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It's all up and running (minus my 6 zone sound system)

Posted by bucko , 23 March 2014 · 689 views

All systems are go. I am at the final stages of my HA project. Today my 6 zone whole house sound system will arrive and over the next few days I will get it installed. Welcome to the first smart house built in China! To summarize, my HA main components comprise the following.... Elk M1 Gold security system with XEP, 2 PS212's, M1TWA, MXVOR, M1XS...


M1, ELK TWA, and Elk 124 no hassle auto switching!

Posted by bucko , in New HA build 17 January 2014 · 567 views

 I needed to find a way to set up my Elk so it would be able to do it's system announcements and also play my custom Elk 124 sounds through the same speakers. I also needed have complete  control of quiet times and speaker selection for sounds. My set up here is up and working great. I get no sound issues such as pops, cut offs, hiss or de...


March 2013 project update

Posted by bucko , 28 March 2013 · 746 views

 My Chinese work team.   About 50% of the wire reaching my server room.   3rd Floor wires going down...   That's how you route wall wires!   1st floor data runs  3/27/13- They have run all my wires now and today I go on site to test and approve this end of things. I had to train all these guys about running data since it is just not done i...


Back from Shenzhen and HK for more HA stuff.

Posted by bucko , 27 September 2012 · 1289 views

mono stable switch
Uploaded Today, 09:57 AM

I just returned from another trip to Shenzhen for more goodies for my project.
Found these mono stable lighted switches to make my wall switches for the Z Wave lighting. They cost $3 each.

Then I bought these LED downlights and had them custom made for my whole house. They are 21v 7w...


How to get email working on an M1Gold

Posted by bucko , 29 May 2012 · 1305 views

Like most of you, getting the M1 to actually work sending email is a royal PITA! But after many many hours of frustration, I finally figured it out. I read and tried everything people have done here with limited success. I got to the point it would work for a few days, then mysteriously stop. Or if I reboot the system, it would start again OR after...


Water control valve from China.

Posted by bucko , 27 May 2012 · 1090 views

KDS water valve
Uploaded 27 May 2012 - 13:34
H20 valve wiring
Uploaded 01 Jun 2012 - 08:36

I got this valve here in China for my water control. It is well built and has a small footprint. If loss of power, it will just remain at the whatever state it currently is in. I use a 12Vdc wall wart to power it. Using 2 relays off my M1RB allows me to control it's open and close state. So...


Begin the bench testing

Posted by bucko , 15 May 2012 · 966 views

Bench testing M1 Gold
Uploaded 15 May 2012 - 21:03

Here is my setup hooked up in my work room. Now I am testing and programming everything prior to installing.


1 square km of electrical madness!

Posted by bucko , 29 April 2012 · 854 views

I just returned from Shenzhen, China. Here is where the worlds largest electronics wholesale market is located. It is a 1 square km section where everything electronic can be found.  Everything is bought in bulk and buyers from all over the world are here on a daily basis to supply their factories. They can make anything you need, duplicate anything per...


Mounting components

Posted by bucko , 13 April 2012 · 363 views

Component wall layout
Uploaded 14 Apr 2012 - 08:10

I plan to mount all my components onto a 40 X 65" panel that I will mount on the wall of my server room. My home run wires will attach to a punch down and then go from there to this wall panel for connection. All network stuff will go from the punchdown to a Netgear POI switcher.

Any body see a problem with this...


In the beginning.......

Posted by bucko , 11 April 2012 · 350 views

Well here goes nothing. After 1 year of hanging out in Cocoontech, I am jumping into my new HA project. Label this my first HA.

I am going to outfit my new town house construction with all the whistles and bells. My house is located in mainland China, constructed with solid concrete walls and floors as is typical in China. It is a 3 story Town house and...

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