i finally decided to start tinkering with home automation and i want to use openHAB. I have a server, network etc setup, but i need some help choosing the first items for the automation-part
I need a relais and a temperature sensor. They stay outside, so they should be able to deal with temperatures from -25°C to +60°C (or something along those lines). They wont sit in the pouring rain, but i cant guarentee absolute dryness or a certain humidity. Finally they should use some kind of wireless connection that works with openHAB and is very reliable (the life of 4 turtles is on the line!).
Do you have any suggestions on what technology, brand or model i should use here? I searched the board, and will continuing to do so, but i dont think that i can pick out the best device for my requirements for myself.
You’ll need to specify range here to narrow the field. 10m, 100m, through walls ? Also power options - battery, or is mains available at sensor location? What load does the relay have to control - a battery powered LED, or a high power heater?
The range depends on where they are attached to the ethernet, i guess. The shortest would be 25m, almost a direct line, with 2 “walls” (1x stone and 1x some kind of greenhouse). If i have the wireless receiver near my server its more like 40m with 4 walls, kinda hard to get a signal through. I guess i will place the receiver as best as i can.
I have mains avaiable and it would be great if no device would run on battery, since batteries and very low temperatures (winter) arent a perfect matchup in my experience.
The controlled load is about 100w (at 230v, reptile warming bulb). The bulb comes with a controlling device that should guarantee a softstart, i never tested if that works though.
Yep. Obviously you can put them in an enclosure.
I wouldn’t expect low-temperature operation to be an issue in practice, the device is powered off mains and will self-warm to an extent.
It’s more likely to mess up at high temperatures, there aren’t many pieces of non-military grade electronic kit verified to work at 60C
If this is all a worry, it might be time to rethink it as a wired solution, all control and switchgear indoors and just a pair of wires to a remote temperature sensor.