Security – Garage Door

When people think of security systems they generally think of protecting entry doors and windows. However, many people don’t think about the garage door. Have you ever accidentally left your garage door open overnight? I know I’ve done it a few times. Today, I installed a contact that detects if a garage door is opened or closed.

If you followed the Home Automation – Introduction post, you may have read that I have an Elk security panel. A few weeks ago I connected the garage door opener to the Elk panel. Doing so allowed me to use the system to control the garage door opener – I could operate the garage door opener, but had no way of knowing if the door was actually opened or closed. Now, with the garage door contact installed, I can now write a rule which checks to see if the door is open each night and can have set it automatically close.

More website updates…

Although I do have a few things on order for various projects, I haven’t actually done much this week other than continuing to update the website. This week I’ve added product specific pages for the various work that is done (e.g. car audio, home audio, and vinyl graphics). Each of these pages provides a showcase of various work that has been done in the past. One area that I’ve realized that I’ve left out is marine audio. Unfortunately, I haven’t been good about getting pictures of completed marine work in the past, and I may have to dig quite a bit to find some of those. However, I know that we’ll be doing some marine work soon, so expect for those to be added as well.

Home Automation – Introduction

I’d have to say that the website update [technically] is my most RECENT project. However, I’m certainly not looking to get into webdesign, so let’s get into something a bit more interesting – Home Automation!

I started researching various Home Automation (HA) manufacturers, products, and technologies around 4 years ago. For starters, it’s not exactly a necessary expense, not much on this entire site is and that’s what makes it a hobby. So after quite a bit of research, my first ‘HA’ purchase (about 2 years ago) was lighting… wireless dimmers actually. I installed a number of Zwave dimmers throughout my home and was able to control them via a Zwave remote control. Have you ever been laying in bed watching TV or reading, about to go to bed, only to realize that you left a light on somewhere else in the house? Now, I was able to reach over to the nightstand grab the remote and turn the lights off… some call it being lazy – I call it convenience [that I really wanted]. Continue reading

Getting started…

It’s 2013 and blogging has been around for quite some time, but before this ‘post’ I have never blogged. So why start now? Over the past few years I’ve found myself posting various projects to specific message boards per the subject-matter of the project. Unfortunately, that limits the audience of that particular project to those members alone… when generally, there may a correlation or interest across various people. While I may very likely receive better [technical] responses to questions or issues that I may be having on those subject-specific message boards, I still want to share the progress here. I, like may of you, have a number of interests, and as it’s been shown on the History page those interests can easily translate into expansion areas for Driven By Sound. Having said that, I already have serious interests in a few ‘genres’ which [currently] are: Home Automation, Security and Surveillance, and Photography. For now, I’m going to go ahead and setup Categories which will allow me to specify a particular Category for each individual post. So, if you are specifically interested in following progress regarding my photography interests or projects you should be able to view those alone, rather than having to sort through everything else.

In addition to those Categories mentioned above, I will also be setting up general Categories for Driven By Sound work too: Car Audio & Video, Home Audio & Video, and Vinyl Graphics. This will allow new projects to easily be posted to the site to share with anyone looking for ideas…

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