A few years ago when moved to new house I had a plan to introduce some automated system to control heating at first. Key reason was that I was very unhappy with heating system which was based on hot steam provided by power company. Problem was that with several houses on single connection there was huge loss and problem with getting satisfying temperature at given moment. As I had no clear idea at the beginning I though about building some wireless system which would allow me to control different components of the system.
That time I had Raspberry Pi and found out about Z-Wave.
After some research I have ordered RaZberry daughter card and Fibaro Universal Binary Sensor. At first I was quite impressed by Fibaro system as it has components which are nicely designed and look really pro. However I heard different opinions about it stability and even these days (2016) a friend of mine who had this system installed wasn’t fully satisfied. To play with it grabbed some temperature sensors from Maxim Integrated.
It is not a story about self made heating controlling system as finally I moved to natural gas system. It is story about first experience with Z-Wave – which I try now to extend to some self made platform.
Story is short in misses some elements. But in next article I will present more detailed example of installation 🙂
So hearth of the system is RazBerry
I have installed RazBerry software from their site and made quick dirty connection.
This setup allows for simple temperature check. In next article I will make bigger example and description: either multi temperature check with Fibaro sensor or remote stair lights.