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Wi-Fi sprinkler controller Skydrop uses weather data to know when to water.

comment by thbt101 in gadgets

3 years, 11 months ago

It all depends on what information they use and how they use it. I have an Insteon / ISY-994 (home automation system) based sprinkler controller that uses data from Weather Underground, which gets live rain and wind info from mini weather stations (many of which are run by volunteers), and I can choose to get readings from one near my neighborhood.

So the wind/rain/sun info is as accurate as using my own rain sensor would be, and it uses that to calculate the moisture gain/loss each day depending on your soil type. And then it can (optionally) use forecasts to hold off on water that night if rain is predicted in the next 24 hours. If it never actually rains, it knows there is still a water deficit and it will water the next night instead.

I have no idea if this thing works that well, but it is possible to make a tech gadget using online data that really is better than just using a rain / wind sensor.

Wi-Fi sprinkler controller Skydrop uses weather data to know when to water.

comment by thbt101 in gadgets

3 years, 11 months ago

It all depends on what information they use. I have an Insteon / ISY-994 based system that uses data from Weather Underground, which gets live rain and wind info from mini weather stations, and I can choose to get readings from one near my neighborhood.

So the wind/rain/sun info is accurate, and it uses that to calculate the moisture gain/loss each day. And then it can (optionally) use forecasts to hold off on water that night if rain is predicted in the next 24 hours. If it never actually rains, it knows there is still a water deficit and it will water the next night instead.

I have no idea if this thing works that well, but it is possible to make a tech gadget using online data that really is better than just using a rain / wind sensor.

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comment by crazytr in funny

3 years, 12 months ago

insteon + lamp = switch where ever you want. I have a switch next to my bed (insteon has switch remotes) and on the wall. You don't even need to buy a hub just a switch remote and one of the dimmer plugs.

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comment by psolidgold in gadgets

4 years ago

The Revolv does not currently support cameras, IIRC. i think there are working on it though. Probably going to eventually support Insteon Foscams. Personally, I'm leaning toward smartthings as they have nearly identical feature sets, but they support dropcam as well.

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comment by thebiglebowski99 in gadgets

4 years, 1 month ago

I just finished our new home and have about 6K in Insteon installed with an ISY994i / Serena Lutron Automated shades / an ELK alarm system / several NEST thermostats.

I did look the the Revolv - but the lack of logic was a deal breaker. My ISY ties into my ELK alarm allowing me to do a lot of interesting stuff. The shades were just linked to the ELK. The NEST thermostats will soon connect to both and my entire system will be all tied together. If you have any questions or concerns let me know. It is a lot of money and time programing and it will far outweigh the ease of getting up and flipping the switch yourself - but if this is a hobby you enjoy then go for it!

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comment by Jsr954 in gadgets

4 years, 1 month ago

I think I may have found the answer to my own question. I just found the Revolv Smart Hub. It has 7 different radios; currently supports devices that use Wi-Fi(b/g/n), z-wave and insteon. They are launching support for ZigBee this year and will support 900, 915 and 433 MHz in the future (they are already built into the device).

This hub replaces any other hubs the device would require and allows you to control all (their web site states unlimited number of device support with an estimated range of 50-60 feet in a standard construction home) from a single app. It has ITTT support including geo-location (ie if my phone gets x far away and no other user is home: lock the door, arm the motion and window/door sensors, turn off outlets X, Y, and Z, etc)

Still doing more research, but it looks very promising.

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submission by Jsr954 in gadgets

4 years, 1 month ago

I recently purchased a home and with some left over funds I would like to get started on the basics of making it a smart home. Currently the two systems I am looking at are the Viper Home Security System (with z-waze adapter) or the Insteon Connected Kit

Both have pluses and minuses. The main purpose will be for home security which is what brought me to the Viper kit in the first place, however the app leave a lot to be desired. On the other hand with z-waze connectivity it gives me PLENTY of options for other accessories, but none made by viper (or by many companies I have heard of).

The Insteon has a much better interface as well as wall or handheld switches meaning I can control things when I don't have my phone on me. It also has Ethernet over power as a nice back-up feature. But the accessory options seem limited to very few 3rd parties.

Is anyone familiar with these systems that can expand my options to something that my do both?

Like I said the main feature I want is security, mainly cameras and door/window contacts. After that I would like HVAC, lighting and outlet control as well as other security features like smart deadbolts and such.

Preferable something sold in a kit or a manufacture with a lot of options rather than a la carte from multiple sources/vendors/manufactures.

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