Category: Getting Started

5 Things to consider for smart home in Singapore (2018 Edition)

It was almost six years since this article. Is planning a smart home still a daunting task? 6 years back, there were only less choices available. Fast forward six years later, at the current rate of product releases, there seems to be a much wider choice to choose from. Most people ended in paralysis by analysis, trying to pick the right technology and brands. Do we still need to rewire and is...

Integrating Foscam IP Camera to Your Vera

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 try integrating Foscam IP cameras to your Vera or Home Center 2. Today, I'm going to show you how to integrate a Foscam...

Electrical Wiring Guide for Z-Wave Switches – Fibaro Edition

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 picture speaks a thousand words. To make future explanation easier, here are my few thousand words. :) The picture below shows...

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...

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

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 yes! In this article, I'm actually guiding you on how you can create such a device, assuming...

List of devices for my home automation project

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. My central controller : Vera 2 This device is manufactured by Micasaverde. It's a startup that launched its linux-based home...

3 Options for Automating your TV Console/Home Entertainment

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 control your lights, thermostat and curtains etc. However, what should we use for controlling your TV, DVD players, home...

Guide to Z-Wave based home automation in Singapore

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 Singapore. I may cover my thoughts on other protocol in the future, so bear with me for this one. What is Z-Wave?...

First 5 things to consider for home automation in Singapore

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 wireless. What do you want to automate? What technology options are there in the market? Where can...