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  • Peter Scargill 2.7V-6V HTTM Series Capacitive Touch Switch Buttons by Peter Scargill: Good one.. that’s good info…. Will investigate when the power comes back on. Nov 27, 21:02
  • 2.7V-6V HTTM Series Capacitive Touch Switch Buttons by Xander: Found on this Ali-Page: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001907350196.html Remove the resistor to change to latch mode. Nov 27, 20:47
  • Peter Scargill The Confusing World of Zigbee featuring ZemiSmart by Peter Scargill: Mike- you are in fact RIGHT – I tried the fixed address first – that worked – then I revoked that and tried 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 in the router – that ALSO worked (works). I’ve also repotred this back to Vodafone as I still seem to have a direct contact there aftr a series of (now resolved thanks to a friendly Openreach engineer) problems last month. It’s getting better, just a couple of awkward Zigbee devices (one of which – Ikea switch – SHOULD work), to resolve. My thanks to both you and Ian. Nov 26, 00:19
  • The Confusing World of Zigbee featuring ZemiSmart by Mike: A possibility is that Vodafone have blocked access to zigbee2mqtt.io by mistake (wrongly-implemented court order, etc). Such blocking is usually done by DNS and is easily circumvented by setting DNS on the Ethernet adapter to a public server such as 8.8.8.8 or by adding an entry to the PC’c hosts file such as “185.199.108.153 www.zigbee2mqtt.io”. Nov 25, 23:58
  • Peter Scargill The Confusing World of Zigbee featuring ZemiSmart by Peter Scargill: Hi Ian Today, you are my HERO…. it worked exactly as described – I looked at the config file – for any newbies looking it – here. nano /opt/zigbee2mqtt/data/configuration.yaml There was already a line: legacy_api:false I changed the value to true and did a quick reboot. On problem down, two to go. Any thoughts as to why the Ikea Tradfre lamp and USB repeater work but the ikea switch “part E1743” is unsupported? More importantly and the reason I didn’t just go to the zigbee2mqtt.io site and take a look.. until recently I’ve been doing all this Zigbee stuff in Spain – no problem – I came to the UK to my Vodafone fibre connection – and it WILL NOT let me connect to zigbee2mqtt.io If I disable my Ethernet and enable WIFI on my PC – and use my mobile phone WiFi tethering for the PC, I can get to zigbee2mqtt.io no problem – but of course not to my local network. I’m all ears, Ian – or anyone else… and no I don’t have any kind of parental control on my (1 year old) Vodafone router.. and yes I’m sending an email off to Vodafone right now…. but please do fire comments in – all welcome. Nov 25, 21:47
  • Ian Gleghorn The Confusing World of Zigbee featuring ZemiSmart by Ian Gleghorn: Hi Peter had a similar problem to you in that my Node red zigbee2mqtt would not see any devices, found a solution at https://github.com/andreypopov/node-red-contrib-zigbee2mqtt/issues/43 spidgrou commented on Aug 8 โ€ข Hi, I found a solution. In the /opt/zigbee2mqtt/data/configuration.yaml, add the line: legacy_api: true Then stop and restart zigbee2mqtt. For me it works. Max this goes in the [Advanced] section. I can confirm this works on my installation. Nov 25, 21:00
  • Peter Scargill New to Windows 11 or Did I Miss Something Earlier? by Peter Scargill: And thanks for taking the time to read my blog – oh, after seeing your comment, I took the opportunity to BOLD UP the paragraph about NOT leaving this MAC feature on – that should ease your concerns about W11. I had to turn that on manually in the first place. REgarsd Pete Nov 25, 13:50
  • New to Windows 11 or Did I Miss Something Earlier? by Justin: Your awesome NodeRed gauge brought me here. Thanks, I did not know you could do that with NodeRed. We have a MAC based access control for our local network and randomising MAC addresses often on by default on many new devices is making it more of a challenge. I can see W11 will make it more so. Nov 25, 05:42
  • Peter Scargill The Confusing World of Zigbee featuring ZemiSmart by Peter Scargill: Thanks for that, Mike. Zemismart buttons are a problem and clearly Aqara hub/camera.. but the Aqara buttons work well with Zigbee2MQTT, now if I could just figure out why Zigbee2MQTT will not play ball with the NR nodes in my UK install… I can feel a trip to IKEA coming on Nov 24, 23:35
  • The Confusing World of Zigbee featuring ZemiSmart by Mike: As an alternative to the Zemismart and Aqara buttons, you may like to look at the Ikea Tradfri shortcut button and their Styrbar remote control. These are cheap (ยฃ6 and ยฃ7.50 respectively), portable, work perfectly with zigbee2mqtt and have a long battery life. Nov 24, 22:50
  • Peter Scargill The Script by Peter Scargill: Yes, there is an issue of Influx focussing on 64 bit. Erm, but I recently had to use the script to reinstall an RPI after one went inexplicably dead (not something that has ever happened before) and Grafana and Influx went in without issue – if you spot anything in the script that needs changing now, please do let me know. Nov 23, 14:28
  • 2.7V-6V HTTM Series Capacitive Touch Switch Buttons by Jason: I really like these because like you said they work through plastic. I can “hide” buttons inside a 3D printed case so that they only show up when activated, which I think makes for a nice effect. Only thing I don’t much care for is that the pins stick straight out the back so it’s hard to use them for something thin. I’ve been meaning to experiment with desoldering the headers. Nov 23, 02:06
  • Bren The Script by Bren: Hi Peter,like many others, I have made use of “The Script” many times to greatly speed up the task of building an IOT App Stack on a RPi…but recently I’ve encountered problems installing Influxdb and Grafana (a single selection) under the Main Menu as you know. From what I can see by the screen reports, the repository key for Influxdb is depricated, probably because Influxdata have moved to a 64-Bit build…and I need my App stack on a RPi 4 now running Bulleye. Is there any easy way round this ?… Nov 23, 00:16
  • Peter Scargill BigTimer by Peter Scargill: If no schedule is set, BigTimer will do nothing- the overrides are just that, overrides. Nov 22, 15:06
  • BigTimer by Henrik Ubbe: Correct, I would still have to do the Countdown node for the unplanned starts, though. Thus I could keep it as it is. My question remains: Have I misunderstood BigTimer or am I doing it wrong? Nov 22, 13:49
  • Synology DS720+ NAS – Big Upgrade by Damien McGuigan: I am currently at just under 2TB on my external drives so decided 8 was better longer term option than ‘just’ 4TB. Being in NI, a lot of retailers had a ยฃ20+ delivery surcharge with delivery taking up to 10 days…. Scan have already shipped it this morning via DPD with delivery expected on Wednesday. Can’t fault that especially as I am out of the country from Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚ Nov 22, 13:35
  • Peter Scargill Synology DS720+ NAS – Big Upgrade by Peter Scargill: Good deal. Well, I bought smaller drives as I simply don’t have enough media to justify the larger disks – but you can never have enough RAM ๐Ÿ™‚ The Black Friday deal sounds good – mind you it’s not Black Friday yet but then China have been doing Black Friday deals for the last 2 weeks:-) Nov 22, 13:25
  • Synology DS720+ NAS – Big Upgrade by Damien McGuigan: Came across your review when researching. Just ordered the same one myself from Scan who are doing a black friday discount in this – https://www.scan.co.uk/products/2-bay-synology-diskstation-ds720plus-desktop-nas-intel-celeron-j4125-quad-core-2gb-ddr4-25-35-sata-g Also purchased a couple of 8TB IronWolf drives and an extra 4gb ram too Nov 22, 12:50
  • BigTimer by Qba: Henrik, for that kind of routines You do not need swiss knife as BigTimer. Simple inject-node in NodeRed does this job. Just change “Repeat” for “at specific time”. Nov 22, 12:47
  • Peter Scargill ESCAM PVR008 Auto-Tracking H265 IP Camera by Peter Scargill: They say it’s the journey that counts – think of an entire month of anticipation ๐Ÿ™‚ Pete Nov 22, 00:58
  • Peter Scargill ESCAM PVR008 Auto-Tracking H265 IP Camera by Peter Scargill: Hi Mike I’ve not tried that yet. I’m tackling another Zigbee2MQTT blog entry right now, leave that with me, at some point I’ll try to answer that question. Pete Nov 22, 00:58
  • ESCAM PVR008 Auto-Tracking H265 IP Camera by Mike Gormez: Hello Pete, can you tell what kind of email alerts the camera can produce. ie. is it a single snapshot or can it send multiple images of an event? Nov 21, 22:31
  • BigTimer by Henrik Ubbe: Hi there. I’m trying to start my car heater every weekday morning. All good and well, the tick boxes at the bottom of the list does the trick. However, I also would like to be able to start the car heater on command for other times. But; when the tick boxes for saturday and sunday is empty, Big Timer doesn’t answer to any commands. Not “timer 3600”, not “Auto”, heck, not even “sync”. Ticking the boxes makes it answer to the same inputs, though. For now I’ve put an external countdown timer to do the trick, but it would be neater to have it inside the same node. I’ve scorched through the manuals, videos and forums, but to no avail. Is this as designed or am I doing something wrong? The image is with the boxes unticked. Nov 20, 22:37
  • Peter Scargill BigTimer by Peter Scargill: If the on and off times are the same, Bigtimer will not operate – that is the correct behaviour. Regards Pete. Nov 19, 10:35
  • BigTimer by Rolf Bagge: Hi Peter Seems lige BigTimer is very nice indeed. But im having a single problem, I want to start some lights 1 hour before sunrise, and then turn them of again 30 min after sunrise, but if i set OnTime and OffTime both to sunrise, but with -120 and +30 offset respectively, the timer is disabled, as on off is the same. Maybee dont disable a timer if OnTime and OffTime is the same, but the offsets differ? Or did i misunderstand something? Nov 19, 09:27
  • Alexa-Applestrudel (formerly Cakebaked formerly Remote2) by Nathan: same, no luck. Very sad, this is the most important node for me Nov 17, 03:57
  • BigTimer by Fred: Thank you Peter! I just found this comment and this is exactly what I was looking for! Nov 16, 01:27
  • BigTimer by Allan M.: Hi Peter, I just stumbled across BigTimer and am trying to accomplish the same thing as Talzac, and can’t figure out how to use the input for msg.on_offset_override to work properly. I have only been able to find vague references about this input, and no examples. I set the On Time to Dusk, Off Time to 23:45 (On & Off Time2 values are default 0:00), Lat to 40.014, and Long to -83.143 (Eastern UTC -4). As I write this it is 2:23 PM EST on my comuter, and the BigTimer node status shows “Off for 3 hours 24 minutes”. I have tried using an inject node with different values for msg.on_offset_override (60, -60, 400, -400, 1:00, -1:00, 4:00, & -4:00). The status never changes other than counting down the minutes. Please provide details with an example of how to use this input. Here is debug output from inject node: {“_msgid”:”301dd3f12a1eceda”,”on_offset_override”:”1:00″} Here is debug output from BigTimer node resulting from injection: {“payload”:0, “reference”:”:::877″, “topic”:”status”, “state”:”OFF Auto”, “time”:”03hrs 10mins”, “name”:”Big Timer”, “lon”:”-83.143″, “lat”:”40.014″, “start”:1067, “end”:1425, “dusk”:1067, “dawn”:409, “solarNoon”:738, “sunrise”:438, “sunset”:1038, “night”:1132, “nightEnd”:344, “moonrise”:923, “moonset”:149, “now”:877, “timer”:0, “duration”:190, “onOverride”:-1, “offOverride”:-1, “onOffsetOverride”:-1, “offOffsetOverride”:-1, “stamp”:1636918639183, “extState”:”OFF for 03hrs 10mins”, “_msgid”:”ba613505e8749b86″} Nov 14, 21:47
  • BigTimer by Jaro: Hi there, I am kind of new to Home Assistant, Node-red and BigTimer, but so far, so good and enjoying it. My use case, that I want to set up, is: turn on garden lights in the morning, then turn them off after some short time (in reality based on position of the sun), and do the same (on/off) in the evening, again based on sun. At first I did not quite understand how to set up BigTimer, or at least did not get it to work properly (thinking I did understand). But working on this test of mine (see picture attached) I think/hope I can figure it out, and make it work… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Reading a manual is not my best skill, and maybe it is not even in there… Trial and Error are my friends… Points of attention: * for my use case, all four elements ontime, offtime, ontime2 and offtime2 needed to have their own ‘unique’ time settings. Not yet looked at exactly what makes them disabled or not. * when looking at the relevant flow in Node-red, then the status (indicated with A in the image) below the BigTimer node -tmo- is somewhat misleading: when on/offtime1 finished, their (on/offtime1) own indication for the next period is shown, NOT the one next for on/offtime2. This will be shown right after on/offtime2 was activated. In my head I was expecting to see the time untill the next action, in my case for on/offtime2… * the payload value is different for on/offtime2, compared to on/offtime1. See attached image: 0, 1 and 2. Value for “state” is constant in my test (“ON Auto” / “OFF Auto”). * I will use the second output from BigTimer. I disabled both ‘Repeat output’ and ‘Output at startup’ Just posting this so it might be of help for the reader. Cheers, Jaro Nov 13, 14:09
  • Peter Scargill New to Windows 11 or Did I Miss Something Earlier? by Peter Scargill: Right.. thanks for that – I’ve turned the randomize off – won;t need it until I return to Spain (another 24+ hour ferry). While in there I fixed a shed-load of mistakes ๐Ÿ™‚ Nov 10, 16:26
  • Peter Scargill New to Windows 11 or Did I Miss Something Earlier? by Peter Scargill: Good point – thank you for that – once I’m done figuring out why one of my access points (controlling my lighting) is dead and my 80Mbps Vodafone Home Broadband is actually giving me 4Mbps – I’ll give this the attention it deserves….. Did I really come back to the UK or did I go into a coma on the way back on the ferry in which case I’m imagining everything – you would not believe how many things have gone wrong in here… Nov 10, 15:28
  • New to Windows 11 or Did I Miss Something Earlier? by Nargousias: Just remember that you did it. I use the MAC addresses of my family’s phones for presence detection. Last year found that the new phones were randomizing the MAC addresses (and rotating them like Borg shields). My DHCP server had given out all of its available addresses. Nov 9, 18:27
  • Peter Scargill New to Windows 11 or Did I Miss Something Earlier? by Peter Scargill: Visiting UK against my will, is why. Nov 8, 17:00
  • New to Windows 11 or Did I Miss Something Earlier? by Steve: Man, you are grumpy today. ๐Ÿ˜  Nov 8, 16:02
  • Peter Scargill Synology DS720+ NAS – Big Upgrade by Peter Scargill: On a ferry – one to look at when I get home – thanks. Nov 7, 19:46
  • Scott Millken Synology DS720+ NAS – Big Upgrade by Scott Millken: https://www.home-assistant.io/integrations/synology_dsm/ Not sure if this is what you mean. Not sure if Home Assistant can be installed on the NAS itself, perhaps with Dockers? Nov 7, 19:21
  • Scott Millken Synology DS720+ NAS – Big Upgrade by Scott Millken: Nice to see a review of the Synology DS720+. I’ve been thinking of getting one for my son and daughter-in-law, as they had a baby in May and wanted something for them to save pictures on. I have 3 of these units, DS209J, DS212J and the DS214. As Peter states, these units have all run flawlessly. I’ve had drive fail, replace the drive and off it went again. The DS212J unit is a backup for the others using the Hyperbackup for software. I’m sure I don’t use it to their total potential, but they do what I need them to do and I can get things off of them when i want. You talked about connecting to http://synologynas:5000. I connect to the https://….:5001. Seems to connect easier with todays browsers. Nice review and thanks Scott Nov 7, 19:14
  • Eleksmaker A3 Pro 3500mW Laser Engraver by Ken: Never mind Peter, I am giving it up anyway ๐Ÿ™ Thanks you for your reply Nov 4, 15:09
  • Peter Scargill BigTimer by Peter Scargill: Thank YOU for taking an interest…. Regards Pete Nov 4, 13:02
  • Mathieu Sibilla BigTimer by Mathieu Sibilla: Hi, Just wanted to say a huge “thank you” for Bigtimer, I’ve finaly managed to find a clever timer! Nov 4, 01:03
  • Peter Scargill Eleksmaker A3 Pro 3500mW Laser Engraver by Peter Scargill: Hi Ken Sorry I no longer have the Eleksmaker. It is indeed a fine machine but I only have so much room. It was the best I’d come across but now have the (more expensive) Ortur Laser Master Pro. So in this instance I can’t help. Regards Pete Nov 2, 19:31
  • Talzac BigTimer by Talzac: I am new to node-red I try to understand, I have tried this: to set msg.onOffsetOverride and msg.on_offset_override to -60 and other but it does not work. Can you please give me a push in the right direction? Thanks. Nov 2, 19:28
  • Peter Scargill BigTimer by Peter Scargill: Hi Towards the end of the BIGTIMER blog entry – tells you what you can do with the input. Regards Pete Nov 2, 19:22
  • Talzac BigTimer by Talzac: Hi, I would like to set the offset from input, because then it can be possible to read the weather data for example if it is raining and set the offset to turn on early that day or if the sun is shining then it can delay the offset for that day. Can this be done? Thanks. Nov 2, 16:53
  • Peter Scargill New Athom ESPHOME-Ready Smart Bulbs by Peter Scargill: Hi Ben Athom sent them (no vested interests and no guarantee I was going to be positive about them). Nov 2, 00:14
  • Peter Scargill Synology DS720+ NAS – Big Upgrade by Peter Scargill: Fixed ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ – I’m quite looking forward during my trip to the UK to comparing with my original DS214+ (maybe a RAM upgrade) which sadly has been offline for a couple of months – first time in years – due to a cabling screw-up (nothing to do with the NAS itself). Once that’s back up I may add the second LAN cable. Probably a good time to check the fan and replace the battery while I’m on as the DS214+ goes so far back, I wasn’t blogging when I got it! That’ll make for a good long-term review. Nov 2, 00:10
  • Synology DS720+ NAS – Big Upgrade by chunkking: Thank you for the write up on the NAS…about to buy the 2x4Gb setup, myself. It’s good to see it allows for time travel, too. Nov 28 already, you say? Nov 1, 20:43
  • New Athom ESPHOME-Ready Smart Bulbs by Ben: Where do I get these from please? Nov 1, 19:18
  • Alexa-Applestrudel (formerly Cakebaked formerly Remote2) by Roberto Agria: Hi, same issue here, and it’s quite annoying since I use device activity to determine last alexa invoked and choose exactly that device to route the answer… Did anybody came up with a solution for this problem? I’ don’t have necessary skills to mantain a fork, and I’m wondering if anybody will ever constantly update this add-on. Thanks ! Nov 1, 17:54
  • Peter Scargill X96 X4 Amlogic S905X4 Android 11 TV Box by Peter Scargill: Kodi works fine on Android. I’m watching on the new box right now. I also tend to watch BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Curiosity Stream, Magellan and other channels not all of which are well suited to Kodi so having the normal selection of full Android APPs can be handy. A friend of mine runs Librelec on Raspberry Pi to get the latest Kodi – but on thast platform, I use standard raspberry Pi OS and Kodi 18.7 because I do not want to be without RPI-clone = a shame there doesn’t seem to be an identical SSH command-line equivalent for Android. Oct 30, 13:26
  • X96 X4 Amlogic S905X4 Android 11 TV Box by Phil: Do you leave android on these boxes? I’d normally try to replace the OS with coreelec from https://coreelec.org/ who support the Amlogic SOCs, but that’s because I only need Kodi. Oct 30, 12:35
  • Eleksmaker A3 Pro 3500mW Laser Engraver by Ken: Hi Peter, I also use Eleksmaker A3 Pro Engraver (2500mw). It use to work very well just a cable which connect the Laser and the main board is way too shot and causing some tangling problems. so I try to change it and then nightmare begin! When I changed the cable I saw a blue light flashing I donโ€™t know what it mean. Then I turn on the engraver but the laser did not turn on. so I change back the original cable. I can only command it to move but the laser can never turn on anymore. I have been reading some forums, asking people, update the firmware, watching YouTube still cannot find the answer. then I found your youtube video and your blog. notice you got a same machine I do and seems like you are very experienced so may be I just ask your opinion. Do you think my Laser head is already dead just simply because I test a wrong cable? It worked perfectly before the test! Or do you think it is a software setting problem I might still have a chance? if you think so do you mind have a look of my setting to see if you can find incorrect setting? Thank you very much! Ken Oct 30, 09:47
  • Zigbee – The Ongoing Sonoff Story by Andreas: Exactly, the CC2652P chip has a built-in Power Amplifier same as the CC1352P (I guess that is what the “P” stands for). CC2652R/CC2652RB without power amplifier offer +5dBm output gain and the CC2652P should offer +20dBm output gain. But note that Zigbee2MQTT only use +5dBm output by default and you need to specifically enable experimental +20dBm output gain in Zigbee2MQTT. Also read that there is an issue with using that +20dBm setting in Zigbee2MQTT so question remains if any power amplifier work as they should right now. PS: Read that Electrorame will soon release zzhp based on CC2652P Oct 27, 20:59
  • Synology DS720+ NAS – Big Upgrade by KanyonKris: You can put Home Assistant on it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oct 26, 22:52
  • Clembo100 Synology DS720+ NAS – Big Upgrade by Clembo100: Sorry Pete, it was your ReadyNasDuo I was talking about. So forgettable I forgot it’s correct name! I think E-Bay will get it so someone just starting out can understand the concept (and then buy a Synology later when they can afford to). Thanks for your time. ATB. Oct 26, 22:18
  • Peter Scargill Synology DS720+ NAS – Big Upgrade by Peter Scargill: Ok you’ve lost me – NetgearDuo… anyeway I’m very pleased with the Syno DS720+ – it has just finished backing up my D and E drives (C drive was cloned using EASUS to make a working drive on a USB drive) – that gives me the confidence to install Windows 11, safe in the knowledge that I can do a full computer restore should anything go wrong. REadyNas Duo was the first NAS I ever owned – that went a long time ago – I can’t even remember why it went – probably when I got the DS214+ which was a much better product (and still is – my DS214+ went down due to a network issue bust router) back in the UK, when I get there very soon I thoroughly expect it to come back to live and keep going for some years though I plan to back it up to a USB drive and start from scratch as I originally had an overly-complicated directory structure for a home user. Regards Pete. Oct 26, 18:36
  • Clembo100 Synology DS720+ NAS – Big Upgrade by Clembo100: Hello Mr Scargill, hope you and yours are OK over there. I’ve just read your comments on the NetgearDuo!. I’ve just done the same thing as you! Found it on top of my wardrobe. Should have left it there, wasted a day trying to get it sorted. Do you still use it or did it go to E bay or the bin? Found out it can only handle <2gb drives and slow you say, I agree. I have a Syno DS918+ but thought about using the Netgear for odds and ends on my network utilising Linux but coming to the conclusion fast that it's not worth it! Love to hear your comments as of today. Oct 26, 17:38
  • Peter Scargill Alexa-Applestrudel (formerly Cakebaked formerly Remote2) by Peter Scargill: Hi Brian Hmm, wonder why they changed location for dietpi… Just to re-iterate for those not that familiar with Raspbian (or Raspberry Pi OS as it is now called) Node-Red modules are in the /home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/ folder. Pete Oct 26, 16:44
  • Alexa-Applestrudel (formerly Cakebaked formerly Remote2) by Brian Williams: Hi Pete, a bit late, but this article is referenced in Github Cakebaked. For those of us who run Dietpi, the default location for node red modules is /mnt/dietpi_userdata/node-red/node_modules B. Oct 26, 15:47
  • Peter Scargill ESP32 Development Trials – The Sunday to Thursday Sermon by Peter Scargill: Oh dear. Sorry you had no luck. Well, Aqara switches work well for me too. Oct 25, 08:55
  • Garry Keogh ESP32 Development Trials – The Sunday to Thursday Sermon by Garry Keogh: I pulled my hair out for a solid week trying to get those TTP223 touch switches working with a Tasmota’d Sonoff Basic. The Sonoff was behind a stud partition in an airing cupboard where my bathroom fan was powered off a switched, fused spur. All I wanted was for a low voltage compliant switch within the “Low voltage” zone of the bathroom to turn the Sonoff relay on with a Tasmota rule to turn it off after 15 minutes. These TTP223’s just rogue triggered the relay, usually a dozen times in a row through the small hours of the night. Nothing could stop it for me, external pull-up, external pull-down, inverted logic on the GPIO14, nothing worked! In the end I put an AQARA Zigbee button on the bathroom wall and use MQTT to start the relay/timer now. I never got to the source of the problem, whether it was the TTP223 or maybe an unstable power supply in the Sonoff? Something was toggling GPIO14 and I never solved it in the end. G Oct 24, 23:28
  • Peter Scargill Synology DS720+ NAS – Big Upgrade by Peter Scargill: You are of course correct (long time since I set up the DS214+). Blog fixed, many thanks. Pete Oct 23, 10:57
  • Synology DS720+ NAS – Big Upgrade by Bill: Your’e using RAID1, RAID0 is striping and you will end up with cira 2GB with 2 x 1GB disks and loose all data when either disk fails. RAID1 is disk mirroring, a copy of your data on both disks, if one fails you still have your data. Oct 23, 01:04
  • Darren W Weather APIs and OpenWeatherMap by Darren W: Completely hardcoded command line example without ‘bash’ script variables – just CURL: – url -X GET –insecure –silent “https://192.168.0.109/api/zzzzzzAPIzKEYzzzzz/lights/19/” |jq . { “state”: { “on”: false, “bri”: 13, “ct”: 443, “alert”: “select”, “colormode”: “ct”, “mode”: “homeautomation”, “reachable”: true }, “swupdate”: { “state”: “noupdates”, “lastinstall”: “2021-08-13T07:29:47” }, “type”: “Color temperature light”, “name”: “Landing Light”, “modelid”: “LTW010”, “manufacturername”: “Signify Netherlands B.V.”, “productname”: “Hue ambiance lamp”, “capabilities”: { “certified”: true, “control”: { “mindimlevel”: 1000, “maxlumen”: 806, “ct”: { “min”: 153, “max”: 454 } }, “streaming”: { “renderer”: false, “proxy”: false } }, “config”: { “archetype”: “pendantround”, “function”: “functional”, “direction”: “omnidirectional”, “startup”: { “mode”: “safety”, “configured”: true } }, “uniqueid”: “00:17:88:01:04:26:5b:ac-0b”, “swversion”: “1.88.1”, “swconfigid”: “5C7DF970”, “productid”: “Philips-LTW010-1-A19CTv2” } Let’s use ‘jq’ to just return the “state” information … curl -X GET –insecure –silent “https://192.168.0.109/api/zzzzzzAPIzKEYzzzzz/lights/19/” |jq .state { “on”: false, “bri”: 13, “ct”: 443, “alert”: “select”, “colormode”: “ct”, “mode”: “homeautomation”, “reachable”: true } Oct 22, 01:50
  • Darren W Weather APIs and OpenWeatherMap by Darren W: Here’s a simplified/hard-coded example from a Linux bash script I use to query my Philips Hue lighting using their standard API which allows LAN based communication to your Hue Hub to query and/or control Philips Hue devices. The Hue API uses JSON, hence it is a good example of how to use ‘curl’ from a bash script or command line and pipe the output into ‘jq’ for parsing before outputting to the screen and/or standard output url=”https://192.168.0.109/api/abcdefg12345HueAPIkey/lights/lamp1/ |jq .’state.bri'” command=”curl -X GET –insecure –silent $url” response=`eval $command` echo $response Oct 22, 01:40
  • Peter Scargill Weather APIs and OpenWeatherMap by Peter Scargill: Well, it is happy with our next town HUESCAR but does not like GALERA – see the top right box.. oh dear.. (Windows 10 Chrome browser) – still – good idea ๐Ÿ™‚ Oct 22, 01:32
  • Peter Scargill Weather APIs and OpenWeatherMap by Peter Scargill: I THINK I’ve seen wttr.in before but forgot all about it – WELL DONE. Yes – just got the weather – had it and lost it ages ago… lovely. Oct 22, 01:28
  • Peter Scargill Weather APIs and OpenWeatherMap by Peter Scargill: I LOVE getting command line tools I’ve somehow missed- just spent the last 15 minutes playing with JQ – thanks for that… Got it to read a compressed JSON file and colourize the output… not yet grasped how to input a JSON string instead of a file bt give me a few more minutes:-) Oct 22, 01:24
  • Darren W Weather APIs and OpenWeatherMap by Darren W: wttr.in can also return the ASCII text weather data as a ‘png’ image file instead of actual text. Examples for Hunstanton, Norfolk, UK Current day + 2 days – text format https://wttr.in/hunstanton Current day + 2 days – png image https://wttr.in/hunstanton.png Current weather only – png image https://wttr.in/hunstanton_0pq.png Oct 22, 01:19
  • Darren W Weather APIs and OpenWeatherMap by Darren W: Reply #2 – sorry, forgot about this nifty little (totally free) weather feed: – http://wttr.in/ This is really geeky, it returns an ASCII art weather forecast with various options for choosing the format of the output. You can ‘curl’ or ‘wget’ it from a Linux command line and get a fully text-based weather forecast including ASCII art symbols for cloudy/sunny/snow etc. You could curl the URL (with your location etc added to the query string) and then parse the output to extract individual fields. The layout/output has remained pretty consistent and unchanged throughout the time I’ve been using it (on/off over the last 4 years). https://wttr.in/:help <— that's the URL for the documentation Oct 22, 01:03
  • Darren W Weather APIs and OpenWeatherMap by Darren W: Hi Pete, For JSON parsing in Linux/Raspberry Pi etc, I use a popular downloadable command line tool called “jq”. It is brilliant – well, it is for me as I have a lot of ‘bash’ scripts on my Pi/Linux systems so piping the (JSON) output from another system to ‘jq’ with a few options added to the end makes parsing JSON so easy once you get the hang of how ‘jq’ works. https://stedolan.github.io/jq/ “jq” is very popular and has a lot of users out there so it’s a decent command line tool. For weather data/API … I’ve used “weatherbit” in the past. I used their free trial for quite some time for customer demos at work (software dev / REST interfaces / APIs…) https://www.weatherbit.io/ Hope some/all of the above is useful. Oct 21, 23:47
  • Peter Scargill Death by flossing? the Fairywill FW-5020E Water Flosser by Peter Scargill: Well, not withtanding price discussions – I just tried the link at the very top of this blog entry (no need to search) both directly from here in Spain and via VPN back to the UK and both worked just fine. https://bit.ly/3jnDwZt Sorry I don’t have a VPN to the states right now. Oct 21, 17:55
  • Death by flossing? the Fairywill FW-5020E Water Flosser by Joe: When I did a search on BG the product would not even come up. I could not find it. Oct 21, 17:21
  • Peter Scargill Death by flossing? the Fairywill FW-5020E Water Flosser by Peter Scargill: Ooooh, it’s not looking that good for Banggood at this point – no reply from them yet. Anyone in Spain got a price? Oct 21, 17:20
  • Death by flossing? the Fairywill FW-5020E Water Flosser by joe: In USA, $30,99 plus tax on Ebay. Ships from California. Seller account is Fairywill Global. Oct 21, 16:38
  • Peter Scargill Weather APIs and OpenWeatherMap by Peter Scargill: Hi Chris – thanks for that – when I’m done with this week’s every-expanding mail bag – I’ll take a look at these. Spain (if you exclude La Palma which is of course having a TERRIBLE time) – I’m not aware ofany significant activity on the mainland right now – but you know, having a feed like that is probably worthwhile. I’ll come back to this. Oct 20, 13:04
  • Peter Scargill Raspberry Pi 4 plus SSD Case by Peter Scargill: Ta. That’s useful information – for me – I don’t use RPis with WiFi but I’m sure there will be those who do – worth noting. And to Guillermo – Gracias, Guillermo. Oct 20, 12:59
  • Raspberry Pi 4 plus SSD Case by AcmeUK: Peter This is a Bing translation of the post by Guillermo:- “Good afternoon dear, I use since March this case https://www.argon40.com/argon-one-m-2-case-for-raspberry-pi-4.html works really well, ssd M2 sata, passive aluminum and cooler in addition to going reciver, the material is very good. But the bad thing is that it attenuates the wifi networks a lot 2.4 Ghz, with 5 Ghz there are no problems. Excelte Blog” Oct 20, 12:11
  • Weather APIs and OpenWeatherMap by CreteChris: Hi from Crete, I’ve been using APIs called from Node-red for a couple of years, but two in particular may be of interest to you. 1. The pound-euro rate, updated hourly, this one from freecurrconv: https://free.currconv.com/api/v7/convert?apiKey=xxxxxxxxxxxxx&q=GBP_EUR&compact=y , you have to request a free api key. We have Transferwise accounts which allow you to flip money from ยฃ to โ‚ฌ instantly, and are always looking for good rates. 2. Earthquake feed from EMSC – possibly more use at this end of the Med, we’ve had three 6+ quakes in the last two weeks, don’t know how active Spain is. EMSC-Sem.org. Keep up the good work! Oct 19, 21:30
  • Peter Scargill Raspberry Pi 4 plus SSD Case by Peter Scargill: Ok, I’ll check out the new Argon case – meanwhile I’ve solved the problem by using one of those partial-cases that is essentially top and bottom heatsinks bolted together. I’m anything BUT a Linux guru. I rely heavily on my pal Antonio to get things done in the Debian command line. But what was that about taking the SD out? I thought the point of the new case was to use SSD? No comment on Halloween ๐Ÿ™‚ Oct 19, 20:06
  • Raspberry Pi 4 plus SSD Case by Simon Horner: Hi Pete, I’ve invested in one of the new Argon cases and I’m impressed – apart from having to take it apart to take out the SD card. This shouldn’t be an issue if you’re a Linux guru but us mere mortals often get things wrong and need to start again from scratch….. Don’t judge the new case by your experiences with the earlier ones.. And It’s ‘got’, not ‘gotten’ – honestly, you’ll be celebrating Halloween rather than Guy Fawkes night next!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Simon Oct 19, 19:26
  • Peter Scargill Death by flossing? the Fairywill FW-5020E Water Flosser by Peter Scargill: Right – I’ve dropped Banggood a note about the price – let’s see it anyone from other than the UK comes back with better pricing. Oct 19, 14:11
  • Peter Scargill Death by flossing? the Fairywill FW-5020E Water Flosser by Peter Scargill: Ok, I get the message – I’m going to drop Banggood a line and query the price. I should get a job with Fairywill though – obviously a winner one way or another ๐Ÿ™‚ Oct 19, 14:07
  • Reeferjon Death by flossing? the Fairywill FW-5020E Water Flosser by Reeferjon: Same, just got one on ebay at 19.99GBP, did say Fairywill FW-5020E Water Flosser and also said FW-5020A in the blurb…..everything else looks the same though. Oct 19, 13:11
  • Peter Scargill Raspberry Pi 4 plus SSD Case by Peter Scargill: Hi Frederic – I received your case this morning and have laid out a complete set of parts ready to install a Raspberry Pi. I note the cases appear not to be mass-produced which is refreshing – but I’ll update this blog entry and we can go from there. Oct 19, 11:45
  • Peter Scargill Death by flossing? the Fairywill FW-5020E Water Flosser by Peter Scargill: Well, if you found a cheap version, get it… unless you have one. Great gadget:-) Oct 19, 11:13
  • Xiaomi Mijia LCD Writing Tablet with Pen by shin: Thanks!! Oct 19, 04:11
  • Peter Scargill Death by flossing? the Fairywill FW-5020E Water Flosser by Peter Scargill: Well, you’re having more luck than me. If I enter that item I get not found – this is the one I was referring to…. https://bit.ly/3DWjL2H 0 results for 284360131757 Oct 19, 01:52
  • Death by flossing? the Fairywill FW-5020E Water Flosser by AcmeUK: Hi Peter Second hand? eBay item 284360131757? Description says :- ‘Condition: New: A brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item in original retail packaging’ Oct 19, 00:38
  • Peter Scargill Death by flossing? the Fairywill FW-5020E Water Flosser by Peter Scargill: Your Ebay ad – that appeared second hand – the same model next ad in Ebay.co.uk – brand new ยฃ36.29 and if you are out of the UK – in my case (not unusual) “seller may not ship to Spain” Nope, seller would NOT ship here. Oct 18, 19:04
  • Peter Scargill Death by flossing? the Fairywill FW-5020E Water Flosser by Peter Scargill: I’ll have to check that and if they are overcharging I’ll be the first one to tell them, – but then you are assuming everyone is in the UK. I’m currently in Spain and buying from UK post-brexit – Ebay just doesn’t add up after adding duty, post and extra rip-off. A friend of mine recently sent me an old router as a present – free…. guess what Spanish customs did – charged me 30 Euros or so for the pleasure – cheaper to get stuff from China. However I WILL follow that up. Got a link? Pete. Oct 18, 18:58
  • Death by flossing? the Fairywill FW-5020E Water Flosser by AcmeUK: US$39.99 from Banggood, ยฃ19.84 with free postage on UK eBay. Oct 18, 17:45
  • Peter Scargill Xiaomi Mijia LCD Writing Tablet with Pen by Peter Scargill: I never had to replace the battery and JUST sold the tablet so can’t help on this occasion. Pete Oct 18, 12:04
  • Xiaomi Mijia LCD Writing Tablet with Pen by Shin: Hi, would you know how to open the battery compartment for replacing the battery? I have been trying and searching on how to do this but not able to. Thanks a lot! Oct 18, 10:23
  • Sonoff NSPANEL – I Like It by Pasquale Panone: Due to the few functions currently implemented it seems to me a somewhat useless and expensive object. Oct 14, 21:43
  • Weather APIs and OpenWeatherMap by KanyonKris: I use Node-red for viewing JSON. The debug side bar shows the hierarchy and makes it easy to explore. I first used the OpenWeatherMap node, but it doesn’t do much for you that you can’t do with standard nodes so I ditched it. Documentation for the one-call API – https://openweathermap.org/api/one-call-api Here’s a flow that will retrieve the one-call API data. Just edit the Change node with your lat, lot, ID, units, etc. [code] [{"id":"475b4b6806369bed","type":"tab","label":"OWM call","disabled":false,"info":""},{"id":"083e6ab997dee7c0","type":"comment","z":"475b4b6806369bed","name":"OpenWeatherMap One Call API for Weather and Forecast","info":"","x":270,"y":60,"wires":[]},{"id":"c582083b781b7c0e","type":"http request","z":"475b4b6806369bed","name":"Get OWM data","method":"GET","ret":"obj","paytoqs":true,"url":"https://api.openweathermap.org/data/2.5/onecall","tls":"","persist":false,"proxy":"","authType":"","x":600,"y":120,"wires":[["d434a4d4c53da03b"]]},{"id":"81c5eaf78d9582c7","type":"inject","z":"475b4b6806369bed","name":"Trigger","repeat":"600","crontab":"","once":true,"onceDelay":0.1,"topic":"","payload":"true","payloadType":"bool","x":120,"y":120,"wires":[["34c9f3eb94779981"]]},{"id":"34c9f3eb94779981","type":"change","z":"475b4b6806369bed","name":"Set location, appid, units","rules":[{"t":"delete","p":"payload","pt":"msg"},{"t":"set","p":"payload.lat","pt":"msg","to":"40.30","tot":"str"},{"t":"set","p":"payload.lon","pt":"msg","to":"-111.69","tot":"str"},{"t":"set","p":"payload.appid","pt":"msg","to":"","tot":"str"},{"t":"set","p":"payload.units","pt":"msg","to":"imperial","tot":"str"},{"t":"set","p":"units","pt":"flow","to":"imperial","tot":"str"}],"action":"","property":"","from":"","to":"","reg":false,"x":350,"y":120,"wires":[["c582083b781b7c0e","0a16b901039d8bb0"]]},{"id":"d434a4d4c53da03b","type":"debug","z":"475b4b6806369bed","name":"OWM dump","active":true,"tosidebar":true,"console":false,"tostatus":false,"complete":"payload","targetType":"msg","x":810,"y":120,"wires":[]},{"id":"0a16b901039d8bb0","type":"debug","z":"475b4b6806369bed","name":"query","active":false,"tosidebar":true,"console":false,"tostatus":false,"complete":"payload","targetType":"msg","x":590,"y":60,"wires":[]}] [/code] Oct 14, 18:46
  • Zigbee – The Ongoing Sonoff Story by Tony: It says “+20dBm output gain”. That’s not antenna gain – assume it to be system output. I think WiFi devices in this class nominaly output about 17dBm, so that means the antenna is adding about +3dBm. Oct 14, 15:02
  • Peter Scargill 1NCE SIMS – SOMETHING NEW by Peter Scargill: For the purpose of the blog I TRY to think wider than UK, obviously – and as of Covid+Brexit I’m in Spain for the long-term… I use a company called Simyo here for main mobile + broadband backup – not sure what their roaming is like (as you can imagine not much international travel this last year or so)…. but for the backup one one of my gl-inet routers – which feeds the main one – I can pay 4 a month for 7GB – but they keep giving bonuses with 3 month rollover so last month I paid โ‚ฌ1 (500MB)…. they latch onto Vodafone. One of those things that seems like money wasted – but the key thing being my broadband here is ok download (30Mb) but CRAP upload (3Mb) so if I’m sending stuff to Youtube for the blog etc, the mobile is around 40-50Mb in both directions…I can just tell my PC to use the mobile-connected router…. my pal has a camera in Spain – very rural – solar power, NO broadband – he lives in the UK – I’m thinking one of those Once sims might work for him.. very occasional camera view and some IOT…. Oct 13, 23:37
  • Mike Ashdown 1NCE SIMS – SOMETHING NEW by Mike Ashdown: They’re an MVNO on the EE network, so anywhere in the UK with EU roaming until the end of this year. So no use, unfortunately, in Spain and elsewhere but it’s the cheapest I’ve found for low data use in the UK. Oct 13, 22:50
  • Peter Scargill 1NCE SIMS – SOMETHING NEW by Peter Scargill: but is that just for use in wales or anywhere in the world? Oct 13, 22:42