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[DPRG] Garage Sensor

Subject: [DPRG] Garage Sensor
From: Rick Bickle rbickle at intconsys.com
Date: Wed Sep 5 16:21:34 CDT 2012

I have one of these at home. Very cool.
I haven't seen any modules though that will show you the status of


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Of Robert Singleton
Sent: Sunday, September 02, 2012 5:51 PM
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Subject: Re: [DPRG] Garage Sensor

While i a generally all for homebrew, there are times when a COTS solution
is hard to beat. With this, you can no only check on the door and close it
from a smart phone, you can adjust your thermostats and set up lighting
"scenes" that could even be triggered by some event.
Hit the garage door opener and the system turns on the appropriate lighting,
but only if its dark... Stuff like that....


On Sep 1, 2012, at 22:26, Tom Brusehaver <cozytom at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have a kind of weird idea. A way to know if my garage door is open or
> I am halfway to work, did I really shut the garage door or not? If I 
> could check my smartphone, I would know, but how do get the data from 
> the garage to my smart phone??
> I want to put a SBC in the garage, something with WiFi, less messing 
> around with wires. Have a magnetic reed switch tell if it is closed or 
> not wired to one of the GPIO pins on the SBC.
> Once all that is done, I still need a server to act as a gateway to 
> the smartphone to let it know when it is open or closed.
> This is the idea I have so far, using gmail as my server. The SBC 
> sends an smtp message to some tomsgarage at gmail.com or something, then 
> the smartphone will subscribe to that mail box. I can have a macro or 
> rule setup to delete email older than a day, or when ever a new state 
> is set, delete the previous state. A simple open/closed message in the 
> subject line will let me know what state things are in. I can check 
> trash to see the history of opens and closes.
> My question is, what would be the cheapest SBC with WiFi out there?
> The Insignia infocast might be, at about $30 from ebay, but maybe 
> someone has something better?
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