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 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-...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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)?
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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)?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What is the difference between Echo and Echo Plus?

I wonder what the difference between the Amazon Echo and the Echo Plus is. Of course I know that the Echo Plus has a Smart Home Hub integrated but for what exactly is it? I can not find any ...
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Creating smart multi-room audio system

I want to build an audio system for my apartment, that would have speakers in multiple rooms, and that would activate corresponding speakers automatically upon entering a room. It would have to be ...
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Standards for non-Internet-connected WiFi devices?

I'm planning to do a lot of home automation. For that I will host a private isolated WiFi network to which all my devices will be connected to. The devices will be simple lights, RGB LED strips (...
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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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Microsoft Edge Smart Mirror on Raspberry Pi 3

I've been reading this blog about building a magic mirror with Windows IoT: https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2016/05/31/magic-mirror-hosted-web-app/ Now, with the Pi setup, a Windows 7 machine, ...
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Parity calculation problem

I’ve been doing a fair bit of DIY home automation (RF; 433MHz) lately across many different devices - which worked well for all except one. It's basically a pool robot with some really crappy remote ...
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How to control my telephone via Mobile/IoT? [closed]

I have a telephone at home which is an electronic instrument connected via wire. It is not a cordless but a corded phone comes with a telephone wire. Is there a way to lock or unlock it via mobile ...
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Can I use an ESP8266 as an MQTT broker?

I am making a home automation project based on star topology. What I am trying to achieve is that one of the nodemcu/ESP8266 acts as a server which is accessible for the outside world and other ...
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How can I control my TV from my computer?

I have a TV as secondary PC monitor and console output, and I would like to build something to control it from the PC sources—turning on and off, volume and such. In short, a program to emulate my TV ...
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How does Alexa discover devices (Eco Plugs)?

I recently acquired an Eco Plug. Which is basically a Wi-Fi controlled power socket. I managed to connect to it via the EcoPlugs Android App and I can control it by turning the power on/off. I then ...
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Is there any way to restrict the Google Home account privileges?

When setting up Google Home one has to give the device full access to the Google Account and cannot restrict most of the privacy options. Is there any way around that? Besides creating an extra ...
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Is there a smart switch or plug that can remotely turn on another smart plug?

I have a lamp that is on one side of the room. I have a half-hot plug on the other. I'd like to flip the switch (that connects to the half-hot) and have that turn on the lamp. Can anyone recommend a ...
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Instant Status with Vera / ZWP-WS-100

I have a light switch that I would like to control a Z-Wave outlet (GE) that is not on the load circuit for that switch (Old house, outlets aren't directly wired) I've got a Vera Lite home control ...
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Is this FTDI breakout compatible with the Sparkfun Thing?

I'm planning on buying a Sparkfun Thing and the customer support recommended that I buy a FTDI breakout with it. I found this one, but I'm not sure it will connect with the Thing and when I asked ...
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How to test Aeotec home energy monitor

I recently got a Aeotec home energy monitor (v1 or v2, I'm not sure) (HEM) to pair with Smartthings via Z-Wave. I would like to test it out before I make the effort to add a weatherized electrical ...
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Bluetooth chipset high voltage [closed]

I understand we usually use relay to do controlled switch, but I'm wondering if the Bluetooth protocol could work on high voltage I mean 110-220v. So is it theoretically possible to design a Bluetooth ...
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How long does it take to create an Alexa Skill? [closed]

Generally speaking, how long does it take to create an Alexa skill? Clearly "it depends", so let's assume someone has programming experience, and the thing to control has an easy to call API. On ...
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With a SmartThings system, what is the result of marking an alert as a false alarm?

We have a few SmartThings motion detectors and door sensors hooked up in our house. We don't have them connected to an alarm company or any sort of automatic emergency line but we do get notified when ...
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Ceiling fans - Can I use a smart switch to control a dumb fan?

There are a handful of "smart ceiling fans" available that are really expensive (up to $500). Is there an easy way to just add a smart wall switch with a cheap dumb ceiling fan to get the same ...
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What's the difference between Jackdaw and KillerBee on RZ Raven USB Stick [closed]

What is the difference between Jackdaw and KillerBee on ZigBee USB Stick, both seem to be sniffing packet, but Jackdaw can act as a network interface, and KillerBee is only used for pentest? As far as ...
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Cheap video streaming platform using Raspberry Pi

I have a questions as stated in title - I hope it will not be "primarily opinion based" since I wanted to ask you if what I have in mind is even doable. I want to create network of couple cameras ...
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How to limit SmartThings Lock to prevent accidental unlock?

I have a Schlage Connect Z-Wave door lock. I can control it via my SmartThings App but I do not feel secure knowing that someone who hacked my account or my phone can easily gain access to my home. ...
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Can I call my Echo Dot from the Alexa app on my iPhone?

Can you call the Echo Dot from the iPhone Alexa app? They are both registered to me. When I try it rings, but will not allow me to pick up. I have the latest iOS on an iPhone 7 Plus and the latest ...
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How to write/post files to website server through ESP 8266

I want to know if there is a way to send files to a website with sm ESP 8266 or any other IoT device. I intend that the IoT device will be the client. A PHP or scripting file on the website will act ...
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Communication Between Server and Raspberry Pi

I am working on my home automation project. I have a server on digital ocean. I want to put my php code on that server and that server will connect to my Raspberry Pi. How can I pass messages between ...
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Which UK smart energy meters can be used as IoT sensors?

I want to know which Smart energy meters from UK suppliers can or cannot be used in IoT home-automation environment. Mainly, if I can add them as sensors in my home networks (Zigbee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, BT)...