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Reddit - Home Automation by /u/literallynoclue - 2h ago

I have tried to get into Home Assistant and convert from Vera but it seems there’s a small handful of helpful people but being a complete newbie I was told it would be ok just take some time and be painful. But this is ridiculous I just spent 8 hours installing the emerging OS on my Raspberry Pi cause I stuffed up and formatted it stuffed the partitions and had to learn how to fix all that only to find I can’t run Hassio on Noobs so I would hav ego flash the sad card again and RE configure and this is suppose to be the easy part. Angry rant over, I would just ask if this is suppose to be the open community it claims to be there’s really not the support in my opinion for new people, there’s so many words and abbreviations that are completely new to me and I’m sure others but with out the assumed prior learning it’s almost useless.

If someone could make an actual beginners guide (beginner being unfamiliar) with out assuming their base knowledge that would help rather than 3000 videos of the same thing with the same abbreviations.

Please just stop with the negative feedback and downvotes when someone doesn’t understand (except for when they are going against helpful assistance) it makes it feel like this community is not approachable

I’m sick and grumpy so might be over reacting but it just seems impossible when you go into learn what XYZ means and find another 6 abbreviations you then have to learn what they mean it’s never ending

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I've purchased a few gimmicky home automation devices over the years, and my preference has always been for devices that can be controlled wirelessly from my smartphone.

While Bluetooth devices are okay, my preference is Wifi devices, since the range is a lot better, there's no pairing annoyances to deal with, and you'd have the option of SSH tunneling or VPNing into your home network and accessing the devices, even from outside the house.

Unfortunately, almost all of the Wifi cameras, outlets, and bulbs that I've purchased over the years rely on third party servers to operate, many requiring that you pay a monthly fee to maintain full service.

I'm interested in any Wifi devices (outlets, cameras, smart bulbs, sensors, hubs, anything else) that can continue to function without the home being hooked up to the Internet, as long as the local Wifi network remains available.

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I installed it today behind a toggle light switch and it turns on/off the lightbulb from the smartthings app no matter which direction the physical switch is in, which is good. But flipping the physical switch will only turn the lightbulb on when it's off. It won't turn the lightbulb off when the light is on. How does that happen?

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Reddit - Home Automation by /u/0110010001100010 - 4h ago

I've started down the path of 3d printing, which seems to be more of a time-sink than home automation, lol. I have the printer, light, fan, and camera on a z-wave power strip and the printer (through octoprint) in Home Assistant. Currently I just have the fan turn on when the print it down to start cooling things down. Any other cool automations you all have worked up?

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I can control the lights on and off through Smartthings like I want, but now the switch on my wall does nothing. I think I need to configure it to 3-way switch mode. The directions say "The Dual Nano Switch can be controlled via 2-state (flip/flop) external/manual switch, momentary push button or the 3-way switch. To automatically detect and set the mode to the appropriate type of manual switch wired into Dual Nano Switch, toggle the button on the manual switch once and wait 2 seconds for the Dual Nano Switch to detect the type of manual switch.

You can also set the external switch mode through Configuration Command Class. Parameter 120 [1 byte dec] is the parameter that will set one of the 3 different modes. If you set this configuration to: (0) 2-state switch mode (1) Momentary push button Mode (2) 3-way switch mode"

I don't think it's automatically detecting the like it should be. How do I go about configuring it via the "Configuration Command Class"?

Edit: could it be because I used 14ga wire to connect to the switch instead of 18ga like in the directions?

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I bought some lower wattage stage lights last year, strung them around, and put them on my home network. Right now they change colors and pulse based on what a microphone near my TV picks up and its kinda cool but I'm looking to see if anyone has done anything similar that I could borrow some ideas from 😄

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