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Beginner advice on home automation

Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:53 pm
by elsmandino
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.

Re: Beginner advice on home automation

Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 5:38 pm
by DougieLawson
If you have to ask "What OS?" for your Raspberry then the answer is always Raspbian Jessie.

Re: Beginner advice on home automation

Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 5:53 pm
by intrahouse
If the question is about automation system software, try http://www.intrahouse.eu

Re: Beginner advice on home automation

Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:08 pm
by B.Goode
Using the search facility on the Raspberry Pi Foundation's website https://www.raspberrypi.org for "Home Automation" throws up a number of blog articles that might be of interest.

Re: Beginner advice on home automation

Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:49 pm
by peterlite
Raspbian has the LXDE user interface. I use Linux Mint 18 with Cinnamon everywhere else. Both are based on Debian Jessie, as is Ubuntu. When I have a question about Raspbian and the answer is not in the Raspbian documentation/forums, it is often in Linux Mint or Ubuntu documentation/forum. Raspbian beats the other Pi compatible operating systems on almost every count.

Re: Beginner advice on home automation

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:00 pm
by elsmandino
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

Re: Beginner advice on home automation

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:56 pm
by peterlite
Do you have a Wifi network? Will you control your airconditioner? https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/tag/home-automation/ could be a good starting point. One article covers OpenHAB.

Re: Beginner advice on home automation

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:07 pm
by mattmiller
Give us a simple example of one of the things you'd like some sort of control over - something you really want not something plucked out of the air :)

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:32 pm
by fruit-uk
elsmandino wrote:What I meant to ask is what actual home automation software is recommended.
http://fhem.de :)

Re: Beginner advice on home automation

Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:55 pm
by elsmandino
mattmiller wrote:Give us a simple example of one of the things you'd like some sort of control over - something you really want not something plucked out of the air :)
That is a very sensible thing to suggest.;

A few things I have been thinking about:

1. Lights

Certain light come on automatically when it gets to a certain darkness level in my home.

Lights to randomly turn off and on when I am not there (for security reasons).

Ability to turn off all lights at the same time when I am going to bed.

Ability to switch on individual lights (in the middle of the night) when I nipping to the toilet/fridge etc.

2. Rain Sensor

Send me a text when it starts raining in the garden, so i can quickly get the washing in.

3. Automatic Blinds,

Shut when the light falls to a certain point

4. Smoke Detector

Send me a text if any smoke is detected in the house.

5. Door Sensors

Phone to alert me if I reach a certain distance from the house and any doors/windows are open.

Alert me if any doors/windows are opened once I have gone to bed.

6. Motion activated camera in the hallway, which will not only upload the footage to the could but will e-mail to tell me there has been some movement.


I know that this is very ambitious at the moment, but these are some things I would like to work on in the future.

The suggestion for FHEM looks great and I know that OPENHab is mentioned a lot too (though it looks pretty complicated). I note that something like PiDome is specifically for the Pi, so is the better choice?

Thanks.

Re: Beginner advice on home automation

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:43 am
by klide
elsmandino wrote:
mattmiller wrote:Give us a simple example of one of the things you'd like some sort of control over - something you really want not something plucked out of the air :)
That is a very sensible thing to suggest.;

A few things I have been thinking about:

1. Lights

Certain light come on automatically when it gets to a certain darkness level in my home.

Lights to randomly turn off and on when I am not there (for security reasons).

Ability to turn off all lights at the same time when I am going to bed.

Ability to switch on individual lights (in the middle of the night) when I nipping to the toilet/fridge etc.

2. Rain Sensor

Send me a text when it starts raining in the garden, so i can quickly get the washing in.

3. Automatic Blinds,

Shut when the light falls to a certain point

4. Smoke Detector

Send me a text if any smoke is detected in the house.

5. Door Sensors

Phone to alert me if I reach a certain distance from the house and any doors/windows are open.

Alert me if any doors/windows are opened once I have gone to bed.

6. Motion activated camera in the hallway, which will not only upload the footage to the could but will e-mail to tell me there has been some movement.


I know that this is very ambitious at the moment, but these are some things I would like to work on in the future.

The suggestion for FHEM looks great and I know that OPENHab is mentioned a lot too (though it looks pretty complicated). I note that something like PiDome is specifically for the Pi, so is the better choice?

Thanks.
Hello. I need almost the same things for my home and use Raspberry Pi (without rain sensor, but would like to add heating control, if possible).
I have checked the info posted here. One of them has a demo: http://www.intrahouse.eu/en/demo/ Looks nice, but not sure if it will help with all the functions I want. Now trying to figure out how it all works. Has anyone tried this software? Please share your feedback. And waiting for other options, as well.
Thanks.