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    Had a try to answer but it's just too difficult....

    Had a try to answer but it's just too difficult. Try simplifying the questions. Some questions make no sense!


    Frank
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    Survey now closed

    Survey now closed
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    Not 100% sure but this may help, or at least give...

    Not 100% sure but this may help, or at least give you some more ideas.

    Have a look at Fibaro dimmers for the switch.

    If you have SmartThings, a Z-Wave controller or an Echo plus these can be...
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    Agree. Sometimes you wonder why you started a...

    Agree. Sometimes you wonder why you started a project.

    I have a automated rule where if there is no movement on any of the downstairs sensors for 30 minutes after 10pm then the house goes into...
  5. It should definitely be possible. Is the project...

    It should definitely be possible. Is the project now complete? How did you get on?


    Frank
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    Sorry you've not had an answer - it's seems a...

    Sorry you've not had an answer - it's seems a little quiet on here at times.

    I use a SmartThings hub. SmartThings is good if you have a lot of different kit. It supports quite a good range of...
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    Definitely worth a fiver. Another excuse to go...

    Definitely worth a fiver. Another excuse to go into Maplin.


    Frank
  8. There are lots of 'smart' devices out there that...

    There are lots of 'smart' devices out there that potentially could communicate with each other. Most don't because they use different protocols.

    Have a look at the ITTT website and see if your...
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    I seem to have problems with all communication in...

    I seem to have problems with all communication in my house (wifi, phones etc). The signal for the z-wave was not reaching my patio door so I had to move the main controller.

    In theory the mesh...
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    Alexa

    To Admin:

    Any chance of a separate sub-forum for Alexa?

    I've been connecting several devices and would be interested in knowing what others are up to.


    Frank
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    It sound like you have your work cut out. Let us...

    It sound like you have your work cut out. Let us know how you get on. Post some photos when you are finished to help others.


    Frank
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    I'm not sure why you need the API and DLLs as...

    I'm not sure why you need the API and DLLs as most scenario's can be catered for via the hub.

    Maybe the SmartThings help pages can help: h**ps://community.smartthings.com/ (replace * with t)

    ...
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    I'm using a SmartThings hub at the moment. I keep...

    I'm using a SmartThings hub at the moment. I keep thinking of buying a Fibaro HC but never quite get round to it. I think I'm still trying to convince myself that the extra cost will add some...
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    9 of the Fibaro dimmer modules installed behind...

    9 of the Fibaro dimmer modules installed behind the existing face-plate would do the job. The problem would be space and possibly cost.

    If you are just switching and not dimming certain sets of...
  15. I too was an apple fan for a while but sometimes...

    I too was an apple fan for a while but sometimes they are just not up to speed with Technology.

    The answers to your questions are:

    Yes, z-wave devices all share the same z-wave protocol. If a...
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    SmartThings is good if you have a lot of...

    SmartThings is good if you have a lot of different kit. It supports quite a good range of stuff (Z-wave, zigbee, wi-fi etc).

    It sound like you would be better just buying a Nest Thermostat for...
  17. Welcome. It's always daunting to start the Home...

    Welcome. It's always daunting to start the Home Automation journey. It's hard to get the right thing for yourself as there is so much equipment and advice out there. What is perfect for one person is...
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    Chris, in the sales bumf is says 104 dB. I...

    Chris, in the sales bumf is says 104 dB. I thought that would be loud enough. Does it depend on how much charge it has? i.e. does it go quieter when the charge is low?

    I've been looking for one of...
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    Welcome Neal2000uk. The usual answer to these...

    Welcome Neal2000uk.

    The usual answer to these type of questions is 'depends'. Not that helpful, so I'll try a bit harder.

    You first need to decide what controller you will be using (if any). If...
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    You might get a better response if you post your...

    You might get a better response if you post your questions here. People could provide feedback in their own time, when it's convenient.
    I promise to give feedback if you do. (Providing there are no...
  21. Hi, have a look at the Fibaro Z-Wave switches...

    Hi, have a look at the Fibaro Z-Wave switches (module). These are back boxes which should fit behind your existing light switch. They are wired in-line so you don't need to change any switch covers....
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    I've used a few of these in my set up. Although...

    I've used a few of these in my set up. Although I've not really set any triggers with them yet as I've yet to finish my external lighting.

    Z-Wave Everspring SP103 Motion Detector

    All the tests...
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    The back box option is the neatest. Have a look...

    The back box option is the neatest. Have a look behind your light switches to see it you have a live and neutral wire. If you don't have both this will limit what you buy.

    I have used the Z-Wave...
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    I can safely say that it saves electricity if...

    I can safely say that it saves electricity if programmed correctly. However, not as much money is saved compared to the money spent on hardware.
    Examples:
    Lights turn off at night if no movement...
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    Have a look at Smartthings. (100 for the hub)....

    Have a look at Smartthings. (100 for the hub). This connects to various protocols including Z-Wave and Zigbe and can also interact with other popular home automation hero's such as Nest and Harmony....
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