The Wireless/digital/smart home thread

  • You-can-call-me-kal 20 Jul 2015 17:42:31 17,167 posts
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    Getting a new place soon (hopefully) and quite interested in making it super futuristic and connected. Already got a decent Sonos set up but interested in all things connected - Hive, Nest, Hue etc. All that kind of stuff.

    Very interested to know if anyone else has any of these type systems and what the relative pros and cons are (as well as worth as none of it's cheap). Particularly interested in the Phillips Hue lighting stuff if anyone has any of that. Really like the idea of lights with that level of remote control and timers and all that.

    Cheers.
  • mrpon 20 Jul 2015 17:47:02 35,461 posts
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    Ooo good thread, in the same boat. Just got a wifi enabled boiler!
  • tangoownage 20 Jul 2015 17:50:08 71 posts
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    Hue is too expensive.

    The best thing I've done is set up a dedicated plex server and got a chrome cast for every TV.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 20 Jul 2015 17:52:24 17,167 posts
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    Hue is becoming less ridiculously expensive, although still far from cheap. They've now introduced white only bulbs if you don't want all the colour options, and various table lamps, wall lamps. light strips etc which are reasonable value. If you went full Hue it would cost a ridiculous fortune, but like Sonos, you can start off small and expand from there.
  • Kosmoz 20 Jul 2015 18:03:26 8,184 posts
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    When the machines take over youse pricks'll be the first to go.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 20 Jul 2015 18:21:53 17,167 posts
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    Belkin's Wemo products are a slightly more budget and less smart way to achieve similar results, and they've started doing light bulbs as well.

    And the "If This Then That" app is very smart indeed.

    https://ifttt.com
  • Fab4 20 Jul 2015 18:24:57 8,854 posts
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    I don't have anything like that at home, but I use an open source sensor management system called FHEM at work, to capture the signals from a set of passive infrared sensors.

    The sensors we are testing use the Enocean devices, which use energy harvesting to power them. So, for example, a solar panel or the power generated by a mechanical switch. Pretty cool. FHEM seems to handle a whole range of different sensors though, and can be programmed for others, if you are a geek :)
  • CosmicFuzz 20 Jul 2015 18:57:52 32,585 posts
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    I've got an LCD TV in the living room. Does Netflix and everything.
  • Ryze 20 Jul 2015 19:12:58 3,690 posts
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    I'm more interested in experimenting with development and components.

    The products I've seen are really expensive, but I'm also really interested, so I might see if I can work for some of the companies involved over the next few years.

    I grabbed a Broadlink RM Pro as an Infra-red blaster, and I love it. No fuss, and I now need to mess with the SDK.
  • mrpon 20 Jul 2015 19:20:22 35,461 posts
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    You can write programs to interface with those Wemo plugs apparently.
  • Fake_Blood 20 Jul 2015 19:26:08 9,729 posts
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    I'm going to write a virus that flushes your toilet right when you're done wiping.
  • CosmicFuzz 20 Jul 2015 19:28:37 32,585 posts
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    That sounds like a rather helpful virus.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 20 Jul 2015 19:35:14 17,167 posts
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    Aw man, I'd love a smart loo like the ones they have in Japan.
  • mrpon 22 Jul 2015 17:08:07 35,461 posts
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    Had some Velux windows installed this week, with automated open/close mechanism natch plus separate wireless control pad.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 22 Jul 2015 17:17:41 17,167 posts
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    Can you transfer the wireless control to other devices, like Harmony remotes or iPads or whatever?
  • Fake_Blood 22 Jul 2015 17:19:14 9,729 posts
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    CosmicFuzz wrote:
    That sounds like a rather helpful virus.
    It flushes while you're still sitting down.
  • DodgyPast 22 Jul 2015 17:22:33 9,314 posts
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    Got the media serving thing down.

    When we move next year we'll get gigabit wired around the house.

    Plus OneDrive gives me access to all my files via the cloud.

    Beyond that I'm not sure what else is going to be worth the effort.
  • mrpon 22 Jul 2015 17:22:54 35,461 posts
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    @Gus apparently it uses the io-homecontrol protocol so you can uses apps like TaHoma to control all other supported devices.

    Not toyed around yet, house is a building site!

    http://www.io-homecontrol.com/en/
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.somfy.tahoma&hl=en_GB

    Edit: Just checked on the Harmony website and yup they're supported! Good shout.

    Edited by mrpon at 17:38:38 22-07-2015
  • Dirtbox 22 Jul 2015 19:13:56 91,192 posts
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  • Psiloc 5 Dec 2018 11:15:19 5,197 posts
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    Anyone else rocking the Alexa + Harmony Hub combo? You can control all your AV stuff with your voice now. Works really well. Made it a piece of piss to tell the babysitter to say "Alexa, turn on CBeebies", rather than "you turn on the TV, set the input to HDMI 2, turn on the soundbar and make sure it's set to optical, then turn on the Sky box..."

    Admittedly that's the only practical use I've found for it so far
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