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Review : Fibaro Z-Wave RGBW Controller

Firstly, I'll like to apologise for the long absence of weekly post. However, I'm sure you will be excited to read this review. I've recently purchased and included the Fibaro Z-Wave RGBW Controller to include into my Z-Wave smart home network.   Specification Technology: Z-Wave (868.42MHz) Voltage: 12V or 24V DC Maximum Output Current: 12A - sum of all output channels 6A - for a single...

Belkin WeMo Light Switch, Now with Android Support

The Belkin WeMo has recently added a new device to it's home automation offerings. If you had read my previous post on Belkin WeMo's home automation, I had mentioned that it is not a complete solution without a wall light switch. Yes! they have finally reached the milestone of a more promising and complete home automation solution! The Belkin WeMo Light Switch, priced at USD 50, is now closer to...

Review : Remotec Z-Wave AC IR extender

I've recently added the Remotec Z-Wave AC IR extender to my home automation for controlling the air conditioning unit in my living room. It has been a while since my last product review. As usual, let us start with the specification first. Specification Z-Wave (868.42Mhz) AC IR code library Supports wide-range of carrier frequency (15 to 455kHz) 5 directional IR emitters (hemispherical...

Automate Motorised Blind and Curtain with Z-Wave

I've been receiving queries on whether curtain and blind can be automated with z-wave. Usually  would advise that they can be automated but we have not tested them on any motorised curtain and blind in Singapore. This morning, we invited Onna Prima to bring down their motorised roller blind and curtain track  to test with the following Z-Wave curtain/blind module: 1. Fibaro Roller Shutter...

Android Voice Controlled Home Automation – How To

This is the post which most geeks are looking forward to. How did I create S.A.R.A.H, the android based voice control for home automation? Similar to my post on Siri based voice control, I've never built anything myself. I just find things and put them together. Before we start, let's look at the video which inspired me to do so. Coincidently, this guy also has a Z-Wave based home automation with...

Voice Controlled Home Automation with Android and Sonos Part 3 of 3

This is the 3rd installation of the voice controlled home automation with Android. In this video, I'm controlling Sonos with voice commands. Sonos is a wireless home music system. It is a multizone music streaming system where, if you have one in each of room, you will be able to play the same music in all your rooms or choose to play different music in every room. The music this little box can...

Voice Controlled Home Automation with Android Part 2 of 3

As promised, this is part 2 of my voice controlled home automation with Android (See part 1 here). In this video you will see how the various home entertainment equipments can be voice controlled by Android. The example also shows the ability to batch command for DVD with light so that when you pause the movie, the light is turn on and playing the movie turns off the light. Keep a lookout for...

Voice Controlled Home Automation with Android and Z-Wave Part 1 of 3

I've previously posted a video on voice control using Siri + Raspberry Pi + Z-Wave. However implementing that requires a little bit of programming and messing with Linux commands. Today I'm going to introduce an Android based voice control which doesn't require any programming :) This is a 3 part video which I'm going to show only the lighting control this week. Enjoy! There's one command...

Electrical Wiring Guide for Z-Wave Switches

I’ve recently guided an electrician on the wiring required for Z-Wave wall switch. Before successfully installing the Z-Wave switch, he actually used a neutral wire from some other part of the house and it caused a power trip. So, I invited him to my place to look at the wiring as reference and he eventually managed to install the switches successfully. In this short article, I’d like to take...

Planning for your Z-Wave light switches

"I'm automating 5 lights, I currently have some 2-3 gangs switches. How many Z-Wave Wall switches do I need to purchase?" I realised I've been answering this kind question a lot in email and I think I should provide a guide here.To answer this question, let us first understand what are available in the market.  For Z-Wave, the maximum number of gangs supported by a device is 2. And this device...