Posts Tagged ‘z-wave’

GreenWave Reality PowerNode (bar) first impression

Recently my colleague Frank (props to him) discovered this device which could well be a good alternative to the (ever delayed) Qees power strip. We both decided to order one of these devices. It’s a very reasonably priced device (€50,-) for it’s specifications: 6 switchable and measurable sockets Overcurrent (10A fuse) -and surge protection 0.1W […]

Introducing HouseAgent

HouseAgent is a multi platform, open source home automation application. That was the short introduction of something I have been working on for quite some months already. HouseAgent has been running as my own home automation software for some time. I hear you asking, why not use one of the standard software products available? There […]

Horstmann HRT4-ZW Thermostat – open ends

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from a guy who rather stays anonymous, but had some really great additional/detailed information about the HRT4-ZW thermostat. There’s some things I missed out, or did configure along the way while tinkering with this device but forgot to mention. So here’s a post about these “open ends”. […]

The power of open source and social coding

A few weeks ago I published the open-zwave Python wrapper. I basically started with a small wrapper suiting my personal needs. After a couple of days I was asked to share the code on Github. Until then I never used Github before. I did not expect anything from that whole social coding thing. But then […]

Horstmann HRT4-ZW Thermostat

About one month ago I ordered a Horstmann HRT4-ZW thermostat. I came across this z-wave thermostat while I was surfing across the web. As far as I know this is the only EU thermostat available right now. Some of the features I like and I was looking for in a z-wave thermostat: Control the setpoint […]

From Python module to GUI, software evolution

Having a Python module to control a z-wave network is great, but not really directly useful in practice. I can’t imagine myself switching lamps on and off everyday using a Python script. However, with a nice GUI it will become much more useful. Today I created a GUI around the py-openzwave module, for use within […]

py-openzwave, a python wrapper for open-zwave released!

Today I am releasing py-openzwave, which is a python wrapper around the open-zwave project. The wrapper allows you to control a z-wave network from python. This wrapper is still a work in progress, but the basic skeleton is in place (network scanning, and turning a device on or off). At the same time I am […]

Compiling open-zwave with MinGW

Open-zwave is a great project, it provides a software interface to z-wave networks. Z-wave is a popular home automation protocol. With more and more devices coming I was interested in adding z-wave support to my own home automation software. Being a python fanatic, I wanted to use open-zwave from within python. The first step in […]

Z-wave and python node discovery, more bitwise trickery

This post continues upon the last blog post, in the last post we looked at some z-wave protocol basics. At the same time we had a look at a bitwise operation (XOR), in this post some more bitwise tricks will be used to do z-wave node discovery. Node discovery is essential to get information about […]

Getting started with z-wave and python

I started playing around with my new z-wave kit. I ordered an Aeon-Labs Z-stick (series 2) and a Duwi dimmer module to start with. Here are some images of both devices: