At the very beginning there was just a plan to build a simple house. I already had some past experience with renovation of my old apartment from scratch, so I knew pretty much what to expect. There are myriad of areas to spend your money on during the house construction. I wasn't even thinking that some kind of intelligent installation could make it to the priority list. All the electricity wiring has been planned the conventional way. But with every feature I added the complexity of controlling things was growing.
It went from the hallway and stairway light control, through LED night lights and bathroom fans, to blinds, roof roller shutters, hot water recirculation, garden irrigation, alarm and that long list made me think again about the options how to integrate things.
Back in 2014 when I actually started building the new house I was eager to get as much information and tips as possible to help me find the best way how to implement some sort of smart home infrastructure. One of the key resources for me that time was the official Loxone forum.
However on September 4th 2015 Loxone community forum has been closed, which was by far the biggest mistake they made in my opinion. Since then the Loxone community is spread across many locations. In the meantime, many of my friends that started to explore similar possibilities following the smarthome journey ended up asking me questions for things I already sorted out. I'd like to use this site to share some of my stories with tips and tricks to help others with their own implementation. I hope you'll find it useful.
Here are the key bigger topics I was trying to implement. You'll notice how these areas overlap and interact. Sensors that you have initially planned for a single purpose can be used in various scenarios. For instance, motion sensors that are typically connected with dedicated alarm system in smart home can be used also for triggering night lights for instance. Or your wind sensor that pays attention to your canvas awnings can tell the sprinklers not to run as you might not want to water your neighbours garden.
Special stuff, things that do not come straight out of the box, customised solutions and tweaks? See the endless possibilities and crazy ideas here. Just to name a few examples of integrated items I did already, it's a letter box that informs you about any new mails that were inserted in, you can even get a notification over email with a picture of the person that put something in it. Or a status dashboard that gives you useful hints about the status of the house before you leave, so you don't have to check if all windows are closed, or garage shut.
EnOcean is well known low power wireless standard and as a technology it is being integrated into wide range of home automation solutions, either as an integral part of the smart home ecosystem, or as an standalone wireless technology used for some sort of dedicated remote control (blinds, garage door, remote wall switch, …). It … Read More
Home automation systems like Loxone do require 24V DC power supply. In most cases the infrastructure is fed by one separate PSU unit, which has some kind of power outage protection (UPS, either on its primary side AC, or the DC side), and is separated from the other high-consumption components (like LED strips, valves, locks, … Read More
If you already have DoorBird intercom installed (like I do) there is an interesting peripheral device you can pair it with to either become your primary source of doorbell sound, or to just enlarge the area where you want to be notified about the doorbell press. And that all over your existing network. There are … Read More
There are situations where it is not very convenient to use the phone or tablet to control the music. Sometimes you just need to quickly change the volume, pause the playback or skip a song on a playlist, and this can be done much easier using a IR remote. Adding an infrared remote to the Raspberry … Read More
Loxone offers their own out of box solution for multiroom audio which consists of Loxone Music server, multi-channel Amp and various types of wired speakers. The topology requires audio cabling prepared between the centrally located (potentially rack mounted) amplifier and all the places where you would like to listen to your music. It is the … Read More
I have been constantly postponing most of the construction finalizations in front and around the house, in order to complete the interior and garden in the back first. That took longer than I expected and as a result some of my initial plans were a bit re-shaped and diverted from the original intent. This was … Read More
It is a Christmas time so why not talk about some of the nice gifts. Today I have special one to talk about, it is very nice pendant classics, a design icon that never gets old. The Norm 69 from Normann Copenhagen is a sculptural pendant light that consists of 69 parts. It can be … Read More
Some of you might already noticed that Loxone silently discontinued few products and one of the areas impacted are DMX products. Just a simple query to their web-shop reveals that there are no 24V DMX Dimmers any longer. The focus has moved towards Tree and Air products, leaving open standards aside. Same happened to EnOcean … Read More
No KUX, just Loxone Integration of Velux roof components into home automation systems has been often criticized in many smart home forums [1,2,3]. The usage of proprietary protocol is making this “black box” difficult to integrate and to interact with any other solutions. The overall architecture is a bit weird, utilizing a control unit KUX 100 … Read More
Things being added as we speak...