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Can I replace this Airwell thermostat?

I am in market to replace my simple A/C control unit with one that integrates with home my z-wave based home automation system. However, before I make the splash and buy a compatible thermostat, I ...
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Issue with using a smart 3 way switch, with a normal 3 way switch

I just installed a new 3 way "Smart" switch (the type used in home automation where you can control lights using your smartphone and various apps.), which allows you to control your lights ...
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What's the most cost effective way of ventilation automation given no prior knowledge in the field

I have 3 fans for air inflow, and 3 fans for extract, all in one big hall. Currently I set the power of their motors with dimmers myself, looking at CO2 and temperature readings. I want to replace ...
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i would like to control one z-wave wall switch with two remote controls

I would like to control one z-wave wall switch with two remote controls. If there's an issue using two z-wave remotes, then I would like to clone the on and off signal to a second learning RF remote. ...
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Does an app exist to allow mobile control of Velux windows? [closed]

We live in a rental apartment and we have several windows by Velux controlled with homecontrol-io. Is there an accessory that performs as a gateway and allows to control the windows with a ...
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Convert One 3-Way Light Switch to Belkin WeMo Light Switch (Single Pole)

Our foyer chandelier has three switches that control it. I want to control it with a Belkin WeMo light switch, which specifically states is not compatible with 3-way switches/fixtures, sadly. Well, if ...
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How can I use a Z-wave switch as a 3-way with no neutral?

I have two lights controlled by two light switches in a 3 way switch loop configuration with no neutral. I would like to replace either one (if I can get away with it) or both of the switches with a ...
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How do I identify six light switch wires with a multimeter?

I need help identifying wires to know if I have what I need to install some new light switches that require line, load, neutral and ground connections. I'm hoping to do this with a multimeter, but I ...
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Philips Hue dimmer switch detailed manual

I have bought a couple of Philips Hue white sets, including two dimmer switches, and started playing with them and various compatible apps. Normally, a dimmer indicates the command transfer by a green ...
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What are the rules for unplugging a refrigerator?

I'd like to unplug my fridge for a few hours each evening to have silence in my small studio while I fall asleep. It is on a timer, so it happens at random times through the cooling cycle. I was ...
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What's the name of automatic/self moving table equipments? [closed]

There are some self/automatic moving home decor objects that oscillate like pendulum either kept in entrance drawing room or some office table.I think that they move without any power source ...
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Can I safely disable a three way fan switch to use for providing ground to remote three way box?

I have a bit of a unique electrical situation that I am dealing with. My house was wired with several three way lighting boxes that included a switch for a fan which is not used. I am working on ...
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How can I connect a zwave switch that requires a neutral to 3 way box?

I have a 3 way switch that looks like it's wired like the illustration below. I would like to remove the switch shown on the left and replace the switch shown on the right with a Zwave switch that ...
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Wiring for Internet of Things [closed]

I'm interested in home automation and the Internet of Things and what options presently exist in the relatively cutting-edge field. I would like to know if it is possible to use something like a ...
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Home automation connection for gas fireplace

What, specifically, is needed to bring home automation (HomeKit) to a remote electronic ignition system with inputs for just this type of behavior but no instructions on how to do so? Whatever the ...
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What is suitable method for controlling lighting based on pause/play? [closed]

I am in the process of turning my basement into a Home Theater. I have seen some people with home theaters where when they pause a movie it dims the lights up and I would love to use this feature. ...
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Automation of electric machines [closed]

I have, of course, a lot of electric machines: Computer, printer, humidifier, etc. But I want to make them "smart" by automatizing when the humidifier will turn on everyday. The original humidifier ...
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How to replace a standard 2-gang light switch with an electric dimmer switch

I'm looking for a some assistance in fitting a new electric dimmer light switch. I'm in the UK if that makes a difference. I am trying to replace my existing two-gang light switch with a LightWaveRF ...
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Issue with installing 3 way smart switch [duplicate]

I just installed a new 3 way "Smart" switch, which allows you to control your lights automatically with your smart phone via the Wink hub. I have one light switch at the end of a hallway, and another ...
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Connecting multiple hubs to a single Z-Wave device

First off, please forgive me if this is not the right Stack Exchange site for this. I figured this was the best option. Is it possible to hook up multiple hubs/controllers to a single Z-Wave device? ...
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How to find a motion sensing light switch that turns lights on AND off when motion is detected?

Location: USA. The light switch to our laundry room is in the hallway outside the door. I replaced the standard light switch with a motion sensing switch (Leviton ODS10-ID). When we enter the room, ...
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Is it possible to use the GE Link bulb without a wink hub?

I am looking to automate the GE Link bulb but I do not have a Wink Hub. What I do have is a raspberry pi and an arduino. I've search but can't find any documentation about how to even get started on ...
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Can I save energy costs by turning off the refrigerator for 1-2 hours every day?

Now that I'm looking into home automation, I'm thinking about automatically cutting off the fridge power from 3am ~ 5am. Given that modern refrigerators are well insulated, it should be able to ...
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Wiring a Z-Wave 3-way auxiliary with neutral from other switch? (w/ diagrams!)

I found my question difficult to phrase, so I mocked the wiring diagram up in Photoshop. I have a 3-way switch setup like so: I am going to upgrade this to a Z-Wave enabled pair of 3-way switches ...
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Are patch panels essential to a home network closet?

I am completing my home remodel and have decided to wire CAT6 cables throughout the house with at least 2 sockets for the wall jacks in each room. My subcontractor has already wired all of the rooms ...
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How do I properly size a 120v inline power relay to control a small air conditioner with my home automation system?

I have a 5,000 BTU, 115 volt, 4.8 amp, window-unit air conditioner I'd like to control from my home automation system. I think easiest thing to do would be to plug the unit into an inline rely module ...
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How can I replace a two way switch with a ZW4001 Z Wave enabled light switch?

I am trying to replace a single switch connected to a single light bulb with a Z Wave enabled switch, model ZW4001Z; a link to the manual for the switch is at the bottom. There is a wiring diagram on ...
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How do I manually program the TWM4 (IMX10)

My X10 system is on its last legs. I don't have any functional programmers. I can not find the programming sheet for the TWM4 (or IMX10). There is a way of programming it using a mains switch. I ...
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Is this wiring suitable suitable for 3-way Z-Wave switches?

I'd like to install a Jasco Z-Wave switch (45709) and its add-on switch (45710) in this newish (2004) house, but the wiring instructions do not correspond to what I have behind the current ...
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How is it possible to have 1200TVL CCTV camera with PAL / NTSC? [closed]

I found many items on eBay etc, presenting CCTV cameras with 1200TVL. Simultaneously, these cameras have BNC output with PAL / NTSC signal in it. How is this possible if NTSC / PAL allows up to 800 ...
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Flood lights and Home Automation

I am trying to incorporate my outdoor flood lights with motions sensors into my home automation system. Specifically, I would like to sense when the lights come on to trigger other home automation ...
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Are there any ductless mini split systems that offer standard HVAC wiring controls?

Have been looking for in the US a ductless mini split heat pump system something like the Mitsubishi Electric Mr. Slim that uses a non proprietary wiring scheme for its wall mounted thermostats. ...
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Residential HVAC: one main thermostat, what do the other thermostats in the rooms do?

Are the other thermostats only meant for non-force air heat only? Does it mean only one thermostat in the house needs to have both heating and cooling, and auto or fan-only switches? It sure make ...
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How can I modify a 4 wire thermostat to a new thermostat requiring c wire?

I attempted to replace my thermostat with a fancy new Trane z-wave enabled model. To my dismay my home was only wired with a 4 wire setup with no 5 hidden in the bundle. I followed Insx on the web ...
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Getting notified when things fail

There are a lot of things around the home which can be automated. For instance, at certain times during the day lights get turned on, sprinkler systems run, and so forth. Some of these operate based ...
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Which home automation standards will work with Apple and/or Google's forthcoming sofware?

On one hand I'm happy that Apple and Google are getting into home automation, because the existing software and control apps seem to be uniformly atrocious. On the other hand, I've been planning a big ...
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Can I convert a single circuit with multiple lights/1 switch to control 1 light/switch

I have 3 recessed lights in my house that are controlled from a single switch. Actually they are controlled from 3 places with 3-way switches, so it's not really working all that well :) What I would ...
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How can I control a circuit breaker remotely?

We have a house in the country that largely sits abandoned. We have a large family, and we like to go visit for the weekends. When we leave the house, we turn off the circuit breakers to prevent high ...
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List of home automation systems? [closed]

As @keshlam explained me in Comparison of various home-automation systems?, it is not possible to get up-to-date NPOV comparison of various home automation systems. What about a list of ...
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Comparison of various home-automation systems? [closed]

Could anyone provide a comparison (or just link) of home-automation systems (such as FS 20, HomeEasy, RSL, ...)? (Wikipedia contains just a short list and I am unable to find something something ...
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Any obvious problems with this DIY home automation?

I'd like to know if anyone sees big issues with this system I want to implement in my home. The software is in beta, I will start doing the hardware side of things in a few weeks. Current Home ...
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Home automation depending on who entered the home

I am looking for a way to automate some stuff in my household depending on who entered home. The only way I can think of implementing this is by checking which device connected to the WiFi. For ...
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What different types of remotely controlled light switches exist?

I am looking to buy a remotely controlled light switch. What options are there? I do not want companies or brands or models or whatever. I am looking to buy light switches from which I can build my ...
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How can I identify a neutral wire?

I'm trying to install a WeMo light switch in the place of an existing switch. I'm unsure which wire is neutral, or if I have one at all. Below is a photo of where I'm at currently. There are two ...
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Door lock and unlock based on authorized user proximity

I want to install an electronic lock on my office/workshop that only a specific individual(s) can unlock. I want it to lock every time the door is closed and the room is empty but I do not want to ...
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DIY Home Automation [closed]

I'm building my own house and I want to automate as much as possible to improve the living comfort. Home automation is going over IP more and more, so I was thinking to do it myself (I'm an IT guy). ...
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Low cost wireless switch with current state function [closed]

I would like to know if there's low cost wireless swicthes like Hesunse or this, that could report current state wirelessly, if not how could i hack one of those switches to get current state through ...
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How can I send a signal to a home server when the doorbell is pressed?

I want to attach a device that can send a signal over wireless to my server when the door bell is pressed. I'm assuming the device would tap into the wiring for the door bell, so that when pressed, ...
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Where can I find a temperature sensor that tweets?

I'd like to hook up temperature sensors in my house to remotely monitor pipes during winter. Ideally, I'd like the sensors to upload information via wireless, e.g. in the form of a Tweet or an email. ...
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Can I use coaxial cable for audio over 30 feet?

Want to buy a mid range AV Reciever model, but my concern is that can I provide input audio from another room(away from 30feet) by coaxial cable (or only RCA audio cable required). 2nd, for output can ...