Moving a wall to create a bigger bathroom!

When we purchased our house, one thing that we didn't really like was the small bathroom. The layout is pretty standard for the type of house, with an airing cupboard and W.C. over the garage. The existing layout of the bathroom We knew we wanted to retain the bath, for the kids mostly, and we … Continue reading Moving a wall to create a bigger bathroom!

Installing Konnected Alarm

Back in February of this 2020 (This post has taken me a year to write!), I preordered an alarm panel from Konnected.io. The idea with the Konnected alarm panel is that you can take your existing wired alarm and connect it to your smart home setup. It's a very clever bit of kit, which I … Continue reading Installing Konnected Alarm

LED Clock, Part III: Alexa?

Whilst I await delivery of more WS2812 LEDs, I wanted to start investigating how I can leverage the Alexa Gadget Toolkit integration, so that when I set a timer using Alexa, my LED clock can show the countdown. Amazon make an Echo Wall Clock which does just that. I found an open source project called … Continue reading LED Clock, Part III: Alexa?

LED Clock, Part II: Tick, Tock

In Part I, I covered the basics of controlling the LEDs. This covered the hands of the clock. The second part of my investigation covers time and how to make the clock tick. The ESP 8266 I am using for this prototyping work doesn't include a Real Time Clock, so I was required to add … Continue reading LED Clock, Part II: Tick, Tock

pkpassvalidator.com update

I have just published a small update to https://pkpassvalidator.com/ The signature now undergoes additional checks, to ensure that the WWDR certificate is used. This is one of the most problematic things for people using my https://github.com/tomasmcguinness/dotnet-passbook library. Hopefully this small change will help.

Den – Installing a smart socket

As part of the Den Automation range, they ship a 2 gang smart socket. It has the ability to be switched on remotely, to determine what's plugged in and to even monitor the energy usage of the item plugged in. I pre-ordered a few of these units as I saw them being used to turn … Continue reading Den – Installing a smart socket

Den – Installing a light switch

In a previous post, I covered the Den Automation Smart Hub setup. Next up, I'd like to cover the installation and setup of their 1 gang light switch. I ordered four of these, to cover the rooms upstairs in my house. I'll post the processing I went through to install one of the switches. WARNING … Continue reading Den – Installing a light switch

Den – The Smart Hub

The Den Smart Hub is the core component of Den's smart home offering. You need to have one in order to use any of their other products. The Hub is responsible for remote access and firmware upgrades. It's worth noting that the Den products will operate *without* an internet connection (once initially setup). This is … Continue reading Den – The Smart Hub

Den Automation – Unboxing

It's been a long time in the making, but Den Automation finally started fulfilling their pre-orders earlier this month. I received my pre-ordered items, an order I placed in March 2018, last Monday. I've been looking forward to getting my hands on some Den gear since I first heard about the company in 2017. I … Continue reading Den Automation – Unboxing