Brian Veltman

Journey of a DevOps Engineer

IoT Series: Smart Home Automation and Security

Recently I moved into a new house. For me, this was the time to go crazy with all those IoT devices I collected or created in the last couple of years.
Armed with my programming, infra, and cloud knowledge I decided to create my own secure smart home hub. In these IoT Series on my website, I will share my journey, pitfalls, failures, and hopefully some success as well.

Hardware I’ll be using

During these IoT Series, I’ll be using the following hardware.

  • Raspberry Pi 3 B+
  • 32GB Micro SD card
  • Z-Wave USB Controller
  • UniFi Dream Machine Pro
  • UniFi Switch Pro 24 PoE
  • Bunch of CAT6 patch cables (0.10 – 0.5m each)
  • UniFi 6 Long-Range Access Point (WiFi)
  • Philips Hue bridge v2
  • Alexa Echo Dot v3
  • SurePetCare PetDoor Connect
  • Tado Thermostat
  • P1 Cable
  • Nuki Smartlock

Throughout the house, I’ve installed multiple CAT6 SFTP cables that are capable of transferring power to the PoE-compatible devices inside and around the house.

Besides the hardware, I’ll be using a couple of Unix flavors for the programming part. However, this can be perfectly done using a Windows machine as well.

Part 1: Raspberry Pi 3 B+ and Docker
Part 2: OpenVPN (coming soon)

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