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View the blog post for Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W external antenna mod

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W external antenna mod

Modifying a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W to add an external antenna with a U.FL RF connector

06 December 2021 6 min read


View the blog post for Amazon Echo Show 5 2nd Gen Smart Display Teardown

Amazon Echo Show 5 2nd Gen Smart Display Teardown

Tearing down an Amazon Echo Show 5, 2021 2nd generation smart speaker and display

30 November 2021 20 min read


View the blog post for Saving power on the home network

Saving power on the home network

As part of our ongoing quest to reduce our energy usage and carbon footprint, we have installed a compressive home energy logging system which uses various sensors to monitor our energy consumption, generation and environment data, which are collated in Home Assistant and also on our home logger

07 November 2021 7 min read


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Adding a Zigbee Smart Thermostatic radiator valve to Home Assistant

Controlling our loft radiator with a Zigbee controlled thermostatic radiator valve and Home Assistant.

13 September 2021 6 min read


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Adding Gas Meter Energy logging to Home Assistant

Adding new MQTT sensors to Home Assistant to log Gas meter usage data

03 September 2021 3 min read


View the blog post for Shelly EM Power Logging with Home Assistant

Shelly EM Power Logging with Home Assistant

Adding Shelly EM power monitoring in the loft with Home Assistant

26 August 2021 12 min read


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Mastervolt Soladin 600 Wi-Fi logging adapter with ESP32

Adding remote Wi-Fi data access to our Mastervolt Soladin 600 solar PV inverter using an Espressif ESP32-WROOM-32UE module

20 August 2021 9 min read


View the blog post for Washing Machine notifications via Home Assistant and Sonos Smart Speakers

Washing Machine notifications via Home Assistant and Sonos Smart Speakers

Audio notifications for when the washing machine needs to be emptied via Home Assistant and Sonos speakers

15 August 2021 4 min read


View the blog post for Sonoff POW R2 Smart Switch power consumption modification

Sonoff POW R2 Smart Switch power consumption modification

Modifying a Sonoff POWR2 Smart Switch with energy monitoring to reduce its power consumption when being used to monitor a device's energy usage

15 August 2021 6 min read


View the blog post for OBS Microscope Wi-Fi Remote Control

OBS Microscope Wi-Fi Remote Control

Creating a wireless remote control to switch between video capture scenes in OBS Studio to select between our Microscope and other cameras or desktop capture using a Wi-Fi Remote Control

03 August 2021 7 min read


View the blog post for Home Data Logger Zigbee Sensor Upgrades

Home Data Logger Zigbee Sensor Upgrades

We have added several new Zigbee sensors to our smart home system which runs Home Assistant and the sensors talk to the home Linux server using Zigbee2mqtt

15 May 2021 6 min read


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Scam emails from a "certified photographer"

Yet more scammers using emails claiming to be from a certified photographer who says your website has copyrighted images hosted

20 April 2021 3 min read


View the blog post for Apple iPad Air 2 vs Android Nexus tablet teardowns

Apple iPad Air 2 vs Android Nexus tablet teardowns

Teardown time with some old tablets that no longer work or charge, some Apple iPad Air 2 and Android Nexus tablets

06 March 2021 1 min read


View the blog post for Workshop ESD Anti-Static upgrades

Workshop ESD Anti-Static upgrades

Trying to avoid zapping electronics by adding new ESD Anti-Static matting on the bench and floor in our workshop.

15 February 2021 2 min read


View the blog post for Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera on the Microscope

Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera on the Microscope

Adding a live video feed to our Brunel BMSZ trinocular stereomicroscope using a Raspberry Pi High-Quality Camera module and USB interface

29 January 2021 5 min read


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