Designing a New Outdoor LoRa Gateway

Designing a New Outdoor LoRa Gateway

It's been a while since I did any electronics work as my job involves mostly software and customer support. However recently I've wanted to do a few electronics projects where having a LoRa Gateway on TTN running again would be handy. While I have pieces of old gateways I've worked on, none of them quite are what I'm looking for now either being too basic or too complicated. The Goal So my Goal was to build a new LoRa gateway that has the following specs: * Outdoor - I wanted this one to b…

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EO Mini Pro 2 Review

EO Mini Pro 2 Review

Since getting solar installed I've been debating about getting a solar capable EV charger, however the cost for them seemed quite high. However when browsing around I found this charger at Replenishh for only £354 which seemed like a great deal. Features claim to be that it supports solar and other smart charger features which is what I was looking for, my previous charger was a fully dumb unit and worked well for what it does but otherwise was a bit basic. From initial impressions it looked g…

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Smart Meter Data Over MQTT! Using the Glowmarkt Glowstick

Smart Meter Data Over MQTT! Using the Glowmarkt Glowstick

I recently wrote an article on a DIY energy monitoring solution using CT Clamps and an ESP8266. This has been working fairly well, however had one flaw I couldn't figure out how to resolve. Measuring export from excess power generated by solar. While I don't currently have solar we should be having it fitted in the next month, so I wanted to sort out export measuring. Options So essentially with some searching I had a few potential options for monitoring both import and export for our house…

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Cheap CT Clamp Based Energy Monitoring

Cheap CT Clamp Based Energy Monitoring

Within the last couple of months the Home Automation Software I use, Home Assistant (HASSIO) has added some new Energy monitoring features which look really handy. It had a few recommended methods for monitoring power, being: * A data protocol on meters that seem based primarily in Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. So basically useless to me being in the UK. * A DIY solution where you put a light sensor onto the blinking LED on the meter, this LED blinks every time you use X of a unit. *…

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Adding a Octopus Go Pricing Entity to Home Assistant

Adding a Octopus Go Pricing Entity to Home Assistant

With the recent new Energy management feature being added to HASSIO I've started work on building some DIY sensors to use. One of the features is for you to be able to track the cost of the energy used by providing a pricing entity, back when I was on Agile I did find a plugin for tracking that cost. But recently I was unable to find one for Octopus Go. I then figured out a simple cheat way to do this. Automations! Compared to agile where we need to track a price from an API, we can mostly…

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