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by elsmandino
Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Which Power Supply and SD Card for RPi 3?
Replies: 3
Views: 1652

Which Power Supply and SD Card for RPi 3?

Hi, I am going to buying a RPi3 shortly and was wondering what the current advice is as far as what the best power supply and microSD card to get with it. I did read, sometime back, that an 8GB Samsung Evo was the way to go with the card. Is this still the case? All my current Pis have been 1B+ and ...
by elsmandino
Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Beginner advice on home automation
Replies: 10
Views: 2492

Re: Beginner advice on home automation

Whoops - sorry, I did not mean to refer to which OS to use (though thank you for clarifying that Raspbian clearly is the obvious choice).

What I meant to ask is what actual home automation software is recommended.

Thanks
by elsmandino
Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Beginner advice on home automation
Replies: 10
Views: 2492

Beginner advice on home automation

Hi,

I am really interested in experimenting with a bit of home automation with RPi and Arduino and would be really grateful for any beginner advice.

In particular, what OS should I use? There seem to be loads of options.

Any pointers would be much appreciated.
by elsmandino
Mon May 16, 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Home security/automation advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1854

Re: Home security/automation advice

Thanks everyone.

I did a bit more research over the weekend and openHAB seems like the most complicated bit of software I have ever come across - I am pretty good with computers but I think I shall be out my depth with it.

Are there any decent alternatives that are easier to install and set up?
by elsmandino
Thu May 12, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Home security/automation advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1854

Home security/automation advice

Hi, I am trying to make my home "smart" and was hoping for some beginner's advice. My current plan is to have a central Raspberry Pi controlling everything via my Smartphone. A few ideas for things I would like to incorporate: * Notifications when doors and windows are opened. * Turning lights on au...
by elsmandino
Thu May 12, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Which model Raspberry Pi for home automation
Replies: 8
Views: 2057

Re: Which model Raspberry Pi for home automation

Thanks you both for that - the Pi Zero does seem to be the perfect way to go (especially if you can keep clustering them together) - is a shame that they seem to out of stock everywhere at the moment. For the time being, I will stick with a Pi1(Mod B) and see how I get on with it. I do have a few fu...
by elsmandino
Mon May 09, 2016 9:30 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Which model Raspberry Pi for home automation
Replies: 8
Views: 2057

Re: Which model Raspberry Pi for home automation

Thanks for that - I shall indeed, therefore, use the Pi3 for my main TV.

Do you think I should then use the Pi2 in my bedroom (the second most used TV) and then use the Pi1 for the home automation?

The Pi1 is quite limited, but I assume that it is more than capable for home automation.
by elsmandino
Mon May 09, 2016 9:03 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Which model Raspberry Pi for home automation
Replies: 8
Views: 2057

Which model Raspberry Pi for home automation

Hi, I am thinking of putting together a home automation/security project, using a Pi as a central hub, connected to an arduino in each room in my house. Which model of Pi should I use? Should it be the most powerful one available? The reason I ask is that I have a Pi2(Mod B) connected to my living r...
by elsmandino
Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Energenie boards for the Pi
Replies: 0
Views: 361

Energenie boards for the Pi

Hi there, I have a Pi2 (running Openelec) in my livingroom and have been trying to find a way of having the Pi automatically cut the power to the TV, amp and sub-woofer whenever the Pi enters screensaver mode or when the Pi shuts down. I have found this product range: https://energenie4u.co.uk/catal...
by elsmandino
Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Advice for Mediaportal Client
Replies: 0
Views: 1228

Advice for Mediaportal Client

Hi everyone, I am a long time mediaportal user and I am very interested in buying the version B Pi to connect to view recordings and live TV on another TV. However, I have a few queries that I would be really grateful for some help with: 1. I have the following travel charger: http://www.camelionbat...

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