Questions tagged [home-automation]

Questions related to automation of home elements like: heating, ventilation, air conditioning, light, audio-video systems, security, intercoms and domestic robotics. For questions related to the Internet of Things, consider asking at the IoT site (iot.stackexchange.com).

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Home Network Interference on Cat6 Unshielded cable

Background: I live in a level two apartment and want to get WiFi in my individual lockup basement garage and install a security camera. I have pulled a Cat6 UTP cable to the garage via the services ...
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How to automatically open a regular window?

In the winter I always face an issue where I occasionally need to ventilate the room whenever the air feels "stiff". I cannot leave the window open since the air is too cold and doing it manually is a ...
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Cut Hue Light Strip and connect pieces in parallel

is it possible to separate a hue light strip using heat like shown here and connect the pieces using Y-connectors in parallel? I want to split a Light Strip and use just one piece per stair in my ...
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WiFi motorized blinds with tilt and raise

I am completely new to this home automation thing. I am interested in installing new blinds in a house I just got. The only other home automation products I have right now are some Philips Hue bulbs/...
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smart light wire “interceptor”

I went to showroom recently and they showed me a product (which I've now forgotten the name of) which is basically a box that behind the wall or in the ceiling - it connects to wifi and is essentially ...
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Remote control with offline functionality | Home Automation [closed]

I would like to control a particular light with a normal mechanical switch as well as using a mobile app. The use case is as follows:- If the mechanical switch is ON, I want the light to glow and it's ...
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My eq-3 Bluetooth Radiator Thermostat CC-RT-BLE is just showing “UPD”. How can I “unbrick” it?

The thermostat just shows "UPD" and there is no way to return to the operating mode. How can I complete the update when I didn't pair the device before or deleted the device from the app?
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What are the risks of sending low-current neutral through the ground wire?

I have an existing switch that controls an outlet. I'd like to replace it with a smart-home switch, which requires a neutral wire to power the switch itself. However, there is no neutral wire at the ...
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Energy Monitor Install load center phase connection

In an attempt to ensure accurate electrical load center phase connection for a neurio home energy monitor, the installation video around 2:40 mentions connecting to the red wire to another Phase "let'...
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Home energy monitor install

Is a Neurio energy monitor compatible with a manufactured housing load center? The load center, image below, doesn't seem to be officially supported however the approach seems sufficient. This kind ...
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Remote Outlet Switching Options [duplicate]

I have a switch that controls an outlet on the other side of the room. On the other wall there are two outlets that I have lamps plugged into. It would be really great if i could use that switch to ...
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Automate and schedule button press on an apliance?

I'd like to automate and schedule pressing of an "On" button on one of my appliances. (I can't do that by cutting power to it, it has to be powered on all the time, just on standby. I'd also prefer ...
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Can I use any DIY hubs with Lutron Caseta?

I'm interested in the Lutron Caseta (or frankly any other wifi compatible dimmer switch that works with LEDs). But I'm NOT interested in adding YAPH (Yet Another Proprietary Hub) to my already ...
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Automatic water pump for water tank

I am really tired of turning on and off the water pump (a motor that moves water to the tank and the tank is located on the top of the house ) everyday. I am looking forward for a way to automate the ...
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Setting up an automatic camera system

I would like to set up a camera system in my new apartment. The setup i would like would be 2 camera's that would record for 10 minutes whenever the door opens. It be nice if i could record the video ...
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Replace Switch that's currently wired Supply -> Fixture -> Switch with an Insteon Switch?

I'm trying to replace an electrical switch (controlling a whole house fan in attic that should only run when the downstairs windows are open to not suck air from the chimney) with an Insteon switch ...
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house hold wiring for two way switch

how to install a wiring where I can have two switches the two switches will turn on a bulb I have to turn on the light if any of the switch is on and I have to turn off the light if any of the switch ...
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How can I reduce the force required to operate double-hung windows?

I'm looking to create or even just buy a product that can be mounted onto any single- or double-hung window where the user doesn't need a lot of force to open/close a window. This is for an elderly ...
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What is the proper way to power an in wall monitor for a new construction home?

A wall has been framed out to mount a touch screen computer monitor. Once the monitor is installed it will be used as a home automation hub. What is the proper way to supply power to this monitor? ...
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How can I control lights on a 3-way circuit with a timer?

I have a roommate who comes home at night and leaves the f@$%ing light in the hallway on, and I find it really annoying. She's not malicious, just a bit distracted, so I want to install some sort of ...
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Confused by the circuitry in the switch box for my basement lights (installing 1st smart switch)

I've spent the last couple hours trying to install a smart switch in my new-construction home (finished last month in Chicago) and I'm a bit confused. Pictures here, going to focus on the top picture. ...
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Delay relay to control water level

This is my first post here so I won't take offense in any restructuring, closing, migrating... Project description I have a tank of water, and its level is always decreasing (for all intents and ...
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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 smartphone?...
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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'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 (battery)....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 (mechanical)...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 home-...
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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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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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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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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). ...