dboa
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Home Automation for a beginner

Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:51 pm

I'm a simple programmer and I want to do some simple Home Automation for starters. Like turning of the lights and closing some blinds.
I only have basic knowledge of eletronics. Anyone have some tips on how should I start?

Thank You in advance.

minimattapps
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Re: Home Automation for a beginner

Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:07 am

I would recommend getting a kit of some sort so you can hook your lights up to a low voltage relay and then turn that on and off with the pi with the GPIO pins, that would probably the easiest way to go about it.

Kelly
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Re: Home Automation for a beginner

Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:15 pm

I just joined today and am just getting familiar with the raspberry pi, so bear with me. Not sure what the interface with home automation devices would be yet but I do have a suggestion in regards to the previous post and low voltage devices which are home automation capable. The device I am thinking of is called a Powerflash by X-10.

It is a low voltage interface that plugs into a 120 VAC outlet and sends an X10 signal in response to a contact received from a low voltage output or a dry contact switch closure and after activation, it sends an X10 ON type Signal. The module becomes deactivated when the low voltage is removed or the dry contact switch is opened and an OFF type Signal is sent.

Are you familiar with X-10 or other types of home automation? Does this seem like it might work for your needs? You are in the UK but I believe X-10 is still alive in Europe, or maybe other types of X-10 manufacturers. Anyway, hope that helps, happy to answer any questions and also learn more about the Raspberry.

Kelly, http://www.haworldonline.com

Generoso
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Re: Home Automation for a beginner

Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:07 pm

Hi, you can try out HomeGenie http://sourceforge.net/projects/homegenie/ .
It is an open source home automation server that can control lights, appliances, sensors by interfacing to X10 and ZWave controllers. I am running it on my RaspBerry Pi.

Gene.

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freedomotic
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Re: Home Automation for a beginner

Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:33 am

Hi, you can take a look at freedomotic.com an open source domotic framework.
It's written in java so you must install oracle embedded (better performances than openjdk) following this guide http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/artic ... 04896.html
Regards
Freedomotic Open IoT Framework
http://freedomotic.com

rooster
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Re: Home Automation for a beginner

Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:19 am

minimattapps wrote:I would recommend getting a kit of some sort so you can hook your lights up to a low voltage relay and then turn that on and off with the pi with the GPIO pins, that would probably the easiest way to go about it.
if you get a YWrobot relay, this can be controlled on/off by the 3.3V GPIO pin (although needs a transistor and a couple of resistors to get it to the 5V needed by the relay.

this thread tells you everything you need!

http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 37&t=17656

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