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  Reply # 1599325 27-Jul-2016 00:18
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richms:

 

Every time I fiddle in the alexa app it seems to set the timezone back to oregon which is where the billing address is for amazon, so I just dont bother now.

 

I can always say "what is the time in new zealand" if I want to know the time, and I tend to set wake up alarms by hours rather than at a certain time so " set time for 5 hours" works fine for that.

 

I have finally got around to getting a ras pi for installing openhab on sorted, but only got it serving up the default house so far, it looks rather ugly like an old iphone for the UI so will have to sort that out before I put too much effort into it. Just not been in the right frame of mind to take on an open source product battle recently.

 

 

The standard app is pretty basic (very functional, but not the prettiest). If you want a nice UI check out the Rotini project on the openHAB forums. There is a guy (Igor) doing some pretty awesome work with a new UI which is much more pleasing to the eye. The app is by invite only via a Google+ group but everyone is granted access. He is likely to make it a paid app once it moves out of beta but I think it will be worth every penny.

 

 

 

 

richms your not meant to be looking at the ui that's what Alexa is for, like SumnerBoy said have a look at Rotini 

 

 


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  Reply # 1599358 27-Jul-2016 08:38
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Rotini Google+ page;

 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110989367727284827143

 

And like Blanch says, the openHAB app should be a last resort, automation should *just happen*... _terms and conditions and certain exclusions may apply_ (said in very fast TV advertorial voice) ;)


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  Reply # 1600325 28-Jul-2016 19:39
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SumnerBoy:

 

Otherwise an IR blaster would be ok - I always think of IR as a last resort. 

 

 

Been doing some more reading (a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing...

 

One of the options I've been looking at seems to use an RF remote. Any views about using an "RF blaster" (for want of a better term)?


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  Reply # 1600328 28-Jul-2016 19:43
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Depends on the protocol really - can you query the device state or just send commands? And does the "RF Blaster" have a REST API (or any other sort of open interface)? If the answer is yes to both then you could well be in business.


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  Reply # 1600329 28-Jul-2016 19:57
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SumnerBoy:

 

Depends on the protocol really - can you query the device state or just send commands? And does the "RF Blaster" have a REST API (or any other sort of open interface)? If the answer is yes to both then you could well be in business.

 

 

Ta. Really appreciate your help with this.

 

Right now I'm going off manuals and website pictures (somehow I don't think the installer will give me a remote to pull to bits to see in advance), but it _looks_ like it's a two way protocol. Haven't even started looking for RF blaster options. 

 

Failing that, there is always the option of a camera and remotely controlled robot arm pressing the buttons on the remote I suppose? ;) 


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  Reply # 1600354 28-Jul-2016 21:22
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No worries mate, happy to help where I can. I have certainly received plenty of help in other areas on here!


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  Reply # 1600410 28-Jul-2016 23:54
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Talkiet:

 

So, here's a simple question. Say you were building a new house. Single story, timber with brick cladding. WHat would you spec into the build to allow, at some stage in the future some form of home automation to control stuff like the following. 

 

 

Can't beat Cat-6 everywhere to supply PoE and Data to devices.  Stick it in the places you would wire in an alarm PIR if you want to use cameras etc.

 

On the other hand, I just installed one of the Morepork systems (using 'install' lightly, basically came pre-configured plug+play).  I added an outdoor camera and a couple of connected smoke detectors to the install.  You can also hook in smart plugs, lights, z-wave stuff, remote door locks, etc.  It also uses a Spark mobile connection, so if someone jacks your power you can still send alerts and images to your cloud monitoring site :)

 

Putting aside the cloud and monthly fees, its pretty good and capable system.  You can connect z-wave stuff to it too and do a lot battery operated and wireless.  There is currently a Spark staff promo on that knocks an extra $100 off the starter kit price making the starter hardware kit about $300 - including control panel, 3 door/windows sensors, image sensor (motion detected still images), indoor video camera.





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Update: have received the bits and this whole system is incredibly user-hateful.

 

From the default installed bindings for Z-Wave that are years out of date and half work, to the way you have to name everything several times and the fact that it's just assumed everyone doing this is a Linux expert... Sheesh.

 

I'm _this_ close to buying a non OpenHab controller and having it actually work.

 

 

 

That said, I have one socket working and turning a lamp on and off from my browser, but that's more good luck than good management.

 

 

 

Oh, and everyone seems to have a different idea about where to install OpenHAB...

 

 

 

Just had to vent. Seems to work but not sure I have the patience to see it through.

 

 

 

Cheers - N

 

 


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