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 do I avoid port forwarding when exposing IoT devices to the external Internet?

I received some good answers in the question What do I need to create my own personal cloud for IoT devices? and one of the things that I understood from there is that I need to "expose" my HUB or ...
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Why do I need hubs for some devices when automating my home?

When you get started with automating your home, you quickly find out that many devices need a hub or bridge to function correctly. For example, the Philips Hue bulbs need a bridge, August Smart Locks ...
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Securing small home automation setup

I have a small home automation lab (that I keep saying I'll expand, but haven't). In this setup, I have a control system to control lights (utilizing the x10 protocol), blinds, a Nest thermostat and ...
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Is it better to control smart lights or smart light switches/fixtures?

IoT enabled light bulbs have been on the market for a while now. The Philips Hue is probably the best known. But I think controlling bulbs directly is a rule-maintenance disaster waiting to happen. ...
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How do consumer IoT devices typically enable Internet connection?

As far as I know there are 2 general methods for enabling remote (Internet, not LAN) access to IoT devices: Via a server that the device polls periodically (e.g. MQTT) Direct remote access I'm ...
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Extreme modification suggestions for a Wi-Fi enabled hairbrush?

L'Oreal have launched a Wi-Fi enabled hairbrush, which is an IoT device. I am wondering how I can repurpose it. I am looking for serious suggestions as to how I could modify it, or connect it to ...
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When to use Wi-Fi over Bluetooth or vice versa in an IoT system?

Basically when it comes to IoT, the two main communication methods which come to my mind are either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. I know that there are others as well like ZigBee, Z-Wave but I would like to ...
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How does the Norton Core increase the security of a “smart home”?

Symantec is releasing a new router, the Norton Core, which they describe as "The secure router for your connected home." I found out about this while reading an article on Engadget, but their ...
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Automatically open a garage door when approaching by car?

There is this thing I noticed in my neighborhood: when Sam is waiting for his not-so-automatic door to open, he stops the traffic for 20 or 30 seconds, due to the street configuration. I want to buy ...
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What are the best security practices to secure a remote IoT camera?

I have done a bit of home automation such as building a remote camera that can be turned on via SSH locally and publishes images on a Raspberry Pi run Linux server. I'm curious, though, as to what ...
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Is there a way to control my lights from my Linux desktop?

I have just started investigating smart lights. I am interested in using some Wi-Fi sockets in some lamps in my office to automate the lights. I am curious if there is a way to turn my lights on ...
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How to detect the state of “dumb” entertainment equipment?

Scenario After the helpful answers to my last question I got myself a Harmony Hub and it works as I want it to. Basically, it remembers the state of the devices and uses infrared signals to fake the ...
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Making Amazon Echo / Alexa work outside of US, UK, Germany and Canada

According to Amazon Echo's Wikipedia page, they're only available in the US, UK, Germany and Canada. Echo's Achilles heel is Amazon's unwillingness to look beyond the US. - The Australian However,...
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Why do most smart assistants offer little, if any, customisation of the wake word?

The majority of smart assistant brands, such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home, offer very little in the way of customisation for the wake word (the phrase you use to wake up the device so it listens ...
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Connect to device at home network remotely

I am trying to figure out if it is possible in any way for me to remotely connect to a device on my home network, but remotely. Scenario: My entertainment system is connected to the home network, ...
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How can I avoid my IoT devices breaking when cloud services go down?

Recently, Amazon S3 had an outage which caused lots of web services to go down, including IFTTT, which is often used to link IoT devices together (e.g. connecting your Alexa to some Philips Hue bulbs)....
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Safety of a smart switch on a fireplace

Would it be unsafe or considered "bad practice" to replace a gas fireplace switch with an IoT enabled smart switch? I would like to think there would be no issue, but, I want to make sure that it's ...
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Home automation sensors over WiFi

I want to build a home automation system by hooking up various sensors (e.g., passive IR motion sensors, magnetic door contact switches, vibration detectors, etc.) around the house to detect things ...
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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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How do I protect my home from IoT devices being compromised and being used for DDoS attacks?

I am trying to understand the vulnerability of my home IoT devices. From what I understand, the big DDoS last year was caused by compromised IoT devices with generic or default usernames and passwords....
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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 ...
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Confused about which technology to use in Smart Home System

In my college project (Smart Home System) there's a functionality in which if someone knocks on the door an image has to be displayed on a monitor (in a browser). I am implementing the door knock ...
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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 ...
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Can I use a smart plug with an air conditioning unit?

I am hoping to be able to use a smart plug with my window air conditioner. I currently use the TP Link HS 100 plugs around my home, but I am unsure if they could handle the amount of power an air ...
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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 ...
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What is the nature of the partnership between LightwaveRF and Google Home / Amazon Echo?

I read an article recently from ft.com (dated May 21, 2017) which details the progress of the IoT company LightwaveRF. One thing I found very interesting in the article, and that is that they claim ...
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What steps/equipment is needed to control a fan? [closed]

I currently have a standard home fan in my bedroom, it's controlled with one light switch (on/off switch) and two pulleys on the fan unit itself. One pulley for the fan and one pulley for the light. ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...