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Larry Underwood

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  1. Just a FYI if you power on a ST hub without a wifi connection then it will not work with the smart lighting app automation's. If it has a wifi connection when it boot's up then loses it, it will continue to work. Have tested this several times and this seems to be the case each time I've tried it.
  2. This is definitely a DIY project, but as far as i know unless you want to spend 10 times more money it's the only way to control individually addressable light strips. But it's not as hard to do as you might think.
  3. Have you thought about using a hot spot device that you can connect via either WiFi or hard wire? That way you can connect a hub to it. I haven't had much luck with wyze sensors. They work but are slow to respond and sometimes they are so slow as to be unusable in a real time scenario. Such as walk into a room and expect their motion sensor to trigger a light to come on.
  4. If anyone is interested in doing this project for there own house let me know and i can go into more detail about what pins to use on the controller boards, where to get the WLED fireware for the boards and how to flash it onto the boards and use it to control the LED strips. The boards are wifi capable and there is a app for both android and apple phones to control it. Plus you can use your computer's web browser and alexa and i have figured out a way to use json commands to access them so webcore can now control them to, which means you can use automation's to control them.
  5. The Power supply and the Light strips are the 2 biggest buy's Here is a breakdown of the parts and prices ALITOVE 5V 60A 300W Power Supply = $25.00 The 16.4 Foot Light Strip = $25.00 100 Pack Strip Light Mounting Brackets = $7.58 Plastic Waterproof Boxes Junction Case's = $10.89 40FT 18 Gauge 2 Color Red Black Cable = $10.99 3 ESP8266 NodeMCU CP2102 Controllers = $12.69 Total Cost = $92.15 The nice thing about this though, when i add more strips to the rest of the house (figure 4 more strips should do it to cover the entire front of my house) I will only need to buy more light strips and maybe a couple more of the controller boards at the end of the project. The controller boards have to be close to the strips for the data line to work so that's why the junction boxes. But i'll hide them under the roof overhang, they are only 4 inches by 2 and the controller boards are only 2 inches by 1.
  6. The switchbot team said they were not able to get there product to pair with the smartthings hub. https://www.switch-bot.com/forum/general-discussion/switchbot-hub-vs-smartthings-hub So it's only cloud to cloud interrogation which means you will need a switchbot hub mini minimum to get it to work.
  7. Yes I'm already configuring webcore to work with it. I'm modifying my holiday light piston to run certain effects on certain holidays so it will automatically run the correct effect for the right holiday without me having to do anything. For example on day 77 of the year (St Patrick's day) It will run a green effect trailing sparks. On the 4th of July it will run the fireworks effect. Am also playing around with a program called xLights and when working in conjunction with WLED it will allow me to run some pretty amazing light shows. Also have it working with Alexa now as well.
  8. Check out this post for a demo of my light strips
  9. Just thought all of you might want to see my light strips. Waiting for it to get a little warmer here before I install it over my garage https://youtu.be/Hd86XSYUFIg I will make another video after i mount it above my garage Sorry about the abrupt ending of the video but was being called by the wife 👀 The power supply i got was a big one because i plan to run all the strips for the house on the one power supply and because there wasn't much difference in price between the smaller ones and this one. If anyone wants me to go into more detail about how i connected the nodeMCU board and the power supply to the strip let me know. Also just a FYI the strip can go a lot brighter. Found a setting in the WLED software that limits the brightness when using a small power supply so after increasing that to the limit of my supply it allowed the strip to increase brightness a great deal. The strip when set to all white at full brightness pulls about 5.25 amps. But your looking at 150 pixels in this 16.4 foot strip. That's 450 LED's (1 red, 1 green, 1 blue per pixel)
  10. Frank if your going to do that you could even add into the piston a followed within 1 minute logical operator like this This way you can tell which direction the person is going. Left to right or right to left. Is he heading to the kitchen for example or leaving the kitchen to the bathroom. I use this a lot to tell if someone is leaving the house or entering the house. I have a contact sensor on the doors and a motion sensor above the door so if the door opens first followed by the motion sensor going active then i know someone entered the house as opposed to leaving through that door.
  11. @FrankE With some small mod's you should be able to use this piston to do that. If you need help modifying it let me know.
  12. Well got the ESP8266 boards, LED strip, 5VDC 30Amp power supply in. After flashing one of the boards and connecting it to my WiFi network I then connected the strip to it and connected the power supply up. All works as it should. next step will be to install it under the roof overhang if front of my driveway. After this all i will need to do to add more is to buy more strips, they will connect to the other boards and the same power supply i bought and in time i will have the entire front of my house outlined with them (i figure 4 more strips should do it). When i have the first strip installed i will take a pic of it and post it on the board. Or maybe a video would do better as you'll will be able to see the effects.
  13. no i never could get bixby to work very well on it but i also have the echo buds so use alexa on those and it works really well.
  14. Wow that is some coffee table But i think my Santa would go broke trying to buy one of those for me
  15. Just to give you an idea of what this can do i should be able to do effects like the ones in this video And that's just a few of the effects that WLED has. At the current count it has over 80 effects with the ability to adjust primary and secondary colors, brightness, and speed of the effects. So the combination's are almost unlimited in what can be done with it.
  16. If the button is/has been in your hand that may account for the change. Let it set in the open air for a while and then check it.
  17. I will. But I think i'm going to wait until it warms up a bit before I install the light strips. So might be a bit before I have something to show.
  18. I have these on order for a outdoor project i have in mind. Will cover the entire front of the house. Uses a project called WLED's https://www.amazon.com/ALITOVE-Individually-Addressable-Programmable-Waterproof/dp/B07FVP54GQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=dealz04a9-20&linkId=e9a62114124b6539e6675046a6e3d541&language=en_US https://www.amazon.com/ESP8266-NodeMcu-Internet-Development-Micropython/dp/B07L8W9SP3/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=dealz04a9-20&linkId=81b58294bf399dd72d93bf33560ea35e&language=en_US Plan on flashing the boards with this firmware WLED_0.8.5_ESP8266.bin from this website https://github.com/Aircoookie/WLED/releases Will let everyone know how it turns out. If set up right should be able to control it with webcore.
  19. If you set the button so that it set's it to a level then that will turn it on and it should have a off function as well. And for the smartthings button check out the scripting forum for a smartthings button piston
  20. Here is a holiday piston I created that will turn on a smart plug or anything else you wanted to add (lights, tree, etc.), but only during the holidays. You can change the days it turns them on if needed. I have 4 of the holidays coded in but more can easily be added, times changed, etc. If you need help doing any changes please ask here and i'll help. It is set to turn the smart plug on at local sunset and off at 10:00 PM, change that as needed. Switch 3 for me is a GE Smart Outdoor Plug which works natively with smartthings hub and turns on all of my outdoor Christmas decorations and lights at this time of year As always if anyone has any questions or comments please leave them here. If you want a feature added then just ask.
  21. I have another one that might be better. Just created it today. It is for several holidays and you can add more if needed.
  22. Is switchbot a RF blaster? I thought it was a IR blaster.
  23. So what hub did you pair it with? If smartthings did you have to install a Device Handler or was that controller natively supported already? Never mind I answered my own question. You used the hue hub. If I cared to read your post closer i'd have known that 😁
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