Apartment Automation Adventures Pt 1

30 June 2015

I've been thinking about implementing some home automation in my apartment for a while now. I've always wanted to be able to control my lights, blinds, ac, fan, etc using just my phone. So I finally got off my butt and started working on it.

After doing some research, I ordered a Z-Stick, a Z-Wave switch, and a Z-Wave in-wall relay. I also had a spare Raspberry PI collecting dust so I decided to use that as the server. I'll probably pick up some more devices later on to connect the rest of my apartment if things go well.

Originally I was gonna write some server software to handle the all this stuff but then I found out about openHAB. It's this open source automation software that seems pretty popular. I figured there's no point reinventing the wheel so I went with that and installed it on my rPI.

And so after a couple hours of wtfs I finally got one of the lights working! Check out the video.

It was actually super exciting the first time it flipped on. It's been a while since I got to work on something fun like this. I can't wait till I get all the other stuff installed.