There are many home automation control systems available to choose from – see here
However rather than use an existing system I’ve decided to build my own using Node-Red and a Raspberry Pi.
Although I will be using the Raspberry Pi as it is very versatile, small and cheap, you can use Windows or any Linux system as Node-Red is supported on all these platforms.
Node-Red comes pre-installed on the raspberry Pi but you may need to upgrade it.
An install script is provided on the node-red site. Here are the instructions on the Raspberry Pi Site.
If you are new to Node-Red then I would recommend you take a look at this overview video.
I also provide tutorials and videos on my other site covering node-red basics like nodes, startup files etc. See Node-red-overview .
I will be creating tutorials, flows and dashboards that will show you how to:
- Monitor Your Network
- Automate your Home
Monitoring Your Network
Smart Home Simuluator
In order to generate test data and control dashboard I have create a smart home simulator in node-red which currently consists of :
- sensor simulators
- Control dashboard
You can read more about it and download the node-red flows- Smart home simulator
Do you have any tutorial suggestions I would be glad to hear them. Please use the comments form below.