Fibaro Home Center 2 : new review (release 4.x)

May 22nd, 2016

After many problems with the Fibaro Home Center 2 in my previous house, I replaced it by Indigo Domotics https://www.indigodomo.com/
This soft allowed me to fix any problems of dead nodes that pushed me away from the Fibaro HC2.
Unfortunately, Indigo Domotics does not have a user interface as neat as that of Fibaro.

So, I decide to give Fibaro HC2 a new try, I reinstall my Fibaro box, easily reassociate all my Z-Wave modules and set up a few "scenes" to test it again (in its latest release 4.x)
Today, It's been a few months since I exclusively use the Fibaro HC2 and I must say I am delighted. Dead nodes are gone, all modules respond well and I enjoy the pleasant interface, whether on a computer or a smartphone.

I especially use a lot the alarm module, it's very comfortable to keep an eye on my home when away. Some motion sensors, door opening modules and an IP camera are enough and it's very simple to set it up.
In my previous review of the Fibaro HC2, I also pointed the lack of logs and diagnostics tools, these features are now integrated in release 4.x of HC2 and it’s a very good addition.

Plugins are too available in 4.x and can be used to configure third-party products (my Netatmo weather station, my D-Link IP camera… for example) with a few clicks. It’s much easier and faster than manual integration of these devices in HC2.

Fibaro finally solved the main issue of the Home Center 2 (dead nodes), it took time, but the result is there : the Home Center 2 is now a very reliable home automation system, with a great and nice looking user interface. So, I am very happy to write a new and much more positive review of this lovely home automation box.

Netatmo thermostat installed

October 31st, 2015

This week, my plumber installed my new Netatmo thermostat. For now, I am very satisfied. The application (web and mobile) is very complete and perfectly matches my expectations.

The selection criteria for this product were:

  • Wireless connection between the boiler control module (relay) and the thermostat (the boiler is in the garage at home and the thermostat in the living room)
  • API available to retrieve data from the thermostat (in order to publish some information on this site for example…)

https://dev.netatmo.com/doc/devices/thermostat

 https://github.com/Netatmo/Netatmo-API-PHP


Graphiques pour Eco-Device : back online

August 23rd, 2015

Ca y est, j’ai enfin pris le temps de rebrancher mon GCE Eco-Device sur le compteur EDF général de notre nouvelle maison à Nantes.

Le relevé Teleinfo était déjà activé, j’ai simplement du rebrancher le module Eco-Device sur les sorties I1 et I2. Le seul problème de l’Eco-Device est l’absence de connexion Wifi intégrée, j’ai du utiliser un répéteur Wifi Netgear WN3000RP. Ce répéteur est peu onéreux et fonctionne correctement, la configuration initiale est très simple avec le WPS.

Tout fonctionne donc de nouveau, sachant que cette fois mon installation est beaucoup plus simple : une seule entrée teleinfo pour notre compteur EDF général en monophasé 9kVA.

Je n’ai pas prévu pour le moment de relier nos compteurs gaz et eau à l’eco-device, peut-être plus tard, mais pour le moment nous avons d’autres priorités… En effet, comme nous venons d’arriver dans la région, nous prenons plaisir à la découvrir et en particulier, nous profitons le plus souvent possible des bords de mer ;-)