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Upgrading PFSense Hardware February, 2022

Posted by pete_c in DIY Home automation, 25 February 2022 · 566 views

Recently here have upgraded main house from DIY'd 6 port BCM Haswell i3 mITX computer to: 1 - Qotom q330g4 i3-4010u  (4 port - 8Gb - 32Gb mSATA) IE: Wan and back up wan and 2 LAN to managed switches Back up (really not needed as the Qotom boxes are well built).  The Jetway box is better built than the Qotom. 2 - Jetway JBC390F541X...


Gas cutoff system

Posted by keepersg in House filled with smoke--No more!, 22 November 2020 · 3602 views

Gas cutoff system We've had repeated problem with pans being left on the burners in our kitchen and the house filling with smoke before anyone realizes what's happening.  In order to prevent this from happening again, I constructed a timed gas cutoff system that is mounted inside the cabinet on which the cooktop is mounted.  The gas piping routes the gas supply f...


The end of an era for me

Posted by jwilson56 in jwilson56's Now Playing Blog, 23 August 2019 · 9733 views

Well Now Playing is now offline.  I have moved on to another simpler solution.  I will detail that when I am done. If anyone has interest in my Ocelot and ADI modules let me know.  I am going to be selling them.  Also will be selling the following: M-Audio Delta 410 10 Channel Sound Card Technics SA-EX140 200Watt RMS Ste...


The 2 year update. Driveway sensor solved and lighting control

Posted by Shinyshoes in If the shoe fits, 02 November 2015 · 2444 views

Sheesh, its been 2 years?  wow.  I guess I should adjust my expectations of how often I update this blog.   I do have a semi-valid excuse this time.  My wife and I welcomed our 2nd child to the family in January 2014.  Its amazing how much time the munchkins take away from my hobbies.   Anyhow first the things I hav...


Finished....(if one could ever say that)

Posted by bucko in Bucko's Blog, 09 October 2014 · 3608 views

The final piece of my system has been finished. The multizone audio amp proved a real bugger getting it on-line. But now I have it running with RS-232 comm for remote control. The big change was retiring my SQ Blaster remote system for the iRule remote platform. Without a doubt, iRule is the final solution for remote controls to date. In fact I am now a d...


Fun with Simply Automated UPB

Posted by Work2Play in ToddB's Blog, 21 July 2014 · 3046 views

Once in a while I make mention of some of the more advanced features of UPB - but rather than bury this deep in someone's thread, I figured I should put them in their own place that can be referenced.   I had a handful of UPB switches in my last house just for testing, but really didn't need more.  Well, we started a family and needed a big...


Server Upgrade

Posted by iostream212 in iostream212's Blog, 08 June 2014 · 2376 views

My previous server was an HTPC. As a result my case was more form than function as it was visable in my home theater setup. As an HTPC the demand for hd space grew, and eventually overwhelmed its capacity. An upgrade to a roomier home was invenitable. Heres the fat little pig below with is top off, stuffed to the max with electronic delicacies.http://i996...


XBMC Showing Motion Detection Upstairs

Posted by peadard in Peadard's Blog, 21 March 2014 · 2788 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.    ...


3D Printer Build

Posted by TonyNo in TonyNo's Blog, 29 March 2013 · 2739 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 · 4751 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 · 9123 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 · 2683 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...



Posted by Monk in Monk's Blog, 20 August 2011 · 2569 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 · 2085 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 · 2184 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 · 2202 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 · 4037 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 · 2311 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 · 13282 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 · 2488 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.

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