Category: Projects

Sensors, Sensors everywhere

It’s been a while since the last update, so I really need to get this update out there before I fall into the trap of not maintaining this website for 2 years again.
Luckily I have not been sitting idle the last months and have been making good progress on my Home Assistant installation (after needing to restart 5 times due to corrupt SD cards, dammit).
Nonetheless, I now have 3 ESPEasy powered sensor boxes.

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HomeHub: moving to Home Assistant

Bye HomeHub

We left the HomeHub story running heimcontrol.js with home made plug-ins for the opentherm gateway and RFXcom. I say running but it was crashing all the time. Months passed without running anything, I couldn’t be bothered resetting the node.js application every time it decided to quit on me. Frustrated and disappointed the whole thing was pushed on the I’ll get to it when I feel like it track. In this case it took about a year to do anything else.

But revenge is a dish best served with good intentions 😉

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Modifying frostmourne

Light it up

Since getting my epic weapons replica Frostmourne, a sword from a small indie videogame called World of Warcraft, I’ve been slightly annoyed by how little the Ice Shard base lights up. I decided then, some better lighting would spice things up a bit. A trip to IKEA and some double sided tape later, Frostmourne was illuminated by dioder RGB leds. Until the power supply failed…

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HomeHub: History part 2

Continuing with pi’s

So, I was waiting on the arrival of two Raspberry Pi’s. One for XBMC and one for my Home Automation efforts. By now there was a better guide for installing Domotiga on Raspberry so I used that to get started on the new system. It wasn’t as easy as I had hoped for with Gambas not wanting to play ball on the ‘make install’ stage. After a week of tinkering I got Gambas to build and installed Domotiga again. Then I found out Domotiga wasn’t entirely made with server/client operation in mind so it took me a while to get it to run as a daemon and getting another install’s GUI to connect. Still, I got it running. This time with a fix for the initialization issue. Hooray?!

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HomeHub: History part 1

The beginning

Ever since moving into my first very own home I’ve been wanting to start working with home automation. I didn’t want to buy a off-the-shelf system (where’s the fun in that?)  and googled around a bit for possible setups. The first piece of software I came across was Domotiga, which seemed to support most of the things I wanted to achieve. However Domotiga is written in a programming language I had never heard of before (gambas) so changing things to suit my needs was going to be a challenge. No matter, it had everything I wanted so I dusted of my old and broken (the screens gone) notebook and installed everything. My first impression was good, the software had a nice GUI and all the options where there. Onward with the building of things!

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