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trayracer

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Joined 20 May 2012
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10 months10 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Cost to install a cctv system for a double storey house?

During the build, I provisioned for CAT6 network cable to be run to all camera points. This cable feeds data from the camera and supplies power to it, but you…

10 months10 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Latest recommendations on wireless cameras

+1 to what Bels said. WiFi cams are also cheap/easy to defeat.
That said, I use HikVision cams (you can get wired PoE and WiFi models)

10 months10 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Home Technology Hub

Why limit yourself to an in-wall device? Coz when someone rings the doorbell, you still need to get up from the sofa and look at the in-wall device (yes, I…

11 months11 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Home Technology Hub

I've been hanging on for the Aeonlabs smartfilm product, which has been in the pipeline since 2013. It's a z-wave enabled switchable privacy film which you can apply to any…

11 months11 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Raspberry Pi/Arduino and other Roll Your Own Home Automation

I think the Pi is easier to start programming on compared to the Arduino, and with the Pi Zero, it's a cheap option

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11 months11 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Raspberry Pi/Arduino and other Roll Your Own Home Automation

I'll kick off with projects on my list:
- Rainwater tank level sensor
Using an NodeMCU/ESP8266 (WiFi) and an ultrasonic sensor
- Car garage parking distance sensor
Using…

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11 months11 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Raspberry Pi/Arduino and other Roll Your Own Home Automation

This thread is aimed at people who are interested in making and programming their own Home Automation/IoT devices using platforms like Raspberry Pi/Arduino etc platforms. Use this to discuss device…

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11 months11 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Home Technology Hub

Would there be enough interest if I start a thread on Roll Your Own HA devices (with RPi/Arduino/ESP etc)?

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11 months11 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Home Technology Hub

Wunderground has an API, and loads of contributing stations in AU

11 months11 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Home Technology Hub

The LaCrosse weather stations are relatively cheap, and apparently very hackable. It's on the project list, just need to find the time
For anyone with the inclination and knowhow...

11 months11 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Home Technology Hub

Sure, they have value if you want a quick peek outside, or if you want to see when your cat is coming/going, but as for theft deterrent value, get a…

11 months11 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Home Technology Hub

I would never personally rely on anything wireless for theft prevention and detection. I see their value purely as a deterrent on the same level as a dummy camera. They're…

11 months11 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Did you leave your garage door open?

Z-Wave user here with garage door sensor. I can testify this work well. You need a controller hub ($200+), plus a sensor ($60+) to get started.
You can add stuff like…

12 months12 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Cypress pine or eco timber for raised garden beds

I'm about to build a raised bed as well, and I'm currently tending towards option number 3: textured concrete sleepers, like the Ridgi system (it costs far more then timber…

12 months12 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Home Technology Hub

I've gone down the z-wave route. I see z-wave as offering the following advantages:
1) Low power. This isn't so much of an issue with devices that are mains powered, but…

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12 months12 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
re: taking delivery of a new home - defects rectification

I agree, having to reset the system yourself is not ideal, but given the priority you've placed on this and the shutdown period, it allows you to work around it.…

12 months12 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Real time energy monitoring

Can anyone suggest a real time energy monitoring solution? I need this to be instantaneous (rather than a delayed data stream) because I want to go beyond energy profiling, and…

12 months12 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
re: taking delivery of a new home - defects rectification

As you can see on page 13, powering on with the reset pin will take you into directly into installer mode where you can set a new installer code without…

12 months12 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Home Technology Hub

Saturn switches are nice, but I actually didn't get them. I've got the standard range with Impress switches. I wanted to keep all the faceplates consistent, including the ethernet, but…

12 months12 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
re: taking delivery of a new home - defects rectification

Assuming you're on a Ness system, look at Page 13, it'll do what you want http://nesscorporation.com/Installation ... rev7.7.pdf

12 months12 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
re: taking delivery of a new home - defects rectification

The relevany alarm codes should have been given to you at handover. You shouldn't need the installer code to operate the alarm, because that's for .... installers. If you haven't…

12 months12 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Cable Internet connection on new build

Just out of curosity, how far is it from your private power pole to your house structure? For reference, ours is about 6-7 metres, and we're able to have optus…

12 months12 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Home Technology Hub

My 2c worth from above redacted quote...
Door Lock: if you're going down the z-wave route, I'd suggest the Lockwood z-wave deadbolt. I totally love it. On related topic, I got…

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12 months12 monthstrayracertrayracer posted:
Home Technology Hub

I find a single Ubiquiti UniFi access point works a treat for every square inch of my 43 sq house..... and the back yard, and the neighbours house. And that's…

1 year1 yeartrayracertrayracer posted:
Pacom, Bosch or Samsung CCTV

+1 for Hikvision. It's at a good price/quality point

2 years2 yearstrayracertrayracer posted:
Machining tolerances of decking timber

I bought 140x19 Merbau for a deck from a company, and some of the milling seems to be a bit off. On quite a few lengths, toward the end (up…

2 years2 yearstrayracertrayracer posted:
Digital Door Locks

In that case, you'll probably want to switch insurance providers. My policy says that I need a deadlock on the front door, and I believe the lockwood we have, being…

2 years2 yearstrayracertrayracer posted:
Digital Door Locks

Lockwood also do digital locks: http://www.lockweb.com.au/Web/Apps/Prod ... anguage=en

2 years2 yearstrayracertrayracer posted:
Cost of Home Automation

I think with the advent of z-wave, C-bus is pretty much obsolete. My builders' sparky said that C-bus isn't worth installing these days. The other advantage of z-wave is that…

2 years2 yearstrayracertrayracer posted:
Wireless or Cabled

Wireless is a shared resource. At the very least, cable TV areas and media servers/PCs. We also ran cable for internet enabled security cameras. Cabled cameras are more secure

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