[Noisebridge-discuss] Anyone playing around in the home automation space?

pdbogen at cernu.us pdbogen at cernu.us
Tue Aug 19 16:50:40 UTC 2014

I've not very hacky, but I had some Insteon gear deployed in my old place. I ran into a few problems:

(1) Accidentally paying $200 for something that's basically a raspberry pi 
with some custom software. (ISY-944) It did at least have a nice REST API, 

(2) Range far worse than advertised for wireless. I'm talking getting about 
4ft of wireless range instead of 100ft.

(3) Old wiring; switch-type Insteon modules need a neutral line to the switch 
box, which builders didn't do prior to like 20 years ago. In SF, that's an 

I'm in a new place now with many more lights, sockets, etc., and I'm waiting 
for my bank account to recover from a sizable deposit and paying movers before 
I reengage with deploying Insteon.

(Granted, this might be a touch less hackery than you had in mind; but at the 
same time, I'm hesitant to try to repeatably make hardware that interfaces 
with and controls 120VAC.)

- Patrick

On Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 10:40:55PM -0700, Joshua Sorenson wrote:
> I'm trying to get a feel for who's doing what, and what problems they've
> encountered in the home automation space. Anyone here currently hacking
> their home/apt?
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Patrick Bogen .
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