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Introducing the HomeGenie mini!
« on: February 17, 2019, 05:59:15 PM »

 This looks real cool I can't wait to get my hands on one to play with.
https://youtu.be/CovB1jl3980  :0~
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Re: Introducing the HomeGenie mini!
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2019, 09:08:38 PM »

VERY Cool! However, I wonder how many people will be willing to not only assemble the unit but source all the components as well. Sort of a PITA to buy all the parts in small quantities.  Even so, and even though I don't really need one, I just might do it.
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Re: Introducing the HomeGenie mini!
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2019, 07:08:42 AM »

Ya, the fact it has 4 or five connections to control things plus RF and Wi-Fi it is like a CM19 on steroids. I do want to play with one! It is probably just as cheap to build 5 or 10 as it would be to build 1
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Re: Introducing the HomeGenie mini!
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2019, 11:13:52 AM »

Just for fun I looked up all the parts on Jameco and Amazon based on building just 3 pieces. Including the cost of the boards as shown on the site, they come out to about $30 each - pretty cheap if you know which end of the soldering not to touch! Naturally, larger quantities would be less and a factory in China could probably crank these out for under 10 bucks a pop.
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Re: Introducing the HomeGenie mini!
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2019, 12:27:07 PM »

itlead seems to have the best price for the bare boards https://www.itead.cc/open-pcb/pcb-prototyping.html
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Re: Introducing the HomeGenie mini!
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2019, 03:00:23 PM »

I could source and assemble these easily enough but I'm totally lost on how to add the platformio stuff. Never even heard of it before now.  ???  Been looking at https://github.com/genielabs/homegenie-mini and everything seems straightforward other than that.
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Re: Introducing the HomeGenie mini!
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2019, 05:16:39 PM »

Ya, installing the whole Platform.IO IDE sounds easier. I believe once that is done the build should be simple enough but you may wish to open a issue here for more clarification. https://github.com/genielabs/homegenie-mini/issues   (Chr)
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Re: Introducing the HomeGenie mini!
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2021, 08:50:22 AM »

I've been playing with a ESP-01 board and the Ardiuno software tools and got pretty comfortable using it. I was about to get a few Wemos D1 boards to maybe try a HG mini build then I looked at platformio.
I could source and assemble these easily enough but I'm totally lost on how to add the platformio stuff. Never even heard of it before now.  ???  Been looking at https://github.com/genielabs/homegenie-mini and everything seems straightforward other than that.
I too am lost with the platformio stuff I tried loading both software options on windows as well as Linux and a Raspi. ::) :`)
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Re: Introducing the HomeGenie mini!
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2021, 04:06:17 PM »

I looked over the HG_mini Gerber files and found it is possible to use a basic PCB no need to get one made. Doing this I was able to create a HG-Mini for under $20 CD, however I didn't add the sensors or RF.
I wasn't expecting much firing this up but the HG app does see it and you can add X10 devices even without the RF board attached of coarse they don't do any thing, the light and temperature sensor also display as does the GPIO pins, but again nothing usable with out them attached.
What I am a bit disappointed in is no Web UI. there are 2 ports used but the one displays 'Not found: /' posibly due to nothing connected, the other displays 'This is a Websocket server only!' :(
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