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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Door bell with Wi-Fi camera

I'm looking for a door bell with a camera I would prefer something like 180° fish eye with 4k, but I guess there is nothing on the market so 160° with FullHD should work too. Should I mention that I ...
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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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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 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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How to Use Alexa & Raspberry Pi switch things wirelessly?

I wanted to use my Amazon Echo Dot to connect to my Raspberry Pi, and have it turn on switches wirelessly. What I have done: I have been able to use Makermusings's Fauxmo and a relay board to "trick"...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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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 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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can a shelly switch control a different shelly relay?

I have a standard wall switch connected to an input on a Shelly relay, call it A. I have a second Shelly relay (call it B) across the house that has a light connected to the relay output. Using the ...
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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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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) Additional ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Smart plug for air conditioning unit

I tried connecting my smart plug to my air conditioner, and the smart plug blew up. I was wondering why it blew up and what kind of smart plug will work with my AC: I used the Ardwolf Mini Smart ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...