Well, Well, Well – look what we have in the mail – the z-wave microswitches for our lighting automation project! Nerd Alert!
Let me explain a little about what these things are for and what they do – in non geeky terms.
Again on a side note, there are various types of ‘home controllers’. You can also get ones that are stand alone devices with its own processor that can connect to internet, install the necessary apps etc. But SS, opted to use USB controller because he wanted to see whether he could make more use of his linux based NAS device – which is currently our “media server” (There should be a post on this. SS does some cool things), and run the openHAB software (and there should be a post on this too. it will be particularly interesting to the tech-heads) , which typically requires Java, off it. He also just likes to do things out of the norm. Crazy dude.
By the way, these devices are certainly not cheap. Here is where we purchased them from:
- Clipsal SC2032VAPBL Impress double light switch with LED (& the rest of the switch plates from the same supplier) – http://goo.gl/Cxmrac
- Aeon Labs Z-Wave Z-Stick USB Adapter A$95.00 – http://goo.gl/HlB2oh
- Fibaro Z-Wave In-Wall Double Switch – A$104.00 – http://goo.gl/is41Xi
- Fibaro Z-Wave In-Wall Dimmer A$103.00 – http://goo.gl/N7NjYn
Home automation is certainly new to many of us. But it’s really exciting. If you are curious on our how we progress with this and want to benefit from our learnings and trial and errors – follow the blog 😉