Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange
Join us in building a kind, collaborative learning community via our updated Code of Conduct.

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.

4
votes
1answer
24 views

IFTTT: Use trigger from one applet with ingredient from another applet?

(I'm not sure if an question about IFTTT automation via Android is better suited to Stack Overflow, or Android Stack Exchange, or here, so I figure I'll try here first ...I'm surprised there's no "...
7
votes
0answers
61 views

Running Philips Hue Entertainment with 3rd-party lightbulbs?

I bought this innr light bulb for my Hue system and it works just fine except for the fact that it isn't compatible with Hue Entertainment. As it turns out, no 3rd-party light bulbs are supported by ...
6
votes
5answers
1k views

Is it possible to control a home appliance remotely as well as using the switch to which it is connected?

Suppose I want to control my room lights over WiFi using mobile phone. But I also want to control them by using the switches in my room to which they are connected. Is it possible to implement them ...
3
votes
5answers
124 views

Can I use IRC protocol to talk to devices instead of HTTP? What are the pros and cons of it?

If I want to automate everyday tasks in a house, where it best to use IRC instead of just web services? I searched in Google and didn't find any term of comparisons.
10
votes
1answer
63 views

DIY Add a Sonoff To Home Thermostat

I am not an electrical engineer, just an enthusiastic DIY home owner. I would like my A/C to self turn on at 8pm, that is before I get home and have the ability to cut off power automatically. I have ...
3
votes
0answers
38 views

Sending temperature sensor's data to Kaa-IoT platform via 6LoWPAN

I want to set up some sensors in different places, which are wire connected to my development board, Raspberry PI or Arduino. I'm going to send the data wirelessly but without using Wifi protocol, ...
5
votes
1answer
70 views

How to Use Alexa & Raspberry Pi switch things wirelessly?

I don't know if this has been asked before, and if so, I haven't been able to find it. TL;DR: I wanted to use my Amazon Echo Dot to connect to my Raspberry Pi, and have it turn on switches ...
7
votes
2answers
71 views

Door bell with wifi camera

I'm not sure if this is the right place for the question, but I guess that should match. I'm looking for a door bell with a camera I would prefer something like 180° fish eye with 4k, but I guess ...
4
votes
4answers
853 views

Is it possible to automate devices that are connected to electric switches in homes?

Suppose I have a mobile charger connected to an electric switch and I want to switch the charger off when the mobile battery is fully charged. How can I do that? Would I need smart switches to do so?
7
votes
0answers
73 views

Wi-Fi Line Voltage Thermostat for Baseboard Heaters

Background A house has a handful of line voltage electric baseboard heaters (240V, 3600W). Problem Control the schedule and current temperature without connecting beyond a local area network. Hard ...
5
votes
0answers
36 views

Echo and Wink, how to send a TCP packet to device on local network?

I am looking to create voice control for my stereo receiver. Remote control of the receiver is fairly easy to do by sending specific TCP packets to its IP address. However, I'm having trouble ...
6
votes
2answers
72 views

How to get OSRAM Lightity ClientID and secret?

I have an OSRAM Lightify light and a bridge. I am able to operate the light operations using the OSRAM Lightify mobile application. OSRAM provides API support for controlling the light operations. I ...
6
votes
1answer
134 views

Do TP-Link bulbs provide any API support?

I have a TP-Link LB120 bulb and configured with Kasa app. Now I able to control the bulb using Kasa app. Like turn on, off, change the colour of the light etc. So I need to set up the same things via ...
3
votes
1answer
756 views

Is there any open source firmware or OS for IP camera like openwrt for routers

Is there any open source firmware or OS for IP cameras like OpenWrt for routers. I need an OS or a firmware for IP cameras in order to communicate with our cloud service easily. I have some ...
4
votes
1answer
90 views

Should I keep open a socket between IoT NAT device and server?

I am implementing a light controlling with MQTT/node which consists of some elements mainly these: device (behind a NAT), server (mqtt/broker), client (web browser) Part of the architecture/process I ...
5
votes
1answer
331 views

How can I connect a local Arduino to my Google Assistant without relying on cloud services?

I want to make a product, which consists of an Arduino connected to my local Blynk server (an application which allows me to control my Arduino using my smartphone). I want it to connected to my ...
5
votes
1answer
83 views

IKEA Tradfri bulbs showing up as “other” in the Alexa App, instead of “light.”

I have my IKEA Tradfri bulbs connected through the Tradfri Gateway. They are all showing version 1.2.214, which the app says is the latest version, as well as the gateway which is 1.3.14. Inside the ...
6
votes
1answer
45 views

Do Hue bulbs need to be connected to an Echo Plus directly?

I have a multi-Alexa setup at home. It's a three storey house, so an Echo Plus on the bottom floor and 2nd gen Echos on the other floors. The hue bulb that came with it worked fine when it was ...
5
votes
0answers
147 views

How to use Tradfri Lights with Ikea Tradfri Gateway within Alexa routines?

I am using Echo Dots and the Tradfri Gateway and have seven Ikea Tradfri bulbs in two rooms. These bulbs show up under devices and can be put into groups, which work perfectly with Alexa voice ...
6
votes
1answer
138 views

Fluorescent Tubes - Sonoff Switch?

Like many, I'm looking for a way to control the fluorescent tube in my kitchen. Is there any reason why I can't wire a Sonoff switch inside the fluorescent tube lighting batten? I don't have enough ...
8
votes
1answer
102 views

Unable to receive RF signals from a remote using a RF receiver

Problem I am unable to receive the signals sent with a KaKu APA3-1500R remote with a RF receiver connected to a Raspberry Pi 3. Hardware -RF Receiver (in Dutch) -KaKu APA3-1500R (in Dutch) ...
10
votes
2answers
698 views

How does a smart switch get its power?

I bought a smart wall switch. The switch it replaced had only 2 wires (in and out). My knowledge of electricity might be only limited, but how can this work? A normal switch just opens a circuit so ...
6
votes
1answer
134 views

Are there 6LoWPAN based smart home platforms?

Current smart homes are just a particular IPv4 private network comprising new embedded devices (e.g., Thermostat) as well as generic computing devices (e.g., PCs) connected to the Internet through ...
7
votes
1answer
143 views

Possible to assign a default “light” to a given Echo device?

My setup: I have an Echo Dot in my master bedroom which is connected to my SmartThings hub. I have a GE In-Wall Smart Dimmer switch controlling the overhead lights (Z-Wave) and a Sengled Element ...
2
votes
2answers
163 views

How is remote control of IoT devices Implemented by SmartThings?

Context: Samsung SmartThings is a very famous smart home hub/cloud-based platform, this means that it is implemented both in the local smart hub and in the cloud server. Question: Which technique (...
6
votes
2answers
238 views

How does URL Remote Access method work?

Unfortunately, I still have no answer to my question: Techniques of remote access to non IP IoT devices. Even though, I made some researches and I found two remote access techniques that do not ...
7
votes
1answer
123 views

How do Smart Home Security Boxes work?

With the increased security risks against IoT based smart homes, many security appliances have been commercialized. These appliances or boxes claim to protect the home network from malware, cyber-...
9
votes
1answer
825 views

Ambient lighting with IKEA Tradfri and Apple HomeKit

I have the IKEA full color spectrum smart bulbs and I'm very happy with them. Technically they are regular zigbee bulbs. Today I control them with homekit, see "Today." What I want is to use the ...
5
votes
2answers
392 views

Techniques of remote access to non IP IoT devices

I have asked a question about Port Forwarding for non IP IoT Devices I understand that the hub is the controller of non IP devices attached to it, and each group of devices with the same wireless ...
5
votes
1answer
115 views

Port Forwarding for non IP IoT devices

A smart home contains both IP and non-IP devices (figure). My questions are: Does a smart hub have an IP address ? To access IoT devices from the outside, is the port forwarding only for IP devices ...
6
votes
1answer
102 views

Do smart sockets consume power while turned off?

This question is an extension of How much power do smart sockets consume themselves?, namely, do smart sockets consume power while turned off, as opposed to when they are put on standby? Some smart ...
7
votes
1answer
177 views

Amazon Alexa and Multi-Room Music Groups

I have a Show and a Dot set up across an apartment from one another and I have them connected for the Multi-Room Music Group feature. Now, however, while I (of course) want to maintain the group they ...
6
votes
0answers
160 views

Control cheap Xiaomi Outlets with Harmony

I want to know how I can control these cheap Xiaomi outlets with the outlet buttons on my harmony companion remote. These outlets are way cheaper than anything Harmony supports natively. Is there an ...
6
votes
2answers
157 views

Lutron switch - turn off lights when nobody is in the room?

I have a room where the lights are controlled by a Lutron Caseta switch connected to a Lutron SmartBridge and Amazon Alexa. UPDATE: I don't require the use of Alexa in the solution, I'm just saying I ...
5
votes
0answers
31 views

Samsung SmartThings motion sensor

Does anyone know the correct cluster and end point IDs for a Samsung SmartThings motion sensor? And also the correct payloads for data extraction (like movement, temperature, battery)?
9
votes
1answer
150 views

Reducing the number of Hubs in a DIY Smart Home Automation project?

I'm doing some very basic automation - lights, cameras, motion sensors. My key requirement is to be able to turn certain lights on or off based on motion and time of day, with the ability to add more ...
8
votes
2answers
242 views

What right hardware to use for Home Automation using MQTT?

I have been working on a home automation project lately. It is complete to the extent of switch control and getting the readings of temperature, humidity. I am using a Raspberry Pi 3 as MQTT broker. ...
8
votes
1answer
114 views

Anyone know of a Wi-Fi light switch that works with Linux?

I'm looking for a single or dual Wi-Fi light switch that I can activate with Linux. It needs to fit a standard 2-gang switch box and/or include a trim plate that covers a 2-gang box. Anyone know of ...
5
votes
0answers
87 views

Z-Wave Hub that works with Google Home in Australia

Does anyone know of any hubs that support Australian Z-Wave and also can be controlled by the Google Assistant. Things such as SmartThings and Wink hub are not available in Australia due to not being ...
6
votes
1answer
119 views

Wi-Fi Plug uses IPDC (Internet Protocol Device Control) for controlling via App?

I'm struggling at the moment with reversing the commands between a Wi-Fi Plug ( Amazon-Link for Wi-Fi Plug) and the associated phone app. It looks like the app controls the plug via a IPDC (IP device ...
4
votes
0answers
68 views

Can smart hubs such as Samsung SmartThings produce audio?

I'm looking at some ZigBee smart hubs but once you have one how can you add audio to them? So if a pit goes off at night it makes a sound? Or if a fire alarm is triggered? The smart hubs I've been ...
6
votes
2answers
248 views

Smart fluorescent strip lights

Is there a way to turn on and off fluorescent strip lights using google home. Most IoT light solutions I have found require bulb replacement, are dimmer switches or are not compatible with this type ...
5
votes
1answer
61 views

What will the Apple HomePod be able to do?

A friend told me that Apple is finally releasing a competitor for the Google Home and the Amazon Echo, called the Apple Homepod. A lively discussion ensued, in which several people were quite certain ...
1
vote
2answers
136 views

Build a “Smart Home”—Lack of Security [closed]

I am preparing to make my home smarter and for some reasons I am not happy. I read several articles about secure the smart home, but there was no clear solution. I don't know why, but it seems that ...
6
votes
1answer
81 views

What's the Name for a load control switch that is hidden in the ceiling?

Dumb Question about Smart Switches I have been reading about smart switches, this article mentions load control switches (master, should be one per light) and add-on switches (non-load controlling ...
9
votes
1answer
119 views

Wireless devices for wireless control of light

Objective: Finding out about terminology/ specification to help me source economically priced hardware for DIY installation. (My Google search for wireless light ...
6
votes
1answer
183 views

How do I get Amazon Alexa (Echo) to run automations in Nexia?

I have an Amazon Alexa and have a Nexia bridge which manages devices throughout my home. I have the two connected via the Nexia skill in the Alexa app. I can do things like "Alexa, turn the downstairs ...
-2
votes
1answer
185 views

How is LTE organized in NB-IoT [closed]

How is LTE organized in NB-IoT? And can one find vulnerabilities in NB-IoT technology (security)?
10
votes
1answer
534 views

Are there any devices with open-source protocols over Wi-Fi?

I know how to program IoT using Arduino; but I want some ready made portable IoT devices that do not need any programming at device side. Just I want to buy and add these devices to the network (after ...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

Good microphone for whole room (without Internet)

I'm currently working on a smart home with voice recognition and I'm looking for a microphone that I could use for a whole room. What kind of microphone should I be looking for? What does the Amazon ...