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Re: Tuicemen's Off grid setup!
« Reply #195 on: July 30, 2018, 04:43:28 PM »

I followed your mounting pi in CM15 very closely!  I prob will end up the same after all your work documenting it! 

So I splurged and bought the pi zero W.    Amazing power in such tiny packages!
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Re: Tuicemen's Off grid setup!
« Reply #196 on: July 30, 2018, 04:51:28 PM »

I followed your mounting pi in CM15 very closely!  I prob will end up the same after all your work documenting it! 

So I splurged and bought the pi zero W.    Amazing power in such tiny packages!
Yes more powerful then my first PC ::) :'
I found a store in the US that sells the W for $5 but you have to pick it up from the store http://www.microcenter.com/product/486575/Zero_W?src=raspberrypi
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« Reply #197 on: July 30, 2018, 06:51:39 PM »

I just paid $14 with shipping to Arduino website;  they have been good to us with our boards from them in the past.  so I get to try (again) to master Linux!  ech!
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Re: Tuicemen's Off grid setup!
« Reply #198 on: July 30, 2018, 06:56:00 PM »

  so I get to try (again) to master Linux!  ech!
Actually you don't have to master Linux. Once HG is up and running you don't need to play with the OS other then for rebooting if you like.
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« Reply #199 on: August 17, 2018, 07:29:45 PM »

Tuicemen, thought I would give an update...  I did rcve pi zero W.  First 16gb mem card would not boot;  tried both raspbian and even NOOBS.  format and directory looked fine for both.  gave up, got a second 16gb stick and put NOOBS on it - booted and I got HDMI screen as expected!  But mouse would not move pointer so I could not pick raspbian to install!  tried different usb hubs, direct mouse, keyboard instead.  nothing moved mouse pointer.  Then the pi overheated a 12 pin chip behind the pwr usb input and no more display.   Nothing I could do revived it.  Some others reported in their forum to my post they had same thing so were watching...   Arduino replaced it no cost;  just came in.  I THINK I identified that on this new pi zero they have a potential issue if you plug in usb pwr to pwr connector AND usb to computer - which also supplies power...  anyway, I have not retried - shall do so this weekend.

Meanwhile, my WYZE pan cam $ 25 cameras are doing so great I have been active on their FB pages...   last night guys said they are using IFTTT to send trigger from cameras motion sense messages to OPENhab program.  some using stringify.  alexus involved too if you want...

So I went to OPENhab and checked it out.  Holy crap!    1000's of hardware interfaces written for!  cm15?  yup.  100,000's users, zillion programmers working on this open source program.   some running thir home automation on pi's....  Phillips Hue stuff central too ifyou are into that.  well needless to say I will be checking it out now...    I will report back if anyone wants me to...
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Re: Tuicemen's Off grid setup!
« Reply #200 on: August 19, 2018, 09:50:50 AM »

Thanks for the update Mike,
You should only have your mouse and HDMI cable plugged in to the Zero on initial setup (+ power of cource). then setup SSH so you can use putty to terminal in from Windows and install other stuff. This way only the CM15 needs to be plugged in to the zerro.
I'd love to read about your progress with Openhab purhaps you could start a thread in the PI section on the forum here: http://forums.x10.com/index.php?board=153.0
I'm sure others would be interested as well to follow your progress. It may even get others to try Openhab. ;)
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« Reply #201 on: August 19, 2018, 04:39:50 PM »

Thanks for the update Mike,
You should only have your mouse and HDMI cable plugged in to the Zero on initial setup (+ power of cource). then setup SSH so you can use putty to terminal in from Windows and install other stuff. This way only the CM15 needs to be plugged in to the zerro.
I'd love to read about your progress with Openhab purhaps you could start a thread in the PI section on the forum here: http://forums.x10.com/index.php?board=153.0
I'm sure others would be interested as well to follow your progress. It may even get others to try Openhab. ;)
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Cool thing about OpenHAB.org is that no no SSH or putty is required.  More plug and play for users?  Still learning here...


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Re: Tuicemen's Off grid setup!
« Reply #202 on: October 09, 2018, 09:54:45 AM »

I've added a ODROID C0 embedded into a CM15 here which I've posted about elsewhere on the forum here so I won't go into the build process of it here.
Also updated my OP to reflect its addition.
Currently this is only used to test another Linux HA software Domoticz this is running along with my Pi + HomeGenie setup so I have no macros or timers currently configured it it which might conflict.
I'm watching others posts on using Domoticz and their setup progress. I'm not conviced Domoticz is going to perform for me as yet  ::) :'
there are some asspects I like about it and it is frequently updated unfortuneately the documentation doesn't seem to get updated as frequently.
At least thats what others postings suggest.

To fully test the ODROID I'll need a USB hub even though this has two full sized USB ports as my though is this will eventualy replace the Pi 3B+.
I've found a small unpowered hub which also includes a Ethernet connection which will provide faster streaming abilities then currently possible with it.
The issue will be if it will work being none powered ::) :'
The use of an external Wi-Fi will allow for a more powerful wi-fi board then the PI and an external antenna though I've not had an issue with the PIs wi-fi.
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« Reply #203 on: October 09, 2018, 11:02:40 AM »

the 2 different non powered usb hubs I tried did not work - could not even power the LED in the mouse...  but my cheap 8 port powered hub handles it all.  Do to limited workbench space, I bought a $ 10 wireless keyboard and wireless mouse;  was supposed to be both bluetooth and/or wifi but turns out I do not know how to use it via the pi bluetooth so just stuck the little USB interface into the hub and now have 2 mice and a nice wireless keyboard...  I also charge my phone while out here off this hub.
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Re: Tuicemen's Off grid setup!
« Reply #204 on: October 09, 2018, 12:09:42 PM »

I wouldn't even attempt a hub from a Pi Zero W though there are several 4 port hats available for it some utilize the USB test solder pads
The ODROID C0 is basically the same as a C1 less the USB ports and Ethernet port so in assents using a 3 port HUB it will be running the same ports as a C1.
I'v tested and it does run fine with a 8 port powered hub but that's overkill for my off grid place and in reality I only need one extra USB for when I wish to use a mouse/KB which is usually only When setting up streaming. The idea behind the ODROID or PI is to limit power consumption here having to add a power hub would kill the advantages this has over the PI 3B+.
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« Reply #205 on: October 09, 2018, 12:42:29 PM »

power savings makes sense to limit it.  I was too dumb to know better.  BTW, it NEVER worked into the single micro USB native programming port!  Your pointing to the USB pads and me soldering a female USB to those made  it work!  I have 2 mice, 2 keyboads (if I want the big one too and cm15 all plugged in...
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