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Review : Remotec Z-Wave AC IR extender

On July 13, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

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…

Automate Motorised Blind and Curtain with Z-Wave

On June 30, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

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…

Android Voice Controlled Home Automation – How To

On June 22, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With 2 Comments

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…

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

On June 11, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

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…

Voice Controlled Home Automation with Android Part 2 of 3

On June 2, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

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…

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

On May 23, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With 1 Comment

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…

Electrical Wiring Guide for Z-Wave Switches

On May 15, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Getting Started, With No Comments

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…

Planning for your Z-Wave light switches

On May 7, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Getting Started, With 1 Comment

“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…

Z-Wave, LightwaveRF and the Neutral Wire

On April 27, 2013, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

Whenever when someone wants to get some Z-Wave switches through me, I’d ask them this question, “Do/Will you have a neutral wire in your light switch?”  And if they are not going to do renovation or rewiring, they will ask if there is any alternative. I would tell them that…

Reviews on Belkin WeMo Home Automation

On April 21, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With 1 Comment

Belkin WeMo Home Automation isn’t something new, it has been around in the market since mid Jan 2013. So what am I blogging about it only now? Recently I’ve visited Funan IT Mall and realised that Belkin had actually put in a lot of marketing effort and budget in promoting…