Unique experience with
BUILDING YOUR OWN SMART HOME
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.
Set your bin collection reminder in Loxone
Remembering the day of your rubbish bin collection is not that difficult. Especially if this is just the very same day every week. But what if this is happening fortnightly like in my case? Would you still keep track? Nah, but there are easy reminders to be set in the Google calendar for example. But … Read More
Somfy Glydea and Loxone
Here is how I automated the electric curtains with Loxone. Having a motorized curtains in living room was not the the initial plan at first place. So I had nothing prepared for this in terms of wiring or any setup. Only this year we have decided to have a curtains on the big sliding door … Read More
Shelly Plug S works amazingly with Loxone
Shelly Plug S is a neat and tiny WiFi Plug that is very feature rich and has been designed by clever developers. I am really impressed about the overall design and SW capabilities this “smart” device offers. Unlike other “smart products” that forces you into vendor specific ecosystem (App, Cloud, ..), with Shelly the real … Read More
sDock tablet wall mount
If you are looking for a nice and practical wall mount for your iPad tablet that is easy to use, has built in charging option and can do a 90° pivot, look no further. I think I found perfect solution. At home we are using one tablet primarily dedicated to the central control of our … Read More
Solenoid valve control (update)
This post is an update of an earlier article I did for garden irrigation. The main reason for this update is an additional section/solenoid valve added to the system which I want to control with Loxone. In the previous design I used three of the extension relays outputs (one relay per solenoid). With the newly … Read More
EnOcean push buttons and actuators
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
Intergating 12V devices into 24V system
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
Infrared remote for HiFiBerry
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
Things being added as we speak...