How big is your system? (NO HELP NEEDED) {CHAT}

How much has everyone’s system changed since I wrote this post

Not much at all. I have fewer lines of code that do more thanks to triggeringItem and Member of. I’m also working on extending my system to monitor my dad’s house. I can now interact with Google Assistant directly to control things I’m my house instead of relying on Autovoice. Mine changes really.

I have more lines now I have learned alot since posting this all my rules are now text I’m slowly moving my items to text still alot too learn the todo lost keeps getting bigger :smiley:

I was going too do this for my nans house she died shortly after I posted asking for help I might do the same in the future for my mum’s house

When you say extend how do you plan to achieve this just sensors at your dad’s or an entire oh setup that you can moniter and controll

I would be interested to hear how you progress on this one

Hi @luckymallari
You started a teaser thread on this subject a while ago with a youtube video.
Are you now in a position to share you set-up
Can you share your set-up? Especially the dev port on the samsung. It’s a pain to get pip with the binding! And what RF modulator did you use?


Do you have a link for that

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Yh that’s pretty sweet I just subscribed to the channel too

It’s nothing special right now. I got a RPi 3, a zwave controller (actually my old one as I got a new one for my setup) and a single motion sensor. I configured the RPi to connect to my home network over OpenVPN at boot. I installed OH using openHABian and installed a minimum of add-ons, zwave, mqtt, and PaperUI. I configured the zwave binding with items on the channels of the motion detector and mqtt to connect to my home broker over the VPN connection and in mqtt event bus mode.

My home system has mqtt items to mirror those on his OH. I have rules to tell me where the system is online and to send me an alert if the motion sensor doesn’t trigger for too long of a time.

It is really modest to start but the infrastructure is there is of room to grow. If he decides he wants to control some stuff I can build in a sitemap and and more devices.

I probably could have stayed with something cheaper than zwave but I wanted something that would work the first time without needing to fiddle with it after.

Sounds like a good idea I like it you also told me too use zwave when I was going too do it for its reliability

  1. I already had Wired DSC security system with ElvisLink interface, MyQ Wifi Garage opener, Ecobee. I just acquired a ZWave stick and a wall switch; if they work out, I will be getting a bunch more wall switches and motion sensors.

  2. I am pretty new; stumbled on OpenHab by accident about 3 weeks ago.

  3. 612 lines in /rules, but this includes comments.

  4. I have no particular great features currently; mainly a bunch of alerts and automatic security system actions. A slightly more integrated one is to automatically unarm security system when the garage door is open and if it is determined that a owner is arriving home. Kind of hit and miss with the presence detection with my wife’s IPhone.

  5. I have quite a long list of things to do next: use ZWave motion sensor and wall switches to automatically turn on/off light in the rooms; similar sensors to turn on the fan when someone is in the shower area; whole home energy monitor (e.g. Brultech GreenEye Monitor, expensive but looks very promising) to detect if the oven is stilled turned on while someone is leaving the house; algorithm to randomly turns on light/music when the house is in vacation mode (through the Ecobee setting). Longer term; automatic main water shut off when leak detected, and motorization of the windows blinds.

  6. I am still early in this hobby but so far the wife already complained. She called me from work when she received an email with the title “Security system is in alarm: FIRE”. I was testing the alert rules at home and forgot to temporarily disable sending emails :slight_smile:

  7. Not much so far, but I can see the cost exploding soon. ZWave devices are expensive. And that Brultech GEM system is close to $600 + electrician installation cost. I don’t think my wife would like this.

How big is your system (Sensors,Switches ect)

  • around 400 items
  • a flat with full KNX/DALI - maybe 20 Lights, 60+ outlets, 10+ sensors and heating+venting
  • some home-brew extensions (3 Smarthomatic sensor-boxes, 4-room wired multi-room audio via mpd)

How long have you been working on your setup

  • some years now, but only occasionally when I added new items/rules

How many lines of code run your rules (Total Lines of all files)

  • today 1069 lines (output of: cat *.rules | wc -l)

What’s the best feature your system has

  • the self built beamer lift and the hard wired multi-room audio :smiley:

What are you adding or doing next

  • some remote sensors via MQTT to measure the reservoir fill state

Does everyone in your house like your system

  • It’s not appreciated/noticed by the rest of the family, except something is not working as usual

how much has it all cost

  • I don’t want to know :-:smirk: the KNX is still the most expensive part
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How big is your system (Sensors,Switches ect)
8 fire tablets (got them when they were $10 and $20 each), 2 echos, 1 pi, 4 cameras, 5 ESPs, 4 Zwave dimmers, 20 power circuits monitored with a TED 6000, 1 sonoff

How long have you been working on your setup
I have been aware of OpenHab since 1.8, but I only jumped in a few months ago (at my house)
Setup a demo at my work for people to see.

How many lines of code run your rules (Total Lines of all files)
5 line of code in OpenHab (Just to play sound on my tablets from NodeRed)
I run most of my rules/code in NodeRed about 6 “pages” of flows

What’s the best feature your system has
The thing that got me into this was building a control for my 20’ sliding gate, that I built from scratch.

The OpenMQTTGateway project is awesome for my little sensors / adapters.

Also my AC thermostat reverted to Celsius from Fahrenheit after plugging in the IR board, so the wife was very happy when she could control everything from the tablet in Fahrenheit.

What are you adding or doing next
Adding more sensors to my ACs for performance monitoring and condensation alerts.
Adding some more Sonoffs
Adding ceiling fan controls
Adding motorized pocket door

Does everyone in your house like your system
Everything has been very well received, except one of my Z-Wave dimmers occasionally flashes on and off when you use the manual switch vs OpenHab. Still looking into why that is…

how much has it all cost
I am frugal to a fault and only buy things when they are on sale… Like my $10 fire tablets lol so I only have about $300 in it.

What do you do
Electrical engineer

  1. i have 15 sonoffs some for lights some for boiler ac and power measurements
    i have also one RM2 and allot of repters so i only use one
    no DIY of my own :frowning:
  2. somthing like two years not my main thing…
  3. not sure i am using node red so can’t tell
  4. turn off turn on when not home
  5. want to build DIY stuff
  6. yes my wifes loves our smart home
  7. not much lets say 20 sonoffs and one RM2 rest of the parts are from home PCs and stuff
    but ever since i have spent somthing like 500$ on ali to build myself a lab… and i dont have time to work in hhh

Finally updated it with a more user-friendly setup using Samsung TV binding instead of the exlink port

Hi again @luckymallari

I’m not quite ready too do this yet im just getting ready / thinking about adding a CCTV system too my home just created a post about it thanks for adding your tutorial i will give it a propper look over once got a few ideas for the cctv itself

I suggest you look into Blueiris which has MQTT support and is also able to make REST calls when triggered. I have 20+ cameras running through my blue Iris server. Once you get the blue Iris license, let me know so I can assist you.

If you look enough, you’ll find that many “branded” ones are just rebranded cameras. But more than half of my cameras are DIY. There are plenty of camera modules all over. You just have to solder stuff yourself. Avoid generic ones like foscam, etc.

For my camera system, I do stuff when they are triggered. Some examples:

  1. I have a designated spot for my packages. Once camera is triggered, if TV is on, it shows the camera through the pip technique I mentioned above. I also get a “package has arrived” broadcasted to all of the Google home speakers we have (every room in house has one).
  2. The front door camera as shown in the tutorial above.
  3. I have rules based on my alarm system. If alarm is armed, i set blue Iris to a profile with more sensitive motion detection. Once I disarm the alarm, profile goes to my “normal” profile.
  4. Blu Iris profile gets set to “away”, “at home” profiles depending on other rules: every one is sleeping, someone has been walking in the house, only pets present, etc.

I’m playing a little with license plate recognition in my driveway camera to automatically open the garage door when I arrive. See thing can be done to open doors.

If you just want to play with Blueiris, get the trial version and use a webcam


Blueiris looks good I have been having a look at some videos

What specs are your server? And what camera makes can you recommend too look at what cameras are you using that you haven’t built

I have a Ryzen 1600 system running 24/7 it runs hyperv and provides a few network services that’s where I would like too install blueiris do you think it would handle the task

BlueIris works best with an Intel process that can support QuickSync. The HW Acceleration, together with direct-to-disk is awesome in Blue Iris. My server hovers around ~20% CPU, and that’s with zone crossing, and 1 client connected 24/7 (my wall-mounted HabPanel displays my feed).

My setup is (recently upgraded) i7-7700K, SSD on primary (hosts BlueIris temp folder, alerts, and New) you’ll know what these mean once you start playing with them

The alerts, temp, and new folders are synced to my Google Photos “home” account. FREE UNLIMITED STORAGE :slight_smile:

The “storage” folder (archive) are stored on a 8TB WD HDD. I set my Blue Iris to maintain it at 7.5TB. When it reaches that, it deletes the oldest files.

ipcamtalk has a lot of good info re Blue Iris. I wish they were there at the beginning. I had Blue Iris since version 2 :slight_smile:

Just keep in mind when setting up your Blue Iris… Don’t be greedy. 30fps does not make any sense on home security system. Most of mine are on 10/15 fps.

ipcamtalk has a good, detailed wiki but most I said above are from my own experience. hikvision, Dahua are nice but these are on the $400+ range. What’s your budget

I have read this and also been told this in my other post I think I will have too setup with the system running the ryzen cpu as I can’t relay add another dedicated computer too my network im trying too virtualize most of it atm due to expensive power here in the UK

Agreed we arnt making movies :wink:

Is say this is out of my price range prob talking £400 - £500 total 4 cameras

I can’t justify spending much more you can pick up alot of cctv systems that would do the job just fine at this price point

Not saying I wouldn’t upgrade / add different cameras in the future

im going too install and play with a webcam like you recomended