The Digital Lifestyle Show #580 – Smart Homes

Welcome to this week’s podcast where Jason, Garry and I are joined by Richard Speed to talk about the week’s news. We talk about the rumours of a Microsoft HomeHub / Smart home project and whether Microsoft’s approach will be better than the likes of Amazon and Google. We talk…

Kodi keyboard shortcuts to run Vera scenes (Windows)

This question came up on the Vera forums, how to use Kodi media center keyboard shortcuts to run scenes in the Vera home automation controller. This is for Kodi Windows users only. If you wish to do this in Kodi / OpenElec (Linux) then read this article here instead. Here…

Z-wave Doorbell – Version 2

Some time ago I wrote about my Z-wave doorbell project using a Z-Wave.me iTemp device and my existing doorbell chime and push button, see that previous article here for full details. Well that chime and button were really old to begin with and have recently packed in and stopped working….

Z-wave Immersion Heater Project – Home Automation with Vera

I thought I’d write about my latest Z-wave Home Automation project, to be able to control the immersion hot water heater with Z-wave / Vera. The reason for needing to do this is because our gas central heating system is very old and currently we are unable to have water…

KodiRemote for Micasaverde Vera Home Automation–Part1

I previously wrote about the excellent XBMCState add-ons for XBMC and Vera here, which enabled you to run scenes in Vera based upon XBMC’s current playback status of either videos or music. For example you could create scenes to have your room lights automatically dim down when a movie starts…

Do you use Micasaverde Vera? Are you an XBMC developer? We need your help!

As you maybe aware there was an XBMC (Kodi) add-on for Vera at one point in the past. The original developer has no plans for further developing this add-on. The original add-on can be seen here. I’ve started a related thread on the Micasaverde forum here. I am not a…

Budget Z-wave Curtain tracks with Vera / Dooya / Fibaro – Part 5

Part one here, Part two here, Part three here, Part four here. In Part five I will  cover the Vera setup and calibration of the Fibaro Blind Control module and remote control options. Vera Setup Once I had connected the Fibaro Blind Control insert module into the mains electric adding…

Budget Z-wave Curtain tracks with Vera / Dooya / Fibaro – Part 4

Part one here, Part two here, Part three here. In Part four I am continuing with the wiring installation, installing the wall switch and hiding the cable that goes to the curtain motor in the wall. Wall Switch So I measured the height of the existing light switches in the…

Budget Z-wave Curtain tracks with Vera / Dooya / Fibaro – Part3

Disclaimer: You should always seek professional advice from a certified electrician regarding installation, as mains voltage can be very dangerous! Part one here, Part two here. In Part three I will discuss and illustrate my installation. This is the corner of the living room near to the curtains. There are existing electrics…

Budget Z-wave Curtain tracks with Vera / Dooya / Fibaro – Part2

Part one here. In Part two I will be un-boxing the equipment. Fibaro Blind Control Insert Module unboxing. The box contains the module and instructions in English and Polish. Its small in size AAA Battery for scale. Screw down connectors, version 2.2 EU frequency. Electrical components unboxing Scolmore Minigrid switch MD075WH…

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