Saturday April 29th 2017

Z-Wave Doorbell – a hardware hack

Z-Wave Doorbell – a hardware hack

While waiting for a real Z-Wave doorbell to come to market later this year (from Philio and Aeon Labs), I’ve been searching the forums and have found several examples of Z-Wave doorbell hacks. This forum thread at SmartThings was especially interesting because the [Read More]

Fibaro RGBW Controller

Fibaro RGBW Controller

With four analog channels that can be configured as inputs or outputs, the Fibaro RGBW Controller is a fascinating Z-Wave device with many potential uses around the home (or business). For my first application I just wanted to add some colored lighting under my kitchen [Read More]

LED Light Strip for Your Coat Closet – A How-To

LED Light Strip for Your Coat Closet – A How-To

A few years ago my wife asked for a light in the hall coat closet, and since I was excited at the time about the new LED lights that were becoming available, I decided the coat closet might be a good place for an LED light strip. I would install the light strip vertically [Read More]

Z-Wave Rescues a Parched Houseplant

Z-Wave Rescues a Parched Houseplant

The Swiss-cheese Philodendron on top of the laundry room cabinet used to be lush and full, until I got lazy (it was a pain to get out the step ladder once a week and climb up there to water it). Here’s what was left of it after six months of neglect: I had an extra [Read More]

Z-Wave Telephone Ring Detector – a hardware hack

Z-Wave Telephone Ring Detector – a hardware hack

I like to crank up the tunes when I’m relaxing at home, but it seems that without fail, just as I’m getting into a song, the phone rings. Then I have to rush to find the remote and hit the pause button before I can pick up the phone. I guess I could just blast [Read More]

How to Get Started with mServer

How to Get Started with mServer

Setting Up Your mServer Z-Wave System Controller An extremely robust hardware platform, mServer is designed specifically for dedicated home and building automation (see figure 1). It comes with Embedded Automation’s mControl software that runs on Windows XP. mServer [Read More]

Z-Wave Rock Star Contest Winner

Z-Wave Rock Star Contest Winner

The Z-Wave Rock Star contest has come to a close. As we read through all the entries we were struck by how many DIY enthusiasts have put a home control stake in the ground using Z-Wave-enabled products. We’d like to thank all the readers who participated. Although it [Read More]

Get Started! Z-Wave the Easy Way

Get Started! Z-Wave the Easy Way

Enjoy the Benefits of Z-Wave Living! Security. Comfort. Energy management. Control. It’s what everyone wants at home, and it’s easy to do. But how do you get started? ZWaveWorld technology editor, David Powell, has put together this easy-to-follow guide that [Read More]

How-to: Bridge Z-Wave and X10 Protocols with Elk M1G

How-to: Bridge Z-Wave and X10 Protocols with Elk M1G

In my last article “Bridge the Communication Gap Between Z-Wave and X10” I introduced you to the idea of using software or hardware to allow Z-Wave and X-10 devices to interact with each other. In this article I will demonstrate in more detail the steps required [Read More]

Bridge Z-Wave and X10 Protocols

One of the most valuable characteristics of building your own home automation system is the ability to personalize it by picking and choosing the devices that meet your needs. However, there are times when you require a product to perform a certain function and that product [Read More]

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