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Integrating Foscam IP Camera to Your Vera

On October 20, 2014, Posted by , In Articles,Getting Started, With No Comments

I’ve always gotten enquires like “what can be used as CCTV for home automation”. As far as I know, Vera or Fibaro Home Center 2 does not integrate with the conventional CCTV. However, if you want some form of surveillance camera to work with your home automation system, you can…

Electrical Wiring Guide for Z-Wave Switches – Fibaro Edition

On March 25, 2014, Posted by , In Articles,Getting Started, With No Comments

This post is a follow up from my previous post on electrical wiring guide. Seems like even with the guide and the wiring digram from Fibaro, some electricians were still not able to get it right, especially for wiring of the Fibaro 2 * 1.5kw relay to a 2 gang switch. A…

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…

Siri + Raspberry Pi + Z-Wave, your DIY Voice Pod

On March 24, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Getting Started, With 5 Comments

Siri, Raspberry Pi and Z-Wave In my previous post, I’ve introduced consumer product, Voice Pod: a voice control device which you can place anywhere in your home to compliment your home automation. However, that is only for expensive Control4 system. Is there any hope for DIY enthusiasts? The answer is…

List of devices for my home automation project

On January 31, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Getting Started, With 7 Comments

I’ve received a request to list down the items I bought for my home automation project. Just realised that I’ve been raving on all other things except this very important post for beginners. I hope this can give you an idea on what is required and where to purchase them….

3 Options for Automating your TV Console/Home Entertainment

On January 10, 2013, Posted by , In Articles,Getting Started, With 1 Comment

First of all, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy 2013. Apologies for the lack of topics for the past two weeks as I’ve gone for a holiday and now I back with more Zwave devices But let’s regress to the topic. Indeed, Zwave is one of the cheapest alternatives to…

Guide to Z-Wave based home automation in Singapore

On December 10, 2012, Posted by , In Articles,Getting Started, With 5 Comments

From my previous post, if you have decided that you’d like to engage a professional or DIY  a home automation system based on a wireless protocol, you may consider Z-Wave. In this article, I’d like to go a bit more detailed for installing a Z-Wave based home automation, especially in…

First 5 things to consider for home automation in Singapore

On September 17, 2012, Posted by , In Articles,Getting Started, With 4 Comments

Planning and researching for home automation is a daunting task. Especially in Singapore where the market is almost non-existence with the exception of a few players who charge an arm or a leg for implementation. There are tons of variables to consider, including whether or not you’re going wired or…