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Programming

Learnt something new today!

Found a new function, which i also had a use for, the “multi-function switch”, after setting up a timer over-ride / boost switch for a customer on his towel rail circuit, then trying to work out how to set it on a timer, i eventually gave up and spoke to Omid at Loxone HQ, within seconds he had the right programming block in mind.   Giving this as a result. The first button is a timed switch, which once on, […]

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Networking

Unifi Wifi

Well the new wifi points have been installed for about a week now, and i have to say they are providing much better coverage than the single Netgear unit they replaced. One of the main benefits of the system is they come with a natty little software controller that gives you all sorts of stats, including breakdowns of which clients are attached to which access points as per: As for reliability i’ve had them in with a customer for the […]

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Multimedia

Amazon Fire TV is here!!!

Several months ago, i received an email from Amazon asking if i’d like to purchase their new Fire TV box, i figured I couldn’t go wrong for £50, and ordered straight away, Well it arrived today, and so far i am impressed. It certainly feels like a well made and solid box, my initial impressions are that the software is very intuitive. We have been using Apple TV’s for our set top boxes, but the selection of services they provide […]

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Wi-fi

Poor wi-fi coverage

Living in a densely populated area, it seems like every time i look for a my wifi, a few more points have gone online. My trust old Netgear WND-AP350 really doesn’t seem to be able keep up at the moment.   I’ve been installing unifi points for my customers of late, they are reasonably priced, and look a bit nicer than most. They come with their own power over ethernet injector so you can mount them pretty much anywhere and […]

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Lighting

Magic Lights!!!!

As my wife calls them, are actually lights controlled by the mini-server and PIR’s, recently our electrician came over and between us we wired 4 PIR’s and a 12 volt power supply into the loft HA cabinet. I’ve learn’t a lot about running cables from this project, and i have to say i am only now beginning to see the skills the guys installing have. I think it may take some time to get the time-out times worked out, but […]

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Uncategorized

Disaster!!

This is what happens when you put 24 volts through the inputs rather than the outputs on a mini-server: Setting up the IR modules for the TV and sky box, we made the mistake of connecting the wrong 24 volt connections, resulting in the above and a very unpleasant burning smell emanating from the mini-server. To make things worse, we did this twice, once on the production mini-server and again on the testing unit i have… Doh!! A quick trip […]

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The Kit!

The Brains Of The House!

Well the downstairs kit is now in place and running, we have the following kit on the ground floor: 1 x 24 Volt PSU 1 x 12 Volt PSU 1 x Mini-server 1 x Dimmer Extension 1 x IR Extension 1 x Air Extension 1 x 1-wire Extension 2 x Air DMX Modules

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The Kit!

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Its been a long couple of weeks, but the loxone kit is now fully up and running in the house. There’s a lot of tidying up to do in the cabinet but here’s how we’re looking at the moment. Nat is doing an amazing job.