Deciding Direction of Home Automation

I am stuck deciding what system to use for my home automation.

Currently I have Home Assistant on a VM to mess with.

Thinking of going to either a thin client or a Raspberry Pi.

May do the Pi with a Razpberry and a Conbee 2.

IoT Gateway

Also thinking of using a thin client.

Weight: 324.6

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Supporting Multiprotocols Home Assistant

With revamping my home network, I needed to decide what protocols to use.

Kind of settled on Lutron Caleta which has its proprietary connections, but is compatible.

Will also use newer secure tech in zigbee and zwave. Leaning more towards zigbee which is what runs Ikea IoT solutions.

Will also support 433Mhz which has some of my items.

Some custom MQTT things

X10 really old school stuff.

Also TP-Link Kasa smart things

Maybe Tuya and Tasmota.

Weight: 339.8

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Lutron Caseta

Finally got it installed, it is pretty cool. I think I am gonna go with these for the house. But they are pricey.

Switch
Hub

I got the pico remote working.

I got the android app working

Looks like caseta is well known, and well supported because I was able to get a python script to work.

One drawback I am researching is that only certain LEDs are fully compatible.

Weight: 341.2

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Raspberry Pi 4 Sold Out

I wanted to get my smart home network set up, unfortunately there are no new Raspberry Pi 4’s for sale.

It is crazy and unfortunate. So will be messing with an older Pi 3. Hope it works, will keep an eye on it.

Need to start getting things working though.

Speaking of things, got my UPS batteries replaced and a new Bidet.

Weight: 339.8

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Kitchen Backsplash In

Contractor said the kitchen will be done by next weekend. The house being a mess is getting old. Today could not find my raspberry pi that I want to use for monitoring the home.

It is getting done though, yesterday the quartz countertop was put in and today the backsplash was getting installed.

Counter and Backstop

Its starting to look good.

Weight: 341.4

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Need To Exercise

Body not liking not working out.

Been working on the intake part of the fitness equation, and been eating better and not as much.

But the steroids’ make it tough. Wish I could run.

Weight: 341.2

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Going Zigbee, Revisiting Homeassistant

House is about to get more interesting, going to see if I can get zigbee stuff on my home network.

Hoping to use a device like this.

Controls Both Zwave and Zigbee

Got my Lutron Caseta devices in and a few Ikea Tradfri devices in as well.

More to post later.

Weight: 340.8

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Smarthome Project Resumes

Today made some big decisions on the smart home. The biggest one was to go for Lutron Caseta for the main lights in the kitchen. It costs more, but I feel like the reliability was really important and I don’t want to anger my wife.

The under counter lights have more flexibility. I purchased the Ikea Tradfri system and another one I never heard of.

I also went nuts on with the xigbee protocol, purchased a gateway that hopefully can talk to the tradfri.

Weight: 341.2

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Sink On The Way

Posted Friday that the sink was delaying the Kitchen project.

Today worked to get a replacement sink, and looks like it will come in tomorrow.

Looks like it will be OK.

Weight: 343.6

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Official Football Season

Seahawks played their first official game of the year and they did not disappoint.

The won against the Colts in pretty significant fashion.

Normally I relax for the day, but wanted to hit the treadmill today. Went slower than usual.

Need to work on weight.

Weight: 342.4

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