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New Years Resolution: Backup Your Gmail & Files

The New Year is always a great time to make some changes and for your digital home at least, none more important than backing up.  In 2012 we wrote about using gmvault to take a copy of your Gmail but around a month ago Google finally added the ability to back it up (and Google […]

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Indigo: Home Automation on the Mac – Part 3 – IP Garage Door Control

Adding IP control to your garage doors is a great little home automation project for a wet weekend and it really shows the power and simplicity of Indigo. The easiest way to interface to most garage doors is through their manual push button control.  These are usually securely inside the property and using them removes the […]

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The Plex Media Server and the Mac mini DIY Fusion Drive

Yes yes, I know you’ve heard it a million times before but we love Plex!  One of the best new features over recent months, PlexSync is used with the many mobile devices in our family, it’s such a fantastic way to take your media with you. Here’s a scenario, it’s Friday afternoon and you know you have […]

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Video: CommandFusion Tutorial Designs GUI’s for iOS and Android Home Automation

CommandFusion are well known for their iViewer mobile home automation app. They’ve recently posted some useful links in our forums for a couple of video tutorials that give a good insight into their powerful guiDesigner software.  This is a Windows application that provides a CI or DIY installer a drag and drop environment to develop custom user interfaces that […]

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Wiring Guide

Welcome to the Automated Home Wiring Guide. This guide documents the installation of the various wiring systems around our new “automated” home. Hopefully the information will be helpful to others faced with the same task, or provide inspiration to those considering it. I’m a firm believer that a picture can paint a thousand words so […]

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Important Stuff – Securing Your Digital Lifestyle

If you weren’t following the horror story of Wired journalist Mat Honan’s personal hacking over the weekend, then do yourself a favour and read his article or watch his interview on This Week in Tech below. It’s clear that Apple and Amazon’s security procedures were less than impressive.  They have already been changed as a result of this […]

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New Loxone IR Extension Module Plus Free Online Video Tutorials

Loxone have launched a new IR Extension device that sits in the consumer unit, like its Miniserver, which talks to up to 8 infra-red modules, that can be distributed throughout your home automation system. The IR-module and 1 pair of transmitters as a set are €199 and then further modules (up to 8 per extension) […]

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Home Hacks: Arduino Mail Waiting Alert

We love a good hardware hack and here’s a great one from Automated Home reader Martin Howell. A Velleman IR kit plus a makeup mirror and some Arduino jiggery-pokery allows Martin’s home to let him know when there’s something in his mail box on the gatepost. My mailbox is on the gatepost, and the erratic […]

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Hands On: Upgrading Our MacBook to SSD PLUS a 1TB Hard Drive

In a quest to make our MacBook last out until next years rumoured major redesign (carbon fibre anyone?) we decided to do the trendy thing and install an SSD. However we’ve always been used to having a big hard drive so the 128GB SSD we chose wasn’t going to allow us to hold our entire […]

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My Automated Home: Nigel Giddings – Installing Broadband in a Rural Location

In this months ‘My Automated Home’ feature, Nigel Giddings shows us his ingenious set-up that grabs a 3G signal from one corner of his rural idyll, beams it 300 meters back to his home and redistributes it to the family.  If you’re in the countryside and conventional ADSL or cable broadband is not available, then […]

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