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Home Automation - anyone trying?
« on: May 09, 2017, 10:19:42 PM »
I got an Amazon Dot a little earlier and, although very early days, quite a neat device. Biggest issue right now is that one can't set a location which means the biggest features can't be used.

But I've been checking the home automation side and think it looks interesting. I see one can get Smart WiFi switches for under R1,000 which seem far better than smart globes at R700 each!

Anyone here dabble into home automation?

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Re: Home Automation - anyone trying?
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2017, 08:19:54 AM »
I control my outside lists with Google assistant
Voice control and all
Want to get the harmony hub to control my amp
And TV.
And later looking at how to switch on my valve pre in advance warm up the. Valves
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Re: Home Automation - anyone trying?
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2017, 02:00:57 PM »
I control my outside lists with Google assistant
Voice control and all
Want to get the harmony hub to control my amp
And TV.
And later looking at how to switch on my valve pre in advance warm up the. Valves

Yea,I think we have the same idea when it comes to the Harmony :)

I want this as well Smart switch too for a few rooms - not too bad at under R1,000.00

http://www.geewiz.co.za/mobile-wifi/34951-tp-link-smart-wi-fi-light-switch-no-hub-required-single-pole-control-your-fixtures-from-anywhere-works-with-amazon-alexa-hs200.html?search_query=tp+link+smart&results=21

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Re: Home Automation - anyone trying?
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2017, 04:36:25 PM »
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Re: Home Automation - anyone trying?
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2017, 06:30:10 PM »
$5!

I'll check it out - thanks !

Edit : This is what I've always thought they should do (just with a few more connection types). I mean dirt cheap and you can use your existing bulbs as opposed to purchasing new bulbs!

https://www.itead.cc/smart-home/slampher.html
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Re: Home Automation - anyone trying?
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2017, 06:37:52 PM »

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Re: Home Automation - anyone trying?
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2017, 07:04:23 AM »
here is cheaper if you are willing to wait.
https://www.banggood.com/DIY-Wi-Fi-Wireless-Switch-For-Smart-Home-With-ABS-Shell-p-1019971.html?rmmds=search

i would actually like some feedback on specifically the app for sonoff , if that works well, this can be a cheap solution.
someone told me that i can make ice cubes with left over wine.
i am confused, what is left over wine?

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Re: Home Automation - anyone trying?
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2017, 08:29:19 AM »
Othe firmware can be loaded onto Sonoff's products. Google for "Sonoff hack". There is plenty info. The upside is that you can use other apps to control Sonoff and other ESP8266/IoT.

This site has a lot of information http://tech.scargill.net/

I haven't pulled the trigger yet, but I'm very interested in this topic
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Re: Home Automation - anyone trying?
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2017, 08:34:07 AM »
Othe firmware can be loaded onto Sonoff's products. Google for "Sonoff hack". There is plenty info. The upside is that you can use other apps to control Sonoff and other ESP8266/IoT.

This site has a lot of information http://tech.scargill.net/

I haven't pulled the trigger yet, but I'm very interested in this topic
thank you, definitely  having a look
someone told me that i can make ice cubes with left over wine.
i am confused, what is left over wine?

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Re: Home Automation - anyone trying?
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2017, 08:53:58 AM »
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Thanks for the showing me these ; also very interested and will read through the link.

I see the one thing is that although they have Alexa integration, you have to say ''Alexa, tell We link to turn off the lights' as opposed to Álexa, turn off the lights'. I see plenty people complained about that and Sonoff are trying to change it. I think it'd be great if they changed that!

Second thing is if one uses the Slampher (which I like) then my guess is that the light switch needs to be left on and the globes controlled via WiFi. JUst wondering what happens if a guest comes in, clicks it off, then back on again ... what mode does it remember

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Re: Home Automation - anyone trying?
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2017, 04:23:05 PM »
I found the light switches I mentioned earlier in this thread: Livolo



https://www.livoloworld.com/
livolo.aliexpress.com/

And then you can also google "Livolo esp8266"
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Re: Home Automation - anyone trying?
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2017, 04:38:05 PM »
The Cape Computer & Technology Club is having a talk by Vernon Galp on Monday 19th June at 8.00pm on the topic "Home Automation".  All are welcome.  The meeting is held at the Athenaeum off Camp Ground Road in Newlands, adjacent to the Cricket Ground

Attending this meeting will allow you to get an understanding on what is and what is not possible and avoid you making potentially expensive mistakes buying incorrect or incompatible equipment

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Re: Home Automation - anyone trying?
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2017, 07:42:46 AM »
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Do you know what voltage they are? I see most switches out there are 110v. It also means one can't get from Amazon.com. I've even found a few on Amazon.co.uk that are 110v

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Re: Home Automation - anyone trying?
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2017, 05:12:11 PM »
Tonight's talk on Home Automation is on at 8.00 at the Athenaeum in Camp Ground Road in Newlands.  Meeting is free for visitors and you get a cup of tea or coffee thereafter

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Re: Home Automation - anyone trying?
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2017, 05:58:38 PM »
I'd love it ... But I'm in Johannesburg