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Old 20th September 2015, 14:11   #16
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Nice to see this thread on Home Automation! I would like to know where can we purchase the controllers and the other end devices. Are the components available online or we need to search in local electronics shop? Has anyone integrated any DIY media streaming server (audio/video) into the automation?
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Old 6th June 2018, 17:28   #17
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Bumping an existing old thread instead of creating a new one.

I've recently got hooked on semi-DIY home automation using Sonoff wifi-enabled devices. Currently, I have 6 smart switches hooked up to my Amazon Echo and with more devices on order. Typically available from Aliexpress, these cost roughly $5 to $30 depending on the functionality. These are also available from multiple Indian sellers with a mark-up of course. Alexa works seamlessly with these gadgets. Haven't tried with my Google Homes yet.

There are experts on this forum like diyguy and I request them to add their setups to this specific thread:

Relevant posts:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/gadget...ml#post4399244 (Inverter Batteries)
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/gadget...ml#post4399244 (Inverter Batteries)
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/gadget...ml#post4402398 (Which home/office AC (air conditioner) to buy ?)
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Bumping an existing old thread instead of creating a new one.

I've recently got hooked on semi-DIY home automation using Sonoff wifi-enabled devices. Currently, I have 6 smart switches hooked up to my Amazon Echo and with more devices on order. Typically available from Aliexpress, these cost roughly $5 to $30 depending on the functionality. These are also available from multiple Indian sellers with a mark-up of course. Alexa works seamlessly with these gadgets. Haven't tried with my Google Homes yet.

Perfect!! Just read on their website that it supports Google home as well.

This is exactly what i was looking for. How and where have you installed them? Do they go inside the wall plate?
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Old 29th June 2018, 13:31   #19
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More loot from Aliexpress. This time it reached using AE standard shipping via Singapore Post in 14 days flat. Very impressed!

This big one at the bottom is a combined wireless switch and a power consumption meter with a rated load of 16A / 3500 watts. Trying to figure out where to fix the latter. The most logical ones are our powerful solar panel + electric geyser fitted on the terrace as well as a side-by-side refrigerator. Need to check the wattage for both and slightly uncomfortable to fit high power appliances to these devices. Any thoughts?
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Itwasntme, can you please share a few installation pics on how you have used this with the appliance/devices in your home?

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I've recently got hooked on semi-DIY home automation using Sonoff wifi-enabled devices.
Nice - I've been using them for a few months too.

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Alexa works seamlessly with these gadgets. Haven't tried with my Google Homes yet.
Works well with Google Home -- though sometimes I face connectivity issues (might be my Wifi), and occasionally it works but Google still says "there was an error"


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Do they go inside the wall plate?
Depth wise they do fit easily. Though if your wall-plate is full of switches, it probably wont fit. You'll need some blanks.

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Need to check the wattage for both and slightly uncomfortable to fit high power appliances to these devices. Any thoughts?
The switching part shouldn't be an issue, since it's effectively a mechanical switch (relay).

Don't know about the measurement circuitry.

I've used a Sainsmart board with solid state relays that literally went up in smoke!!! So you can never truly trust the engineering of these cheaper products.

The next one I bought seemed to be slightly modified - no problems with that so far!
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Another awesome device i recommend is the Broadlink RM mini 3.

$15 (available for a bit more on Amazon.in too)

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The range is awesome.

I use it to control my Air Conditioners. (Or anything IR - like TV, Home threater, Fan, etc).

One thing i like doing is having it automatically turn off the AC an hour before I have to wake up.

Note that there's TWO Broadlink apps that it works with. You can use either one: e-Control / ihc (Intelligent Home Control)

Via the IHC app, it integrates perfectly well with Google Home (haven't tried Alexa).

If you use Tasker on Android - get RM Plugin Lite - super easy integration there too.

More detailed info at this link : https://www.banggood.com/Broadlink-B..._warehouse=USA

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Another awesome device i recommend is the Broadlink RM mini 3.

$15 (available for a bit more on Amazon.in too)


The range is awesome.
Please confirm if I can use this in Bangalore to control my home air conditioner in Chennai?

Had this as a urgent requirement two days ago when my parents can figure out the AC remote. Had to use another AC remote with preset options and get the machine to work.

Thank you 👍
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Please confirm if I can use this in Bangalore to control my home air conditioner in Chennai?
Yes you can.

Though do note:

1) You'll obviously have to run through a 1-time setup process (you can download the AC codes from their online database - 90% chance of finding it --- or you can 'teach' it the codes, button by button)

2) Earlier i had a lot of problems using it over the internet (over wifi worked better) -- but then i changed by router and now it works pretty well!

3) You can even set a timer to turn the AC on / off -- or even change the temperature at certain times.
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Yes you can.

Though do note:

1) You'll obviously have to run through a 1-time setup process (you can download the AC codes from their online database - 90% chance of finding it --- or you can 'teach' it the codes, button by button)

2) Earlier i had a lot of problems using it over the internet (over wifi worked better) -- but then i changed by router and now it works pretty well!

3) You can even set a timer to turn the AC on / off -- or even change the temperature at certain times.
Thank you very much. It's pretty much what I am looking for. It was on deal for a 100 rupees less on that day I replied to you. I'll wait for it for the next time.

For now, color coding the remote will do I think.
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It was on deal for a 100 rupees less on that day
If your application is more price sensitive than time sensitive, do check sites like aliexpress & banggood -- their prices are usually better (inclusive of shipping), but shipping takes 2-4 weeks.

There's also a small chance you'll be charged a random customs fee.
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Itwasntme, can you please share a few installation pics on how you have used this with the appliance/devices in your home?
Sorry for this delayed response. Currently only with some shamefully basic stiff like table and standing lights (we have far too many!) and for electrical strips were certain gadgets are connected to. Next steps are planned for ceiling fans and garage lights etc.

Connected the power output switch to my IFB dryer and happy to confirm it works very well:
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If your application is more price sensitive than time sensitive, do check sites like aliexpress & banggood -- their prices are usually better (inclusive of shipping), but shipping takes 2-4 weeks.

There's also a small chance you'll be charged a random customs fee.
I got it for 1050 rupees yesterday, along with Echo Dot at 2.5K. It should be arriving on Monday. I'll only get to test it next week.

Thank you for the feedback. I'll update the forum about the device post it's installation at my home.

Haven't really shopped with Ali Express. Hence decided to stick to Amazon India itself.
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