Having recently installed Estonia WhatsApp Number List suction cups on doors, electronic door entry cameras, netatmo video cameras, temperature sensors, electrical outlets controlled by the internet, I noticed several unpleasant things: Each material comes with its application; I ended up with a dozen apps on my smartphone, and again I tried to reduce this proliferation The different tools do not communicate with each other, or else, but not always, with services such as IFTTT. So impossible to order a brand X socket that lights the garden when the brand Y outdoor camera detects a presence.
Some hardware failed because the underlying cloud application provider went bankrupt Some materials are very complicated to install, and for the most part, this does not happen at all as explained in the manual. Some materials are very interesting, but… you have to subscribe to an additional paid service in the Cloud in order to have other even more interesting features. At a stroke of 10 € / month, more than one equipment bought 200 €, it ends up being expensive Some equipment requires a home router: I have banned these. I have a super high-performance Unifi network and FTTH at home, out of the question to add a box
Tribute to Jean-Paul Figer
It’s (was) expensive: count between 100 and 200 € for the smallest device (camera, doorman, light control, etc.) Most of the equipment requires a good WiFi network, and not a DIY where repeaters are stacked, which at the end of the chain provide ridiculous throughput and catastrophic latencies. Obviously, to facilitate the act of purchase, the marketing of the said products does not warn you of this, or then in arial 4 font in a corner of the box. Finally, an even more unpleasant thing, all these systems are connected to the Internet, therefore exchange information, I do not know which, with servers that I do not control.
Jean-Paul, whom I had the chance to know at Capgemini, and with whom we work regularly today to make users happy with technologies, has published and updated articles on Home Automation, including this latest version. : Tired of stacking the apps on my smartphone, and shortly after having finally had fiber at home, and installed, also thanks to Jean-Paul, a very good Unifi network at home, I started: buying a Raspberry Pi 3B +, installation of the open source Home Assistant, and configuration of devices. If you add an RFID tag, like this one, ( Self-adhesive RFID Tag ), you can, by scanning it with your smartphone, trigger another action via Home Assistant, such as opening a door.
I specify that I am not a computer scientist. I programmed well as a child, and a little student, but I have never taken a course on networks, I know 3 Unix / Linux shell commands, and apart from a curiosity limited by my need to sleep at night, not more technical knowledge than that. So I spent a lot of time figuring out several things that are obvious to professionals, but I got there, and thanks to a great thing: Youtube. Dozens of people all over the world are sharing their experiences, and if you speak English, because most of the best videos are English speaking, well you find your happiness and your solution.
Very annoying for cameras, sensors, actuators. Especially when most are made in China, with apps hosted who knows where. The dumpster is therefore well loaded, but I had gotten to it, and therefore had a few commands from my smartphone, with a few sluggish automations, mainly based on the time: turn on this socket which controls this lamppost from 5.30 p.m. Oddly, there was an automation “from sunset” but it never worked. Perhaps time zone management problem? You want to automate existing mechanical