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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UNSOLVED An electricians or wiring experts here?
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I ordered a Fibaro Dimmer 2 and Bypass device for my upstairs landing / hallway lights.
I have 2 light switches one at the bottom of the stairs and another one upstairs on the landing.
But I am struggling to make sense of my current wiring, more details / photos on the Vera forum.
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@cw-kid it is really difficult to say. I think your drawing looks quite similar to the one I posted, but not quite sure, it could be different. The earthing in the pattress box is unfamiliar with me, the boxes here are in plastic. But I assume it is simply an earth to the box since it is made of metal.
The colours are always tricky in old houses. They can have changed, different standards over time etc. Not to be trusted in other words. The only way to know is really to try understand what they all are and where they all go.
You may need to disconnect the cables on the two switches to fully map things out. Marking the original position of all cables, cutting the power while working etc.
I do not have any Dimmer 2, but will it not need neutral to operate? This means that you would need to get neutral to behind one of the light switches.
Another solution could be to put the Fibaro at the light instead, if it fits safely there and is allowed in your location. That could perhaps be a solution not having to get new cables drawn into the boxes.
Regarding your switches momentary should work or are even needed for being able to dim the light.
I found a sketch showing one way to connect two momentary switches to a Fibaro Dimmer (the older version I think since it says "O" for the connnection that goes to the light). Maybe it could be of use.
As always continue with care and cross-check with the Fibaro diagram, they could have changed something in the new version.
Basically if I understand the sketch correctly the two switches need to be connected in parallel over S1 and SX.
Not sure I can help more, good luck!
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Thanks, I think my diagram isn't right at all as it doesn't make much sense. I think I will try and bell out all the wires for continuity to try and work out what is what. You can wire in Fibaro Dimmer 2 modules with no neutral behind the wall switches. All my other ceiling lights don't have neutral wire either behind their wall switches and work fine with the Dimmer 2 modules. Placing the Dimmer 2 in the ceiling above the actual light might be the way to go as you suggested.
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Paging @Elcid, since he is a licensed electrician in UK and may help.
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Hey @cw-kid can i see photos of all your switches and the light fitting so i can establish the wiring method and where you can put the dimmer.
Are you going to change the switches to momentary?
I have seen your photos on old forum but they are unclear. The red wire going to earthing position seems odd. Is it just a red sleeve on a bare earth wire or is it a a spare wire they just earthed for safety.
When you take more photos can you get a clear shot of the cables leaving the box an a clear shot of back of switches showing the markings on switch.
A safety note , you are using metal switches, so there should be an earth fly lead from the earth on box to the switch. removing the switch from the box now means the metal on the switch is not earthed.
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I have to say that using push switches makes multi-way wiring SO much easier, since you can do this with just two wires and all the switches in parallel.
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@akbooer I agree. My new house has them everywhere and it’s useful to use them as scene controllers as well (long press to dim, double click
to sync levels, etc)