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Where can I harvest energy in my home to power my wireless sensors?

DOORS!!! I don't know if it is in the scope of your question but you can't imagine the wasted energy of opening/closing a door! A French comic strip named Gaston Lagaffe written in 1970 introduced a ...
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Securing small home automation setup

The absolute most common issue with IoT devices is default passwords. So change all the passwords. Pick a unique, random password for every device and write it down on paper (paper is safe from remote ...
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Securing small home automation setup

As always, a big part of security with "connect from anywhere" setups is ensuring the security of your account information. The usual rules apply: Don't share your password Avoid using cookies to ...
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Where can I harvest energy in my home to power my wireless sensors?

Solar energy is even indoors an alternative to thermal and vibrational energy harvesting. This indoor photovoltaics use both the natural light and artificial light. On the Feasibility of Indoor Light ...
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What are the best security practices to secure a remote IoT camera?

PuTTY is actually quite secure - the session itself is encrypted. That's part of what SSH gives you "out of the box". I do a lot of this type of thing myself, and here are a few hit-points I would ...
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When to use Wi-Fi over Bluetooth or vice versa in an IoT system?

Wireless and Bluetooth are very close technologies. But, when to choose between one of them you have to consider many things. Speed: Bluetooth 4.0 offers 25 Mbps while WiFi Direct can offer you 250 ...
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Making Amazon Echo / Alexa work outside of US, UK, Germany and Canada

TLDR: YES Yes, Amazon Echo will work outside of the supported countries, but some functionality will be lost. Power Amazon Echo supports 110-220 volts which means it works across the whole world ...
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Is my Samsung Smart TV vulnerable to the "weeping angel" attack?

Weeping Angel No, you were with a probability bordering on certainty not spied on by the Weeping Angel at least as described in the leaked documents. Why? The attack involved a physical component—"...
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Adding Devices to Samsung SmartThings

Apparently Smart things uses Z-Wave protocol among others like Philips Hue. Maybe you should add your devices near the SmartThings hub for it to recognize them to check if they are compatible. ...
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What are the best security practices to secure a remote IoT camera?

The other answers cover a lot of the technologies that you can use to protect your system. Here are some more general thoughts/philosophies. A DMZ is your friend - In almost every case where you have ...
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Safety of a smart switch on a fireplace

In my opinion, "smart switches" are a natural progression of the current switch. I assume when switch-activated fireplaces first arrived people wondered "is it safe to have a fire that is activated ...
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Where can I harvest energy in my home to power my wireless sensors?

While having so much valuable answers to my question I have also done some further research about the topic. I have found an additional harvesting solution and also a great reference design about a ...
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Are There Energy Monitoring Smart Plugs That Don't Compromise my Privacy/Security?

There are plenty of smart plugs, based on ESP8266 chips, which can be flashed with new firmware relatively easily. A popular (open source) firmware that has a lot of users and community support is ...
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Securing small home automation setup

Adding to the most basic IoT security rule Gilles details, the first rule of security at home is to secure your entry gate adequately. Proper settings on your router will stop most attacks in their ...
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Safety of a smart switch on a fireplace

There is no 'standard practice' for this sort of application to date. Simple, insecure, remote electrical switching is accepted practice - provided the switch hardware complies with the normal ...
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Are there any Bluetooth LE light dimmers with open APIs?

In general Bluetooth equipment always comes with a proprietary app for your phone... I think that if you want to have the control over your Bluetooth switches, you might want to take a look at ...
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Is it better to control smart lights or smart light switches/fixtures?

There are a few aspects to consider, and the answer will depend a lot on your exact situation. Customisation Smart switches will allow far more choice in lighting overall, since you can use any bulb ...
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Why do I need hubs for some devices when automating my home?

Technically, different devices will communicate using protocols that are not internet-based, protocols that are proprietary, and tied together with different administration tools. The reality is, ...
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Safety of a smart switch on a fireplace

As with all smart devices it completely depends on their security level. As such you have to evaluate the security level of the specific smart switch to determine its safety level. If the smart ...
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How to write custom Alexa Skills without 'Ask xxxx'

I've been exploring dropping the invocation name for Alexa custom skills myself for a couple of projects. And what I came up with after hours of reading through guides and documentations is that... It ...
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How to detect the state of "dumb" entertainment equipment?

I know you want to use the plug to shut off the entire media center to eliminate the expense (and waste) of the standby power draw, but I would strongly recommend the simpler solution of leaving the ...
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Why do most smart assistants offer little, if any, customisation of the wake word?

Yes there are several reasons. This blog post explains it about the Echo and the wake word Alexa. I'll summarize a bit. Wake word recognition is done locally and in real-time. That limits the ...
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How do consumer IoT devices typically enable Internet connection?

I think you'll find a fairly high percentage of "#5, Other", because the list is missing one of the most common consumer IoT architectures: indirect communications via an in-home gateway. All the ...
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Is my Samsung Smart TV vulnerable to the "weeping angel" attack?

I'm drawing primarily from this article on ibtimes.com. There are several things you should realise: Weeping Angel can only infect Samsung TV's from 2012 and 2013. From the article referenced: The ...
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How can I control my TV from my computer?

You can do this a little easier (missing out the hardware building) by using something like a RedRat USB Ir blaster (http://www.redrat.co.uk/products/). They also do network attached versions that you ...
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Is there a way to control my lights from my Linux desktop?

Belkin WeMo devices use uPnP and SOAP messages for control so can be easily controlled from any number of languages and options. Some details on the work I've done working out the protocol can be ...
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Are there any devices with open-source protocols over Wi-Fi?

The IKEA Trådfri lighting system is all CoAP based, you can find my write up on the protocol here Belkin WeMo devices are all uPnP and SOAP controlled as well so another open/self describing protocol
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How does a smart switch get its power?

Smart switches that don't require a neutral connection power themselves by leaking power through the lamp (or other device) being switched. Normally it's such a tiny amount of power that it doesn't ...
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Do Internet-connected lighting systems save energy overall?

That's an awesome question! The influence of IoT in power saving wouldn't be that huge, as you've mentioned. But making them smart enough would save a lot of energy. The radio system and the whole ...
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Why do I need hubs for some devices when automating my home?

Generally, you need a smart hub when some of your devices don't use Wi-Fi and can't communicate with your home network directly. Quite a lot of devices, especially sensors and actuators (like door ...
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