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Open Door with RPi and RITTO TwinBus Digital Door Bell System

What kind of circuit would I have to devise in order to read a certain amount of voltage (let's say 0.5V) from my RITTO Twinbus Door Bell system with my RPi? In detail what I want to achieve: there ...
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Git automatically pull, commit and push? [closed]

I'm looking to implement GIT on my Pi and wanted to know if there is any software out there to automatically sync both ways so it's always an up-to-date copy? The stages would be: The system reads ...
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Raspberry motion getting killed every morning and evening

This is the weirdest problem I have ever ever faced! I am using Raspberry PI (running Raspbian Wheezy) with Logitech C310 webcam for home monitoring, with motion detection and recording enabled. It ...
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Controlling a standard Bulb & Fan with Pi

I have been playing around with Pi for sometime now, and I am now able to do basic wiring to control LED using the command line of Raspbian in my Pi. However, now I want built something real. I want ...
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Raspberry PI as intercom?

I am currently looking for a way to connect an intercom to the raspberry pi, at the moment, the intercom wires are connected to a regular telefphone ( only two wires needed ), when someone dials the ...
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RF transceiver and XBee module, both need UART?

I'm working an a home automation project, using a Raspberry Pi. What I want to do is connect an RF 433 MHz transmitter to control RF-controlled light switches, and a ZigBee/XBee module to connect to ...
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Webcam pictures too bright (with bright bar on top)

Im using a Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 and when trying to take pictures with both fswebcam and mplayer the pictures are too bright and/or have a bright bar on the top quarter of the image. When ...
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Has anyone used the pi to send SMS/MMS messages?

As part of my project, I'd like to send an image to a phone number. I understand I can achieve this quite easily with e-mail, but I'd like to pursue the MMS route first. I've looked around online ...
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Controlling a relay with GPIO

Is it possible, using the GPIO Port to power a relay. I have read things about the GPIO port saying it is very easy to mess up, and seeing that activating a relay (basically a short circuit through a ...
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Controlling GPIO from website on a separate server

I am planning on doing a bit of home automation. I decided on going with the Raspberry Pi, because it is cheap, and can connect to the internet wirelessly via a USB dongle. I was planning on ...
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Wiring a home to power Raspberry Pis

I'm considering putting a Raspberry Pi in every room of the house. One issue is whether it is inefficient to have a separate USB power supply running off the mains in every room. How would one go ...
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What is the cheapest and long distance (20-30 m) way for communicating Raspberry Pi and attiny (or any other microcontroller)?

I need to make Raspberry Pi as my master and communicate with several slave devices (5-6 Attiny2313 in my case) that are kept 20-30 m (65-100 ft) away. Following are the requirements: cheap ...
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How to communicate with Pi with an invalid IP address?

I am building a home automation solution based on the RPi. Since the Pi will be using my home WiFi, it will inevitably have an invalid IP address (one that will be mapped to a valid IP by my WiFi ...
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IR Door Security Project - Where to start?

For my first Raspberry Pi project i'd like to do some some of IR Door Security (sort of security - basically my landlord is conducting house viewings at anytime and when i'm not in i'd like to know ...
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Raspberry Pi High Speed Camera

Forget the normal raspberry pi camera. Wait, Forget really nice cameras. Is it possible to make a high speed camera with the raspberry pi for a cheaper cost than a regular one would be?
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Where i can find list of Raspberry home automation platforms and projects? [closed]

I'm unix newbie and planning to start my own home automation project. Where i can find list of Raspberry home automation platforms and projects so i could compare what way i should do it?
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Connection of Raspberry Pi Matlab through USB

I am running one application inside Raspberry Pi. I want see the data points created by the application in graphical format in Matlab. I want to do this by connecting the computer and Raspberry Pi ...
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Stop raspberry pi from turning on when plugged in

I am planning to use raspberry pi in an embedded design. Is there any way i can prevent the pi from automatically turning on when plugged in?
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Remote communication with home server

I make home micro-server (based on Raspberry Pi). It has Internet and works 24/7. The server make some home automation, monitoring and control. It has no static public IP address (it's assigned via ...
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Is it possible to run openHAB and Z-Way-Server in parallel?

I have a RaZberry Z-Wave module on my Raspbery GPIO pins and it works well. I use Raspian and java 8. I use the Z-Way-Server and now I set up openHAB version 1.3 with the new Z-Wave binding. The ...
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How to setup openHAB to work with a RaZberry ZWave binding?

I have a RaZberry z-wave module on my Raspbery GPIO pins and it works well. I use raspian and java 8. Now I want to use openHAB version 1.3 with the new Z-Wave binding. The [documentation] ...
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A good sensor for a Bed Occupied detector?

I'm trying to build a presence sensor for my bed, to help trigger assorted home automation functions. My first thought was to use a FSR and place it between the frame and boxsprings. I know how to ...
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How does the RF/FM GPIO transmitter hack work?

A while ago, a few guys figured out that they could transmit FM signals using the Raspberry Pi's GPIO ports, and another person realized that he could use the RasPi for controlling his home automation ...
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Home Automation in an apartment

I'm just getting into the Raspberry Pi and love the idea of home automation. I'd like to use the Raspberry Pi to turn on/off lights, control the thermostat, and possibly a few other tasks in the ...
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Cheapest way to controlling multiple lights through Wi-Fi

What I would like to see is the cheapest way possible to control my lights using my Raspberry Pi. What I imagine to control it I build an interface on my smartphone by which I can send commands to ...
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How to utilize Raspberry PI in daily life task? [closed]

Folks i am new to Raspberry PI. I have read brief about from wiki link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi and also heard about it from my friend about its potential power which we can use in ...
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Redirect audio to another AirPlay device

I'm setting up Mopidy on Raspbian so I can use the Raspberry Pi as a Spotify (and local files) jukebox. I know the analog audio output of the Raspberry Pi is not great. Is there a way to redirect all ...
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Need help with (ambitious?) project

I gave up on using my Pi as a VPN'd NAS, since the CPU is too slow to handle OpenVPN (see here Low bandwidth internet over VPN). So I want to set it up to do (all of) the following: Control a light ...
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Using a Transceiver with GPIO

I'm still trying to get my head round exactly what can and can't be achieved with these devices, but I'd like to try the following: I've found a guide for interfacing with home automation equipment ...
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Is running a CGI server as root too dangerous?

I've setup my Raspberry Pi with nginx and fcgiwrap as CGI. I wanted to control GPIO ports using a Python script with the Rpi.GPIO library. The problem is that in order to be able to control the ports, ...
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How to use Pi for standalone automation?

I want to use the Pi for standalone home automation. As such, the Pi must boot up automatically and run a Java program. I am running Debian Wheezy hardfloat. I have little Linux experience, what ...
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Using Raspberry Pi to control my AC via infrared

When I'm on my way back home from somewhere, I want to be able to switch my AC on a few minutes before I arrive at my apartment, probably by using my phone to connect to my Raspberry Pi on my desk ...
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How to interface Raspberry PI with x10 to read switch statuses and toggle them on/off? (new system, pre-wired house)

I've been reading on the x10 documentation on the web, so please correct me if I'm wrong on these items: X10 type parts available (A) data receiver/transmitter to be plugged in a wall (B) computer ...