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Wired 3 Zone UK S Plane Heating System

I was given a RPi 2 model B as a gift and looking for something to do with it came across PiHome. That turned out to be a bit over ambitious – I have no knowledge of RPi or programming and it is 40 years since I experimented with simple DOS commands. This guide is intended for anyone with my lack of skills that likes the idea of using this project to control their home heating with a wired setup.…

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PiHome version 1.73

Once more contribution to PiHome Smart Heating by the community. PiHome community always working hard to improve some of exiting feature to make things better. If you have any feedback or run into any issues you can always find help on PiHome site. This release packed with some serious improvements and bug fixes, to name some of them as follow: Highlights in This Release #135 Romanian language Added Latvia language Added #133 Added exception logging and Error handling to Gateway…

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Heatmizer 9 Zone Heating System

After looking through PiHome website I decided that this is just what I need to improve my existing controls – Heatmizer. The price and all functions are unbeatable. I was looking around but could not find any other option. My old System Downstairs: 7 zone underfloor heating with heating manifold – heatmizer underfloor controller and wired thermostats ( 5 of them faulty). Upstairs: One Zone radiator controlled by a zone valve. Hot Water: One Zone controlled by a zone valve.…

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nRF24L01 to RFM69CW/RFM69HCW/RFM69W

nRF24L01 to RFM69CW, RFM69HCW and RFM69W adapter compatible with MySensors Library and size is simple replacement for nRF radio without any modification to your PCB. Size/Compatibility nRF24L01 foot print for LoRa RFM69/95 module compatible with RFM69CW RFM69HCW RFM69W modules and it comes with SMA and U.FL socket footprint on pcb. Download Eagle PCB files  

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PiHome version 1.70

As always, great contribution to PiHome Smart Heating by the community. PiHome community always working hard to improve some of exiting feature to make things better. If you have any feedback or run into any issues you can always find help on PiHome site. This release packed with some serious improvements and bug fixes, to name some of them as follow: #69 Missing save button on Zone edit #65 i2C interface Relay support #61 Ability to Add/Edit & Delete Exiting…

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Serial Gateway on Raspberry Pi Zero GPIO

Serial Gateway on Raspberry Pi Zero GPIO

There are few ways to connect Serial Gateway to Raspberry pi. The easiest one is to connect Serial Gateway via USB port to raspberry pi. Due to the size of raspberry pi zero i prefer to have small PCB which will serve me purpose of gateway, zone and boiler controller. This can reduce the cost of having multi zone smart heating at the same time. Connecting Serial Gateway on Raspberry Pi Zero GPIO Raspberry pi GPIO are 3.3v tolerant but…

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Resizing the USB SSD on Raspberry Pi

Default way to resizing SD card with raspi-config is not going to work on USB SSD disk so we have to do this old fashion i.e. command line fdisk. Let change partition table with fdisk. You need to remove exiting partition entries and then create a new partition that takes the all the free space on the disk we have. This will only change the disk partition table not the data on the disk. First Part of this post about:…

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Boot Raspberry Pi from USB SSD

I was doing some read and write speed testing of PiHome SD card, it is doing good job so for me but i wanted to run raspberry pi from SSD drive connected via USB port and i wondered if it is possible or not so i across raspberry pi article  on how to do this. Lets simplify this for the sake to engineering steps. Run following command to check fuse

Above command should give you 17:1020000a which mean fuse…

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PiHome IFTTT Google Assistance and Node-RED

Link Google Assistant to PiHome

With a bit of spare time over the Christmas break, I have been working around with my google home and PiHome. I was ready to buy a boost console from PiHome but decided to try my own attempts first. Rather than using a physical button, I decided to try voice commands instead. Below is the description of how I got there – I’m sure you can think of a number of improvements/ a much simply way of coding this, but…

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LoRa Sensors, Zone Controller and ESP8266 Gateway

LoRa Sensors, Zone Controller and ESP8266 Gateway

LoRa stand for Long Rang, in this post i will show you what i m up to with LoRa Sensors, Zone Controller and ESP8266 Gateway. PiHome infrastructure i.e. battery powered temperature sensors, zone controller, boiler controller and esp8266 smart home gateway is built with nRF24L01 wireless which operate at 2.4Gh. nRF24L01 is cheap solution but it has range limitation and unable to penetrate through the solid walls and you need repeaters installed around the place to get full coverage. Its…

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