Some time ago I got myself a couple of Wemos D1 mini ESP8266 uCs. I really wanted to use them in my Smart Home project but I didn’t have a good idea until recently. I made a list of things I’d like to automate in my apartment and picked those I could actually work on. I have two primary first world problems. Every day I have to open and close window blinds in my living room. Wouldn’t it be cool to make Alexa do it for me? The second problem is the AC unit. I have to manually turn it on or off with a remote. I’d like to be able to control the unit through the OpenHab2 interface so I[…]
Make sure DDNS (in my case it is nas.raszewski.info) works and the domain gets resolved to a public IP of your router 2. Forward PORT 80 of the WAN interface on the router to PORT 80 on Synology NAS. DO NOT forward PORT 80 on ports 5000 or 5001 on which DSM Web interface runs! Delete all the expired certs you may have Request a new cert You have to keep the port forwarding configuration enabled at all time if you want the cert to get automatically renewed.
Some time ago I got two iSP5 Smart Plugs for $30 each. The plugs can be controlled from dedicated iHome apps on iOS and Android. They also work with Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa. It’s great but I use OpenHab2 on Raspberry Pi 2 to control my smart home devices and there’s no integration/plugin for the plugs. I was wondering if it would be possible to reverse engineer the iHome API and write a small script to control the devices. The first thing I did was running nmap port scanning against one of the plugs which were connected to my WiFi. Victory! … well not really. Two ports are open. HTTP port always returns 404 so it’s not very helpful yet. The zeroconfig[…]
The main reason I decided on writing a blog is to improve my writing skills. But there are other equally important reasons too. I work on many interesting side projects and I want this blog to be a place to share my experience with the hackers and tinkers community. I’ve done a lot of electronics, hardware, and software projects and got a lot of help from people all over the Internet. I want to pay my debt and share something with you as well.