I’ve always been interested in IoT and smart home automation, but being a tenant it’s not every been something I could get stuck into.
Now I’ve moved this is the start of my journey. I’m going to share everything I learn as a I go along and hope to share my mistakes and wins so those reading can make better choices.
I started by looking at the tech out there and what was compatible with what. My main concerns at this point were cost and maintenance. There are a lot of systems out there that don’t talk to the other and just as many that require proprietary hubs and just as many again that need cloud subscriptions. I wanted to keep things as open as possible and as cheap as possible to maintain. I would rather layout money for a dedicated computer to manage everything than pay for a cloud service that requires a live internet connection to work.
I looked at how I could build redundancy into my solution and how to spread my risk by having different products all talk to each other.
I’ve not taken a particularly keen interest in the voice activation such as Alexa and Google Home. While I use google assistant in my car a lot because it keeps my hands on the wheel I don’t need that in my home, at least most of the time.
The rest of the time I was trying to think of times when my hands would be occupied or I wouldn’t have a personal device (phone, watch, tag) with me.
To get started I went out and bought/utilised some devices:
- Hive home hub
- Hive lights x2
- Hive socket switch
- Nest Thermostat
- Nest Protect (battery operated)
- Phillips Hue White Light
- Hive motion sensor
- LG R Watch
- x2 Android phones
- Windows Surface tablet
- 4TB External Drive
- MSI Gaming rig
- Oco Pro HD Camera