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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…

Android Smart Phone for Smart Home (Google Now Edition)

On September 9, 2014, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

This post serves as a update for my readers who are Tasker fanatics. If you had followed my previous guide on AutoVoice tasker to create custom voice control for your smart home, you might have hoped that you can simply speak the command and your smart home does the magic….

Domotics is now operating via Automate.Asia!

On August 12, 2014, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

Dear Readers, Thank you for your support over the past 2 years. I’ve started this blog to share my passion for setting up affordable home automation system, specifically in Singapore context. Of course, I started to do and share crazy stuff I did at home. It was originally for fun…

Smart Home Announcement System with Sonos

On July 9, 2014, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

I’ve previously posted a video that demonstrated the capability of text to speech (TTS) with Sonos Play 3. This was achieved by installing the Sonos Pluginin Vera. However, I found the response time of the setup rather inconsistent. On top of that, after updating the plugin to the latest version,…

Review : Fibaro Motion Sensor

On June 2, 2014, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

The Fibaro motion sensor is a battery powered motion sensor that looks like a weird eyeball. It is compact enough to squeeze into small spaces. In my opinion the smallest motion sensor that I’ve reviewed and the best looking one so far. The following are some pictures of the sensor.        …

Automate Motorized Sliding Door With Z-Wave

On May 8, 2014, Posted by , In Articles, With No Comments

Just when I thought I’ve almost automate everything in my home, I came across a retrofit sliding door motor. I’ve found it quite dumb to have to close the sliding door for my kitchen whenever I turn the air-conditioning on. I’ve been mulling over the possibility of becoming even lazier…

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…

Review : Broadlink RM2 Infrared Blaster

On March 3, 2014, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

Previously, I’ve talked about using SQ Blaster Plus to automate your home entertainment system. However, SQ Blaster Plus seems to be perpetually out of stock and not replying to a ny email queries anymore. Except for occasional disconnection from the wifi network, it was a good product consumer, with extensive…

Review : Danalock Z-Wave Smart Lock for Home Automation

On January 20, 2014, Posted by , In Articles,Reviews, With No Comments

I’ve been looking for a Z-Wave lock to complete my home automation project (Lights, home entertainment, air conditioning, curtains and blinds checked!). However, Z-Wave lock for European Z-Wave frequencies are very rare. In fact, there seems to be only Vision door locks around but I simply cannot tolerate the look…

Review: Z-Wave Multi-Sensors (Aeon Labs and Philio)

On December 19, 2013, Posted by , In Reviews, With No Comments

There are quite a few brands of Z-Wave multi-sensors in the market. They are a good addition if you like to make your home automation slightly smarter. However, not every brand works the same way. Recently I’ve tried 2 brands. One of them which caught my attention is Philio 4-in-1…