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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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 ...
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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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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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Internet controlled garage door

Basically wanting to start off with by controlling garage door through Internet and then add things like smart lights and door alarms over time. I just heard about Z-Wave and Google Weave on this site ...
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How do I create a smart alarm clock? [closed]

I have an old, broken alarm clock (speaker burned out) that I'm trying to make into a smart version. Can I use something like an Arduino or Raspberry Pi for this? What screen should I use? I would ...
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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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UK-compatible (240VAC) receiver/controller for ceiling fan with dimmable lights

I have a 3-speed ceiling fan with integrated dimmable lights which when installed prior to my owning the house was fitted with an infrared wireless receiver. For a long time the remote did not work (...
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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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KNX/IP gateways with support for KNX Web Services

Introduction KNX is a standardized, OSI-based network communications protocol for building automation. It is the successor to, and convergence of, 3 previous standards: EHS, BatiBUS and EIB. KNX is ...
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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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Do Internet-connected lighting systems save energy overall?

Many manufacturers of 'smart lighting' systems claim that connecting your lights to the Internet of Things will save energy. For example, Samsung SmartThings use energy savings as a key selling point, ...
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How does the Nest Protect autotest?

I've been reading about Nest's various devices, and one particularly useful device has come to my notice: Nest Protect. However, one thing still puzzles me. It says on their web page that: The ...
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How to connect “io-homecontrol” skylights to a Raspberry Pi?

Scenario I want to control my remote controllable skylights with my Raspberry Pi. The windows were installed a few years back and come already with the remote capable io-homecontrol technology, which ...
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Are there any Bluetooth LE light dimmers with open APIs?

Are there any smart light switches/dimmers that support Bluetooth Low Energy and have an open or accessible APIs? I want to gradually replace all dumb switches in my house with smart switches, but ...
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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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Using LP Gas Sensor in a Smart Home Safety System

We are making a smart home safety system for a small academic project (Yes. I am a newbie for this). We need a Gas Sensor (LP Gas) for the project, but there are a few questions that I have. I found ...
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Is it possible to run and train a neural network on an 8-bit microcontroller?

I've recently read about neural networks in constrained environments (in particular, A Neural Network Implementation on an Inexpensive Eight Bit Microcontroller) and their applications to IoT devices (...
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How to write custom Alexa Skills without 'Ask xxxx'

I am currently using fauxmo to send custom commands to various devices to turn them on/off (For instance I have a WiFi to IR converter to control my Tuner & TV) and I can turn the tv on/off with ...
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Wiring regulations for self made electrical equipment (UK)

There are various intrusive wiring regulations in the UK. If I want to wire up a light extension I'm required to have this done by a suitably qualified person, or if I do it myself get it approved by ...
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Making a smart light switch

I want to make a home automation system, and I need some computer-controllable switches. The reason I can't use relays is that I also need the switches to be switchable manually and not ...
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Schedule for Lightwave RF thermostat

I have a LightwaveRF thermostatic radiator valve, and a hub to connect this to the internet. Setting a schedule seems particularly problematic. This is the valve in question. I have the option of an ...
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European Union Regulations for Smart Plugs

If I want my smart plug design to be a commercial product in the EU it must surely meet some requirements, regulations or directives. I know about the CE (Conformité Européenne) marking, which is ...
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How to connect Loop Energy Saver to Landis Gyr gas meter?

I've ordered Loop Energy Saver to monitor my energy efficiency at home, both devices for electricity and gas, however I'm having trouble with installation of my gas kit since my gas meter is different ...
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Lyric T5 does not respond to commands via Apple Homekit [closed]

I have a friend who has a Lyric T5 Wi-Fi thermostat which he was controlling from his iPhone via Apple Homekit. Recently, all commands from his phone stopped reaching his device, demonstrating that ...
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Use cases of the “Release Event” on a smart switch

I have a Nodon Z-Wave remote (user guide). It has 4 buttons which can react to 4 events : Single press Double press Long press Release The three first are pretty straightforward. But the "release" ...
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What capabilities does my Home Connect appliance provide in the developer SDK?

The smart household appliances that can be controlled via Home Connect can also be accessed via a developer SDK provided by the Home Connect Service provider. How can I find out what I will be able to ...
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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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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 to Enhance the Voice Recognition on Raspberry Pi controlling Smart Home Devices [closed]

I have a Raspberry Pi running Jarvis, a personal IA that I can use with my voice to control my smart home devices. However, the voice recognition is far from perfect. They have a list of speech-to-...
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How could I create an LPG indicator? [closed]

The LPG gas is commonly used for cooking, and it is a very common practice to cut off the gas supply by closing the valve. Suppose I am away from my home and I forgot to check whether my LPG supply ...
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Securing 433 MHz wall light switch

I'm planning to use a simple light switch, that is placed on the wall. The switch gets power from the battery or piezo and sends unique sequences of data (on on- and on off-events) over 433 MHz to the ...
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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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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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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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Adding Devices to Samsung SmartThings

I've got the Samsung SmartThings system installed in my house, but I've encountered a few situations where a new device (e.g. an in-wall outlet) couldn't be found through the SmartThings App on my ...

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