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  • Camera integration into your home automation

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    BTW I found out that the Google also a new API for their cameras. Has anyone tried to integrate the Nest Doorbell (or another Nest cam) in openluup?

  • Single board computer, like raspberry pi, pine64. The heart of your system!

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    Going OT here a bit... I just posted benchmarks for RPi 4 maker board and Compute Module

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    Only took me 7 months (plus one productive morning!) to fix. Turned out not to be a Sonos problem, but will leave here under Hardware > Sonos just in case others find themselves similarly afflicted.

  • Discuss your vera problems and findings here

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    "Hi, I'm Troy McClure, famous from such posts as 'How to Send Data to Google Sheets from Rule Machine', and 'Creating Zero-CSS Animated SVG Backgrounds for Hubitat Dashboard Tiles Using Hidden iFrames', and other esoteric topics nobody wants to read."
    But srsly, I did expect more response when I recently released my very first full-fledged HE Device Driver which pits you against an AI bot in the game of TicTacToe on a gameboard created out of 12 button Tiles. 😉
    TicBot Game

    @toggledbits sure won't miss my MSR antics, but I do! What's the point of beta testing if you cannot first crush the everlivin' life out of something while probing its deepest, darkest recesses.

    Indeed, first thing I inquired about after joining HE Forum a few years back was "Can this thing tie in with X10?" (A: Yes and, more pointedly, no.)

    I would love to visit here more often, but must confess you guys are so awesome you've left me nothing to BREAK!

  • Discuss device integration and use

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    I have got mainly hue bulbs around the house, apart from a couple of places where it wasn't practical or pretty enough.

    In those cases I put in sonoff in line switches so I can control them remotely. But now I'm wanting to further upgrade by replacing most of my light switches with Hue Tap dials (and add some fittings in where I tend to not want lots of light, but will need it some time). Then I can easily switch between different profiles and have guests do the same.

    Does anyone know if I can get a replacement for the sonoffs that can be recognised in Hue so that I can control it with the Tap Dials?

    Or alternatively any good alternatives to replacing the light switches with smart controllers?

    Thanks

  • The alternative zwave controller

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    @PerH said in Docker container for Z-Way:

    Its been a while since i've used this now, I've moved to Z-WaveJS..
    Socat - so you have a remote connection to your z-stick? Should work fine with this contatiner, just set it up in the docker-compose file.
    That said, I would ask on the z-way forum, you may find a more current z-way version in a newer container..

    All settings should be persistent if volumes are set up correctly.

    I don't have a remote connection yet, I'm preparing for the migration from Vera to Z-way. I wanted to nuke the Vera and use it as a central hub for my Z-way stick.

    From what I've read, Socat will not work in combination with docker. The Ser2net/ Socat solution is giving me a headache with the preparation alone. It is difficult with docker, so it seems, unless you create a docker specifically with Socat in it. But creating docker images is not a skill I possess (yet).

    Unlike others in this thread, I'm a fan of docker containers. (Easier to maintain, troubleshoot and keep up-to-date). But Socat is a show stopper for now.

    I think I'll ditch the Vera Edge and Z-way docker. I'm looking at using a Raspberry Pi with USB/IP (can't easily install this on the Vera) now instead of Ser2net/Socat and running the Z-way addon for HA.

  • Z-Uno is the first and only easy to use developer board that allows you to create your own Z-Wave device without deep knowledge of Z-Wave protocol or programming. Z-Uno is a mix of Z-Wave home automation radio protocol power and Arduino simplicity.

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    These are great not just for sensors, but also to ZWave-ify existing equipment in cases where a simple dry relay ZWave switch won't cut it. I had a few motorized transom windows with IR remotes, that can also be controlled through some weird industrial serial protocol. I build controllers for them using ZUNO boards, so I can now control the windows through OpenLuup.

  • Hubitat Elevation C-Series Controllers

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  • LEDVANCE

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  • Water Flow Meter & Shutoff

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  • Remote light switch

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    @swankgd you can use something like zooz remote switch and put a smart switch at the existing switch location. From there set an automation to toggle the state of the “real” switch whenever the button on the remote switch is pressed.

  • ESP32 / ESP8266

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    @akbooer

    Third-party code, using Arduino I uploaded the code to program the WiFi on the board, and then installed the drives on Hubitat, very simple and fast.

    The part that was a little more complicated was the tuning of the valve, I used another digital meter for the initial reading and then adjusted in a simple way the conversion from pulses to liters that appears in Hubitat.

    (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007NHS9M4?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details)

    Finally, I generated the device for the MSR, and then the world of play started, all exported to influxDb and Graphana.

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    @akbooer said in Shelly i3 as a cheap scene controller for Openluup:

    I just so much wish that they produced a four button handheld controller.

    …and now, they do (well, not quite, it’s not handheld, but mains powered)…The (relatively) new Shelly Plus i4.

    Just received and installed one… the latest (beta) firmware is vastly different from the old i3s, but I configured it in the end. However, the MQTT function doesn’t broadcast to the generic Shellies/ topic, so isn’t recognised by openLuup at this time.

    Anyone else have experience of these devices? I missed the old Zwave Fibaro 4-channel input device, but this seems like an excellent replacement.

  • Hue dimmer as replacement for MiniMote remote

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    Triggers in AltUI under openLuup are implemented as devices variable watches. The native Vera trigger route was never implemented under openLuup (because I believe that their implementation was hopelessly flawed.)

    There is now, in fact, a native openLuup implementation for triggers that doesn’t depend on AltUI at all, but can be set up and displayed under AltUI, and works somewhat differently from the Vera method, but they are basically variable watches. I could supply details of how to do this, if pressed, but unless you’re planning on configuring an openLuup system which doesn’t run AltUI (which is certainly a feasible thing to do) then I wouldn’t bother.

  • UZB Stick - Moving from Z-Way to Z-Wave JS

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  • Intercom Buzzer wiring with Shelly Plus 1

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    Thank you.

  • Any decent destination for a Vera Plus?

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    @parkerc The old unmaintained one from damianxd is in fact working fine with openLuup but it's not very efficient as it polls very frequently. I'd go the MQTT path as well with Mqttthing.
    The only downside I see is that openLuup must be set to publish every variable update which for me causes a lot of unnecessary traffic.

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  • Z-wave serie 700 Europe/ Reactor/ Home Assistant

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    I must says, having homeassistant solely with 80 devices in zwavejs connected to an aeotec gen5+ has been rocksolid for very long! I even started with the former openzwave (beta) integration in homeassistant and had to rename all entities 1 time after migrating. Since then rocksolid and combined with node red a pleasure to automate...

  • HVAC Control

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    I have a setup that works quite nicely for controlling my "mini split" HVAC.
    It is a quite old unit that is more or less totally stupid, it has a remote and that's it.

    Some time ago I put together a Tasmota IR device that can control quite a few different HVAC units including mine. Pretty cheap, not too difficult to build and with a nice case it looks ok.

    One nice aspect of the Tasmota solution is that both receives and sends IR so I mounted the IR Transciever close to the HVAC so that it also recieves commands from the IR remote. Another upside with the Tasmota route is that it is independent of what hub one uses since it is Wifi and Mqtt.

    The next question was how to control it. With the help from @therealdb and his excellent VirtualDevices plugin together with the Mqtt capability of OpenLuup I managed to get a working solution in place.There is some information in the Mqtt Bridge thread on this.

    Since I use Homewave the next logical step was to be able to control it from inside Homewave. A few dimmers with fixed steps and a Reactor with some logic and I got something working in place to control on/off, temperature and mode.
    Not the prettiest solution but it does the job. The limitations in the old Vera gui and device types do show.
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    After recently having started playing around with Home Assistant I found a really nice integration for Tasmota IR HVAC control. It was really easy to get in place, it looks quite nice and can control most/all of the functions on the HVAC.

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  • Can a Ezlo Plus be bridged to a Vera Plus

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    MSR is the best route at the moment. You could easily use it to map your Ezlo devices to virtual ones in Vera. If you need virtual devices, try the ones in my signature. Despite its name, you could use them as Virtual Devices with no HTTP actions attached and ge the change in status in MSR. Not trivial, but your simplest route at the moment.

  • GE/Jasco Z-wave wall switch

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    I had one of my ZW+ switches go out on my over the weekend. Called Jasco in Atlanta and learned that they extended the warranty to 5 years. I have 3 new switches coming my way. Wish I knew this 7 or 8 switches ago that went to eWaste.

  • P1 electrical smart meter reader

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    A small status update on the smart meter reading project.

    I have been running the solution above together with OpenLuup and Grafana and in general it works nicely. It has crashed on a few occations, not sure why.

    This week I decided to test Home Assistant just to see how it works. When up and running I thought I could just as well try playing around a bit with the P1 meter reporting also.

    I managed to set up Home Assistant to use the Mqtt broker on OpenLuup by adding this into the Configuration.yaml:

    mqtt: broker: ipaddress port: 1883 username: user password: passwd

    After restarting HA it is easy to check that it works by going to the Mqtt integration where it you can listen to topics and publish packets on the server. Use MqttExplorer to see what happens on the server.

    Next step is to add the sensors for the P1 meter data into the Configuration.yaml file, just to copy-paste from the github repo. To keep down the load I only added the sensors I use.
    Then just create graphs etc on the dashboard.
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    Since I had HA up and running I also decided to try out an ESPHome solution that is very popular in Sweden. I managed to install this on my second ESP and when connected to the meter it imediately started to report data into HA. No configuration required for this one, all sensors are added automatically, nice. 🙂

    Next thing I wanted to test was the HA integration for grabbing hourly prices from Nordpool.
    For this I discovered I needed to set up "HACS", a good instruction is here.

    With this in place just add the Nordpool integration and restart.

    Next step how to get some nice graphs? I found a good guide here.

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    We will see what solution I will use, one possibility is to run both ESP's via a splitter on the meter.

  • Random on/off smart bulb behavior?

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    Didn't see this mentioned, but move the Kasa bulb to a different wifi SSID. Try it on a guest network. I've had problems with a thermostat in the past that required an SSID change every so often.
    And is this the same router all this time? My Asus router started having oddities in the 2.4Ghz band requiring me to setup a separate gateway. It was the beginning of the end for that router.

  • IR to IR transmitter

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    Per the docs you can quite simply do it across the internet, which is a bit of a bizarre concept.

    I find myself wondering now if you couldn't packet sniff the stream and then do all the control of any device by a network type command. Effectively giving IP control over any device.

    But there's probably simpler ways

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