Affordable DIY Home Automation:
Home automation is not a luxury anymore but becoming a necessity. The security systems, entertainment systems, lighting and others can be controlled with a simple click on your mobile or laptop. A technology pro house doesn’t mean big bucks always. DIY has been instrumental in reducing costs of home automation dramatically.
Here is how you can choose viable and affordable DIY home automation techniques for a tech-savvy home:
- Ninja Blocks Starter Kit, the kit includes:
- One Wireless motion sensor.
- One Wireless door/window contact sensor.
- One Wireless button.
- One Wireless temperature and humidity sensor.
- One Ninja Block (BeagleBone Black Linux computer with an Arduino).
- One Ethernet Cable.
- One 5VDC 3 Amp Power supply with connectors for US, EU, UK, and AU.
- One Temperature Probe
As the hardware is open-source, you can essentially make your own kit too if you don’t want to use a Ninja Kit (buy any of the sensors or buttons individually based on your needs.)
Set Up the Ninja Block
– Open up the Ninja Block case and note down the serial number next to the Ethernet connector.
– Close the Block, and plug it into the wireless router with the Ethernet cable, plug in the power cord. Allow it to load the software and boot. The purple eyes of the Ninja light up once the process is done.
– Pair the Ninja Block to your computer by logging in to a.ninja.is/you.
– Select “Blocks” under the settings profile, and then “Pair another Block.”
– Enter the serial number you wrote earlier and click the “Setup WiFi” button. Once done, enter the local network name and password. Once the Ninja Block resets, disconnect it from the Ethernet cable.
– The Ninja Block is ready for use.
Set Up The Sensors
- Connect the sensors to the Ninja Block. Four sensors come with the Ninja Block kit which includes the temperature/humidity sensor, motion sensor, proximity sensor, and button). Install a battery, name the sensors, and place them around the house as per your needs. Once the battery is connected to the sensor, it automatically connects to the Ninja Block. Except for the temperature sensor which automatically starts, the rest need to be labeled. Login at ninja.is/home, the sensors are labelled as 1,2 ,3, click on the pen/editicon and label the sensors.
- Any other home automation device and sensor canbe added to the Ninja Blocks like the lights, remote control power sockets, LEDs, and
Set Up Your Rules
With the Ninja Blocks, you can set up a series of rules for your sensors. If a sensor is activated, then an action happens like turning on a webcam or the lights, sending a text message and others.
- Scroll to the rules tab on the Ninja Block.
- Choose the rule for the sensor and click “Next.”
- Click on the result you need like a text message, toggles, webcam, etc.
- Label the rule and click “Done.”
- You can also scroll to the Settings > Preferences on the Ninja Block and sign in services like Twitter, Dropbox and others. sensors can perform multiple actions.
Set Up Your Smartphone App
Ninja Blocks has apps for Android and iOS. These can control any of the lights, sensors, relays, power switches, practically anything attached to Ninja Blocks. Just download and log in. Create rules for the relays and you’re good to go with this affordable DIY home automation set up.
Home automation is a great way to control the home and its gadgets with a simple click of the mobile phone.