My setup at home consists of various home automation devices. But the majority of my home lighting and power control is done by LightwaveRF. In my opinion this is one of the best options out there for somebody wanting to automate their home lighting and power. Their sockets and switches look excellent and don’t rely on massive plugged in devices (unless you opt for those). Continue reading How to install LightwaveRF with Homebridge
Apple Homekit was a promise by Apple to bring all your home automation equipment together under one app. Unfortunately the adoption of homekit from other manufacturers has been almost glacial in speed from either development costs or licensing costs or the desire for their end user to only use their App! All this achieves is forcing users to have an app for almost every device they own. Want to turn on your TV? Turn on your lights? Set your thermostat? that will be 3 different apps and time spent navigating them.
Fortunately there is an answer. Homebridge is designed to “bridge” the gap between Apple’s Homekit and your devices which don’t natively support them. So what we waiting for? Continue reading How to Install NodeJS and Homebridge
Nest products are becoming even more popular. I myself have a Nest thermostat and looking into getting some of their indoor cameras to act as a baby monitor as my daughter is old enough to be unleashed into her room without cot bars keeping her safe.
With the myriad of applications required to control all your home automation devices the idea of Apple Homekit is an intriguing one. It enables you to have everything in one place, accessible quickly. Alas, not everything is supported by Apple’s Homekit including Nest.. Continue reading How to add Nest devices to Homebridge