Blog

Below are all my blog entries about everything related to Domotica, im trying to write a post about every new addition to my system as long as it's newsworthy.


DIY 19' rack server case

October 24, 2018 A new home, in my case, also means a new server rack. And since I don't have space for a full size rack, I ended up with a low-depth rack.In this low-...
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New home, new start!

May 22, 2018 Last week we moved into our new home, and after we moved all our stuff (and man, its really a lot of boxes) to the new home I now have time to start b...
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I'm moving to a new home

March 15, 2018 Gradually I will deactivate the interactive items such as the cameras and temperature meters because I am moving. In my new home I will rebuild the wh...
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Using a reed switch as an independant Sonoff Basic doorsensor

December 17, 2017 Today I finally fount the time to upgrade my Sonoff Basic workbench light switch with a reed switch, I used this Sonoff module because its allready ne...
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Building my own diy smart speaker

December 16, 2017 The past month I started a new project: build my own voice controlled smart speaker.I started off using the housings from two old stainless steel LED...
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Sonoff Touch EU single switch

September 23, 2017 Yesterday i received my second Sonoff device, the Sonoff Touch EU with a single switch. Today I immediatly flashed the device so now its loaded with t...
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Working with the Sonoff Basic WiFi Smart Switch

September 5, 2017 Yesterday i got my Sonoff switch by mail, and today I configured it so I can use it without the EweLink App by following this video: The only thing...
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Sonoff Wifi 230 volt switch

August 18, 2017 Today i read a blogpost about the Sonoff Wifi switch for 230 volt and decided to give it a try. Because i dont know if this is exactly a product that...
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Unifi Video surveillance software

July 10, 2017 Today I started using Unifi Video as my surveillance system software, normally I try not to use closed systems but this time i made an exception. Firs...
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Extra Infrared light for my backgarden camera

July 4, 2017 Yesterday i installed an extra Infrared light to help my backgarden camera take snapshots at night. I bought a Hobovisin with 4 infrared leds, but any...
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Raspberry Pi RTSP viewer

June 30, 2017 For my parents I set up a small system so they can remotely see if somebody is in their store from a monitor in the workshop thats nearby.The system i...
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My Ubiquiti Unifi G3 camera's are installed

June 14, 2017 Finally my two Ubiquiti Unifi G3 camera's are installed. It took a littlebit more time then I had hoped, this was because the infrared filter of one o...
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Time to get a little bit more professional

June 8, 2017 Today it's time for a couple of new camera's, and this time I chose two "Ubiquiti Unifi G3" camera's. I've never had any bad feelings about my previou...
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Tweaker meetup about smarthomes

March 24, 2017 Unfortunatly I wasn't able to go to this smarthomes meetup myself, but the video's are certainly worth watching. Check https://tweakers.net/plan/1179/...
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How it's made pages

March 7, 2017 Today I started with a couple of "How it's made" pages, in the future i will fill these pages with information that alows a little insight into all th...
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New 19 inch server rack [update]

February 6, 2017 Today I finally took some time to take pictures of the 19 inch wooden diy rack that I build for all my systems. A few weeks back I allso bought four C...
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New Content Management System

January 21, 2017 Due to some server issues i had the oportunity to make some changes to my websites Content Management System from this blog. I chose to use the CMS fr...
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New 19 inch server rack

May 24, 2016 Maybe not really domotica, but still related to domotica is the build of my new 19 inch rack for my server and home theater system. Its loosly based...
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Foscam service

August 26, 2015 Due to a recent change in my garden I wanted to change the setup of one of my Foscam cameras. When i tried to change the position of the camera the bo...
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Website is finally fast again

March 12, 2015 After some digging around I found out that my website was slow because the database tables where just to big.I'm now working with intermediate tables...
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GRIXX robot vacuum cleaner

February 22, 2015 Recently i bought a GRIXX robot vacuum cleaner to see if this type of vacuum cleaner is something for me.I bought a very cheap model, so if this will...
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Two new cameras

December 30, 2014 Santa gave me two new cameras, this time its two CN-PT100-E HD IP cameras.Because they are a littlebit different (CCTV and no internal interface) it w...
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Slow sensor readouts from DB

September 11, 2014 Im still having some isues with getting all the sensor data from the database at a respectible speed, for now i made the sensor readouts at the right...
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Mail and Doorbell pictures

August 20, 2014 As of today my frontdoor camera finally makes pictures again when triggerd by the doorbell or mailbox.It took me some time to find out how the trigger...
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From Windows to Ubuntu

July 17, 2014 Since my old webserver still used Windows XP, i decided to start all over on my new machine.To get everything legal and get some feeling with Linux (w...
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New webserver

July 15, 2014 After well over 2 years my old single core 1GHz Intel motherboard with 1GB memory and Windows XP cannot cope with the Domotica and webserver tasks tha...
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Doorbell pop-up img

January 23, 2014 To incorporate my Raspberry Pi with RASPBMC into my domotica system I thought it would be nice to have a pop-up image from my frontdoor whenever someb...
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New Database setup

January 13, 2014 For the sensor readings I am setting up a new table design for the database, this is because since some time I use RFXCMD to log my sensors. This very...
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Rain sensor

December 29, 2013 As of yesterday my rain sensor is up and running, as soon as its start raining it will be visible at the right of the website.
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New toys

December 27, 2013 Today i got 3 new toys from Santa to incorporate into my system, what i got is:Outdoor ip-cam: Foscam FI8905WWater sensor: Oregon Scientific PCR800Tem...
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Tablet user interface

December 26, 2013 I've been working on a user interface for my tablet so i can control and check most important functions such as my lights and camera's. Im not finishe...
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Device statuses

November 23, 2013 I added a script that pings my ip-devices every 10 minutes, if the device is not giving a positive result the machine will be set to 'offline' on this...
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New front camera

November 12, 2013 I've added an extra camera (iPhone 3G) for the 5 minute pictures that i've been working on earlier.This camera takes a wider image of the front of my...
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New Remeha Boiler

November 8, 2013 Since last week i have a new Remeha Tzerra (m39c cw5) boiler installed. I have chosen this boiler mainly for its price (im still Dutch) but also becau...
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5 minute pictures

November 6, 2013 I added a script to my Domotica server that takes a picture from the frontdoor camera every 5 minutes for security purposes. And because this image is...
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New domain name

August 5, 2013 Due to the fact that my current domain name (www.wkvoordeel.nl) was only for temporary use, i now changed the domain name to www.neomess.nl (This is m...
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Where am I

June 11, 2013 Today I launched a new small project, I can now show the GPS coördinates of my phone in a Google Map.In the right column of this website on the bottom...
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HomeWizard article

May 17, 2013 Tweakers.net made a nice article with videoreport about HomeWizard. I thought it was worth mentioning for people that want a sort of plug and play Dom...
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Temperature

April 6, 2013 Thanks to one of my neighbours, i finally have some outside temperature measurements.For now its better then nothing, until i have my own temperature...
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Domoticz

March 8, 2013 Domoticz looks like a very promising new Domotica software package, I’m now testing it for myself to see if this is what I need.They are still working...
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Update

January 9, 2013 Busy, busy, busy.So many things to do in so little time, holidays, girlfriend, you name it.Santa did not think much about domotica in 2012, so no real...
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Plans

October 23, 2012 Very soon i hope to get some upgrades for my system, on the wishlist are:One or more extra camera(s)More door sensorsOne or more temperature sensor(s)...
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Content Management

September 13, 2012 Currently i'm updating my CMS (Content Management System) with better and more elaborate functions. This will mean that in the nearby future I will in...
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Mailbox images

July 15, 2012 Since today a picture is taken from everybody that opens my mailbox, the pictures are stored and can be found on the doorbell page of my website.I'm s...
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Doorbell images

June 21, 2012 Since today a picture is taken from everybody that rings my doorbell, the pictures are stored and can be found on the doorbell page of my website.I st...
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RFXCOM RFXtrx433

June 18, 2012 Today I ordered a RFXCOM RFXtrx433 transceiver so that I can receive 433MHz signals. I hope that I can connect my 433MHz doorbell to my frontdoor came...
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Frontdoor camera

June 14, 2012 Today I installed my frontdoor camera. (unfortunally at the moment I use an old mobile phone as a camera, so no night vision yet)As soon as I get my R...
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Domotica server

May 24, 2012 Since the end of May 2012 i have my (soon to be) domotica server up and running. For now it's only a webserver, but i hope i can very soon hook up a 4...
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