automate your home with four easy projects
Seems to have decades left?
Today you can create a smart home to do it all, and more --
You don\'t have to pay the contractor thousands of dollars to get the job done.
Three main components are required for your automation home: computer, software, and modular automation-aware devices.
Computers and software are the \"thoughts\" of your home \".
\"If your computer is asleep and your intelligence at home is asleep too, so you will want to be in a forever-
On a system, such as a server.
I love HomeSeer Windows automation software because of its power and support for a range of automation protocols, but you have to put up with it often
It is available in a lower position
HS2 for $220 or more
End the heat shock protein version for $600.
While the basic tools follow the same interface, the heat shock protein bundles many additional charges
The basic version of the ons includes iPhone controls. (
You can read more about the difference on the Home website. )
PC software automatically controls the devices and sensors in your home, including lights, appliances, stereo, motion sensors, thermostats, and more.
Many devices, such as light switches and thermostats, have automated versions, but you can add almost anything.
If the device is running on power, you can connect to it by automation
Switching the perception frame of the power supply;
For example, you can put one between the fan and the socket.
The nervous system of your automated home needs to communicate on specific protocols.
For decades, the X10 has dominated the market, sending signals through home powerlines.
However, the X10 can delete the message and explain the cable noise in error (
For example, I think you have told it to turn on the light)
And penetrate into the lines of your neighbors.
Insteon, another electric.
Line technology is designed to solve these problems, but they still appear occasionally.
More reliable home plug and universal powerline bus than previous power supplies
The alternative is line protocol.
But you can\'t find so many compatible devices for both standards.
While I still use X10 and Insteon devices, I would rather use wireless devices;
The new protocol communicates by radio rather than by your power network.
With a wireless connection, these devices can create a mesh network that delivers information from one end of your home to the other, meaning that the range is rarely a problem.
If you decide to use the wireless network, your two best choices are Zigbee and Z-Wave.
Zigbee has been around for a few years as an open standard, but its open focus defines how devices communicate, not how they must.
As a result, several competing companies
Such as AMX, centralizer, control 4 and Crestron-
Their products may not work together.
Newer Zigbee Pro requires specification based on the example of control 4, but few devices are available. Z-
Wave\'s protocol is controlled by a company, but I like it because it is widely adopted.
You can choose from hundreds of Z.
Wave devices and tools from different companies are regulated, so they almost always work together.
No matter which protocol you choose, you need a PC adapter that speaks this language. (
If you can\'t just select one automation standard, you can mix multiple adapters. )
I tried the Aeon lab Z-
Z-stick Series 2
The Wave USB system interface costs about $65.
Configure a gentle, automatic night light your smart home should start with a bright idea: lighting control.
Once you have some basic knowledge of lighting, you can configure almost anything. Many Z-
There are wave lighting controllers on the market.
You can install the box between the lamp and the socket and replace the current wall switch with Z-
Wave controller, or plug in the adapter between the bulb and the socket.
Depending on the module, you can pay about $30 to $80.
Be sure to choose the hardware that suits your application, such as fluorescent lighting and incandescent lamps.
Suppose you want to configure a Corridor light.
Connect the lamp module to the socket. You’ll use a Z-
Connect the lamp module to your Z-
Wave network: positioning Z-Stick series 2 (
Or similar computer adapter)
Next to the lamp module.
Press the button on the USB adapter, then press the main button on the lamp module.
The two will be paired and the USB adapter will store this information for the PC.
Turn on the light and connect it to Z-Wave module. (
The lights should be kept dark. )
Connect the USB adapter to the PC.
If required, install any driver software and import the details of the lights into the HS2 software.
Configure software in a Web browser (
This is great for accessing a home computer from a networked computer of any operating system).
Click through to interface tab to attach Z-
Wave USB adapter.
Most importantly, be sure to configure the correct COM port.
After connecting the USB adapter, open the Device Manager and select the port.
Check the port number of the USB stick and enter the port number in the HS2 configuration page;
If you have the wrong COM port, the software will not display the adapter or the obvious error.
After you have configured the software correctly, you can import about Z-
Now you can control the lights from your PC, turn the lights on, turn the lights off and set the brightness.
It\'s a good start, but it won\'t really be smart until your home can sense its environment and automatically configure the device.
So let\'s say you want to install a motion sensor in the corridor.
To do this, all you need to do is configure the USB adapter and add Z-
Wave sensor like you do lamp module.
Now that your computer knows if there is movement in the hallway and now it can control the lights, you should set up a \"scene\" to connect the two.
For example, if you usually get up at night and use the bathroom, you can set the light to turn on automatically only at night and at 40% brightness.
You can schedule this in the Events tab of hs2.
Add Z-under trigger settings-
Also, please specify that this behavior occurs only at night.
Under the actions tab, set the light to low brightness on.
Control your home safety system now that you know the family
Based on automation, you can install additional modules and sensors to improve the intelligence of your home. You can buy Z-Wave-
Thermostat enabled, faucet switch for irrigation, door sensor, etc.
Your automated home can also improve your security.
ADT will launch Z-Wave-
Enabling service ADT Pulse that works with many devices. (
The representative of the ADT said that only the ADT-approved Z-
Support Wave devices;
I expect any Z-
Wave hardware works, but Pulse is not in time for my tests in this article. )
ADT\'s computer software will monitor and control your home, including removing your security system from your phone.
In addition to up-, the system will cost $47 to $60 a month
Front-end hardware costs range from $399 to $1299.
ADT Plus should be available throughout the US in early September.
You don\'t have to wait.
Or pay for monitoring.
However, home safety automation is required.
Several door locks and latch enabled for Z-
Wave, they can help your smart home identification when you open them manually (
And automatically open them for you in some cases).
For example, Black & Decker, Kwikset and Schlage will be Z-
A latch from about $200 to $400.
Install the lock and then connect it to the HS2 software.
The lock includes a keyboard for password entry, so in the software you can program specific code for certain people, such as people walking dogs.
You can also set each code to allow access only at some point in the day.
Send Z due to lock-
Wave updates when HS2 software is turned on
For example, email you every time your puppy is picked up.
Control your home from any place you can live for a long time
Stay away from your smart house and check in at the office or on vacation. Most home-
Automation software includes online components, although companies sometimes charge an extra fee for the service.
You do not have to pay any other fees if you have a VPN or remote controlaccess setup.
LogMeIn Hamachi or other free VPN apps can make your remote PC work as it does on your local home network;
Once a link is established, you can connect to the Web server of the software, for example in hs2. Remote-
Access software such as GoToMyPC is another option.
With it, you can connect directly to the server PC and control the home
Just like you are there, automate the system in one window.
Software for IPhone and other smartphones can work in two situations: you can run remote-
Access the app or connect to the VPN.
However, local iPhone software can control your home device from anywhere.
Free HSTouch and heat shock protein (
Or can be added to HS2)
, Provides an app view for your automated home.
To set it up in the heat shock protein configuration web page, click interface and select disable next to hstouch for iphone \".
Click save at the bottom of the page \".
Waking up in luxury home automation can certainly accomplish practical tasks
You can configure the system to e-
For example, send you an email if it feels leaking
But it should also provide some luxury goods.
Here\'s how to configure wake-up for the final working day-up. A half-
An hour before you 7: 00. m.
Your House can start making coffee for you, Rivell.
All you need to do is set up a stupid coffee machine in the \"on\" location and connect it to Z-
A Wave device module that controls its power supply.
When you configure the software, set the script to signal the module to power the coffee machine at 6: 30. m.
Your lights can be turned on gently when the scent floats into your bedroom. Schedule the Z-Wave-
Enable the dimmer to gradually increase the brightness between 6: 50. m. and 7:00 a. m. At 7:00 a. m.
, Your system can play your favorite mp3 or listen to streaming-audio station.
The HS2 can be connected to many audio devices, such as a PC running iTunes.
I like to have it attached to a stand
Logitech Squeezebox is only required.
If you want to do this, you have to install the Squeeze Box plugIn ($40)first.
In the HS2 Web interface, select the interface and then choose to install more interfaces.
Click next, wait for the page to load, and then click Next again \".
Check the box next to the plug-
In, click Next again \".
Once installed, you can configure it in the script.
This is just the beginning.
You can have the system open your curtains, open the shower and do anything
Just add more sensors and modules.
How about the system that triggers Z-Wave garage-
Open the door in the winter morning and start your car?
Add a webcam and you can e-
Send you a photo when your child comes home from school. A Z-Wave-to-
IR translator can control your home entertainment system so you can dim the lights, make popcorn and start the movie by pressing a button.
Even if the correct Z-
The Wave device does not exist and you can crack it yourself. Z-
The wave relay switch can be connected to any electronic device to turn off the low level
Instead of switching the voltage circuit of the power supply.
So you can give yourself
Electronic pet feeder, a variable-
The speed fan, even the NES controller.
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