartphone for ad-hoc watering  Easy retrofit to...

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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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