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    Home Automation - Smartkit

    It is only $5 a month which I believe is money well spent. Besides the no effort approach to having Alexa work without any config, access HA without punching a hole in my firewall, it goes towards the salaries of Paulus, Pascal, Frank and Bram who virtually run the development effort. Perhaps...
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    Cool Ideas Fibre ISP – Feedback Thread 2

    My Amazon Echoes are working 100%, not to mention Spotify, etc. waiting for official confirmation though before I get my hopes up. I’m in Cape Town.
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    Home Automation - Smartkit

    Damn!!! Btw you can still get the USB Hub from QS. Just ask for it. I got confirmation of this a few days ago from them. IMO, for lighting QS is the best affordable option at present. Works very well with Home Assistant plus the dimmable relays work very well too. I often wonder why many have...
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    Home Automation - QwikSwitch

    Hi folks, Sorry for the delay, but I've been in touch with Qwikswitch and the good news is that the USB Hub is still available, but you'll need to get in touch with them to request it. I would suggest that you contact Ivan. His e-mail address is ivan (at) quickswitch.co.za. I've just recently...
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    WiFi hotspot with controlled internet access

    Interesting, so what I should do is find a router with a WAN port, plug it into the actual router and voila! I should have net access?
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    Home Automation - Smartkit

    Hey home automation nerds. Today is the day for the Home Assistant “State of the union” address hosted by Paulus Shoutsen the founder of Home Assistant. Looking forward to hearing what is being planned for the coming year. Live stream starting at 19:30 SA time!
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    WiFi hotspot with controlled internet access

    Hi folks, Trying to explain what I need in a short title was just nearly impossible, but this is what I need to do. At our family holiday home, our internet is served using a fixed LTE connection. This basically consists of the standard Huawei router which I'll refer to as the main router...
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    eHomeAffairs - getting it to work for you

    I've now attempted to apply for my son's passport via eHomeAffairs, but after entering his birth date and ID number, I was presented with the second step where I am supposed to complete a form, but instead, there is no form. Just a bunch of buttons (Cancel, Edit, Next, Print, Download PDF...
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    Where can I find a gooseneck mount in SA?

    Thanks for the suggestion. The camera is an ESP32 CAM housed in a 3D printed enclosure, so no camera mount or anything like that hence why I need a clamp on the one end to clamp the housing in - or a flat plate that I can stick it to with good double-sided tape. The problem with this device...
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    Where can I find a gooseneck mount in SA?

    Hi folks, I'm looking for a gooseneck tube with a clamp on the one end and wall mount plate on the other. I plan to mount it on the wall and install a little camera into the clamp to point at my prepaid elec meter so that I can view the LCD display remotely. I found a company based in the USA...
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    Home Automation - Smartkit

    Hi folks, I haven't seem much discussion on LED strips in this thread. I am looking at installing an LED strip right around the inside of my thatch braai area - this is around 18m. I've picked the SK6812 RGBW (warm white) as the strip of choice. The plan is to connect a few 5m rolls together...
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    Home Automation - Smartkit

    Do you know what sort of light switch one could use that would allow you to dim via the switch? Looks very interesting though. I use Qwikswitch as it allows me to dim via the wall plate or via HA.
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    Home Automation - Smartkit

    Look at Qwikswitch. The only problem is that they don’t sell the QSUSB any more but with more pressures from customers I hope they will bend to it. I’ve sent them a couple of emails already. I have it and it satisfies all your requirements. Works very well.
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    Home Automation - QwikSwitch

    That is rather sad that they are not making it. I’ll also send them a mail to add my voice to hopefully convince them to make them again.
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    Home Automation - QwikSwitch

    Hi there. Sorry for the delay in responding. You can contact Qwikswitch directly for a USB Hub. They’ll actually make one for you. That is what I did. There is a Hass add-on for the USB hub. Just search Github for it.
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    Home Automation - Smartkit

    I’m using Qwikswitch. You install dimmer relays in line with a group of lights in a room and install a 2 or 4 button battery powered switch plate in place of the regular switch and link the buttons to the applicable relay. Works very well. Wife accepted as there are physical buttons to press...
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    Home Automation - Smartkit

    I agree! And I find so much comfort that Paulus and Pascal can be paid from the proceeds of our monthly fee for HA Cloud. Just puts this project on another level. Love it!
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    Business fibre

    Hi folks, Busy educating myself on the establishment of a small service orientated public facing business and found that business fibre is just ridiculous in terms of cost per month. Cool Ideas for a 20/20 connection on Octotel is about R2500 pm EXCLUDING VAT ! So, is there anything that...
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    Home Automation - Smartkit

    This was in the release notes and discussed on the podcast which I read before the upgrade and modified my configuration before I upgraded. Had no issues whatsoever :)
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    Home Automation - Smartkit

    Ah on the latest episode they had a guest who developed the Tensorflow and streaming components and he has Hkvision cameras - fluke I guess. Hehe Quite frustrating when you’ve spent the money and it doesn’t work out. :(
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