Posts

Making ‘dumb’ Dishwashers and Washing Machines Smart: Alerts When the Dishes and Clothes Are Cleaned

Link: Connecting Amazon Dash Buttons to Home Assistant…

How to get dasher up and running and linked with home assistant

OctoPrint: MQTT module

Useful to integrate a 3d Printer into the home automation project

ESPEasy

The open source firmware for ESP8266.

The ESP Easy firmware can be used to turn the ESP module into an easy multifunction sensor device for Home Automation solutions like Domoticz. Configuration of the ESP Easy is entirely web based, so once you’ve got the firmware loaded, you don’t need any other tool besides a common web browser.

The ESP Easy firmware is currently at build R120 an looks stable enough for production purposes as long as it’s being used as a sensor device.

ESP Easy also offers limited “low level” actuator functions but due to system instability, this could be less useful in real life applications.

ItKindaWorks: Home Automation at Home Part 1- ESP8266 & MQTT

The first video in a series on ItKindaWorks on Home Automation.

Want to make your own security system? Thermostat? Automated lighting? Watch Home Automation at Home to learn how to do all of these things and more!

In this video we will be setting up a Raspberry Pi with the Mosquitto MQTT broker and using to control an ESP8266 running an MQTT client.

Link: Door bell relay for HAI system

Here’s my finished setup of a door bell relay for my HAI system at home. I hate door bells, and wish I could have more control over them. Now I can react to a door bell press in far better ways… beeps to the console, flashing lights, sound output from another device, the ability to turn off the front porch light when some asshole is ringing my door bell after 9pm… The options are endless.

Wishing for Jarvis – Thoughts on Home Automation

Welcome to my blog. Though I’ve tried blogging multiple times previously, I recently starting dabbling in home automation and wanted a place to document my thoughts and adventures. Though it is likely that I will be the only one reading this, maybe you can find something useful here.

My current situation

I love technology and always have. I have worked in the IT industry for over 20 years. Frequently I purchase gadgets and tech toys (to my wife’s dismay) and also dream of having a connected house like Jarvis in the Marvel movies. A few years go I purchased an Amazon Echo and after the initial enjoyment wore off, I was disappointed at its apparent limitations. The Echo quickly became an expensive kitchen timer. Sure I could add thousands of various skills, but I never found the skills that transformed how I interacted with the Echo or my home.

As I learned more about home automation, I was dismayed to learn that there were several competing approaches including Z-wave, ZigBee, Wifi, Homekit. While there are many commercial hubs and control units, each limited you to their ecosystem.

Sometime later, I added an ecobee3 Smart Thermostat and it rekindled my interest in home automation. The smart thermostat saved us a ton on power usage. After adding and configuring room sensors, it kept our home much more comfortable. I connected the Ecobee to my Amazon Echo but rarely used it to configure the thermostat. It was easier to walk a few more steps and adjust the thermostat settings directly. But I realized that the best interface was no interface, that most of the time the Ecobee “just worked” once I described my goals. Read more