Automating Homeeasy using Arduino - What's Next

Current Status is that I have completed the project to build a transmitter that sends the Homeeasy Manual Protocol messages to turn on/off various devices.

There are a number of transmitters in the Homeeasy range that use the Automatic protocol.

HE301  -   KEYFOB REMOTE CONTROL
HE300  -   ON/OFF REMOTE CONTROL
HE307  -   SINGLE SWITCH REMOTE CONTROL
HE308  -   DOUBLE SWITCH REMOTE CONTROL
HE305  -   MAGNETIC SWITCH REMOTE CONTROL

and so on

These include the single and double wall mounted switch and a number of the remotes. I have not been able to find a good specification of this protocol, so that is the main reason for implementing the transmitter using the manual protocol.

So, I was thinking...........

Arduino 1 = Homeeasy Manual Protocol Transmitter
Arduino 2 = Homeeasy Automatic Protocol Receiver

The Arduino is fairly cheap from 'nuelectronics.com'.

Set-up an Arduino just to receive the automatic protocol. There is a script that decodes the automatic protocol on the arduino.cc site. I tried it initially when I began this project but could not get it working properly. I know a bit more about how things work now, so maybe I can get things working.

If it works, it should be possible to integrate a web client/server into the code. The idea is then when you send an automativc protocol command, the result is displayed on the web page.

This web page can be polled and the information retrieved.

It would be theoretically possible to translate the automatic protocol commands into manual protocol commands. Hmmmm....

Sounds a bit like a protocol gateway to me..........

What would be very handy would be to be able to press a button on one of the remotes and go into a 'House Off' mode, when you are leaving or at night. Pressing the On button, would switch on the minimum depending on time of day for example. A light could come on if it is dark, etc.

If a command could be sent to the computer to turn off things, Homeeasy, X-10 and other computer controlled devices (like my boiler).





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last modified: December 05 2010