The whole point in this post is to run your own VPN service, and allow you to connect remote devices to your home network.
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Showing posts with label logitech.
I got sucked into the internet of things some time ago, Philips Hue bulbs is what sparked my interest. This then turned into checking out IFTTT, which led to Belkin WeMo’s being purchased. I obviously use a media center, so I purchased the Harmony Ultimate – and gained some hue control.
All these devices and no real common communication between them. Don’t get me wrong IFTTT is nice, but it also doesn’t play with everything. Step in SmartThings hub which can speak to ZigBee and Z-Wave, as well as the Hue hub – things get a little better.
Having had this setup for months, consisting of the following:
I can safely say I’m happy and I have a few automated activities setup, but I guess the worst thing is the range right now.
My router is in my basement and it appears that the network is getting busy – I wonder how much g/n, Z-Wave, ZigBee traffic I can handle on my air-waves???
I think I am hitting a limit.
I am currently seeing issues with range in my WeMo’s. If my WeMo insight on my first floor is on, my 2nd floor bedroom devices aren’t detected – if I switch the first floor insight off and give it a minute, I see the previous problematic devices in the app again – I don’t believe this to be Belkin related, just network congestion/interference.
Belkin decided to use standard Wi-Fi rather than ZigBee or Z-wave, and they “cheaped” out using G over N. I have considered moving to Zigbee, because while they have a shorter range than Z-Wave, my Hue bulbs use ZigBee – and just list Z-wave, Zigbee creates a besh network for extending overall range.
It does seem that Z-wave is far more popular than Zigbee.
I have also considered if making changes at the router, I am wondering if purchasing an AC wireless router would improve anything??? I know I will be still using G, but will my transmission power be better?
In summary, I’m an early adopter and I am happy with what I have gained. While some of the devices were expensive, I invest to make the future brighter for everyone. Hopefully we learn going forward. Interested in what Google’s purchase of Nest will have on Google’s future in home automation.
Does anyone have any tips or experiences about their own automation solutions?
So I finally went back to trying to get emulators setup in XBMC (OpenELEC specifically). It took me a while to get everything setup, but in the end everything is working perfectly. This all stems from the fact that I got my kid into SNES games to distract him on a long-haul flight.
Now there are several post out there with pieces of information, but solbero posted a great and complete guide on the openelec forum:
This venture into emulators is not a big leap from XBMC’s future, rumours have been around for a while regarding . There is even a branch of OpenELEC which contains these modification – I am slightly tempted to try this, Retroplayer + XBMC:
When it comes to emulation they key component for realism is the joypad, in my humble opinion. Amazon sells a USB compatible SNES replica controller, and it seems to get some ok feedback:
I myself have gone down the route of Logitech Rumblepasd 2 (Wireless), simply because it has more buttons for arcade based games – and I’m a fan of Logitech products.
The main complaint I hear about the Logitech Rumblepad 2 is the analog sticks are in a square boundary – so you can’t recreate free flowing circles with the sticks. Beware the price of these things, Amazon was selling for $99. I picked up a couple on eBay for $55 shipped – I know have 3 and will no doubt sell one to recoup.
My implementation uses ROM Collection Browser to fire up the initial games, but after that I use the back-end emulator (RetroArch) to switch games. I configured my left analog stick to save/load states using up/down, and I configured my right analog button to bring up the retorarch menu, left analog button is configured to exit the emulator and go back to XBMC.
If anyone tries out Retorplayer + XBMC, let me know your thoughts please.
I do have a spare Pi lying around, so I am also considering RetorPie
For XBMC here is the version of RetroArch I used:
Containing the following list of cores/emulators: