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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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)...
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Can I call other Echo devices in my house?

Recently, Amazon introduced calling between devices with Alexa Calling. With this, you can ask Alexa to call other people who have Echo devices (and have enabled the feature). Is it possible to tell ...
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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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Secure access to IoT small device

I'm building a small server at home, and I'd like to have a sort of "smart" board to control its power. This board will have, at the beginning, to simply turn it on or off (more features will be added ...
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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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Do any of the existing smart thermostats have the ability to detect weather and suggest you open a window?

I'm sitting in bed with my windows open and my house is the perfect temperature. I do this every night I can up until mid may to save energy on my cooling bill. At the same time, I'm listening to my ...
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Reliable timers for always on/timed/off lamps

I have a ZWave light bulb and a ZWave 4-button wall switch, both connected to Domoticz installed on a Raspberry Pi. I'd like the following scenarios : Button 1 : lamp on for 30 minutes Button 2 : ...
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Keep my Teddy Bear from being hacked

I recently ran across an article on arstechnica.com which outlines a recently discovered hack for teddy bears. Apparently, Spiral Toys, the manufacturer of Cloud Pets Stuffed Animals, implemented a ...
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Do I have to manually enter expiry dates with the Smarter FridgeCam?

I've been learning recently about the Smarter FridgeCam. According to their article, one of the features is: Expiry date notification: Automatic reminders sent to your phone on food expiration ...
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Trying to switch my lights off in my smart home

My main objective is to make my arduino or create a app on android to control lights in the house. So my home has the Nexwell Tukan and I can control the lights and power outlets and more, it also ...
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Z-Wave switches with 2-way switched lights?

I'm looking for a set of Z-Wave (preferably Z-Wave Plus) components to use in order to merge two 2-way light switch circuits and allow control of both lights from all switch positions. I've looked at ...
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Data generated from smart bulbs?

I'm trying to answer 2 questions mainly: What kinds of data are generated from 1 branch of IoT devices namely smart bulbs/smart lighting? How can we visualize the data generated by the same? I ...
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Which protocol should I use for automation devices in a home environment?

I have a project to automate things in a house. I am a developer but a beginner in electronics and IoT. What should I use to communicate wirelessly? Wi-Fi, Bluetooth... Where should I look? I need a ...
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Is my Samsung Smart TV vulnerable to the “weeping angel” attack?

On CNet, there's a report about Samsung UNF 8000 smart TVs being vulnerable to a hack developed by the CIA: In June 2014, the CIA and UK's MI5 held a joint workshop to improve the "Weeping Angel" ...
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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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Music content for my IoT device [closed]

I'm building my own device based on Android. I want it to play music without having to connect to Spotify or SoundCloud. Any one know of a service provider I can use for this (at minimum cost)? I'd ...
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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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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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Can I reset breakers from my computer with the Schneider Smart Panel?

I've been looking into Schneider smart panels recently for home monitoring. From what I'm reading, it appears that they have the ability to monitor your home's electric usage on all the various ...
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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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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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How to use Alexa to turn a doorbell on/off (and determine state)?

I'm relatively new to home automation, but experienced with electrical wiring and software development. I'm looking for a solution that will allow me to tell Alexa to turn the doorbell on or off, AND ...
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Which open source IoT board would be appropriate for a surveillance tool?

In the sea of IoT boards I would like to ask some advice regarding buying a board. Should be fast and compact (not Arduino) Open source hardware Should have Wi-Fi on board Should not have Ethernet ...
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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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Can a dimmer switch be connected to the IoT?

I'd like to connect a button "dimmer switch" like this one: to the IoT. Maybe there's already such a device, I just could not find any. The underlying idea is to set a "%" information for each of ...
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Where can I harvest energy in my home to power my wireless sensors?

I was reading this article, "Five Building Blocks of Self-Powered Wireless Sensor Nodes" (shared on Meta) about energy harvesting in IoT. It lists a couple of harvestable energy sources for example: ...
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How does the Roost Smart Battery connect?

I've been reading about the Roost Smart Battery. Essentially, it's a battery you can install in your smoke detector which is supposed to notify you on your phone if your smoke detector goes off. It ...
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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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Are there any IoT outdoor lighting sensors?

I have been looking for an ambient light sensor to use with other IoT smart home devices. In my opinion this would be a commonly requested device for controlling internal lighting. For example if you ...
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Can we setup a virtualized smart home in VMware for simulation purposes? [closed]

I want to assess an algorithm in an IoT network. Can we use VMware to setup a network of devices like TV, fridge as well as laptops and then analyzing service discovery packets which are being ...
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How can I set up IP whitelisting on an IP camera without support for whitelists?

The camera in question is a Ring Stick Up Cam. I want to add an additional layer of security and prevent anyone from peeking (listening) into my home. I thought that it might be good if I could set ...
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How to read custom documents by Alexa?

According to Amazon, Alexa can read certain Kindle books. Alexa reads Kindle books eligible for Text-to-Speech (an experimental reading technology that allows supported Amazon devices to read ...
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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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Any real-world HomeWSN deployments?

I searched for "MQTT Rules Engine", and came across the HomeWSN project. It looks like it's almost trying to be a home automation system based on MQTT messaging, which could be very useful. Has ...
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What can I do if a smart DVR camera only supports default passwords?

An awful lot of devices on the market for home automation have severe security flaws, such as hard-coded passwords (or no passwords at all!). To make it worse, it's hard to find information on the ...
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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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Just got a Google Home - What smart hub(s) do I need? [duplicate]

I just got a Google Home, and I'm looking into setting up a smart home that I can control with voice commands via compatible services. But I have a few questions before I sink a bunch of money into ...
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What is the purpose of dotdot in smart home devices?

The ZigBee Alliance recently released dotdot, a new application layer for Internet of Things devices. They also provide a brief description of what dotdot does: dotdot is the universal language of ...