DoorBird Chime

May 11, 2019Devices 1 Comment

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

Infrared remote for HiFiBerry

March 15, 2019Devices, DIY, Solutions No Comments

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

DoorBird intercom with Loxone

February 16, 2019Configuration, Devices, Solutions 5 Comments

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

Norm 69 lamp from Normann Copenhagen

December 25, 2018Design, Devices, Interior No Comments

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

24V DMX Dimmers

December 4, 2018Devices 3 Comments

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

Controlling Velux windows

October 20, 2018Devices, Interior, Solutions 5 Comments

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

Water level measurement

October 10, 2018Garden, Sensors 10 Comments

The background I have been posting few updates in this forum where I listed the options I was considering for water level measurement in my rainwater tank. I somehow strongly accentuated the ultrasonic method of measuring but never actually implemented it as the price of these sensors kept this item low on the priority list. Until … Read More

DMX dashboard

September 8, 2018Configuration, Devices, DIY, Ideas, Solutions 2 Comments

What I missed since the very beginning was some kind of an overview of the basic status of the house. I know, tablet, I do have one wall mounted in the living room as well, but by dashboard I mean something simpler, giving me the exact info about the things I need to know before … Read More