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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #30 on: December 11, 2018, 09:39 »
I am using a KNX system (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/KNX_(standard)) which automates and integrates lights, blinds, curtains, aircons, water heater, security systems, door entry and av (but I have not implemented av automation and integration as yet). Full scheduling and mobile control. Have been using this platform for the last 13 years in 2 homes. Rock solid. Multiple vendors and all vendor products are interoperable and can mix and match as all must adhere to KNX standards and specs. Downsides are cannot diy (can but quite complex), must be implemented during renovation as cables need to be laid, and not cheap.
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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #32 on: December 27, 2018, 23:51 »
Any rain sensor recommendations? My installer wants to charge me $600 for it which I rejected outright. Cannot stomach paying $600 for a sensor!

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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #33 on: December 29, 2018, 15:59 »
$600 for a rain sensor?!?! Z-wave sensors from Fibaro or similar cost only about $100.
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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #34 on: December 31, 2018, 08:30 »
Yea, I've read up about Fibaro flood sensor as well. It uses its legs for detection purpose. From the looks of it, the potential roadblocks to using that accurately is mounting location (detection is more sensitive to outdoor placement on floor).

I found a nice write up on types of rain sensor. Anyone using optical sensor? Seems like the right technology for our typical SG homes.

http://www.pic-control.com/rain-sensor/

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« Reply #35 on: December 31, 2018, 09:37 »
Is anyone using motion sensor PIR lamps? Say for their lobby or porch?

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« Reply #36 on: January 29, 2019, 17:17 »
Is anyone using motion sensor PIR lamps? Say for their lobby or porch?



Maybe a cheaper method is to use those solar enabled outdoor lights. Always ON at night time. Isn't that more straight forward and lower costs?

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« Reply #37 on: January 29, 2019, 23:09 »
I just experienced a PIR floodlight in action - very impressive!
Drove past my friend's home, from 20m away his spotlight was activated.. gotta get that sensor...
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« Reply #38 on: February 10, 2019, 17:42 »
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« Reply #39 on: February 10, 2019, 17:45 »
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« Reply #40 on: April 02, 2019, 13:48 »
Anyone any updates? Im now using Sensibo to control my AC and find it pretty handy. @$140 per setup not that cheap and can only use Siri shortcuts at this time tho HomeKit is meant to be coming.
Nice thing is app sharing, plus web page access to graphs of temp/humidity over the last day or so plus the logs of commands they changed things.

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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #41 on: April 02, 2019, 16:14 »
I'm using broadlink rm pro2. For 40 bucks, able to on/off aircon, and adjust temperature. Comes with alexa integration. Pretty value for money.

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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #42 on: April 02, 2019, 18:46 »
I bought a Alexa enabled wall plug, works nicely, and allows me to turn on the lights. Basic stuff, but neat.
I don't think I'll automate the entire home.
How much electricity does your automated home consume at standby mode?
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« Reply #43 on: April 02, 2019, 19:09 »
My primary system is Smartthings with a Philips Hue Hub and a Bond hub to manage RF fans in the house
I m also using Sensibo n Tado to control all my ACs. Tado came out earlier but I found sensibo to b better

Am also using Logitech Harmony and zwave/zigbee smart plugs to control my AV devices

For PCs and kitchen devices that need to push a button to switch on/off, i use a SwitchBot hub to manage them
I use motion, door, window, smoke and water detection sensors in my home

All fully Integrated with ST, Alexa and Google Home

For curtains and blinds, I use Fibaro which again is integrated to ST, Alexa and GH

I am using Blink cameras for home CCTV as well as Ring Doorbell

I installed ActionTiles on my 10inch FireHD to act as a control pad on my coffee table

Maintenance wise lots of work in the beginning esp when creating device handlers for devices not directly supported by STj
Took me almost 3 years to complete 99% of My smart home project


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Re: Smart Homes discussion thread
« Reply #44 on: April 02, 2019, 23:07 »
I used RM Pros too, with Google Home. Bought a  number to control air con, fans and fan light, AVRs, TVs.

Initially everybody is calling Google,😁😁.
But now just used their mobile app, IHC.