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 on: August 16, 2018, 05:39:54 PM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen
Adding devices to HA-Bridge
From the ha-bridge interface click on add/edit and enter your device info.
Note: you must click the add button to the right of the on/off or dim items lines prior to scrolling to the top and clicking Add Bridge Device attched is a screen shot for my x10 Wolf Lamp clicking on it will enlarge it but you may need to download and enlarge it to see all details
Adding Broadlink RM devices is a bit different.

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 on: July 30, 2018, 07:17:20 AM 
Started by soxfan1966 - Last post by Tuicemen
If your running PCC try running smartcloud to run sending the command to it.
The issue is with smartcloud grabbing the X10 nets and not releasing, if it sends x10 to something else it shouldn't grab it.
You could also try sending to alex10 but not have Alex10 running

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 on: July 30, 2018, 04:27:24 AM 
Started by soxfan1966 - Last post by sniickers
Any updates on this? Are do I have to give in and upgrade from XP. It's solid for a few days, then suddenly crashes. It would be nice if there was a way to maybe trigger an event through IFTTT or PCC to send an email advising you Alex 10 has crashd. I swear everytime I have guest, Alex 10 is down and GA says okay. Maybe with the continued conversation GA has now, maybe I can give a command to GA to trigger and executable to run Alex10. Or maybe just maybe, I should turn of the power save on the network card.

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 on: July 28, 2018, 06:51:34 PM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen
I've been digging into the software side of this.
The open source code can be found here: https://github.com/MichMich/MagicMirror
There is a massive selection of addon modules for this  as seen here: https://github.com/MichMich/MagicMirror/wiki/3rd-party-modules
A forum is also available though I've yet to be able to register fully https://forum.magicmirror.builders/

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 on: July 28, 2018, 01:56:26 PM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen
I have an old AirPd I've been using on and off for several years using TAC as this is an android based tablet.
I've moved most of my HA to HomeGenie (HG) running  off a Pi.
Since there are two android apps available for this I can still use it as a remote client for X10 control.
I've jumped on the Alexa band wagon and was hoping I could use Alexa with this as that would add one more way to control my HA sadly this is not going to work as Alexa will not work on this old OS.
Recently I found a link to smart mirrors and this got me thinking about creating one I searched Magic Mirrors and how to make them and found several videos and how too documentation.
There atcualy is  a few smart mirror apps available for free at the playstore so I'm looking at possibly creating one with the AirPad.
Since I had TAC working via voice I figured I could create something new like this that worked with HG and use it in a Smart Mirror.
This I hope will be a winter project but may just end up being a rainy day project  at least for the hardware half.
There are tons of How too videos on YouTube for building one of these Smart (magic) mirrors so I won't go into making one. Like wise there are a mess of apps for this, one even promises Alexa control as a up comming upgrade.

If anyone is interested in creating a smart mirror as a X10 interface post your oftware ideas for what you'd like this to possibly do. I'm going to make this work with older Android versions  so I'm sure making the app available in the play store with to many options will make it impossible for older devices to download if the options aren't compatible with the device.
 (Chr)


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 on: July 28, 2018, 11:05:29 AM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen
This is the You tube video that got me interested in creating a magic mirror using a Pi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcmjht0Hqvw
It details how to install a simple magic mirror software on the pi.

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 on: July 28, 2018, 10:00:36 AM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen
The other day while surfing HA forums I saw a question about a bath room vanity Magic Mirror.
Since I'd never heard of a saleable version of these so I looked it up which brought up a bunch of You tube videos.
On the side was a link to a build your own. using a Pi.
 I thought these are cool but I don't want that in my bathroom and wasn't sure where I'd actualy use it.

I clicked on another video this one used a touch screen monitor so you could interact with the mirror. This gotme even more interested in them. But the question still remained. Where would I put this and what would I use it for?
I decided this will make an Ideal winter project :0~ ( like I need more) ::) :`)
I have a few SBC that could be used and a spare LED monitor I could use but no touch screen.
I then realized I have an old X10 Airsight tablet which may work for this, and since this only requires a Viewable webpage I don't need to worry about the age of the OS.  :0~
I again started a web search on creating a Magic Mirror and found these instructions for a Pi
https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Magic-Mirror/
To enable x10 control you need to have a touch screen and a web page or app that will talk to X10.
Since most Linux X10 apps are webpages you could basically use the same Pi.
 (Chr)



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 on: July 19, 2018, 12:15:16 PM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen
This is a SBC simular to the Pi but is a bit more powerful then even the newest 3B+ Pi. https://www.hardkernel.com/main/products/prdt_info.php?g_code=G145326484280
This is also not the top board made by Hardkernel but it will fit inside a newer CM15A which is what I plan to do.
I found a local dealer and ordered this which arrived in less then 3 days.
Since the USB ports need to be solder on and I have the option of one or two ports I'm thinking of hard wiring one connection directly to the CM15 this will limit me to one external port which would require me to swap a wi-fi dongel and usb mouse/keyboard when needed or use a powered hub. However I found a optional USB board that can be added to PI type boards. So I'll experiment with this. Worse case it won't work and I have to use it with my pi boards.
I've yet to power this thing up but I decided to go with a 16 gig SD card for testing. Since I'm not looking for speed just yet this will do, but I may move to the eMMC once fully tested with the SD card.
There are several images available for this but I decided to go with the offical Linux image for now.

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 on: July 19, 2018, 11:54:53 AM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen
My power supply  is still some where in route. ??? ::) :`)
However I've been reading up a bit on the zeros power requirements and notice it will run on 3 volts.
Just how much of a hit things take running on that voltage is hard to say.
I can get 4.8 volts off one of the RF daughter boards on a older CM15 using these, so I may attempt that in my next mod step.
I also read how not having a heat sink on a Pi's CPU can slow things down as it heats up so I added one but have yet to notice any real improvement.
the heat sink I used was the one that comes with the Pi 3B+ Cana kit and it works in side the older CM15As without touching any of the daughter boards.

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 on: July 11, 2018, 03:56:44 PM 
Started by Tuicemen - Last post by Tuicemen
A few users have emailed me their discoveries which almost confirms the use of MQTT
I see Ha-Bridge has a MQTT helper this may come in handy.
I suspect now the UID found in the QR code is the client ID.
Topics I suspect are: Devices, Rooms, Scenes, Setup
The Broker IP and port can be found using Wireshark  I suspect this is the same for everyone but I may be wrong.
The content message may take a bit to figure out ::) :`)
If anyone discovers anything new or can confirm info already reported here or else where please share!
 (Chr)


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