Questions tagged [smart-home]

For questions about any smart devices and services that help automate or remote control one's home. Prominent examples are lights, home appliances, roller shutters and radiators.

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Detect bad air quality because of burned firewood

In my neighbourhood people burn a lot of firewood. I always deactivate my automatic ventilation when I smell it, but I would like to have something better. Are there sensors to detect this?
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iRobot vacuum cleaner wakes me up in the middle of the night because it starts vacuuming or annoying me with voice messages

I have two iRobot products Roomba e5 Braava jet m6 Both are connected to WLAN (but internet access is blocked) and I have the iRobot app on my iPhone. With "Braava jet m6" I have never had ...
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Update Philips Hue Lights color as your Google meeting above to start

I'm using Amazon Alexa (Voice Assistance) and Google Calendar, I'm wondering if I can dynamically connect my calendar to my smart lights to turn on to orange 2 mins before the meeting turn on to red ...
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Ikea Tradfri: Need to hit each remote twice

I've been using an Ikea Tradfri setup in my apartment for about a year. I've got lights, remotes, shortcuts buttons, outlets, blinds, a gateway and an extender. It's been working mostly smoothly. A ...
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How to create Alexa behavior on Echo Dot that is an alarm sound (or text-to-speech) that continues until dismissed

I bought a YoLink water sensor (leak detector). By following these steps, I was able to link it to my Alexa app and Echo Dot. Now, when water touches the sensor, Alexa sends a notification to my phone ...
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Panel heaters with built-in WiFi vs IoT controlled regular heaters

We have a cottage house with a panel heater in every room that we need to remote control. A simple and expensive option would be just to throw away all old heaters (all six of them) and buy new ones ...
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How Zigbee devices preserve battery being disconnected?

I have some Zigbee devices like movement sensors, wall switches etc. Some of them are rarely used and I started to think about how much battery they consume when disconnected because I don't want them ...
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How to see when the washing with Bosch dishwasher is over?

I have SMV25CX03R Bosch dishwasher. It is not easy to control when the washing is over. This is built-in machine, so all LEDs and buttons are hidden when the door is closed. I am thinking about a way ...
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Why can't I update my Ember mug's firmware?

My Ember mug has a firmware update available, but when I try to update it the process fails at 50% during a reconnection step. How do I make sure the update is able to finish?
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Contactless integration of Z-Wave capability into blinds and SomFy-remote system

I want to control a couple of Garber blinds via my Z-Wave network. I already have a SomFy remote (looks the same/similar model as the picture in the link) to control the blinds, which a local dealer ...
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Serial (UART) WLAN bridge with ESP8266

I have an installation with an MCU with proprietary (unfortunately) and immutable firmware, that provides a serial interface to connect a PC or laptop to. Planning to make it accessible via the ...
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Is there a difference between routers if I already have a smart hub?

I'm moving soon, and looking into adopting a mesh network. However, I'm also interested in adding some smart home devices to my new place. I already have a 4th gen Amazon Echo, which has Zigbee ...
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How to effectively control Arduino via a web application?

I have a web application in PHP on remote hosting. The application is connected to a MySQL database, from which it reads states, draws graphs from the data that Arduino sends to the database. The ...
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If device is on, turn it off (and vice versa) | Multi-Step Routines | Alexa

How to run an Alexa routine that checks the current status of a device, and changes it? Example: If LivingRoomLamp is on Then turn off LivingRoomLamp If LivingRoomLamp is off Then turn on ...
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Remotely controlled alarm

I would like to find, or if necessary, create a device that can be set to go off with a chime or alarm of some sort at certain times throughout the day. If that was all that was required, then no ...
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How to start the Roomba when everyone leaves?

Roomba can use IFTTT to run the vacuum when a user's phone leaves a geofenced area. And you used to be able to use Life360 + IFTTT to trigger your smart vacuum to run when everyone has left the house (...
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change preferred Wifi SSID in tasmota 11

I have a device with Tasmota 11.1.0 with two SSIDs configured. The device is now connecting to SSID2 and I would like it takes SSID1 as default one. When I replace SSID2 with a non-existing name, then ...
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Alexa routine to run at 3am but only if I trigger it during the day

I want a routine to be triggered at 3am. I already created the routine, but I don't want it to run regularly at 3am, only if I trigger it during the day. So I want to effectively say "Alexa, ...
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Leaksmart water flow meter with water valve Item #: 8853001 and Item #8852400 compatible with Aeotec Hub i.e SmartThings

I want to install a Leaksmart water flow meter with a shut-off valve Item #: 8853300 and I have Aeotec Hub(i.e SmartThings). Before I purchase that product I want to know that this item can work with ...
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Recommendation and compatibility of Smart sprinkler controller and smart soil moisture sensor with Aeotec Hub(i.e SmartThings)

Scenario: Smart soil moisture sensor and Smart sprinkler controller will be connected to the Aeotec Hub. When the soil moisture sensor detects less moisture it will automatically start sprinklers ...
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How to play specific sound to speaker when motions detected at specific time?

If motion 1,2,3 detected at midnight, I would like to play this sound to my deck speaker and flash my smart bulb red (on repeat). What is the basic way to achieve this? Tools: Samsung SmartThings hub, ...
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Mylek heater on Tuya app - online/offline

I've been using the Tuya app on iPhone for a couple of months, first with a Devola heater which broke down in a month so I sent it back, now with a Mylek. I didn't realise until I got the Mylek that ...
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ESP8266 3-way switch

I'm upgrading a bunch of light switches to smart switches that are flashed with Tasmota. Running a local MQTT server, Node Red, and Home Assistant. For the most part all is going well... However, I'm ...
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How to minimize the calls to server to update the nodemcu pins

I have created an api which fetchs data from sql server. My Android app has buttons, on click it calls that api and posts status of pin. My node mcu hit that api for the current status of the pins. I ...
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Ikea Tradfri Gateway still not found by app within the same network

I've connected the Tradfri Gateway (GW) to the LAN port of my router. The Internet light (middle) is already stable after some time, but the Network light (topmost) is always pulsing. Anyway, I ...
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Allowed RF frequencies in UK using RFM69

I am thinking of buying an RFM69HCW FSK module from Adafruit. However I am confused as to which module to buy, the 433 MHz or the 900MHz version. Are both allowed in the UK? If they are then why do ...
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HomeKit + KNX / industry standard bridge

I am relatively new to home automation and was wondering what would be the industry standard bridge to make KNX homes work with HomeKit. I am primarily interested in understanding features, cost ...
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Is there a generic way to replace BLE remote with your own BLE controller?

Many smart appliance can only be controlled by the orinigal BLE remote. To control such appliance by your own smart home system, there need to be a way to replace the original BLE remote with ...
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How to choose variable type when setting Home Assistant states from AppDaemon?

I have a calculated result from a Python/AppDaemon script running on Home Assistant. I want to display that calculated result on my HA/LoveLace dashboard, so I created a sensor from AppDaemon. ...
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Standalone NFC/RFID with WiFi/ethernet network connection

I spent many hours looking for a device for my iot project. So far, everything I find does not meet my expectations. I prepared two prototypes - one based on rpi zero and one based on esp32, but I ...
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Controlling Alexa Group with Smart Switch

I recently installed a Gosund smart switch for my living room lights. The smart switch works great for turning on and off the outlet that's connected to the switch, and I can tell Alexa to turn it on ...
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Can I upload 2 code files to a NodeMCU

I have a NodeMCU board. I uploaded blink example for that board and I need to add another example project from the IDE. What happens to the 1st code example or blink example when 2nd code uploaded. Is ...
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Looking to automate 2 pool pumps and 1 heater [closed]

So this has been asked here a few times before but I was hoping for some additional wiring help. I have 2 phase 240 VAC connection going to my pool equipment (4 wires) and would like to run the ...
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Create Google voice command without IFTTT

Problem I'm trying to extend my own application to use the Google Assistant (in my situation Google Nest Hub device) and is able to control my home custom-made devices like turn on/off light, lock ...
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How to capture Ultrasonic Cross-Device Tracking signals?

I found out that many devices as PCs, TVs, cellphones and more can use a technology called ultrasonic cross-device tracking. This means that there are ultrahigh sound frequencies which propagate from ...
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Home Security professional service: What does "3rd party device integration" mean?

Doing research on professional monitoring services (in the US), some/many services claim 3rd party devices can be connected to their service. But it's unclear to me what level of functionality from ...
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What to do with old 32 bit desktops [closed]

So I have two old 32-bit desktops from the early 2000s (I think one had XP and the other win 95). I have since updated them to now obsolete versions of Ubuntu. With everything now 64-bit and since ...
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Avoid keyboard interaction by passing WiFi credentials through phone via bluetooth

We're designing an IoT device that needs to connect to wifi, but the screen is too small for a keyboard. Can wifi credentials be passed via bluetooth to the IoT device from an iPhone or Android? Would ...
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Easy ways to setup or pair IoT devices

I am intending to create a user-friendly and easy way for the users to be able to pair the phone application with an access point with also pairs into an electricity meter.. between the meter and ...
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Can Google Nest Hub be set to have custom welcome and check-out messages for Airbnb guests?

I'd like to have a Nest Hub give some basic info to guests when they check in, then a reminder the day before check out and on the day of checkout, a little checklist (I'm imagining an actual form ...
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Is there a difference between Google Nest Mini and Google Nest Mini 2nd gen?

I'm looking to dive into home automation starting from a Google Nest Mini device. I understand that there has been a Home Mini and then the second iteration was rebranded as Nest. But a retailer site ...
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Developing a product for commercial use compatible with Google Home/Alexa

I would like to know whether there are any restrictions/rules when developing a product which is compatible with Google/Alexa or maybe even other hubs. Do I need to get some license or follow some ...
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Control home WiFi switches from office

What kind of setup is required to control Home Fan, Lights, AC, Computers from outside home. First thing I'll need is static IP address to reach the Home LAN. Next for computers, I can setup wake on ...
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Looking for thermostat with web interface, MQTT capability, not dependant on cell phone apps

Does anyone make a thermostat with (ideally wired ethernet) or wifi network connectivity where the device has a web gui interface that can be accessed and programmed with a browser (ie not dependent ...
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Is there a Hub that can receive a 915Mhz signal and report on it?

I'm looking for a device that can detect (and report to my raspberry pi) the presence of a signal from my Switcheroo: Switcheroo - Sync Lights with No App, WiFi, Bluetooth, or Remote Control | Change ...
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Is using remote database (firebase) wrong idea for home automation system?

I am working on home automation system and I my idea was this: There will be client app, which will be running on a classic HTTP server (on internet). It will communicate with firebase realtime (NoSQL)...
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Automating motorized shades

I have some non-smart motorized shades that can be raised/lowered with a remote that came with them. I’d like to automate them via Alexa. Off the top of my head this would require sniffing the ...
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Detecting static human? How? Which Sensor?

I am new to this community and I apologize for my bad English. I am interested in Home automation I am working on my new project. Where the requirement is to use a sensor for Automatic Light on/off ...
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Monitor Eufy Homebase from iPhone Apple Home?

I have a Eufy Homebase 2 with 6 EufyCam 2C and a wired doorbell connected. The Homebase is setup as a “room” in Apple HomeKit. The Homebase is Ethernet connected to Xfinity new router, with wifi ...
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Wifi camera support for Kindle Fire

Which outdoor Wifi cameras with internal memory (e.g. microSD) are supported by Kindle Fire? I'm looking for cameras so my 94 year-old mom with macular degeneration can watch birds at her feeder on ...
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