Z-Wave vs Zigbee

Home automation is quite popular now in most household and it is common to see retailers dedicate quite a lot of display space to them.  I was in a local Best Buy store recently, and was delighted to find a few aisles of home automation products on display and...

To Cloud or Not to Cloud?

It is a cloudy morning today, but we are not talking about the weather.  Cloud services are quite popular now and are available quite abundantly and down-to-earth.  There are many discussion in the corporate world regarding availability, reliability, and security for enterprise level type of cloud services.  But how...

Hass.io – Have an Old IP Camera?

Do you have an old IP camera that you are still using at home? I have 2 of them. This is a Foscam FI8910W camera.  It had its glorious days many years ago, and it still working, as older hardware are built to last much longer. This camera has lots...

Hass.io – Push Notification

When there is a problem, there is a solution. What is the problem? We’ve been experiencing intermittent slow down which download speed just goes up and down unexpectedly.  I already have internet speed test scheduled on my Home Assistant (HA) every 15 minutes, but what I would really like...

Want to build a simple Alexa Skill in minutes?

It is an exciting time we are in nowadays with the latest development in cloud-based voice services that facilitate many activities ranging from asking a simple question, making a phone call, or to turn on a light in the kitchen, totally hand-free.  It is fascinating for first time user...

Amazon Alexa on Raspberry Pi

I’m doing a number of projects with the Raspberry Pi.  The latest? I just got Amazon Alexa running on my Raspberry Pi and respond to the wake word “Alexa”.  This is all base on the Alexa AVS Sample App, provided by Amazon. Ready to setup it up? So what...