Z-Wave RFID Keypad for alarm system

I recently purchase a RFID keypad off Amazon and I also bought two new Z-Wave Sensative Strips Door and Window sensors and wanted to create a basic burglar alarm system based on Z-Wave and the Vera home automation controlller.  UHPPOTE 125KHz Single Door Proximity RFID Card Access Control Keypad Include…

Fibaro dimmer 2 installation Home Automation (Vera)

Today I installed a Fibaro Dimmer 2 module for my living room ceiling lights, so I took some photographs and thought I’d do a blog write up. The Fibaro Dimmer 2 is a small wireless Z-Wave module that is installed behind light switches to make them “smart”. We can then…

Fibaro RGBW mood lighting with Vera Home Automation

Recently I setup a Fibaro RGBW module with the existing LED strip lights behind my wall mounted TV in the living room. The Fibaro RGBW module is a wireless Z-Wave LED controller and works with Home Automation controllers such a Micasaverde Vera, Fibaro Home Center 2, Zipabox, Homeseer, Indigo, Domoticz,…

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…

Emby Media Server–Why you should be using it

I’ve not done many articles lately, but I have been working on beta testing for the Emby / Kodi integration. If you are an XBMC / Kodi user or not? Emby Media Server is well worth taking a closer look at!           What is it? Emby…

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 – Part 2

In part one here I discussed the installation and setup for the newer project called KodiRemote for integrating Kodi Media Center and the Micasaverde Vera Z-wave controller. This is based on the older project XBMCState. In part two I will look at creating some scenes in Vera and using the…

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…

Vera DLNA plug-in yet more integration with Kodi Media Center

I’ve written several blog posts in the past about different ways of integrating Kodi Media Center formally XBMC with the MicasaVerde Vera Home Automation system. Which you can see on the following links. XBMCState – Allows you to run Vera scenes based on Kodi’s video or audio playback status. KodiRemote…

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