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#252396 New Here & Looking for DIY Help

Posted by Skippman on 19 December 2016 - 12:25 PM

Hello All!


I'm new to the forum obviously and come from an extensive computer networking and home theater background. I'm looking to find a way to tie all of that together and finally get some workable home automation off the ground without breaking the bank.


Currently I have a Nest thermostat, a MyQ garage door opener, two NAS's that are remote accessible, and a pretty robust home network. I've been sitting on a Lutron RadioRa2 installers kit for a while and am on the fence if I should install it or not. 


I'm looking forward to sharing my limited experience on the subject and learning as much as I can from you all!


- Skip

#251178 Noob to home automation

Posted by KGrizard on 03 November 2016 - 03:37 PM

Hi All - Kevin here

I own a home that included a now obsolete HA system, and now that it is starting to do some hiccups I need to address a replacement for it.

The existing HA controller is a Stargate, and really doesn't have much connected to it.  Mainly outdoor lighting and control of fountains and waterfalls via X-10 modules.  I have a manual, but no software or means of connecting to the unit.

I just spent a rewarding few hours reading several topics here and have a general understanding of what an HA system can do and am excited to move forward with this project.

See you all on the boards!


#247487 Hello everyone

Posted by FrankMiles on 13 July 2016 - 12:35 AM



    I am Frank Miles  form Canada, I am new member to this forum. 

#253542 hello, new ELK M1 owner

Posted by kelargo on 24 January 2017 - 11:00 AM



I'm a new ELK m1 owner.  I have some questions I'd like to ask, but I can't post my question in the ELK area because I'm too new.  SO, I'm posting here to say "hello".


And why are all the Origami posts appearing? 

#252432 Hello peeps

Posted by maggystan on 20 December 2016 - 05:15 AM

Hello all just joined up cocoontech forums.

#252055 New Here

Posted by helen77 on 07 December 2016 - 01:49 AM

Saying hi to everyone,I just joined up. 

#251767 Hello all

Posted by Mikedaly on 24 November 2016 - 04:14 PM

I'm a retired (read old) dbase/clipper programmer with a raspberry pi 3. I've used x10 for years using a Powerlinc 1132 controller for home lighting.  Can't update the 1132 anymore because I've sworn off windows.  OK I can use python to get a firecracker cm17a  to talk to a tm751 and of I go into the sun.  Only problem is it doesn't work.  Think I've got good hardware and I can see levels changing on the dtr rts pins, but nothing happens.

#249535 Hello!

Posted by RandyInLA on 13 September 2016 - 02:58 PM

Hey everyone,


My name is Randy.  I've been into home automation on and off for over 16 years.  Started off with HomeSeer v1 and some X10 devices, now have Hue lighting, NEST thermostat, August door lock, and yes, HomeSeer v3 and some x10 devices.  Pretty much overkill for a small studio apartment, but hey, it's the thought that counts 


I typically describe myself as an ex-musician from Michigan living incognito in Los Angeles as a Sr. Software Engineer for a Multinational Conglomerate Corporation... who secretly still writes music on the side.  I'm into all sorts of geekery like electronics, software, writing music, making thingamabobs with my 14" mini metal lathe or Ultimaker2 3D printer.


I just finished a short phase of running HS3 on a Rpi3, complete with Homebridge integration for Siri voice control.  I am now in the process of transferring (create from scratch?) HS3 to a new Intel NUC 6i7KYK running Windows 10 Pro so I could make use of the voice recognition.  Once that is operational, I'll be adding an Ocelot IR box and a couple Gentner XAP800 audio matrices so HS can know which room I'm in when it receives a voice command.


Cheers to Pete_c for the suggestion to join this board and thanks for the help back on the HS forum!   I hope to be able to spread my knowledge around as well as gain some new insights.  



#248215 UPB, here I come

Posted by syspig on 10 August 2016 - 01:47 PM

Greetings, all.


I've mostly lurked here for the last few years, but with a new home nearing completion questions will be coming soon.


While I may delve in to some more advanced HA at some point, we're primarily interested in lighting control for the new home. Every room in the house can benefit from scenes, and some entry/exit paths could benefit from multiple circuit control as well as "all off."


Based on feedback here and elsewhere we're going with SA UPB. Had the electrician wire things up accordingly, but I should have done a bit more homework...we've several areas where a bank of UPB switches will go, but also wired in an extra single gang box nearby thinking we'd want separate scene controllers from the bank of switches. In retrospect, we probably could have eliminated all the scene controllers and simply used US2's - but the function of those didn't sink in until just now, and I'm ready to start ordering and hooking things up.


Thanks to all who have shared here - it's a great resource.

#249256 Hello from North Carolina!

Posted by gman19 on 08 September 2016 - 10:09 AM

I just joined this forum after many hours of researching HA controllers, accessories and the like.  I'm looking forward to getting into this and hope to learn from others' experience.  Right now I have no HA equipment but have researched and narrowed down to VeraPlus or ZipaTile...we shall see!

#248734 Hi

Posted by acd on 23 August 2016 - 05:03 PM

I'm here to followup on a thread regarding automation of a Carrier HVAC system.  Not particularly exciting, but maybe it'll work out...

#248726 Been a while

Posted by drozwood90 on 23 August 2016 - 01:21 PM

Since I've logged in.  checked on "New Content"...wow 65 pages.  I guess that is what happens after not being logged in for 1 year+ !!


Hope to get back into some Cocoontech conversations, but at this point it depends on how fast I finish up the from Scratch Go Kart project I've been working on.  For now, I am just about done welding, all the wheels/suspension are on and steering is good.  


I think what is remaining is finishing the brakes, deciding on the engine placement, welding the plate for that in place, hooking in springs for the pedals as well as the cabling for those.

I'd like to get the transmission I designed together and put in prior to painting, but all that does is enable the motor and providing reverse for the Go Kart.  That one isn't AS big of a deal, but I'd rather it be as done as it could be prior to painting.


Funny, the kid's Go Kart is probably going to get a more expensive paint job than any Go Kart in the neighborhood...cost as a WHOLE unit.  I have a slew of paint left over from when I painted my Mercedes...cheaper to use that since it's ON hand, than it is to go out and buy new paint...plus the color makes good sense for the color the kids picked for the seat material.


Anyway, hello to everyone again!



#248047 Z wave interface question

Posted by cw4usa on 06 August 2016 - 08:09 AM

I presently have X-10 motion sensors outdoors that work well.  I am considering changing my system over to z-wave and either need to purchase new outdoor motion sensors (*which I cannot find, everyone in the z-wave market seems to think you only need these indoors!) or interface the existing x-10 sensors with z wave.  How difficult is this task?  Would I be better off buying z-wave sensors (if so, what are they?)


I also have some Chamberlain CWA2000 Wireless Motion sensors that work great.  Can these be interfaced?



#247747 Hello

Posted by RodneyE on 25 July 2016 - 05:14 AM

Hi everyone, I have just joined here. 

#111293 eKeypad Plus - Version 1.4

Posted by jaysonc on 30 March 2009 - 10:54 AM

A new version of eKeypad Plus is available on iTunes today.

Version 1.4.0 adds:

- A completely integrated caching system
- A new status screen for configured systems.
- Bug fixes.

The new caching system greatly increases runtime performance. It is especially beneficial for people using eKeypad Plus over cellular connections with a weak signal strength. The status and the ability to manage the can be found in the new status screen.

You can read more about eKeypad Plus at the official website.

#255122 Hello From Tuttle, OK

Posted by penright on 31 March 2017 - 09:34 AM

Stumble across this site. A thread got started in Garage Journal on HA (Home Automation). Someone mentioned Elk M1, so I had to google to see what it was. Some thread in that search got me here.  After some quick reads, I have been looking for a forum like this for awhile. I do have several questions about HA and HS (Home Security).


First, how many posts before you can edit your profile. Here is the reason I am asking, experience from other forums says I need to set me location and equipment list.

Also, I am getting ready to explain a lot that when I post in other threads, it would be nice to link back here. I totally understand spam issues. There are those who sneak into the GJF.


My wife and I just bought a new house. It is a clean slate, no HA or HS.


So, let's start at the old house. It had a Honeywell alarm. The company that installed and monitor does it for my company, and they give all us employees a break on prices. So last summer we decided to get rid of the land line. So we had to upgrade the alarm for GSM. For a few bucks more we could upgrade to a Tuxedo panel. They told me that Honeywell is strong on HS not HA. They also told me that HA is addictive. They were right on both accounts. They also threw in a stat and garage door opener. I started buying some light switch devices. That's when I learned that Tuxedo did not support multi-channel switches. I had some rules built to turn on outside accent lights, turn on porch light (based on garage door and front door). That was one cool thing Tuxedo did, I was able to use the alarm sensors for my rules.


So around Thanksgiving, we bought a new house. Although we are the second owners, the house was less than a year old. It had no HA and has no HS. So then I was looking at the usual suspects, SmartThings, .... Tuxedo has spoiled me with local rule processing as opposed to cloud based. The neighborhood the new house is in does not have broadband. Our internet access for now is a slow wifi (AtLink). So local rule processing is a must for me. I have am a programer, and there was a thread where a guy used js.nodes to talk to a EnvisaLink. I saw this as a way of connecting to my future Honeywell HS. So as I was looking around for a wifi/router for the new house, I ran across the Almond. It wasn't priced bad for a wifi/router, but I thought I would try it first and if I never used the HA part, then so be it. The new house does not have any outside accent lights (yet). Before I left the old house I bought about 6 devices that I did not install, so I brought them to the new house. The Almond supports multi-channel, so I automated some lights inside, under cabinets and such, then on outlet outside, that I used for Christmas lights. Still do not have a HS yet. That brings me up to date.


I was looking at integrating Honeywell alarm via EnvisaLink using js.node to Almond, just like they did for Smartthings.


So now I am back on the market. I would like to keep the Almond, which by the way is the Almond+, but not against switching controllers. I would like to learn about Elk M1. How does it compare to Honeywell. If my guy is a Honeywell guy, can he monitor it? Do HS guy's only want to monitor what they install?


This is just my introductory thread, I will repost relevant parts in the appropriate forums.




#255075 Can you help

Posted by Jamesjam on 29 March 2017 - 06:21 AM

Could you please help me. I just registered and wish to know how to post answers to some topics. The forum does not allow.

#255022 New Here

Posted by matla on 26 March 2017 - 09:52 PM

Hey, everybody, just joined up. I am a new homeowner and I am pretty new in DIY. I would like to get a lot of help from here.  

#254904 Hello from Texas

Posted by dontheo on 22 March 2017 - 03:24 PM

New to this site.  I have been in the Security, A/V and Home Integration business for 25 years.  I have recently sold the business which leaves me with a house full  of systems and having to learn how to program then again as my wife spends my retirement remodeling.  Hope I can get some good info here and will try to reciprocate as much as possible. I have learned a lot the hard way over the years as most vendors let us troubleshoot their new product releases.  


Spending a lot of time on two software development projects I never had time for before.   Both involve the huge amount of meta data collected in the security world and using that data to contribute to a corporations profit line through sales.  


I try to get out and they pull me back in.    

#248193 Very interesting GPS device and no mobile phone required.

Posted by ano on 09 August 2016 - 07:42 PM