So, I think I'm in a bit of an unusual situation. I work at a camp & retreat center that has wifi throughout. I want to put a few switches in the office that can control outdoor lighting throughout the camp. We currently have switches in each of the buildings, but it is a particularly frustrating job to get all the lights on in the evening when it is brutally cold out or we are short staffed.
Most of our staff is not very tech savvy (my boss literally has his wife print out his emails for him each day!!!) so, I'd love to avoid having to set up any sort of raspberry pi or new phone app.
Is there type of 3-way switch that can connect to the wifi, turn on a light in another building AND turn on an indicator light in the office, without having any sort of wire running between the buildings? Hopefully looking for a simple solution without breaking the bank too.
I greatly appreciate any input that you can give. Thank you!
I have a X10 wall switch system and I want to get rid of it. What would be the easiest transition to something more modern and easy to use with either wifi/homekit capabilities? My current X10 controls 3 zones in my bedroom. All zones are dimmable.
Zone 1 is 4 canister ceiling lights. LED bulbs
Zone 2 is 1 canister ceiling lights. Halogen Bulb
Zone 3 is 1 canister ceiling lights. Halogen Bulb
I have an old plug-in remote from Radio Shack and a wall switch with 3 buttons, each controlling one zone. (images attached)
My wall switch has one two wires from the wall. One black, one white.
Is there any solution easy to install without the need of an electrician? Thanks for any feedback.
Good morning all,
I'm working on weaning myself off of being totally Vera dependent. I've installed MSR on my Fedora home server, and I've been migrating luup Reactor rules over little by little. My hope is to use Vera as a bare bones z-wave hub, until I replace it either with Ezlo (not so sure about), or perhaps Hubitat. I'm just tired of zero new development in Vera, empty promises of native device integration, and cloud services that go down and leave my automation hanging.
In any case, I digress. I've attempted to use Gcal3 on Vera to integrate Public calendars, such as Federal Holidays, School Calendars, etc. It use to somewhat work, but more often than not, all I get from Gcal3 is "token error code: HTTP/1.1 400 Bad Request". The developer no longer is active, and it's effectively not working anymore.
I'd like to use these public calendars as Entity Attributes or Constraints in MSR. For instance, if it's a Federal Holiday, I don't have to work, and I may want to sleep in, which means lights may not come on as early, window coverings in the bedrooms may open later in the day, etc. Similar idea with a school calendar. If "closed" is in the event, my daughter may want to sleep in, and not want the window coverings opened as early.
I'm aware that Ezlo has integration through NuCal to all sorts of web based services, including Google Calendar, but as I stated earlier, I'm undecided on going down that path. Is there anyway to do this on MSR through any of it's abilities, such as HTTP calls or MQTT ( not experienced in MQTT, so I don't know now it works really).
Has anybody already done this?
Thanks for any advice in advance.
Hello all, I am finally ditching my Vera and moving to HA using a Zooz ZST10 Z wave stick. I have around 50 Z wave devices with a good mix of battery devices, locks, sensors and switches. The plan is to include all the AC powered devices first, starting from the ones closest to my Z wave stick then moving outwards. Once that is complete I will go back and include all battery powered devices in the same fashion.
My question is there any quick way to exclude all my Z wave devices from Vera, or should I just delete all devices without excluding them and factory reset each device before pairing to HA?
Some of you may know that I took at shot at building an alternate geofencing solution for Vera. The core of it was system agnostic, using the OwnTracks application and AWS lambdas to track devices and keep a central data, then disseminate that to the Vera via a websocket-based plugin. It worked with other apps as well, including Tasker and GPSLogger, but of the dozen people that were testing it, most used OwnTracks.
A lot was learned in the process, not the least of which is that the success of any such solution is highly dependent on the phone and its settings. Phone manufacturers love to set things up for the longest battery life, of course, but that's usually very anti-geofencing behavior. In the case of at least one brand, it was unusable and the settings could not be modified. It was also cost-prohibitive to maintain on Amazon, as AWS grabs a dime here and a dollar there and before you know it, it added $100/month to my AWS bill, which my wife deducted from my Scotch budget. Unacceptable.
But it's quite reasonable to use OwnTracks to a local endpoint, and I could pretty easily replicate the functionality as a local application, or maybe even as an additional endpoint built into MSR's API (still separate port and process, but in the package).
So the question really is... would you do it, or would you be too concerned about the security risks associated (e.g., dynamic DNS and NAT mapping in the firewall necessary for the phone to contact the service when not on LAN)?
The Debian Linux machine that MSR is running on, has developed an issue and I can no longer login to it via SSH or directly on its terminal.
It was fine earlier this morning I connected to it via WinSCP to copy all the MSR files down for a backup to my laptop.
Then a bit later I could no longer connect to it. Either in WinSCP or Putty SSH, it now says access denied, even though my password is correct.
I then connected a monitor and keyboard up to the Debian box and I cannot login to it directly either, I put in the username and hit enter and I am not given a password prompt to enter it and something I could not read flashes up on the screen very fast and then disappears. I had to record a video and skip through it to capture what is says, see screen capture below.
I tried logging in as user root and my own username same thing happens, it does not even give me a prompt to enter a password.
If I boot the box in to Debian recovery mode instead I am able to login as the root user OK.
Any ideas how to fix this?
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3D Printers - What to get in your opinion?
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A digression from the joy's of building automation.
I have some modifications to make to some (many) plastic frames and thought that an insert sleeve would be the best way to proceed.
I'm making an educated guess and assume that some if not many readers will have access to a 3D Printer and can advise me of the pitfalls.
Ideally, a commercial product would have been the way to go but there is none available so it looks like it's 3D Print or abandon the project.
It's a simple requirement to print a insert sleeve that can hold a device in a frame. Basically, the sleeve is a 44.5mm * 48.9mm*20.0mm box wall thickness 0.5mm with 4 * 13.5 * 16.0mm location pads.
A couple of questions:
What printers do you use? What would be considered a good one remembering we have all been bitten by Vera at least once and I don't want to go through a similar process.
Is it possible to over print on an existing plastic object?
How fine can the print be, for instance I need to pad the sleeve out 5mm at most but require a 0.5mm wall thickness for the box to position the location pads. Can 0.5mm be achieved?
*Software? what's good and what to avoid?
Looks like no love for the 3D printers huh? I know a lot of people around me in the US who got into it but... I didn't.
Most of them got relatively cheap entry level ones and I don't think you can print over an existing object. The whole purpose is to design the piece in CAD and then get a printed object matching it.
Price pretty much dictates the resolution. I think it is part of the specs. At work, some more expensive ones can get way below 0.5mm.
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I'm surprised there is no love either, guess the time that Vera takes to maintain doesn't allow for other activities.........:)
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Elsewhere, I’m on an astronomy forum, which is absolutely stuffed with 3D printer aficionados. I take it that this arises from the need to make bespoke mechanical parts, which are otherwise astronomically expensive.
Not so much of a need, perhaps, in the HA world?
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There seems to be plenty of love in the other place.
I have a Prusa MK3s . I can recimmend it because it just works everytime!
Its very easy to use and has its oen slicer Prusaslicer.
I use Fusion 360 to drar stuff, it has direct connection tonprusaslicer so no fileconvert needed.
Hmm you guys actually made me consider it since I have a quite a bit more spare time now that I ditched the vera.
This is a helpful article comparing resin vs filament:
You basically need to decide what type of printing you want between large and small pieces and the level of details/accuracy needed.
I happened to be considering these two models or at least these two brands.
Seriously considering the SUNLU S8 one at the moment as a low cost entry unit...