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JimH

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Engen Progress Report (It's good)
« on: March 17, 2017, 05:49:59 pm »

We began working on Engen about a year ago.  It's a very big project, but we've made a lot of progress.  The goal is to manage and control many IOT devices. 

The heart of the software is an application written in Python.  It runs on Linux and Windows at this time.  It is included in the JRiver Id Pi.

The application runs a web server you can connect to from any browser on any device.  This means that there is no phone app to download and configure. 

We began with lighting control and I think we've accomplished what we intended to.  You can control Z-Wave
  • Bulbs
  • Switches
  • Outlets
  • Lamp modules

You can group devices into scenes, so you can turn a set of devices on or off.

We've also added support for Z-Wave
  • Sensors  (temperature, for example)
  • Meters    (watts, for example)

Engen can now show you how much power devices use, what the temperature or humidity are, whether there is water in your basement, and many other things.

But is it EASY?
YES!  See what user syndromeofdawn had to say about setting up and using Engen.

What about the app?
You can connect to Engen from your phone, tablet, or computer, without installing an app.  You just enter a URL in any browser on any device.  Here's an example:  192.146.0.31:52125  That's an IP address, a colon, and the port that Engen runs on.

Any setup you do on one device (adding scenes or devices) is immediately available on the other devices.

The web app automatically adjusts to the size of the device, so it looks good on any screen.
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Re: Engen Progress Report (It's good)
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2017, 05:51:32 pm »

Here are a few Youtube video clips.

Engen is running on a Rasperry Pi 3 Model B at my house.  It's the JRiver Id.


Video 2 -- Z-Wave switch on the left, regular switch on the right.  Engen talks to the one on the left.

Video 3 -- You control Engen by using the web app from any browser on any device.


Video 4 -- More of the web app.


Video 5 -- Engen controls a power strip, turning AV components on and off.


Video 6 -- Controlling color bulbs.

Video 7 -- The Aeon power strip.


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Re: Engen Progress Report (It's good)
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2017, 02:17:16 pm »

Great report, and fantastic work.

I've recently switched Engen to an Id Pi server and it's working flawlessly. Very easy to transition from my Engen PC server as well.
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