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DIY Home Automation – Iteration 3

The goal of this series is to document the developments in DIY Home automation. This post describes iteration 3, focussing on optimizing the first smart thing: A sourdough proofing box. Read iteration 2 here, which was about setting up the mqtt server and the first smart thing connection. Now that the Home Assistant and Mosquitto…

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DIY Secure Access Card – Iteration 1

In the last couple of years, a lot of ideas and projects came by that required some sort of secure access based on a hardware component. For example, it would be nice to have proper access control for a makerspace of a locker inside a makerspace. Or, it would be nice to create a secure…

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DIY Home Automation – Iteration 2

The goal of this series is to document the developments in DIY Home automation. This post describes iteration 2, focussing on setting up an MQTT gateway, and connecting the first smart thing. Read iteration 1 here, which was about setting up Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi Zero W. I have used MQTT in projects…

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DIY Home Automation – Iteration 1

During the Odyssey Hackathon in Groningen 2 weeks ago I spoke to a lot of awesome people. One of them was a great guy from Ukrain, who showed me his home automation setup using My Sensors and Home Assistant. He was able to control and monitor everything in his home. It looked very nice, and…

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De Haagse Munt development – Iteration 1

I have been working on a community currency in the city in work and live in: De Haagse Munt. A complementary currency to stimulate collaboration, sharing and inclusion in our society. One of the ideas for implementation is to create a DIY payment terminal, so that for instance merchants can accept local currency. In theory,…

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Building a single channel LoRa gateway for The Things Network

I created a single channel LoRa gateway and node to connect to The Things Network using a Heltec Wifi LoRa v2 (ESP32-SX1276). This post is to help others, but also to save the developments so I can use them later myself. This post was originally posted at Hackster: https://www.hackster.io/Arn/single-channel-ttn-lora-gateway-and-nodes-with-esp32-sx1276-709612 Things used in this project Introduction…

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