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Posted by pete_c in DIY Home automation, 09 April 2014 · 56 views

Over the last few years I have been playing with a "few" devices made by a company called OpenPeak.  I have been using these little touch tablets for my automation consoles.  I have now over 20 of these devices running a variety of OS's sprinkled all over the house and primarily being utilized as Homeseer HSTouch consoles (running in Linux, Andr...


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

Posted by bucko in Bucko's Blog, 23 March 2014 · 244 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...


XBMC Showing Motion Detection Upstairs

Posted by peadard in Peadard's Blog, 21 March 2014 · 171 views

XBMC Showing Motion Detection Upstairs What I wanted to do today was to somehow be alerted when I was watching TV that there was motion upstairs.I run XBMC throughout the house and I have a Ness\Elk M1 Gold which is controlled by Elve.To do this I created a Http driver within Elve and then simply created a rule that activates whenever the PIR upstairs is activated.    ...



Posted by jwilson56 in jwilson56's Now Playing Blog, 18 December 2013 · 476 views

Well the rumors of my death have been greatly exhagerated. I am still using Now Playing in my home. Everything is working quite well and have not seen any reason to change things. I kinda get the impression that the DIYers for home automation have slowly moved on. Many of the friends I used to chat with daily online about our projects are busy with real l...


Finishing the Basement and a nice way to wake up.

Posted by Shinyshoes in If the shoe fits, 21 November 2013 · 503 views

Its been over a year since my last update so I thought we were due for an entry to this blog. The antenna extension seemed to work for the entire spring and summer, but started failing again this fall.  I contacted Dakota Alert for suggestions and the support person seems to think it is a faulty system.  Now I have to box it all up and send...


Converting from single to dual zone HVAC - Part II

Posted by iostream212 in iostream212's Blog, 06 May 2013 · 1260 views

Background In part 1 I had done the research needed in order to do this project. I also acquired some equipment for the install. Now on to the install! Action I hate going up and down into the attic, so the first thing I do is prepare a bucket of tools of everything I can possibly think of needing during the install to minimize the number of trips. O...


3D Printer Build

Posted by TonyNo in TonyNo's Blog, 29 March 2013 · 733 views

I finally decided on a 3D printer design and I'm going with the Prusa i3 . I was going to buy an existing kit, but, found that I could save ~$400 by sourcing everything myself. Let's see if that pans out. :lol:  The i3 is essentially a combination of a Mendel  and a Wallace . Of course, I start down this road and then find a design that I like b...


Elk M1 Zone Temperature Sensor protocol decoded

Posted by N4HC in Joe Novosel's Elk Notes, 03 June 2012 · 1677 views
and 1 more...

Through reverse engineering I was able to decode the protocol used to transmit temperature to a main zone input on the Elk M1 control.  This will ONLY work on a main zone and NOT on an input expander.  This is by design on the Elk itself.

So here it is.  Manchester encoded:

· 3 start bits of ‘1’
· 8 data bits –...


New House Journey

Posted by roussell in Roussell's Blog, 25 April 2012 · 6182 views
New House

We're building a new house. We're set to go to the initial plan review this week, I'll be recording my journey here.

The builder is pretty strict on who does the work - they're people. I think it's so they can charge $180 for a 'data drop'. The great thing is that I've been talking with the GC and a few other key people and they're agreed to 'turn...


It's starting to look a little more like a respectable install

Posted by SIMKO in Simko's Blog, 08 March 2012 · 716 views

Now that I was happy that everything was working fine, I organized the wiring some.

Things still left to do:
- Get the M1XEP running off of the VAUX rather than the wall-wart.
- Mount VAUX, SAUX, and speaker terminal strips on a Leviton security bracket above the M1.
- Install Pulseworx UPB

I wanted to put the covers on the Panduit for the picture, but...


Upgraded HVAC 2-Zone system to an RCS Communicating system

Posted by Work2Play in ToddB's Blog, 28 October 2011 · 740 views
HVAC, RCS, Thermostat

For those following along, this is my second automated home.  The last home was a single story ranch house on a raise foundation with easy attic access, prewired for security, and nothing worked when I moved in, so it was easy to get sprinklers, HVAC, doorbell, sprinklers, and everything else up and running with one good day of wire running.

In this house...



Posted by Monk in Monk's Blog, 20 August 2011 · 581 views

After spending thousands on Z-Wave modules we decided to make an effort to protect them. The final straw occurred about 9AM last weekend - 3 rapid-succession power outages happening all within maybe 2 seconds or so. I thought my Z-Wave thermostat was semi-fried - it was allowing me to set the date / time but would not "save" it. Turned out OK...


Slow going

Posted by mustangcoupe in mustangcoupe's Blog, 14 June 2011 · 337 views

So activity here on the sale of our current home has slowed down, so we wait.... Once things pick back up and we lock in a buyer we start to build the new place.  At that point I will add more details here on the blog.


It has been a while, what have I been up to?

Posted by auto_man in auto_man's Blog, 14 May 2011 · 370 views

Well I didn't realize it had been so long since I last posted.  It is amazing how time flies when you are having fun.  Over the last year I have been busy conducting experiments and doing some small projects related to home automation and power saving.  In addition, instead of attempting to build my own power monitor, I went ahead and purchased the...


US touchscreen market size...

Posted by wizard in Wizard's Blog, 17 November 2010 · 376 views

Hello everyone - wonder if any other wizards out there might have access to data on the annual market size of touchcontrollers - or any one companies gross touchscreen sales - like RTI, HAI, CTRL4, Clipsal, etc.


Panasonic KX-TGP550

Posted by nexus99 in The Nexus Technoblog, 07 August 2010 · 1100 views

Ok, so I finally got this phone up and working. There weren't a great deal of resources out there about the KX-TGP550 but putting together what little I could find I got the basics in order.

First off... this is what the phone looks like:

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On the...


Adding Components to Cans

Posted by robolo in Three Roberts, 08 May 2010 · 431 views

This week the house passed electrical inspection as well as plumbing and framing. Drywall starts next week. In the meantime I've started adding components to the cans in the mechanical room:

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Here is the bottom of the first can that now has the Netgear...


Geothermal - Insufficient water power

Posted by beelzerob in Beelzeblog, 04 April 2010 · 728 views

So I guess some background, as I don't think I gave much....

We have a 3200 sq ft house, not counting the unfinished basement, that we want the unit to be able to heat.  We currently have a 4 ton air exchange heat pump, and I'm dis-satisfied with its heating capabilities.  Our duct work is more than sufficient for a new geo furnace, so really...


More screen shots of skin

Posted by cast0077 in cast0077's Cocoon Blog, 29 March 2010 · 391 views

Thought I would post a few more screen shots of my skin. jwilson56 helped me get bunch of stuff cleaned up this past week and looks like I am getting close to releasing skin.

Home Screen
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Installed my first 3-way automated switch

Posted by Sacedog in Sacedog's Home Automation Blog, 01 March 2010 · 570 views

I got around to installing a bunch more UPB switches this weekend, and finally tackeled a 3-way switch.  It was pretty straight forward, and worked the first time out of the chute.

At the Aux switch location, I did not have a neutral, so I wired the neutral to teh ground, which the instructions said was an acceptable alternative.  The way the Aux switch...

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