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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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to control a home appliance remotely as well as using the switch to which it is connected?

Suppose I want to control my room lights over WiFi using mobile phone. But I also want to control them by using the switches in my room to which they are connected. Is it possible to implement them ...
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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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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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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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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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How does URL Remote Access method work?

Unfortunately, I still have no answer to my question: Techniques of remote access to non IP IoT devices. Even though, I made some researches and I found two remote access techniques that do not ...
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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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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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How can I connect a local Arduino to my Google Assistant without relying on cloud services?

I want to make a product, which consists of an Arduino connected to my local Blynk server (an application which allows me to control my Arduino using my smartphone). I want it to connected to my ...
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How to trigger on solar noon in Home Assistant?

The sun component has sunset and sunrise events, but I would like to trigger on solar noon. This page tells me I can use the elevation for this. What number should I enter to achieve what I want?
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IKEA Tradfri bulbs showing up as "other" in the Alexa App, instead of "light."

I have my IKEA Tradfri bulbs connected through the Tradfri Gateway. They are all showing version 1.2.214, which the app says is the latest version, as well as the gateway which is 1.3.14. Inside the ...
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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 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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Set up Yeelight (Color) in both Yeelight an MiHome app

I have recently purchased a Xiaomi Gateway with body motion sensors for automating lights in my house. I already had a couple of Yeelight Led Bulb (YLDP02YL) set up with the Yeelight app, in which I ...
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Should I keep open a socket between IoT NAT device and server?

I am implementing a light controlling with MQTT/node which consists of some elements mainly these: device (behind a NAT), server (mqtt/broker), client (web browser) Part of the architecture/process I ...
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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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Remote switch to activate smart outlet

I have quite a few smart outlets that I run through a wink hub and use Alexa to activate. It all works great. However I would like to have a switch on the wall for some of them also. Is there a way to ...
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IFTTT: Use trigger from one applet with ingredient from another applet?

(I'm not sure if an question about IFTTT automation via Android is better suited to Stack Overflow, or Android Stack Exchange, or here, so I figure I'll try here first ...I'm surprised there's no "...
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Echo and Wink, how to send a TCP packet to device on local network?

I am looking to create voice control for my stereo receiver. Remote control of the receiver is fairly easy to do by sending specific TCP packets to its IP address. However, I'm having trouble ...
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How to use Tradfri Lights with Ikea Tradfri Gateway within Alexa routines?

I am using Echo Dots and the Tradfri Gateway and have seven Ikea Tradfri bulbs in two rooms. These bulbs show up under devices and can be put into groups, which work perfectly with Alexa voice ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to automate devices that are connected to electric switches in homes?

Suppose I have a mobile charger connected to an electric switch and I want to switch the charger off when the mobile battery is fully charged. How can I do that? Would I need smart switches to do so?
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Options for cheap and "open" wireless thermometer/humidity sensors

I'm starting to explore IoT in my home, the first step being to connect a raspberry pi 3 B+ to a DHT22 temp/humidity, record DHT readings in a database which I then surf via a node server running on ...
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Do integrated smart plug sockets exist?

I've seen a lot of Smart Plugs for sale online like the ones below. The next logical step to me seems to have integrated plug sockets in the wall as the smart plugs are quite bulky. But I can't for ...
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Timer 300-W Smart Dimmer Outlet

I have a 300-watt floor lamp in my bedroom with a built-in dimmer. Living in the northern hemisphere, mornings are darker now, and I'm having a harder time waking up in the morning. I'd like to have a ...
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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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How relevant is the energy consumption of IoT and RF home devices?

I am designing and building my own house. I am very interested in automatizing several devices as blinders and lights. In general, I am thinking in using Zigbee (Xiaomi and Aqara), RF and IR devices. ...
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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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Can an Android phone do the same things as Google Home (Mini)?

I'm considering buying a Google Home Mini, but it's unclear to me if it can actually do things that my smartphone can't do? I currently only have one "smart" light bulb, and I figure I'd mostly use ...
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How can I access data from my In-Home Display?

I have my electricity and gas meters connected to an IHD (In-Home Display), and the IHD is connected to my router. I have access to all of the address of the IHD. I am wanting to get the energy data ...
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Smart light: change colour schedule

With Philips Hue or Yeelight you are able to create a schedule to turn on the light. I would like to set a timer to automatically change the light colour (i.e. before going to bed) only when the ...
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Add delays to Google Home routines

I have a new Google Home Mini and I'm looking to add a lot of customization to it and the devices connected to it. The built in "routines" seems quite limited, the main thing I want to do is add ...
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Home Assistant on Raspberry Pi Zero W

I tried to install Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi Zero W, following this blog post. I followed all steps, including starting the daemon as needed. WiFi is connected, and accessible via ‘ssh’ ...
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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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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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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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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 to build a 220v ~40 amp WIFI switch (for pool pump or similar)

I'm looking for ideas and suggestions to build a 220v ~ 40 amp wifi switch for controlling my pool pump so that it can replace my mechanical timer. Very few devices are available on the market. There ...
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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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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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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 ...