Monitoring my home. The Cloud When we moved into our house, Jessica and I started adding “Internet of Things” components to the house. The first ones were regular, Internet controlled devices like Nest Thermostats and MyQ Garage Door Openers. Unfortunately, these tools are very limited in the data they provide. With Nest, you get a very simplistic app with a day-by-day bar graph of how many hours the HVAC system has been on each day.
This is a build I put together to get back into gaming with my kids, and also to have a better place to work from home than my laptop on the couch. It’s my first Windows machine and my first AMD based system since my Win2K/Athlon Thunderbird build in 2001. I work as a Linux “devops” administrator, so I do a lot of work with virtualization, databases, data analysis, and automation, and am frequently bottlenecked by CPU, so I was very excited about Ryzen’s affordable 8 Core/16 thread 1700 CPU.
My latest project is to replace my cloud based MyQ Garage Door Openers with a Raspberry Pi. It was easier and cheaper than I anticipated, and the result is already working better than the MyQ. Components Raspberry Pi - I used an older Raspberry Pi 1, but the new ones cost the same as I paid - $35 8 GB SD Card - $7.09 2 channel relay module - Two relays for two garage doors.