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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Are There Energy Monitoring Smart Plugs That Don't Compromise my Privacy/Security?

It seems like every Smart Plug I see on Amazon (including well-reviewed ones) require me to sign up, giving a lot of device, location, and personal information to a company I don't know or trust (...
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Google Home act/listen on own response

Is there a way to make Google Home act/listen to its own response? For example, if I ask: if it is gonna rain tomorrow ---> if the response will be yes i.e. positive ---> I will set next action ...
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Shelly device is already owned by another User [closed]

IOT device Shelly Dimmer could not connect to cloud. Error: Device is already owned by another User
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Facing error in the file pom.xml of the eclipse-greenhouse-iot package which cause further issues

I am new in this field and I wanted to ask for help regarding the issue that I am facing here; I checked the eclipse-greenhouse-iot package and have seen error in pom.xml file: The error description ...
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Changing Input Source on my TV with Google Home

I'm using my big monitor in 2 modes 1) to work (Macbook connected via USB-C) 2) to chill (Chromecast connected via HDMI) There are problems with automatically switch the input source. When my Macbook ...
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Playing video on my TV with Chromecast, but an audio on my Smart Speaker

I have a TV with Chromecast 3 plugged in and an additional Smart Speaker (JBL Link 300). My Smart Speaker has a better sound quality so I would like it to be an audio output always, even if I ask it ...
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How to build a 220v ~40 amp WIFI switch (for pool pump or similar)

I'm looking for ideas and suggestions to build a 220v ~ 40 amp wifi switch for controlling my pool pump so that it can replace my mechanical timer. Very few devices are available on the market. There ...
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Motion detector system that can be flashed remotely

I want to build a motion detector that performs a similar service to security services, which notify me upon intrusion and provide video feed. The other main requirement is that I can update the ...
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Timed Motion Sensor

I am wanting to setup an automated security function with our smart home setup. Does anybody have any idea on how to setup a schedule to enable a motion sensor during a specific time? I'm trying to ...
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How to program my own smart home with raspberrypi 3? [closed]

Hello smart home enthousiasts, I'm a software engineering student and I want to start a new project for myself. I really like smart home stuff, but I don't want anything to do with google or amazon. ...
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Controlling electric heater by thermostat (IFTTT, Alexa, Google Home)

i want to control electric heater (connected to electricity socket) by using WiFi smart plug. What kind of thermostat (which device) i need to connect to my 'smart network' so i can create a rule to ...
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Sonoff switches on Google Home - Cascade Router configuration?

I had my Sonoff switches working fine on my rental FTTH modem then I bought Google Nest Wifi. Only my kitchen lights connect to the "blended" wifi, the rest of them won't show up on Google home (same ...
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ESP8266 and MQTT not working with new router [closed]

Got a new router from the ISP and my ESP8266 NodeMCUs are causing problems, they need very long to connect to WiFi (3-4 mins), which wouldn't be that big of a problem, but they also don't connect to ...
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Advanced Universal Remote or basic home automation

I need an advice on sort of basic home automation. Let's say, I have 3 multimedia points in my home. 2 of them are TVs with attached recievers, players and game consoles, almost everything is network-...
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How to factory reset non-colored IKEA Trådfri bulbs?

I have a couple of dimmable, but non-colored, IKEA lights. I have learned that the proper way to factory reset them is to turn them off and on again 6 times quickly. That worked for Trådfri lights I ...
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Google Nest without a Subscription to Nest Aware

TLDR: Are there work arounds for smart cameras (specifically Nest) to not need the subscription service? Like many companies today, Google has taken to selling subscription services. My wife and I ...
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Smart Door options

I'm looking for a ready-to-use Smart Door in a room. I want to control it via app (Bluetooth or direct wifi is ok) or by voice commands. It should have the following skills: open close lock unlock I ...
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LORA VS NRF24L01

I want to chooses between nrf24l01 and lora-ra02 for my smart home project The following parameters are very important to me distance range (covering an area of 400 square meters) Ability to cross ...
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How to automate Broadlink RM Pro to turn AC on\off according to temperature?

I have a broadlink RM pro, which controls the AirCon, and also shows the temperature. Is there a way I can automate it in a way to let's say - turn the AC on when temperature is 26 and turn it off ...
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2-Way Switching with Alexa - how to get Alexa to toggle the switch regardless of it's state

I have Alexa controlling a smart relay, which is part of a two way circuit with a regular light switch. It works well bar one thing: if the relay is "off" and the manual switch is on, telling Alexa to ...
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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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