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Re: Home Automation

Post by kds » Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:16 pm

NewLawnJon wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:35 pm
Anyone other than me using HomeKit for automation?

At the moment I have 3 AppleTvs and a HomePod acting as hubs with a wireless mesh system so I can have good connectivity to all my lights, locks, thermostats, and other devices.
I have some HomeKit things, mostly my ecobee and a ceiling fan. I'd like to do more, but it seems everyone is developing products for Alexa and Google and HomeKit is getting left behind.

I have some things on my Wink hub that I'd like to expose via Homebridge (smoke detectors and Schlage locks). I tried installing it on Windows but I gave up. I plan on putting it on a Raspberry Pi eventually.

Going forward, I think anything I introduce to my smart home will have to be compatible with HomeKit (or Homebridge), Wink, and/or SmartThings. I'm afraid HomeKit is going to be too far behind to catch back up.
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Re: Home Automation

Post by LouisvilleGrubber » Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:51 am

AM I the only one running Insteon? Incredibly reliable technology. No Wifi - both RF and home wiring are used to communicate (each device is a repeater), but the hardware is a little flimsy and expensive in my opinion. I have 50+ devices.

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Re: Home Automation

Post by NewLawnJon » Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:03 am

kds wrote:
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:16 pm
I have some HomeKit things, mostly my ecobee and a ceiling fan. I'd like to do more, but it seems everyone is developing products for Alexa and Google and HomeKit is getting left behind.

I have some things on my Wink hub that I'd like to expose via Homebridge (smoke detectors and Schlage locks). I tried installing it on Windows but I gave up. I plan on putting it on a Raspberry Pi eventually.

Going forward, I think anything I introduce to my smart home will have to be compatible with HomeKit (or Homebridge), Wink, and/or SmartThings. I'm afraid HomeKit is going to be too far behind to catch back up.
I agree that it looks like HomeKit is behind compared to Google/Alexa platforms, but at the same time most of the products exclusive to those platforms are made by Google/Amazon.

I am hoping that Apple starts to manufacture their own pieces as I would like to see a HomeKit compatible doorbell. My biggest concern with smart home technology is that many of them use hubs with proprietary technology that gets bought and then the hubs get disabled (Revolv is an example of this).

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Re: Home Automation

Post by unclebucks06 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:43 am

monty wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:12 am
kds wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:03 pm
I'm interested to hear what others are doing with their setup.
Getting all of these devices to work together in ways that require less operation from you is when you take it to the next level. That is where Home Assistant shines.

Here are a few examples:
  • When my garage motion light is triggered,
    it also turns on the light above my door for 5 minutes allowing me to see to unlock and open the door.
  • House automatically triggers "sleep mode"(changes to temperature, but could include turning off lights and locking doors) at 11pm. However, if I plug my phone in, while I'm at home, after 9pm, and my phone is face down, sleep mode will trigger at that time
  • Rachio can activate if smoke detectors alarm
  • Lights dim in TV room when a video is played over the Chromecast
  • Google home reminds me to take out the trash on trash day, but only if I'm home.
  • If temperature in baby room is different than thermostat set point by 3 degrees, adjust thermostat
Smartthings can do that as well.

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Re: Home Automation

Post by Austinite » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:13 pm

I use Google Home for automation. It manages...

- All Lights (Phillips Hue color bulbs and various LED accent lighting)
- Door Locks (locks and gives status of each door)
- Window and door sensors. (gives open/closed status)
- Refrigerator (Tells me if door is left open and can display inside cameras on any TV)
- Alarm System (arm only and gives status)
- A/C Units (Change mode, fan on/off, change temp)
- Nest Cameras (Can display any of my 11 cameras on any TV)
- Garage Doors (open/close/status)
- TV's (turns on/off, pause & play, play specific show using specific service, controls volume, changes channels)
- Music (plays whatever anywhere in the house, controls ONKYO receiver in home theater room also)
- Auto Sync - just say "Sync Philips Hue, or Sync Nest, or Sync everything) so it adapts to any changes I make on other apps.
- Window Shades (this is being installed next month)

I'm trying to find a way to get my RainBird sprinkler system to work with it. have it on wifi but it doesn't communicate with Google.
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Re: Home Automation

Post by Ware » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:32 pm

Austinite wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:13 pm
I'm trying to find a way to get my RainBird sprinkler system to work with it. have it on wifi but it doesn't communicate with Google.
Switch to Rachio?

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Re: Home Automation

Post by Austinite » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:09 pm

Ware wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:32 pm
Austinite wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:13 pm
I'm trying to find a way to get my RainBird sprinkler system to work with it. have it on wifi but it doesn't communicate with Google.
Switch to Rachio?
That looks awesome, never heard of it. The only thing that I dont like is that its app only, no master controls. But still, very slick.
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Re: Home Automation

Post by Ware » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:21 pm

Austinite wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:09 pm
That looks awesome, never heard of it. The only thing that I dont like is that its app only, no master controls. But still, very slick.
There is a big Rachio following here at TLF. Here are a couple threads about them:


Of course once you have a controller that can utilize weather data from your microclimate to make watering decisions, you'll want to invest in your own PWS.

Welcome to the rabbit hole. :lol:

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Re: Home Automation

Post by Austinite » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:28 pm

excellent. Sounds like a fun spring project! Thanks man!
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Re: Home Automation

Post by marshtj » Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:22 am

I'm thinking of adding a wifi controller to my Rheem gas water heater. Has anyone used one of these yet? Curious about the functionality and experience.

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Re: Home Automation

Post by Shuffinator » Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:47 pm

monty wrote:
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:07 am
Anyone else really into home automation? Here is the setup I have.

It is all run off of a $35 raspberry pi running a software called Home Assistant. Home Assistant is an open source automation software that supports a crazy number of products (over 700). Home Assistant is a platform that allows you to control and interconnect all of your different devices all in one program. So I don't have to open one app to change the temperature, and another to turn on the irrigation system.

Devices I currently have setup:
  • Various indoor and outdoor light switches
  • Ceiling fans
  • Two thermostats, one for each zone
  • Temperature, motion, and light sensors
  • Smoke detectors
  • TVs and speakers
  • Family member phones for location and presence detection
  • Rachio irrigation control!!! Just got it so not setup on HA yet
I've got automations setup to control lights and temperature when I'm home, away, or asleep and lots of other stuff too.
My wife and I are closing on our first house next week and I am very interested in HA. I have heard good and bad things on home assistant. I am not a computer nerd by any means, but I know my way around a computer. How user friendly is home assistant for an average joe?

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Re: Home Automation

Post by kds » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:43 pm

@Shuffinator I hear it's gotten better. I just upgraded my Synology NAS and it can run Docker so I'm going to give it a go, replacing my Wink hub. I'll be getting my Z-Wave stick later this week... I'll check back in once I get some time to get it going.

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Re: Home Automation

Post by Shuffinator » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:17 pm

kds wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:43 pm
@Shuffinator I hear it's gotten better. I just upgraded my Synology NAS and it can run Docker so I'm going to give it a go, replacing my Wink hub. I'll be getting my Z-Wave stick later this week... I'll check back in once I get some time to get it going.
Ive been doing some research this evening... just bought a Pi and an SD so Im going to learn a new hobby...

So far I've got a nest thermostat that is staying with the house and im wanting to get some Hue lights so we will see how it all goes.

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Re: Home Automation

Post by Austinite » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:41 am

Anyone using Google Home with Rachio sprinkler system? I just ordered the rachio 3, and really hoping it works well with Google as it claims.
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Re: Home Automation

Post by g-man » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:52 pm

@Austinite I have both and smart thing. Rachio just works fine using the app to select zones and duration to each. Ive never being inside the house near a Google home device when I need to trigger the sprinklers.

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Re: Home Automation

Post by Hexadecimal 00FF00 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:56 pm

Austinite wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:41 am
Anyone using Google Home with Rachio sprinkler system? I just ordered the rachio 3, and really hoping it works well with Google as it claims.
@Austinite

Not sure what that's needed for. The Rachio works very well on its own. The few times I've needed to interface with it I used the [Android] app or the web interface. That's only been a handful of times since I got it in July 2014.

Though to explore functionality I added my Rachio to my Home Assistant.
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Re: Home Automation

Post by Austinite » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:02 pm

@g-man @Hexadecimal 00FF00

Thanks for the feedback! Much appreciated .
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