Have I shared this yet?
The wife wanted to move out of the guest room so we set her up in teh back of the theater room which meant I needed a drop down screen solution to allow light in when not in use. I'm a sucker for having the speakers behind the screen too which meant it needed to be a creative little solution so here we are after a few thousand in spend. BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE. She wanted to move into the guest room again, get rid of the guest bed and make it her gym/office... Whatever, marriage is fun AMRITE
How much to say... Add a window sensor in parts. Or to step it up, how much per automated blind
Zwave. Now we're talking. Where did you get the shades?Interesting questions. I use an ELK security system and to add a sensor I can run a new wire or add one wirelessly, so its really just the cost of the sensor since I have wire. To add a shade, I use Zwave integration which I found online for $150 and I order blinds with Zwave functionality then it's really just the cost of the blinds. I pre-wired for power to each window but I haven't installed a power distro yet, but I imagine when I do it'll cost me about 500 for the parts, and drywall repair to fish out the wires to each window and hook up the blinds. Blinds run anywhere from 250 to around 500 depending on what I want.
Blinds.com and I have to say I am SUPER impressed with their customer service and product. I got the base model ZWave with single battery compartment because I was going to power through a USB wall wart I have on the ceiling (for the screen). They sent out the 3 blinds but.. I screwed up in that I was measuring during ordering and I ordered 1 .5 inches to wide. My screw up so I'll deal with it.. BUT.. they sent all three blinds with the power and Zwave on the right side when I requested the left side (this isn't really a big deal in the least but I mentioned it). They gladly sent out 3 brand new blinds all the exact length I needed with the zwave on the correct side at no charge to me. This is something they limit to lifetime use but.. its their exact fit guarantee. I was blown away.. so although the blinds were pricey at around 1100 for 3, I really ended up with 6 at 1100 and they work great. I didn't op for blinds with a channel (for light leakage) and instead I bought some quarter round desk protector things for $100 and made my own for each window. Works a treat.Zwave. Now we're talking. Where did you get the shades?
I really, really want to automate my blinds, but a shade might be nice.
Yes, we're both Home Assistant whores. @Jehannum still uses OpenHab I think. And @Valve1138 is just a basic Apple bitch.coo coo.
Fly and I are both deep into open source home automation built out around home assistant as a centralized orchestration system.
that dude is awesome. Someone did the same for the Emporia Energy device which an awesome and pretty cheap per circuit energy monitoring. A ton of these "closed devices" talk MQTT, and they may lock it to a hardcoded remote server, or do SMQTT for auth, but usually people can reverse it, and point the device to a local MQTT and get complete local visibility.Yes, we're both Home Assistant whores. @Jehannum still uses OpenHab I think. And @Valve1138 is just a basic Apple bitch.
For example, I've been testing a new, totally local control for our pet doors. There's some crazy dude on the HA forums that has pretty much reverse engineered the entire SurePet stack. He now has an addon that allows the hub to think its talking to the cloud, but its talking to HA. Bananas.
https://pethublocal.github.io/about It's a neat read, just to see what he's done.