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by AMikeM
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Using RPi to power off/on PVRs
Replies: 11
Views: 907

Re: Using RPi to power off/on PVRs

@PhatFil (with apologies for misspelling your name previously!) : Success so far! After getting the mqtt broker running on the Rpi, and happily sending messages to and from the device, I still couldn't get the device to respond to mqtt commands. However, I found a user-defined template for the XS-A2...
by AMikeM
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Using RPi to power off/on PVRs
Replies: 11
Views: 907

Re: Using RPi to power off/on PVRs

@PhatPhil - following your suggestion I bought a smart power strip (Innens XS-A25) which I have successfully flashed with the Tasmota firmware, so now I just have to learn about mqtt brokers and clients... an interesting journey I hope... thanks again.
by AMikeM
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Using RPi to power off/on PVRs
Replies: 11
Views: 907

Re: Using RPi to power off/on PVRs

@PhatPhil - Yes, I've been working my way through a lot of posts - and of course, I fully respect mains AC - I re-wired my first house in 1979! Thanks again for your input.
by AMikeM
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Using RPi to power off/on PVRs
Replies: 11
Views: 907

Re: Using RPi to power off/on PVRs

@ Simonmsh: The TV Hat certainly looks interesting. What EPG and interface software do you use?
by AMikeM
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Using RPi to power off/on PVRs
Replies: 11
Views: 907

Re: Using RPi to power off/on PVRs

@ PhatFil: Many thanks for the comprehensive reply! I went to all the links you provided - and watched the (very good) YouTube video - and I if I understand it correctly, I would end up with a smart socket that is controlled via WiFi, and I would use mqtt commands issued by the RPi to control the so...
by AMikeM
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Using RPi to power off/on PVRs
Replies: 11
Views: 907

Using RPi to power off/on PVRs

Hi – I have a couple of PVRs recording TV shows. They’re pretty reliable, but occasionally they will lock up, and TV shows fail to get recorded. Over the years I’ve learned that nothing will bring them back to life except a manual switch-off/switch-on. So I’ve written a script (that runs as cron job...
by AMikeM
Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:20 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: BTO House Martin Project
Replies: 0
Views: 355

BTO House Martin Project

I’m taking part in the British Trust for Ornithology’s 2016 House Martin survey, which involves monitoring a number of House Martin nests, logging nest usage and doing timed counts of activities such as nest-building and feeding young. I’m logging activity on 7 nests outside my house, but I’m going ...
by AMikeM
Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Gphoto2 Error (-60: 'Could not lock the device')-Canon700D
Replies: 8
Views: 14666

Re: Gphoto2 Error (-60: 'Could not lock the device')-Canon70

I had the same problem with a Nikon D40 - "gphoto2 --auto-detect" would correctly identify the camera, but any other call to gphoto2's functions produced the -60 error. I followed Deejay's instructions and installed the new versions of libgphoto2 and gphoto2 2.5.3, but the problem persisted. It seem...

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