About

This blog is about home automation in the UK, from a ‘normal person’ perspective. Β I’m not employed by any home automation company, nor do I have any ties with any.

Hopefully this site may be of use to anyone considering how to integrate different systems together to get what they want out of a home control system.

 

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  1. Much enjoying your posts. Just wondering if you might think about detailing your use of Sonos within Domoticz / LightWaveRF switches. Am pretty tech savvy, but parts of it slightly make my brain hurt. Are you using the now-seemingly discontinued plug-in, or some other HTTP implementation? Being able to set Sonos scenes from, say, a mood switch would be just splendid, and it’s a bit disappointing Domoticz doesn’t do it natively…

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  2. Love your blog. I know you mentioned about your own web interface. From the pictures in the blog it looks great, do you have it on git hub or similar?

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    1. Hi Pete and thanks for the comment! Glad to know people are reading my little blog out there! I will have a think about how best to put my design out there… maybe I will do a couple of posts.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. The front end is a custom made one using plain old html and some javascript. I am writing an article about it now and will publish soon.

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      1. Very nice article about the front-end and he is perfect, exactly what I search. I understand that you don’t want to publish your code. But, maybe, can you send to me a archive of your code ???:):):):)
        Thx for all and best regards.

        MMC

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  3. Mixed feelings on this one. I loved the ideal of your interface and managed to reverse engineer most of it using frames and php.

    Half the experience in home automation is finding your own way and doing your own thing based on previous ideas but can also see that some people like copy and paste, I’m one of them at times…

    Whichever way you go this is an excellent place for ideas πŸ™‚ many thanks

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  4. Add to bookmarks!
    It’s been a while that i search about front-end and never find something really facinating !! Until … i find your blog
    Your front end is really a good custom made : simple, uncluttered and beautiful πŸ˜‰
    I was wondering if you could send me your code? It would be great πŸ™‚
    Thanks for all and keep going your job (sorry for my bad english :/)

    Etienne (FR)

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  5. Add to bookmarks!
    It’s been a while that i search about front-end and never find something really facinating !! Until … i find your blog
    Your front end is really a good custom made : simple, uncluttered and beautiful πŸ˜‰
    I was wondering if you could send me your code? It would be great πŸ™‚
    Thanks for all and keep doing your job (sorry for my bad english :/)

    Etienne (France)

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  6. Hi Harry ,
    another great resource for my home automation , which is quite far. Your frontend and work done is by far the best i’ve come across..

    Could you (please) drop me an email with your html and icon files (ergo , the whole pack) , i’ll decode and customize.. All credits would got to you off course..

    regards

    Dennis (NL)

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    1. Thanks Dennis! Yes I will try but I have been having problems sending to non-gmail accounts. If you have not received anything in the next day please let me have a gmail address. Kind regards, Harry.

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  7. Can you also send to me, looks great! I saw examples on YouTube, but didn’t see a while lot of pictures, were there more pictures of the interface that I missed?

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    1. Hi Aaron, no there aren’t too many pictures, mainly because the new series I am doing will have a completely new look. Have a go with the zip I have forwarded and let me know what you think – but there’ll be an option to use the new look version as I will be adding that to download very soon. Thanks for your comments.

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  8. Hi Harry, I like your front end very much and would ask you for a copy of the files so i can try it myself.
    greetings Gert

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    1. Hi, thanks for your feedback, sorry for the delay, I have been away for a month but back now. I have sent the zip to you. If not in your inbox can you send me a gmail email address as the zip is quite large. Harry

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  9. Hi mate your a total legend, this is by far the best custom front end that i have come across. I was going to go over to openHAB for it’s ease of front end design until i came across this blog. Shame you don’t have a donation link because i’d genuinely like to send you a few quid. I am totally not up with any sort of coding, your hard work is going save me hours and hours of torture, any chance of getting a copy? Keep up the good work mate, Kirk.

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    1. Hi, thanks for your great feedback Kirk! I don’t really do it for donations but knowing that someone finds this stuff useful is enough for me! Sorry for the delay, I have been away for a month but back now. I have sent the zip to you. If not in your inbox can you send me a gmail email address as the zip is quite large. Harry

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