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Re: Tuicemen's Off grid setup!
« Reply #90 on: June 26, 2017, 07:51:41 PM »

I managed to finally get my N/S actuator added to my solar tracker. It still needs some minor adjustments but I'm happy with how it is performing.
I had a few rainy days here so I soldered up a mini 12 volt relay to my sonoff sv module. Today I had a sunny break so I added it to my trackers  control box. I was concerned that maybe range might be  factor but it had performed well at this distance in tests, some times metal can act as a signal absorber or reflector so that was a concern as well.
Firing it up I had to do a IP scan as I didn't set the module to use a static IP once I discovered the IP I was able to put the trackers N/S actuator into a park position. :)%
Next rainy day I'll work at controlling via Alexa  ;)

In the spring I added a new solar array with 8 grid tie panels this doesn't have a tracker but I plan to add one down the road.
Turning it manually to where the sun comes up in the morning I have my battery bank fully charged by 7:30 am on a sunny morning so a tracker will really help for those partially cloudy days. ;)




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Re: Tuicemen's Off grid setup!
« Reply #91 on: June 27, 2017, 06:05:43 PM »

I experimented with Alexa to day (between the rain  burst)
I entered a static IP for my Solar tracker then configured HA-Bridge to send the on and off commands.
Told Alexa to discover devices and now I have voice control of my solar tracker park feature! :)%
I was hoping to get a video of this taken and posted but looks like the rain has moved it to stay for today. :(

Update: I managed to get a video of Alexa parking my solar array However due to the slow movement of the linear actuators the video is quite long.
I didn't include her deactivating it but can assure it does work.  >!
https://goo.gl/photos/jgaCH8QK1vW47oeZ9
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Re: Tuicemen's Off grid setup!
« Reply #92 on: June 27, 2017, 11:34:15 PM »

Update: I managed to get a video of Alexa parking my solar array However due to the slow movement of the linear actuators the video is quite long.
I didn't include her deactivating it but can assure it does work.  >!
https://goo.gl/photos/jgaCH8QK1vW47oeZ9

If when viewing you click on the little gear/setting icon (right corner) you can select to double the video speed. The video moves very nicely at that speed. GREAT job Tuice!
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« Reply #93 on: June 27, 2017, 11:57:10 PM »

I edited your video... to make it run much faster... just for the sake of "action". Nice set-up.

https://youtu.be/jgKsJKnk0dY
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Re: Tuicemen's Off grid setup!
« Reply #94 on: June 28, 2017, 06:16:03 AM »

Thanks Dave,
This was my first video ever using my cell and never was much into creating them.
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Re: Tuicemen's Off grid setup!
« Reply #95 on: June 28, 2017, 06:19:00 AM »

Thank you for sharing.
It does look good.
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« Reply #96 on: June 28, 2017, 09:28:53 AM »

This was my first video ever using my cell and never was much into creating them.

Back in the summer of 2006.... X10 had a "contest". They offered $500 of X10 products for the winning YouTube entry that showed a use of X10. YouTube and Internet videos were pretty new back then. I had just bought some new X10 cameras.... so I created my YouTube channel and made a video... and got some security alarm stuff with my winnings.
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« Reply #97 on: July 10, 2017, 09:21:45 AM »

I've started to play with a Broadlink RM Pro
which was in the city but rarely used.(powermids did the IR control there)
Since this will learn and transmit All X10 RF signals (in addition to IR) I can now arm/disarm my x10 security via my smartphone or Alexa.  :)%
I still use Alex10/ha-Bridge for Alexa control but I can also integrate this with the RM Bridge app running on an old android phone.
So I now have voice control of all IR and RF devices inside here  :)% (except my ceiling fan :( )

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« Reply #98 on: July 10, 2017, 12:22:45 PM »

.... I can now arm/disarm my x10 security via my smartphone or Alexa. ........ I now have voice control of all IR and RF devices inside here  :)% (except my ceiling fan

Good work!  >!
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Re: Tuicemen's Off grid setup!
« Reply #99 on: July 10, 2017, 12:48:22 PM »

Thanks Dave,
This rainy summer has given me lots of time to play indoors with my HA setup here.
Garden isn't growing but my HA setup is! rofl
 
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« Reply #100 on: July 10, 2017, 07:28:07 PM »

... Garden isn't growing but my HA setup is! rofl

Getting the [Amazon] DOT around Christmas time... was one of the best [HA] decisions I've ever made. Then with my [iPhone] new modules, new camera system, a Wink hub, Cree light, and racerfern's donated [homeseer] Hometroller enabling Alexa control of my X10, and the [car detection] magnetic probe at the driveway.... my setup has never been better.

And there is so much more that I can still do.... without even adding new devices. I haven't even played with geo-fencing yet. I don't really know.... but I sometimes wonder if we aren't part of a new Home Automation "Golden Age".

But another hobby (and mandatory yard work) makes spare time hard to find in the summer months. 
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