AutoHome – Home Automation Software Setup
I’ve had a request to hand out my home automation software so here’s preliminary setup doc. This currently works with Insteon and CentraLite light switches and stock XBee analysis pods (see my earlier posts). I’m happy to discuss enhancements.
When you’re done [...]
I went to the CES show this last week and looked at a bunch of home automation stuff. Here’s the most interesting Zigbee stuff I saw…
A company named ThinkEco is releasing the Modlet which is a plug-in outlet replacement that uses Zigbee to let you monitor power usage [...]
When I started on my Zigbee oddysey I started out buying a few XBee’s and the first thing that struck me was the antennas and power outputs. Since I wasn’t sure what the difference was I bought some of each.
Now I’ve been an RF guy for quite a while. I was an [...]
I’m on to the next phase – trying to use the kit and update the programming to send IR commands when prompted by the PC. This is my last ‘review’ post.
I first attached the CC Debugger to the target board and ran SmartRF, which has a simple interface to the CC2530 for reading and [...]
Software and Documentation Applications
It’s relevant to discuss my application and desires for the kit before continuing.
Like many people I’ve dropped my cable subscription. I don’t actually watch TV (which is why I have time to write this blog) and my family watches rarely. I do watch movies and we have a [...]
The Hardware Contents
One of the hot new chips for Zigbee has got to be the TI CC2530 and family. This is a single chip 8051 core that has plenty of RAM/Flash and a ‘free open-source Zigbee-certified’ stack.
In order to play with this a bit I bought the CC2530 RemoTI development [...]
Now that I’ve started getting more ‘down and dirty’ with Zigbee a packet sniffer starts becoming important. I have three. I haven’t used the third yet (a TI chip based sniffer) but here’s a discussion of the first two.
Example: Sniffing packets I noticed that each XBee endpoints was polling for data every 100ms. This turns out [...]
I wanted to wrap up my Centralite work. I have my software communicating successfully with the Centralite usb stick and the switches so I can move forward no matter what. I’ll come back and update this as I mutter and fret about what decision to make.
It’s hard to decide what to do. I have [...]
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