A few months back, Connected by TCP started to roll out a firmware update to address security concerns. Prior to this update anyone who has access to the local network of a user with a TCP gateway had full control of the users lights.
A BeagleBone Black is an excellent platform to get build the foundation of a Home Automation System. The board is low-cost, powerful, and expandable.
I ordered my BeagleBone Black from Newark in February 2014 for $45 plus tax & shipping. It took over a month to arrive because of the great amount of demand that surrounds this platform. Continue reading
** Important ** Connected by TCP has updated the communication methods to make a more secure connection between client and gateway. As such, this API is no longer working. I am working on understanding the new protocol and building a new API.
I have created a GIT Repository for the Node.js implementation of the Connected by TCP Lights API. In its current state it will turn on and off the lights in a room by passing the name of the room. Check out the exmaples folder for this demo.
A long while back I heard about the Phillips Hue light bulbs and thought it was a neat concept but at the price point I never saw it worth the cost.
So last weekend I was doing research into different options and I saw some lower cost options like Limitless LED and I was about to buy a couple bulbs to try them when I stumbled across the Connected by TCP system. I quickly learned that they had a deal worked out with Home Depot to get a Starter Pack for $50! Additional bulbs are available at the following places:
- TCP Connected Bulb @ Amazon for $16.97 (as of writing)
- TCP Connected Bulb @ Home Depot for $16.97 (as of writing)
I did some looking for any type of API to control the system without using the included apps and came up empty. Continue reading
This is a web service breakdown that I have used to create an interface with the WeMo Insight to not only set its state but also pull information about its energy usage.
By using the information below you can integrate these units into custom applications for remotely monitoring energy usage. You also get the same functionality the original Wemo offers.