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 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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Control Raspberry Pi depending on Wifi-Users

I am creating a "digital dashboard", consisting of a TV and a Raspberry Pi 3B+. The TV just shows calendar, time, weather, etc.. In the tutorial I am following for that, the creator uses a ...
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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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Monitor Eufy Homebase from iPhone Apple Home?

I have a Eufy Homebase 2 with 6 EufyCam 2C and a wired doorbell connected. The Homebase is setup as a “room” in Apple HomeKit. The Homebase is Ethernet connected to Xfinity new router, with wifi ...
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Advice for building a home automation system

I am not sure what technologies to use in order to build an IoT system for my home. I have a few sensors and some other devices that need to be controlled (like a doorlock) placed in my house. All ...
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Sending temperature sensor's data to Kaa-IoT platform via 6LoWPAN

I want to set up some sensors in different places, which are wire connected to my development board, Raspberry PI or Arduino. I'm going to send the data wirelessly but without using WiFi protocol, ...
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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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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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Can I use IRC protocol to talk to devices instead of HTTP? What are the pros and cons of it?

If I want to automate everyday tasks in a house, where it best to use IRC instead of just web services? I searched in Google and didn't find any term of comparisons.
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IoT applications with heavy-load wireless communications

I am very interested in the examples of IoT applications where a heavy-load (for large amounts of data) wireless communications have to be used. To the best of my knowledge, most IoT devices would ...
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Non-internet-connected "smart" thermostat/thermometers

I am aware that there are many emerging standards and products all focused on making my internet-connected home accessible from anywhere. I am exclusively interested in a solution where there is no ...
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Will my Raspberry Pi home automation hub be able to do all that?

I am setting up a DIY home automation, and just planning how my solution will look. I will have a Raspberry Pi 3 as the "hub" of the network It will run Node Red, MQTT (mosquitto), a DotNet website, ...
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How do smart plugs of domotic IoT work?

I was wondering how smart plugs work, how they can be controlled and how secure they are. Since they are part of your local network and since they can be controlled remotely even from another network ...
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Can Alexa be used to warn others if I become incapacitated?

I'm not elderly, but I live by myself and wonder if there is a way to set up Alexa or the like to send a text message & email to my relatives if I become incapacitated. Obvious signs of ...
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"No connection" reported on Iris By Lowe's Android app for WIFI-enabled Whirlpool Water Softener (WHESCS)

Not sure what caused it, but my water softener stopped connecting to the Iris app recently. Has anyone found an easy solution?
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Automating motorized shades

I have some non-smart motorized shades that can be raised/lowered with a remote that came with them. I’d like to automate them via Alexa. Off the top of my head this would require sniffing the ...
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Can Raspberry Pi be used instead of Google Nest as a hub to control my smart home via Google Assistant?

I am searching for a way to make my home "smart". I have raspberry pi 4 and pixel 2 phone. I thought that it would be cool to make my dumb devices "smart" and control them via ...
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Smart gate - where to start?

I have this idea of writing an app/something to make the gate, that we have in front of our house, smart. But I just don't know where to start. I assume that the gate uses IR because we have remotes ...
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Standalone NFC/RFID with WiFi/ethernet network connection

I spent many hours looking for a device for my iot project. So far, everything I find does not meet my expectations. I prepared two prototypes - one based on rpi zero and one based on esp32, but I ...
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Is there a difference between Google Nest Mini and Google Nest Mini 2nd gen?

I'm looking to dive into home automation starting from a Google Nest Mini device. I understand that there has been a Home Mini and then the second iteration was rebranded as Nest. But a retailer site ...
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Detecting static human? How? Which Sensor?

I am new to this community and I apologize for my bad English. I am interested in Home automation I am working on my new project. Where the requirement is to use a sensor for Automatic Light on/off ...
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How to pair the Xiaomi Smartmi Electric Heater 1S with the Mi Home app through WiFi

It seems that my Mi Home app is not recognizing the Xiaomi Smartmi Electric Heater 1S. This is actually happening with two different Xiaomi heaters (same model). What I've tried so far, after ...
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Play music through Sonos and Google Home at same time?

Is it possible to play music through both my Sonos speakers and Google Home at the same time? I have successfully set up Google Assistant on my Sonos and connected everything to the Google Home app, ...
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Avoid keyboard interaction by passing WiFi credentials through phone via bluetooth

We're designing an IoT device that needs to connect to wifi, but the screen is too small for a keyboard. Can wifi credentials be passed via bluetooth to the IoT device from an iPhone or Android? Would ...
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Ikea Tradfri Gateway don't connect to a network

I connect my Ikea Tradfri to a router. All three lights are on, but the App can't found the gateway. I use an IP scanner on my Mac, and I can't found Gateway. The app suggested that if I am sure that ...
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Changing Input Source on my TV with Google Home

I'm using my big monitor in 2 modes 1) to work (Macbook connected via USB-C) 2) to chill (Chromecast connected via HDMI) There are problems with automatically switch the input source. When my Macbook ...
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Advanced Universal Remote or basic home automation

I need an advice on sort of basic home automation. Let's say, I have 3 multimedia points in my home. 2 of them are TVs with attached recievers, players and game consoles, almost everything is network-...
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LORA VS NRF24L01

I want to chooses between nrf24l01 and lora-ra02 for my smart home project The following parameters are very important to me distance range (covering an area of 400 square meters) Ability to cross ...
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2-Way Switching with Alexa - how to get Alexa to toggle the switch regardless of it's state

I have Alexa controlling a smart relay, which is part of a two way circuit with a regular light switch. It works well bar one thing: if the relay is "off" and the manual switch is on, telling Alexa to ...
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Installing apps on TCL Smart TV

I have this 43 inch UHD TCL 43R500 TV. But I am struggling to Install 3rd party apps on it. So it have a build in App Store TV4 but that doesn't have any good app. What I have tried is: To copy the ...
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Create Google voice command without IFTTT

Problem I'm trying to extend my own application to use the Google Assistant (in my situation Google Nest Hub device) and is able to control my home custom-made devices like turn on/off light, lock ...
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Is there a wireless video doorbell that will chime on Google Nest speaker?

Most smart doorbells (e.g. Google Nest Hello doorbell) seem to require a wired connection. The Ring wireless doorbell looks like the most popular but compatibility with Google Assistant looks poor. I ...
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ESP IDF Data backup to NVS when power goes off

I am using esp-IDF library and esp32 for smart lighting. I want to maintain the state of the lights when power goes off as it can be written somewhere in NVS. Such implementation is available for ...
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Google Home act/listen on own response

Is there a way to make Google Home act/listen to its own response? For example, if I ask: if it is gonna rain tomorrow ---> if the response will be yes i.e. positive ---> I will set next action ...
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Smart Door options

I'm looking for a ready-to-use Smart Door in a room. I want to control it via app (Bluetooth or direct wifi is ok) or by voice commands. It should have the following skills: open close lock unlock I ...
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Problem when discovering an emulated roku (on HA) from a Harmony Hub

This question also lives in the HA forum and r/homeassistant on Reddit I run HA on 10.10.1.1 (this is a container) and my WiFi is on 10.10.2.0/24. To this WiFi is connected a Harmony Hub. Following ...
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Is the Sonoff RF bridge slow?

I have a Sonoff RF bridge flashed with ESPurna which works fine but there is a ~1 second delay between the moment I press in the ESPurna web interface the switch button, and when the action is ...
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Using excess power from solar station to automatically power a pool heater in another location

I have a solar inverter (Fronius Symo 15.0-3-M) and a pool heater (AstralPool Heat II). I want the heating to turn on when there is excess power from the solar power station so that the excess ...
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If XBee modules from Digi use Silicon Labs chips and their stack, why then would I need them?

I recently came to know that XBee modules from Digi use Silicon Labs chips and the Silicon Labs ZigBee stack, so I ask, if I can use the Silicon Labs chips directly with Simplicity Studio as well as ...
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Can I use Xiaomi Smart Light Switch or other smart switches to control devices from other producers?

I'm trying to make my home smart and I am still in the first steps. I have some Yeelight smart bulbs and I want to add some smart plugs to control my old devices and some smart switches to control ...
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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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How is remote control of IoT devices Implemented by SmartThings?

Context: Samsung SmartThings is a very famous smart home hub/cloud-based platform, this means that it is implemented both in the local smart hub and in the cloud server. Question: Which technique (...
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How Smart Home devices communication works

I have a big doubt that I'm not able to solve. Basically, I want to understand how the smart device that I have in my home communicate with their servers, or better, how their servers can call its ...
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wireless moisture data transmission

I am mainly from software background with very very basic level of electronics/microcontroller knowledge. I recently did a small IoT project for moisture/temp detection following this tutorial At a ...
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Custom sensor readings with Amazon Alexa

TLDR: I want to query Alexa for the current humidity sensor reading by asking: "What is the current humidity, Alexa?" The answer should be similar to: "The current humidity level is 56.7%" ...
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Dumb sensor vs smart sensor

Everytime when i read about the "Internet of Things" it is suggested that devices are smart but when it comes to an implementation of an IoT ecosystem, it is not so clear to me anymore. So i need some ...
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Is using remote database (firebase) wrong idea for home automation system?

I am working on home automation system and I my idea was this: There will be client app, which will be running on a classic HTTP server (on internet). It will communicate with firebase realtime (NoSQL)...
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Controlling electric heater by thermostat (IFTTT, Alexa, Google Home)

i want to control electric heater (connected to electricity socket) by using WiFi smart plug. What kind of thermostat (which device) i need to connect to my 'smart network' so i can create a rule to ...
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How to program my own smart home with raspberrypi 3? [closed]

Hello smart home enthousiasts, I'm a software engineering student and I want to start a new project for myself. I really like smart home stuff, but I don't want anything to do with google or amazon. ...
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Indoor Navigation: INS vs UWB Beacon

I am asking this rather open ended question. I am starting to explore IoT and its power to transform retail industry. Though I have heavy background in engineering, I am fairly new to IoT. What I am ...