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By Michal Novotný on November 3, 2022

The following guide will show you basic sensors compatible with our project Pi-Home. We are sharing our skecthes which collects information from temperature, humidity (DHT22,DS18B30) and motion sensor (HC-SR501) and communicating via MQTT with OpenHAB.

By Administrator on October 31, 2022

In the Pi-Home project, you can use any standard buttons and switches for 230 V or special ones for 24 V or 12V. In smart homes, instead of switches (classic off/on positions) the buttons are preferred (return to original position after pressing) . The reason is obvious, we can attach more different functions to the button (repeated pressing, holding, etc). In our realizations we have a very good experience with classic 230V buttons from Hager/Berker, but of course it is possible to use any other brands.

By Michal Novotný on October 29, 2022

Switching power circuits - sockets, lights, blinds, pumps and other devices under 110-230V is one of the essential functions of an intelligent house. At Pi-Home, we are using Arduino Mega boards with Ethernet Shield, which control Arduino's compatible SSR relays connected with high power relays of the switchboard. More information and detailed scheme can be found in the article.

By Michal Novotný on October 26, 2022

In this article, we look at the rules in OpenHAB 3. The rules are rensposibles for entire ecosystem of actions responding to different states. In OpenHAB 3, the rules can be created manually via the user interface or via the .rules files. For our model house, we provide examples in Main UI. Same can be done via .rules files or copy-paste in Main UI.

By Michal Novotný on October 25, 2022

The article will guide you through the basic setup of OpenHAB 3 on our model example of a smart house. We will explain what Things and Items mean - basic building units in OpenHAB. We will show some tips for bulk editing in Mian UI and how to "clicking" your house or apartment in this environment. An integral part is the setup of the link with MQTT commands, which is the basic communication protocol in our Pi-Home application project.

By Michal Novotný on October 24, 2022

The heart of the intelligent house is the OpenHAB project, which runs on Raspberry Pi board. In this article, we will prepare image, launch OpenHAB and set up basic services. This will give us a stable base whether we use wired sensors, relays or wireless standard like Z-Wave, etc.

By Michal Novotný on October 23, 2022

Model House Project Home Atuomation

We have chosen the step by step tutorial of setting up a smart home as the best learning option. In this guide you will find how our model house looks like, how rooms are labeled and what we will control in our model house. If you learn to set up a model house, it will be easy for you to adjust the number of lights and their labels so that the setting fits your real project. Let's go!

By Michal Novotný on October 28, 2021

Pi-NAS Quick Start Guide

This quick guide helps you how to start using your open source Pi-NAS from OpenTUX in few basic steps.


The software that runs our Pi-NAS user interface controls and settings is called the Open Media Vault (OMV). The current installed version for Raspberry Pi single computers board is OMV5. See https://docs.openmediavault.org/ for full documentation.


1) Unpack the box and put your NAS on the table.

Hint: Skip to point 2) for the version with pre-installed disks

By Michal Novotný on November 20, 2020

One of the main reasons for NAS is - in addition to the convenience of having everything together - a backup of data. We prefer to use "automatic update" of second disc with RSync services. This allows access to deleted files for some time period and protect against cryptovirus.

By Michal Novotný on November 19, 2020

The basic configuration is really simple. You learn how to change your default password, language and attach the discs where you want to store your data. We will also set up users to access NAS. The last and most important part is dedicated to replicating data to the next disk using the RSync tool - it protects your data from damage and lso provides protection against cryptoviruses by preventing access to the backup disk for any account.

By Michal Novotný on November 19, 2020

Step by step guide to install Open Media Vault on your hardware, primarily Raspberry Pi 4. You will learn what extactly you need for your own home NAS, how to extract the image of the operating system to the SD card and perform basic settings of your NAS.

By Michal Novotný on November 11, 2020

Pi-Wiki is an open source solution to allow safe electronication of the home or usable as an intranet in a small company. It is based on a web server running on your local network. Drupal CMS is used and it is based on distribution of Open Atrium. It can be modified differently to create content without licenses and without knowledge of the programming language.

By Michal Novotný on November 11, 2020

This section provide you a guide how to download image OS Raspbian with installed web server and intranet Wiki website based on Drupal.

By Michal Novotný on November 11, 2020

Section will show you how to install and configure one of the best media player on the market - KODI.

By Michal Novotný on November 11, 2020

Pi-TV is an open source alternative to commercial media center or built- in TV media center. It is based on Kodi - the well-known and successful open source system. It supports applications such as digital TV (with Raspberry TV HAT), Netflix, Skylink TV and plays all the content from your NAS - photos, videos, music or local attached disc.

By Michal Novotný on November 11, 2020

You can find here a series of article how to build, install and configure your own Networked Attached Storage.

By Michal Novotný on November 11, 2020

In this article you will find a detailed Pi-NAS wiring scheme. The heart is a mini-computer, most often a Raspberry Pi. This mini-computer is powered directly by a USB hub. Hard drives are connected to the USB hub. The USB hub has external power at 230V. More information throughout the post.

By Michal Novotný on November 11, 2020

Pi-NAS is an open source alternative to a commercial NAS for your home or small business. At low operating and purchase costs, it can handle all the basic functions as well as its certified commercial rivals. All without commerce, openly and safely. See this article for everything you need.

By Michal Novotný on November 11, 2020

This section describe how to build your smart home on Raspberry and OpenHAB.

By Michal Novotný on November 11, 2020

Smart Home system name's Pi-Home is based on Raspberry Pi microcomputer (RPi) with installed central powerfull software OpenHAB. RPi is powered and also connected to the Arduino Mega boards. Communication between RPi and Arduino is through the MQTT protocol. You can find more information and wiring diagram in full article.

By Michal Novotný on November 10, 2020

Pi-Home is an alternative to commercial home automation systems, or "smart home" in family houses, apartments or small commercial objects. It consists of a simple application of open hardware and software in a switchboard for controlling electrical circuits, collecting data from various sensors and controlling the logic of individual elements. For more information, pros and cons, see the full post.

Newest articles

Nilan VP18 vs OpenHABRating: 
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We provide tutorial for the connection of the active Nilan recuperation unit, in our case the VP18 K WT type with OpenHAB 3. By communicating via Modbus it is possible to read the whole range of values, but mainly also to control the unit through OpenHAB. This allows us to remotely or programmatically change the performance and ventilation settings depending on the mode (night, cooking, etc.)

PiHome - Chytry dum mereni spotreby elektriny
Energy meter in smart homeRating: 
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We are providing a simple step-by-step tutorial how to install home energy meter. We did not find any MQTT device, so we buy Aeotec Home Energy Meter as we are already have a Z-Wave controlller in our smart home.

Centrální tablet pro chytrý dům
Wall tablet to controll your smart homeRating: 
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Wall tablet or older smartphone is perfectly suited as a central indicator of the state of the home, as well as controlling it. It usually replaces the video doorbell and as example, you can play your favorite music or read recipes on it during cooking in your kitchen. In the article, we describe a functional example of such a "wall" tablet and its settings in so-called kiosk mode so, display doesn't run at night and only reacts when someone is nearby.

Jablotron and smarthome synchronization
Connecting Jablotron with OpenHABRating: 
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In this article we will show you how to install Jablotron binding in OpenHAB. This binding helps us to synchronize states from Jablotron alarm to OpenHAB. Typically, you can force to switch off lights, close water pipe and circulation, switch off sockets or whatever you want to do when you leave home and set alarm.

Advanced disk cloningRating: 
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The classic disk cloning tool in linux is the dd command. This command creates a image of disk or extracts the contents from the image to disk. The dd tool needs to be handled carefully and you need to understand its use. We'll show a more advanced technique of creating a disc image that contains unallocated space. A classic example is when I have a Raspbian operating system installed on a 250 GB disc, but there's only a tiny boot partition (e.g. sda1) and my own operating system partition (sda2) which together have 15 GB. Instead of saving a 250 GB image, I would like to save only two partitions with 15 GB, so that the image is smaller and can be expanded to 16 or 32 GB flash.

iOS OpenVPN Connection SettingsRating: 
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In this article you will find detailed instructions on how to connect to OpenVPN from iOS devices.

Android OpenVPN Connection SettingsRating: 
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In this article you will find detailed instructions on how to connect to OpenVPN on Android.

OpenVPN on MikroTik routersRating: 
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If you have a smart-home, NAS, etc., it's a good idea to think about safe access to your network when you are not at home. Currently I recommend commercial router like Turris or a cheaper option of MikroTik routers. In the other hand, Raspberry Pi can be used as OpenVPN server too. In this article, we will show how to set up secure access to your home network from the internet using OpenVPN on MikroTik routers.

Video intercom Doorbird in OpenHABRating: 
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Native support for OpenHAB is provided by video intercom by Doorbird company. The solution is powered and connected by a UTP cable and has its own IP address to make it easier for you to install at the gate. OpenHAB is then able to import images from the intercom, visit history, manage gate opening on the button and by the phone, do not disturb feature during night, alarm feature etc. In the instructions we guide you how to use OpenHAB with Doorbird D101.