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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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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How to use API request to turn on/off a smart switch +/- Smart EV Charger

I am new to API. My first project, if possible, is to be able to control a smart socket, to turn it on/off depending on if we are exporting energy to the grid. I have been able to get the API to work, ...
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Mobile device connected to custom WiFi IoT network drop connections

Intro I have a custom hardware that create a Wifi network and allow users to connect to it (mobile devices). There is no cellular SIM card, only wifi. Once connected, through sockets, I'm able to ...
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How to pair the Xiaomi Smartmi Electric Heater 1S with the Mi Home app through WiFi

It seems that my Mi Home app is not recognizing the Xiaomi Smartmi Electric Heater 1S. This is actually happening with two different Xiaomi heaters (same model). What I've tried so far, after ...
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Playing No Agenda HD on Apple iTunes through Amazon Alexa

Periodically, I'll try to listen to a podcast with Alexa yet always get the same poor result. Until today. Now, it plays something called "no agenda ep.5" from Apple iTunes. Which is ...
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How to have a Nedis smart device to connect to WiFi network without app and registering?

I have a Nedis WIFIHTPL20FWT Smart conversion heater. It seems that I need to register to Nedis cloud service and only then using Nedis SmartLife App this device could be connected to my local WLAN. I ...
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Do IoT devices require their own proprietary server to be running?

We know the score: you plug in your smart device, install some 3rd-party app to get it set up then control it via Google/IFTTT/whatever. But behind the scenes what goes on in terms of traffic? I was ...
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Linking myQ garage door to IFTTT

I have managed to close my myQ garage door (a LiftMaster) (by Chamberlain Group) using IFTTT. Here's the setup myQ app on an iPhone IFTTT app on an iPhone myQ account subscribed to IFTTT the garage ...
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Is there a wireless video doorbell that will chime on Google Nest speaker?

Most smart doorbells (e.g. Google Nest Hello doorbell) seem to require a wired connection. The Ring wireless doorbell looks like the most popular but compatibility with Google Assistant looks poor. I ...
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UL-certified WiFi Wall Switch

I'm looking for a UL-certified WiFi wall switch for programming network effects in Python. UL-certified Wall-mounted Mains-powered 2+ physical switches Python-programmable. I want to program some ...
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How to replace a on-the-wire switch by a smart device?

I would like to replace this with a smart, Wi-Fi enabled device (Zigbee could be OK as well) that I could also command from Home Assistant. I would absolutely like to retain the capacity to switch ...
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Tuya wifi switch with WR4 flashable or replaceable?

I recently got a wifi switches with the Tuya WR4 WiFi chip. I want to know: Has anyone had success flashing with tasmota? Can it be replaced with an esp01?
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Can Raspberry Pi be used instead of Google Nest as a hub to control my smart home via Google Assistant?

I am searching for a way to make my home "smart". I have raspberry pi 4 and pixel 2 phone. I thought that it would be cool to make my dumb devices "smart" and control them via ...
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