The Smappee is a connected energy monitor for your house, this post will cover the basics of Smappee and my in-use experience with the system. If you would like to monitor the energy consumption in your house and try to optimise the usage end become greener then Smappee might be the product for you.
At the end of November I got a hold of Netatmo's new home surveillance camera, the Netatmo Welcome. What makes the Welcome special is that it uses face recognition to identify who enters and leaves the home. This blog post will introduce you to the Netatmo Welcome and give you a summary of my experience using the camera during the month i have used it and how I have set it up in my home automation system.
I recently got a hold of a couple of Sensative Strips Z-Wave Door/Window sensors. With a somewhat "odd" design, long and flat it could be installed on a door or a window to be virtually invisible. This is a mini review which will cover installation and function in both Vera Lite and Fibaro HC2 Z-Wave gateways. Read more underneath the quick unboxing video below.
I have had a magnetic sensor on my garage door for some time to be able to tell if it is open or closed. I have not been able to control the door through my Z-Wave home automation system though. This post will cover the Qubino Flush 1D Relay and how to trigger your garage door opener with it.
Flic is a small low power Bluetooth 4.0 button that comes with a companion app that lets you program your buttons to your liking. Here is a small review on the product, click to read more.
Here is a detailed step-by-step i have done for Fibarolife.com. It covers the setup to control scenes in your Fibaro homecenter from an Android Wear device.
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In my race towards complete connected control of my house my Mitsubishi air conditioning inverter heat pump has been an outstanding item. I have been exploring various solutions but none of them has given me two way control. Late last year Mitsubishi introduced MELCloud. This post will cover some of the possibilities out there for controlling such appliances and a short review of Mitsubishis MELCloud.
locks for the Scandinavian marked has not been the best when compared to other countries of the world. The smart lock for my front door has been a missing item in my goal to reach total control. This post will cover some of my experiences. I will in particular cover the Norwegian Smart Lock IDLock and also how it plays in a Fibaro smart home system.
Finally are now able to communicate both ways between Fibaro and IFTTT, It is not an official release by Fibaro but the Maker Channel have released a channel for HTTP recipes. It is time consuming to set ip but it is definitely the best solution for IFTTT to date.
A majority of my blog posts lately have been about future tech and how great things are going to be months or years from now. I wanted to take the time to talk about a product i have had for over 4 years now, Sonos! Click on the read more below to find out more about Sonos and how it can serve you.
It has been quiet on this front for some time now. We have been on holiday in Rhodes. We have had a great summer here in Norway this year. With this beautiful weather, watering the garden is a must every night! So the project in hand before we left for our holiday was automatic garden irrigation. I set up four zones, but i am only utilizing two of them at the moment. Zone 1 is the front garden bed and zone 2 is the side and aft beds.
Early this week i finally received my Fibaro motion sensors. I have been using the Aeon Labs multisensors since the beginning of my z-wave upgrade. The Aeon Labs sensors have worked great and i can not complain about them at all, but there is something about the fibaro products. I just have to get them, although i was planning on expanding on my motion sensors anyways. Since the Aeon Labs sensors can handle outside environments i am thinking of changing them out inside for the Fibaro ones. I must say they look absolutely astonishing. They are so tiny you would not believe it.
My intelligent home has expanded even more. A missing link for a long time has been the opportunity to be able to control my Somfy RTS enabled products. Somfy is Europs biggest and most popular way of controlling blinds, awnings, heatlamps and other house appliances.
Skal man handle z-wave produkter her til lands er ikke alternativene mange. Man har nettbutikken Fnky og Tronika. Jeg har brukt Tronika i lengre tid selv og har vært fornøyd med de på mange måter. Problemet er bare at fraktprisene deres er nokså høye, billigste alternativ med sporing er på kr 170,- noe jeg mener blir for drøyt når man skal kjøpe noe til 400-500 kr. For noen måneder siden tok jeg kontakt med Komplett.no for å tipse de litt om Z-wave. Det skjer nok ikke over natten at Komplett velger å ta inn slike produkter i sitt sortiment, men man kan alltids håpe.
Når jeg mottok min Fibaro HC2 z-wave kontroller fikk jeg samtidig 3 stk røykvarslere. Fibaro sine røykvarslere er den nyeste Fibaro enheten som har blitt sluppet på markedet. Når jeg leste om detektorene på nett fortalte alle at de var veldig elegante og små i forhold til andre røykvarslere på markedet. De måler 6,5x1,8 cm, men det er først når du har dem i hånden at man forstår hvor små de er. De er omtrent samme størrelse i diameter som en vanlig innebygget takspot. Jeg må si at som med de fleste Fibaro produktene har den et utrolig minimalistisk og flott design.
Jeg har nå levd noen måneder med z-wave teknologien og må si meg svært fornøyd. Jeg startet i de små med Vera Lite boksen samt noen enheter. I starten fungerte dette helt greit. Likevel så følte jeg noe manglet. Jeg har lenge kikket på Fibaro sin HC2 hjemmesentral.
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