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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Installing apps on TCL Smart TV

I have this 43 inch UHD TCL 43R500 TV. But I am struggling to Install 3rd party apps on it. So it have a build in App Store TV4 but that doesn't have any good app. What I have tried is: To copy the ...
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Can Alexa be used to warn others if I become incapacitated?

I'm not elderly, but I live by myself and wonder if there is a way to set up Alexa or the like to send a text message & email to my relatives if I become incapacitated. Obvious signs of ...
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How can I access data from my In-Home Display?

I have my electricity and gas meters connected to an IHD (In-Home Display), and the IHD is connected to my router. I have access to all of the address of the IHD. I am wanting to get the energy data ...
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Play music through Sonos and Google Home at same time?

Is it possible to play music through both my Sonos speakers and Google Home at the same time? I have successfully set up Google Assistant on my Sonos and connected everything to the Google Home app, ...
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Lighting groups in Alexa

I have paired several lights with Alexa (using an echo dot and the android app). All the lights work individually, and as groups "turn off the lounge lights". On the app, I see the (sonoff) kitchen ...
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Trying to access debug logs on WeMo smart plug

I have been experimenting with my WeMo IoT smart plug, along with PyWeMo, an API designed to allow for low-level access to the plug. I would like to access debug logs made by the plug, but the link ...
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Connecting Devices In Home

I am quite new to the Internet of Things, and my wife bought a TV today (a pretty good deal) from Amazon Prime Day - I included the link so that we are talking about the same device. Now, in the home ...
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Using the TP-Link and AC

I bought a TP-Link HS100. I would like to connect my Fridgedaire through the wall Air Conditioning unit to it. Can I use the TP-Link to operate it?
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Advice for building a home automation system

I am not sure what technologies to use in order to build an IoT system for my home. I have a few sensors and some other devices that need to be controlled (like a doorlock) placed in my house. All ...
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Is it possible to implement the HomeKit Accessory Protocol directly on an Arduino or some other microcontroller without the need for a bridge

It seems that all solutions involving homekit make use of a bridge server, so I am confused as to why none of the setups that I can find are implementing homekit directly on the microcontroller. Is ...
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How to detect current flow in a live wire running at 220V AC, using Esp32

I have a project planned which is related to home automation. I want to be able to control the lights using an app on phone while also maintaining full manual switch control in case the relay or ...
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IoT applications with heavy-load wireless communications

I am very interested in the examples of IoT applications where a heavy-load (for large amounts of data) wireless communications have to be used. To the best of my knowledge, most IoT devices would ...
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Add delays to Google Home routines

I have a new Google Home Mini and I'm looking to add a lot of customization to it and the devices connected to it. The built in "routines" seems quite limited, the main thing I want to do is add ...
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Traditional looking toggle switch that works with Hue (possibly through Alexa/google)?

New to this Hue madness, got a 4 pack with Hub. Enjoying the lights, not ready to start asking Google/Alexa to turn on my lights. I know Philips has a couple switches, but Im looking for something ...
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Issues including Fibaro's FGS-223

I'm struggling with my fgs-223, the device does not include or exclude, the only thing I succeeded is to hard reset it. This is a video of my trials, please tell me if anything is done wrong: https://...
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Indoor Navigation: INS vs UWB Beacon

I am asking this rather open ended question. I am starting to explore IoT and its power to transform retail industry. Though I have heavy background in engineering, I am fairly new to IoT. What I am ...
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Custom sensor readings with Amazon Alexa

TLDR: I want to query Alexa for the current humidity sensor reading by asking: "What is the current humidity, Alexa?" The answer should be similar to: "The current humidity level is 56.7%" ...
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Kevo Second Generation Android — Connection Issue

I'm pairing a Kevo second generation to an Android Samsung s5 (similarly on iPhone XR). It seems to successfully pair (I'm required to reset at the end), however when I'm expecting a completion I ...
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What are the labels for Direct and Cloud API nomenclature? [closed]

Smart thermostat connect to the cloud to enable remote control from the internet. If the cloud server fails for technical or economic reasons then remote control stops. Remote control via direct ...
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Label (Category) for Humidity Controller

This post is not a request for a product recommendation. The request is for the labels to improve the ability search and find the correct product. Goal: remotely controlling (limiting) humidity in ...
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Smart gate - where to start?

I have this idea of writing an app/something to make the gate, that we have in front of our house, smart. But I just don't know where to start. I assume that the gate uses IR because we have remotes ...
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How to create a “TV off” activity for Harmony Hub?

I have a TCL TV that works fine with the Harmony Hub; it can turn the TV on or off reliably regardless of if it is already on or off (I don’t have the “toggle” issue some folks have). The Harmony ...
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Non-internet-connected “smart” thermostat/thermometers

I am aware that there are many emerging standards and products all focused on making my internet-connected home accessible from anywhere. I am exclusively interested in a solution where there is no ...
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How Smart Home devices communication works

I have a big doubt that I'm not able to solve. Basically, I want to understand how the smart device that I have in my home communicate with their servers, or better, how their servers can call its ...
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Will my Raspberry Pi home automation hub be able to do all that?

I am setting up a DIY home automation, and just planning how my solution will look. I will have a Raspberry Pi 3 as the "hub" of the network It will run Node Red, MQTT (mosquitto), a DotNet website, ...
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Dumb sensor vs smart sensor

Everytime when i read about the "Internet of Things" it is suggested that devices are smart but when it comes to an implementation of an IoT ecosystem, it is not so clear to me anymore. So i need some ...
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How do smart plugs connect to Wi-Fi via mobile applications?

All smart plugs generally have same method of connecting to Wi-Fi and with the mobile application. It's like Check the Wi-Fi light on device Search for device's Wi-Fi broadcast and connect Add ...
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How do smart plugs of domotic IoT work?

I was wondering how smart plugs work, how they can be controlled and how secure they are. Since they are part of your local network and since they can be controlled remotely even from another network ...
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Problem when discovering an emulated roku (on HA) from a Harmony Hub

This question also lives in the HA forum and r/homeassistant on Reddit I run HA on 10.10.1.1 (this is a container) and my WiFi is on 10.10.2.0/24. To this WiFi is connected a Harmony Hub. Following ...
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Is it possible to use a CO2 sensor to detect how many people are in a room?

I have MH-Z14 Carbon Dioxide sensor and have been using it to try and detect when a room may need some fresh air. But, I've also noticed that the sensor reading drastically increases when a human is ...
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Is the Sonoff RF bridge slow?

I have a Sonoff RF bridge flashed with ESPurna which works fine but there is a ~1 second delay between the moment I press in the ESPurna web interface the switch button, and when the action is ...
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Can an Android phone do the same things as Google Home (Mini)?

I'm considering buying a Google Home Mini, but it's unclear to me if it can actually do things that my smartphone can't do? I currently only have one "smart" light bulb, and I figure I'd mostly use ...
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Smart light: change colour schedule

With Philips Hue or Yeelight you are able to create a schedule to turn on the light. I would like to set a timer to automatically change the light colour (i.e. before going to bed) only when the ...
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Using excess power from solar station to automatically power a pool heater in another location

I have a solar inverter (Fronius Symo 15.0-3-M) and a pool heater (AstralPool Heat II). I want the heating to turn on when there is excess power from the solar power station so that the excess ...
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If XBee modules from Digi use Silicon Labs chips and their stack, why then would I need them?

I recently came to know that XBee modules from Digi use Silicon Labs chips and the Silicon Labs ZigBee stack, so I ask, if I can use the Silicon Labs chips directly with Simplicity Studio as well as ...
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Timer 300-W Smart Dimmer Outlet

I have a 300-watt floor lamp in my bedroom with a built-in dimmer. Living in the northern hemisphere, mornings are darker now, and I'm having a harder time waking up in the morning. I'd like to have a ...
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Where do SonOff schedules reside?

Using the stock firmware, I've set up a schedule for my one SonOff RF using the app on my phone. Observation suggests that this schedule is not running, and I wonder if this is because my phone is ...
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How to optimise WiFi and ZigBee Coexistence

Assuming I'm not ready to give up 2.4 GHz wifi just yet, and I'm mostly immune to interference from nearby installations (i.e. I have control of any relevant configurations), what should I be doing to ...
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“No connection” reported on Iris By Lowe's Android app for WIFI-enabled Whirlpool Water Softener (WHESCS)

Not sure what caused it, but my water softener stopped connecting to the Iris app recently. Has anyone found an easy solution?
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How to trigger on solar noon in Home Assistant?

The sun component has sunset and sunrise events, but I would like to trigger on solar noon. This page tells me I can use the elevation for this. What number should I enter to achieve what I want?
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Options for cheap and “open” wireless thermometer/humidity sensors

I'm starting to explore IoT in my home, the first step being to connect a raspberry pi 3 B+ to a DHT22 temp/humidity, record DHT readings in a database which I then surf via a node server running on ...
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Set up Yeelight (Color) in both Yeelight an MiHome app

I have recently purchased a Xiaomi Gateway with body motion sensors for automating lights in my house. I already had a couple of Yeelight Led Bulb (YLDP02YL) set up with the Yeelight app, in which I ...
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Which items work together for a smart home? (In Europe)

I'm trying to setup a smart home and I know that I need couple of plugs and 2 switch and some lamps. What I don't know is what extra do I need and how can I join them together? After some research, ...
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Can I use Xiaomi Smart Light Switch or other smart switches to control devices from other producers?

I'm trying to make my home smart and I am still in the first steps. I have some Yeelight smart bulbs and I want to add some smart plugs to control my old devices and some smart switches to control ...
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Create a smart environment [closed]

I'm doing a pet project these days. Plan is to control room environment using an android application. So far I was able to found Sensibo to control AC and Philips hue bulb to change room light. Both ...
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Automation (Smart Home): General Information / Devices controller by WiFi [closed]

I would like to post this topic as general Q&A topic. I would like to start changing my home into a smart one. I am software developer, unfortunately I haven't got experience with Embedded (IoT) ...
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How relevant is the energy consumption of IoT and RF home devices?

I am designing and building my own house. I am very interested in automatizing several devices as blinders and lights. In general, I am thinking in using Zigbee (Xiaomi and Aqara), RF and IR devices. ...
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Home Assistant on Raspberry Pi Zero W

I tried to install Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi Zero W, following this blog post. I followed all steps, including starting the daemon as needed. WiFi is connected, and accessible via ‘ssh’ ...
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Smart plug for air conditioning unit

I tried connecting my smart plug to my air conditioner, and the smart plug blew up. I was wondering why it blew up and what kind of smart plug will work with my AC: I used the Ardwolf Mini Smart ...
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Do integrated smart plug sockets exist?

I've seen a lot of Smart Plugs for sale online like the ones below. The next logical step to me seems to have integrated plug sockets in the wall as the smart plugs are quite bulky. But I can't for ...