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    Default SmartThings + Raspberry Pi & Homebridge = Siri HomeKit Controlled Smart Home

    Here’s everything you need to get Siri controlling your Samsung SmartThings, Philips Hue lighting and Sonos using a Raspberry Pi running Homebridge. Automated Home reader (and media producer) Paul Gale takes us through his step-by-step guide finishing up with a rather impressive seasonal smart home video...

    http://www.automatedhome.co.uk/apple...mart-home.html

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    Automated Home Ninja Mavis's Avatar
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    Wow! I guess I am buying myself a Raspberry Pi for Christmas. And it just so happens I have some time off work over Christmas. I have talked for a while about learning programming such as Python and whilst I bought a book, I haven't actually opened it yet. But as I have got some of the kit anyway and I will get an outcome to aim for what is there to lose.

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    go for it! It's fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiliconPixel View Post
    go for it! It's fun


    Am I best off getting the Pi Starter kit or can the components be bought cheaper separately?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mavis View Post


    Am I best off getting the Pi Starter kit or can the components be bought cheaper separately?
    I have three Pi's now and have bought kit and separately - for this project I bought the bits separately as it's about £5 ish cheaper that way and I don't need yet another HDMI cable etc. Just Board, case, memory card and PSU. This is what I bought:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00T2U7R7I
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00W7S1BFG
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00MBTKT6S
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00MTX9GD8

    £45.55 total.

    But if you want an HDMI cable etc, it might be worth getting the kit.

    This one has WiFi and heat sinks too - quite good value I think:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00T53135O
    Last edited by SiliconPixel; 14th December 2015 at 11:18 AM.

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    Right, here we go - this will be my blog on getting a simplified setup as a noobie.

    I bought my Pi from the above link but bought the Ultimate Starter Kit (just in case I need any of the extras in the future.)

    Connected my Pi up with an Ethernet cable and a mini USB keyboard that I already had for an Android box. No problems putting the Pi in its case, (contrary to the reviews on Amazon.) as I watched the video that was referenced to on the packaging. Connected the Pi to the TV via my Yamaha amp with the HDMI cable rather than getting an old monitor down from the loft.

    First problem - Pi started ok and loaded with the OS screen but then implied that I had to add OS system TO the SD card and not FROM the SD card. Checked the card on my PC and it looked OK (files looked pretty much as they should compared to the www.raspberry pi.org website.

    Solution - bought a new SD card and followed the instructions on the above website to format it properly and reload the files onto it.

    Switched Pi back on with new SD card in place and it now gave me the option to install the OS from the SD card.

    Once installed I clicked ok and it then rebooted (with a black background) and then automatically loaded the desktop.

    Next I wanted to set up the wifi. I unplugged the Ethernet cable and plugged in the wifi dongle but when I went into the menu there was no option to setup wifi. There was a network symbol on the address bar but it did not give me any options so I rebooted but still no menu option (even when I looked in the 'hidden items'). I was now able, however, to click on the network symbol on the address bar and it gave me the option to select my wifi and input the password.

    So that is the first stage done.

    i don't know if it is a good or a bad thing but once I am interested in something then I get as much info as I can - usually to the detriment of actually starting things - currently I have the Raspberry Pi for Dummies, and 2 other beginners magazines as well as searching the t'internet. As you can see from above, I still came across some problems that were different to the guides. However I think that I will try and work it out first and if I am really stuck then ask as it will have given my time to explore my options.

    Will have a bit of a play with the Pi tonight and then onto stage two hopefully tomorrow.

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    Hi All,

    If you find any issues, omissions or mistakes in my guide, please let me know - it's the first time I've created a guide like this!

    There's also the SmartThings forum where I got most of the info from here:

    https://community.smartthings.com/t/...idge/16701/198

    Paul.

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