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Detecting mail in the mailbox, too far for WIFI

Our house is pretty far away from our mailbox, and we need to walk uphill to go check the mail. The mailman has very variable hours, so we often find ourselves going 3-4 times to the mailbox during ...
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Should I have cat6 and wireless installed in my house to be built?

We are having a house built and one thing we can add (for $200) to our home network along with 4 hardwired cat6 ethernet connections ($800) is Enhanced Wireless/Switch - Includes network switch ...
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Can I enhance Wi-Fi with a parabolic reflector?

I have a decommissioned satellite dish antenna and I’d like to get a stronger signals from nearby Wi-Fi source. I could mount an antenna at the focal point of the dish, as long as the router allowed ...
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How do I connect a WiFi enabled wall switch?

I would like to connect an iDevices WIFI wall switch to an end of line single pole connection which controls the my table lamp connected to an upper wall outlet. The wifi switch has a red, black white ...
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Wifi light switch needs neutral wire. Why? AND Can that wire be a skinny one?

What does the neutral wire do on a light switch that responds to wifi? My suspicion is that when the switch is in the off position, the electronics in the switch need to still be powered, so the ...
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Powerline Adapter Into Cheater Plug

We live in a pretty old house that is brick and plaster all over the first floor where our AT&T Uverse wireless router is set up. Although we have fiber internet, we get very poor wifi speeds in ...
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Wiring smart switch, confused about mishmash of wires in wall box

I'm trying to install a smart switch to control my 3 outdoor lights. 2 wall lights and a lamp in the yard. The house was built in 53, so I assumed there wouldn't be a neutral in the box, so I picked ...
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Strange clicking noise only heard while playing back recorded information on cassettes, etc

Am disabled/health issues and need to record things, fast talkers, long conversations, etc. Since a Smart Meter was installed I've had issues with electronic failures and this noise. Like self-...
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Old furnace with no “C” terminal for wifi thermostat

I'm new to this forum and was wondering if I could get some help regarding installing a Honeywell WiFi thermostat that requires a "C" terminal. I currently have an older thermostat that has only 4 ...
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How does this wiring work?

I have a Trane XV90 and XL 14i. The wiring looks a little strange as in the picture bellow. _____________ | | BK W2 W1 R G Y B/C YLO O |___||...
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Honeywell WiFi thermostat jumper loop separate ac and gas furnace

I need to validate my understanding for the installation of a WiFi thermostat that requires 24volt continuous power to operate in a constant state. I am DIYer who is computer literate. Like a number ...
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How can I make my home internet router work with a battery?

I have an ZTE zxhn h108n router, which needs an 12 V input. I want to make it work when the electricity goes off.
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My first home network Cat 5e, fiber 1 gig internet [closed]

Thank you for taking the time and reading this, I hope you can give me a green light on my plans here!? I am getting fiber internet and wanted to set it up the following way. Please let me know if ...
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Tungsten wattage vs resistive wattage for Smart WiFi outlets?

What is the difference between both of them? There was a post similar to my question, but there was no answer about resistive wattage. I want to buy a wifi outlet and I need to make sure it doesn't ...
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Will coaxial cable installed in the 1970s be fast enough for internet speeds 400 Mb/s+?

We are just about finished wiring CAT6 cable all over our house. We also plan to upgrade to 400 Mb/s internet speed from our ISP. We currently get 200 Mb/s from our ISP, and I have seen as much as 230 ...
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How can I allow guests to manually control lamps under wifi control?

I have a few lamps in the house that are now wifi control enabled. I use google home to control them. So far, I have been using wifi plugs - but the issue is that some guests who are not comfortable ...
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Adding C wire to WiFi thermostat

I’m trying to add c wire to furnace to run a WiFi thermostat but don’t know where to hook up c wire to get power to turn on thermostat i have 2 extra wires just don’t know where to put one them to get ...
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Can't get wifi thermostat to work with gas boiler

I bought a Sensi WiFi thermostat and I have been trying to install it. I can't quite figure out how this wiring should work. Here is a link to pictures of the boiler and the current thermostat. The ...
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Solar powered routers and security cameras [closed]

I would like to put a web cam at the end of my driveway, but don't want to run any new wire (plus it is at least a hundred yards). I know that there are solar powered security cameras, but I don't ...
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Where can I install a C-Wire for Weil-McLain gas boiler? (EGH 115, 4 Series, Natural gas)

I want to install a C-wire so that I can use a WiFi Thermostat. Behind my current thermostat there are only 2 wires (red and white) There are 2 wires tucked and unused, (green and blue) I had tried ...
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Honeywell temperature attained but app says heating

Recently set thermostat on iphone at 63, heat mode, but phone says 65 inside," heating". Usually it would give me the temperature of the inside of the house and only tell me if it is ...
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How can I find a fault causing loss of internet signal on mains

I have a powerline system which was working well then suddenly stopped. The signal will travel well between 2 or 3 or 4 outlets out of 14 then drops to next to nothing. At the time of failing nothing ...
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How to hook up a WiFi thermostat. Having 5 wires and no C wire

I have 2 wires coming up from my basement oil fired furnace and 3 wires coming from my central air handler in attic I am trying to hook up a Honeywell WiFi thermostat. The 2 wires from the basement I ...
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No 24VAC between R and C on Rudd R801 Control Board

I’m replacing a older programmable thermostat with Ecobee 4 which is to control a Ruud R801 HVAC unit installed last year. I have access at the thermostat to a wire (orange) that goes to the C ...
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How to hook up new 5 wire HVAC cable to newer HVAC unit with only 2 wires coming from it?? WITH PHOTOS

I have a newer HVAC unit that was installed using only 2 wires to control the heating only on the unit. The unit is capable of having AC connected and I would like to wire it so that it will work with ...
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Lighting neutral

Can anyone explain about lighting neutral wires (blue)? I have a 3year old house, which has blue wires in the back boxes. I am assuming that this is the neutral. On my current 1 gang 2 way switch ...
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Sonoff switch with override wall switch

I have a fan, a light and two sonoff basic devices to control them. As sonoff can only work with internet, I thought it would be a good idea to be able to fully override the controls with separate ...
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light switch conversion 3 gang to 1 gang

I have a three gang box, dimmable, switch, switch. I want to use a wifi capable switch, but it comes with all three switches in a single gang switch. How do you use the existing 3 gang box with only ...
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Why did my switch spark when I installed it in a metal junction box?

Okay, so I put in a new Wifi Light Switch. The box was metal and tiny, while the switch was big and all of the screws were on the bottom of the switch. Why did it spark and blow up? Was it because all ...
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Can I buy a 24v transformer with a dedicated common c-wire feed?

I have an oil furnace that feeds hot water to baseboard in four zones in my house and also to a hot water tank for tap water. There is a 24vac transformer with two output wires that feed power to the ...
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How I connect 4 gang wifi switch?

I'm well aware of the risk of replacing in wrong way switch box. I will not change the switch box by myself and I will ask an expert to do the job. For my personal experience I would like to know how ...
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What type of switch do I need to plug into a gosund outlet to open and close a garage door?

I have a Gosund switch that plugs into an outlet. I’d like to plug it into the outlet near my garage door opener and open and close the garage door. What type of switch can I plug into the gosund ...
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Is it possible to access an internet enabled cctv camera only over wifi

I want to buy some CCTV cameras and I'm wondering if I can get an internet enabled one and access it from my own computer/iPad/phone only over wifi? Is this possible? Or does it have to be connected ...
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How to safely wire this non-invasive solution as a smart three-way perilex switch for a heat recovery installation?

I have been wondering about a solution to this for long so I've decided to ask it here. I'm a programmer, not an electrician but I know how to properly solder things and generally how to work safely ...
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Changing a 3 gang Australian switch loop light switch to a Smart switch with no neutral?

I actually have an identical issue to this one HERE, except for the fact my triple smart switch only has four connections, and L1, L2, L3 & L (see below), so I'm pretty sure I have the right ...
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Rewiring a UK dimmer switch with a Wifi switch

I've just bought a wifi switch and was wondering if somebody could tell me which wire goes to which please? I'm thinking the following? L = Live (Brown) L1 = Arrow over tilde?? N = Blue (Neutral) ...
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How should I set up a camera for monitor my baby? [closed]

I have a closet which is big , with window and in the master bedroom. So I want to set up as baby room. There are two ceiling lights only. There is no power outlet. If I want to set up a wifi camera, ...
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Finding Ground/Neutral Wire in Switchboard

Similar to this Install TP Link Wifi Switch and problems along with it, I was installing another WiFi switch at my place. However this time when I opened the socket board, I did not find any Green ...
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Activating hot water recirculation pump in garage via extension cord under kitchen sink

I have a hot water recirculation pump installed near the water heater that is located in the garage which provides instant hot water via dedicated 1/2" copper pipes. Although I have a timer that ...
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MyInfinity thermostat dropping connection with Carrier server

My MyInfinity thermostat keeps randomly dropping connection carrier server. Wifi connectivity is stable (Arris TG1682g modem). Thermostat panel shows not connected to www.api.ing.carrier.com ...
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Retrofit apartment for gigabit internet

My high-rise apartment building has gigabit internet service available via copper ethernet at the communication closet on my floor, but it's my responsibility to establish the connection from that ...
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How to wire a smart thermostat with dual Transformer system? R , Rc, W , Y , G. No C wire. No Jumper

Is this system considered a Dual Transformer system? According to Nest since there is a R and RC cable it must be a dual transformer. But they were unsure and I don't know what that means! I don't ...
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Extend Wi-Fi to second floor [closed]

I live in a building that has 2 floors, a friend living on the ground floor has a broadband connection which he uses by connecting the broadband cable to a WiFi router. New he has agreed to share his ...
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Is MoCA better for home network if coax cable is all over the house already? Or just rewire whole house with ethernet?

House is full of coax cable. Want to direct wire some devices with a switchbox and still have wifi. Use moca and current wire or future proof like CAT7?
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C wire problem for WiFi thermostat [duplicate]

I’m trying to add c wire to furnace to run a WiFi thermostat but don’t know where to hook up c wire to get power to turn on thermostati have 2 extra wires just don’t know where to put one them to get ...
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Wifi signal antenna [closed]

Is there any powerful antenna, set on two storey house height to receive wifi signals from provider? Is it possible at all to receive wifi signals by hacking it (not from neighbour or around,but ...
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Extending Internet to detached building [closed]

I'd like to extend my home wifi to my detached garage. I have decent signal outside the building, about 100' & 2 walls from the home wireless transmitter. But now that I've put the steel siding ...
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Do I have an neutral wire? Could it be red?

I'm trying to install a smart switch over the current 3-way 3 gang switch. I can't tell if I have a neutral wire as there are 2 red wires. One of the red is twisted with one other white wire. After ...
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Only one Honeywell Home thermostat visible in Google home integration

We recently installed a split system with 4 indoor units, and added 4 honeywell wifi thermostats for remote temperature control. I then wanted to connect the thermostats to Google Home app. but I ...
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How to wire Minivector control relay for Honeywell Wifi Thermostat to control 240v baseboard heater

new here, and just a "homeowner electrician". When I bought the house there was a low voltage thermostat controlling a 240v Cadet baseboard heater. Upon investigation, there is a Minivector ...