OpenHab2: Setting Up The Home Automation Server Demo
Setting Up The Home Automation Server
Hey guys Matt here from MKSmartHouse.com and in this video I am going to give you a demo of the Home Automation Server we will be creating.
So the point of this demo is to show you the home automation server in action as well as how it all works. Also, Please also go ahead and press the like button because if all five videos in the Home Automation Server Series hit 200 likes then I will release the videos on how to actually use OpenHAB 2.0 sooner then it is scheduled.
Anyway the first thing I will show you is the device in action so as you can see here it is and it is mounted on the same wall as the network. But, you might be wondering what it is doing right now well, right now it is hosting the OpenHAB 2 service as well as the mqtt service. After completing this series we will be prepared and ready to create the user interfaces as well as connect our smart automation devices.
Now let's talk about how it all works. To start off the entire thing is running on a raspberry pi, in this case I am using a raspberry pi 3 but this will work fine on a 2 as well as anymore pi’s in the future. Next up the storage for the pi is a 32gb sandisk micro sd card class 10 of course for the extra data speed. The pi is being housed in a clear acrylic case with a fan built in. But the fan does not do the cooling on its own, I have also installed a heat sink which with the fan is pretty good cooling. The pi is being powered by a 5v 2.5 amp power adapter that is UL certified which is important for power stability. The actual pi is connected to the network via a green cat 6 cable. We will be installing the software onto the pi using either a Mac computer or a windows computer which each have their own video so when you do it make sure you watch the right video. The software we will be installing is OpenHAB 2 as well a Mosquitto Mqtt server. But, this has all been made easy because all we will be doing is flashing a prebuilt image called openHABian which makes everything a lot easier. To actually configure the pi we will be using a combination of the web browser and ssh. But, the entire software process will be explained in its respective video.
That’s all I have for the actual demo, now it is time for you to watch the next videos to learn how to setup your own home automation server running OpenHAB 2. Alright thank you for watching and If you have any questions leave them in the comments section below or head over to mksmarthouse.com/forum where you have a better chance of it getting answered. Good Bye!