home automation

Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen Smart Speaker Teardown

19 DECEMBER 2020

We previously torn down several Amazon Echo devices including the 3rd gen Dot, 3rd gen Dot with Clock, the Flex, and the Echo Input.  In this teardown we will look at the new Echo Dot 4th generation model which is...

Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart Speaker with Clock Teardown

18 DECEMBER 2020

We have previously torn down several Amazon Echo devices including the 3rd gen Dot, the Flex and the Echo Input.  In this teardown we will look at the Echo Dot 3rd gen with a clock. Most of this Echo Dot is the same...

Sonos Door and Window Alerts from Home Assistant

01 NOVEMBER 2020

I the past I have used the open source smart home software called Home Assistant www.home-assistant.io on a Raspberry Pi to monitor our homes sensors which has information from our temperature sensors, electric and gas...

Kasa Smart Plug by TP-Link Power Consumption Modification

25 OCTOBER 2020

Disclaimer, this project involves the modification of mains electric powered equipment and can cause electrocution, shock, death, fire if not done correctly. I take no responsibility if anyone follows these instructions...

Adding 10Gb Fibre to the home network

24 OCTOBER 2020

Using our main Windows desktop PC’s we often work from our Synology DiskStation NAS on video projects and using our 1Gb network we would copy the video assets and files to each desktop to edit before copying the completed...

Amazon Echo Flex Teardown

28 MARCH 2020

At Christmas we purchased an Amazon Echo Flex which was on special offer at the time.  The Echo Flex is a plug-in smart home controller using the Amazon Alexa ecosystem. After having it sitting on the shelf for 3 months,...

Amazon Echo Input Teardown

03 DECEMBER 2019

In the black Friday sale at Amazon we purchased an Amazon Echo Input which is a small voice-controlled device that requires an external speaker and uses the Amazon Alexa voice command service. As this is the second Amazon...

Echo Dot 3rd Gen Digging Deeper

10 AUGUST 2019

Following from the Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart speaker Teardown post we have been exploring how the Echo Dot works and if it is possible to connect it to a computer to replace the firmware or install third party applications. The...

Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart speaker Teardown

21 JULY 2019

In the summer prime sale at Amazon we purchased a third generation Amazon Echo Dot which is a small voice-controlled speaker using Amazon’s Alexa voice command service. Part Two of this post is on Echo Dot 3rd Gen...

Solar Hot Water to 1-Wire Interface

30 MAY 2018

After the removal of our Raspberry Pi based home data logger and the installation of the Mosquitto MQTT and Home Assistant Data Logging system in March this year we have not been able to monitor the solar hot water pump...

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Brian Dorey

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