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By Michal Novotný on December 12, 2020

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 detaied scheme can be searched in the article.

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 16, 2020

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 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

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

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.

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