Hi everyone, I've spent the Christmas break basically reading as much as I can about different Pi projects. I work in software development with a degree in programming (though my day job is QA) I've a GCSE in Electronics from 10 years ago so whilst I'm OK with software development, electronics is a bit out of my comfort zone. I've got so many ideas for what I want to do with my little Pi I thought I'd write up my progress in here to help others who attempt similar projects and to also hopefully get advice from the masters to ease the journey
Basically I've got an existing wireless security system I got from a well known UK DIY specialist but not really using it at the moment. I've got my Pi a month ago and have a master plan for it link a bunch of things in my house (so far got it running as an AirPi, raspmc and a basic webserver). At it's simplest I'd like to be able to re-use the existing PIRs and door/window sensors from my home alarm system and combine it with a/multiple webcams to send me images to my phone when sensors go off.
OR... if it's not possible to use the existing wireless kit (I think they are RFID based as I had to register each sensor with the master box when I installed it) then to find a way to have wireless battery powered PIRs reporting back to the Pi, I looked into XBee but to be honest it seems waaay too complicated http://lookmanowire.blogspot.de/2012/07 ... e.html?m=1
and expensive http://bitbang.co.uk/rpi.html
(I'd like to keep the total cost of this project to around £100-150 on new parts if possible) but maybe I'm missing the point of each of the modules or not aware of cheaper components that achieve the same thing as I want (wireless reporting of status from a sensor such as light, movement or sound)
I've got an adafruit cobbler, half breadboard, connectors and a PIR on order to try a basic starter hack of monitoring my hallway for postal deliveries when I'm at work. I'm still looking for a webcam that'll work with the RPi as my old Philips DMVC1300K doesn't seem to play nicely with it any suggestions for cheap but reasonable quality RPi compatible webcams would be appreciated
, with a tutorial for setting it up if possible please as I'm a linux noob (learnt loads this week just by installing LAMP + AirPi)
I saw a pretty cool hack posted where the guy was using this http://www.audon.co.uk/home_web/ts001.html
to control lights etc. but I don't want to invest in the wireless controller before getting input - anyone with experience in this area I'd love to hear your thoughts/suggestions
Here's my wish list:
(existing door/window sensors + alarm to go off if certain conditions are met + webcam images send via email/mms/imessages + lights turned on automatically when the sunsets)
(intercept my wireless thermostat to control it from anywhere & open/close my curtains in a morning/evening. I have a Logitech Harmony, it'd be great to expose that type of functionality via a web interface giving me access from anywhere without needing to point a remote at a certain direction, video doorbell using a webcam so I can reassure my postman it's ok to leave parcels with my neighbours...)[/*]
, (airPlay speaker system, a way to meld my NAS media with my PVR via a web interface)
Here's my current resource list:
Half size breadboard
Philips DMVC1300K Webcam
IR power saving plug by Lime
Wireless home security system http://www.diy.com/nav/fix/electrical/c ... d=11138222
An old Harmony One remote (I'm trying to figure out how to dismantle it and maybe recycle the IR transmitter, they send me one with a broken touch screen originally hence why it's spare http://www.dtvcontrol.com/harmony/Harmony1Guts.jpg
Danfoss TP5000RF an older version of this http://www.heatingcontrolsonline.co.uk/ ... p-132.html
I'm contemplating getting these plugs:
and maybe one of these http://www.maplin.co.uk/remote-controll ... tor-510524
and this RFID controller http://www.audon.co.uk/home_web/ts001.html
Though most projects on the web I've looked at seem to suggest getting an arduino might work out easiest but if I've got the cobbler I'm not sure if that's going to be the case.
I've a folder bursting with bookmarks from bits I want to borrow from other people's project but any ideas (or criticisms) I'd appreciate, it's a huge project so I'm just thinking of taking things a piece at a time over the next few months, using as much as I can of the existing hardware I've got really.
Thanks for reading!