Because we were having to fit in with the builder, I didn’t have enough time to finalise the smart system, so I needed a dumb mode. This Part 3 is about rolling out dumb mode in Smart house!
In Part 1 I discussed motivation and research where I decided to build a custom, open source wired solution. In this Part 2 I discuss the design and the prototype that proved the design.
Although there are options like 1-Wire, I decided that I wanted more flexibility at the light switches.
- Inspired by Jon Oxer’s awesome SuperHouse.tv
- Individual circuits for lights and some General Purpose Outlets (GPO)
- Bank of relays control the circuits
- Arduinos and/or embedded Linux devices control the relays
In January 2016 I gave a presentation at the Canberra Linux Users Group about my journey developing my own Open Source home automation system. This is an adaptation of that presentation for my blog. Big thanks to my brother, Tim, for all his help with this project!
Comments and feedback welcome.
Why home automation?
- It’s cool
- Good way to learn something new
- Leverage modern technology to make things easier in the home
At the same time, it’s kinda scary. There is a lack of standards and lack of decent security applied to most Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.