Over the last 18ish days, I have been using the Kill-o-Watt tool to monitor the electricity consumption of the Pi running openzwave for home automation and EtherRain 8 for perfect sprinkler control. I am using apache2 and some cron jobs, but not much else is on the Raspberry Pi. I am not using a separate […]

Very pleased with this product from Intermatic as well. It comes with three different color face plates but no bezel for around it (hence the creativity). The bottom plug is the z-wave controlled node. The top plug acts as a normal socket would. These plugs do not click as loud as the switches. They paired […]

These switches have been working great for a little over two weeks with both an automatic (open-zwave schedule) and manual configuration. Installation instructions are included. The only problem I had during installation was fitting everything back in the wall box as the switches are bigger than the standard switches they replaced. The switches do make […]

Dark night, wind howling blah blah.   Honestly it is not an alarm system, it is a joke mash up to keep people away from my front door.  Works pretty simply and is a great example of how all these hardware devices can communicate easily together. Step 1. Motion is triggered by the Foscam camera. […]

UPDATE: I upload my hacked Z-wave controller code to: https://github.com/tagroup/open-zwave-tcp-socket-server-and-client Decided to try some easy home automation with my Raspberry Pi using the Aeon Labs Z-Stick S2, GE Wireless Outdoor Module (45604), open-zwave interface, and the openzwave-control-panel.  The goal was simple.  I wanted to turn a light on and off without leaving my chair or moving […]