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Tellstick and more automation

Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:09 pm

If anyone is interested I have a project for home automation using Tellstick/Tellstick DUO from the swedish company Telldus Technologies. (http://telldus.com). This controls various light switches on the 433 MHz band. My favorites from Nexa but others are supported as well.
Compability list here: http://telldus.com/products/compability

Apart from commanding and getting sensor input from the above the system can also send Wake-On-Lan commands or HTTP-requests that might include the sensor values or just as a side effect when turning on or off lamps. There is also undocumented functionality to send and trigger on HDMI-CEC commands so you can turn on/off your CEC-compatible TV.

There is a very generic architecture where everything is devices, so a group can contain any number of devices including other groups.

Everything is controlled and configured thru a web page. No need to do any scripts/ssh etc. Some basic REST-API exist as well.

The system is distributed as an SD-image file (havent had time to put togheter an installation instruction). For more information visit my project home page here:


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Re: Tellstick and more automation

Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:55 pm

Hi David!

I've just got the Rasp and I've got alot of Nexa units around the house.
Great work on the remote, looking forward checking your stuff out! :)

Lars Werner

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Re: Tellstick and more automation

Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:57 pm

Look forward to giving it a go. I had a make shift system going with a RF transmitter and an Arduino, after decoding all the frequencies (with a little help from the internet). But this looks a lot cleaner. Tellstick looks like a great product and saves me re-inventing the wheel.

Any chance of seeing some screenshots from the Web interface? or some description of how it works technically, just out of interest more than anything else. If I get it up and running I'll drop a donation your way for sure.



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Re: Tellstick and more automation

Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:14 pm

The control interface have some screenshots here:
http://automagically.weebly.com/1/post/ ... -page.html

And there are some rather old screenshot here:
http://automagically.weebly.com/1/post/ ... image.html
(The control page shown here is still available but the one linked above is the "good looking one")

Basically the system consist of a Apache2 webserver running django. This presents all the user interface and provide configuration of the system as well as having a REST-API for making commands and query the status of the system.
There is also a daemon that works in the background that sends out actuall commands to the Tellstick/Wake-on-lan/http requests as well as gaterhering information from various sources. These run in a system with plugins that makes it easy to write a custom python module for interacting with something else.

Everything written in Python by me personally except for one plugin for 1-wire that is contributed by a user.

If there is anything more you want to know, please ask.

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Re: Tellstick and more automation

Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:34 pm

your project is very interesting and promising.
We are working on an open source domotic framework.
If you want you could develop a plugin to control your tellstick devices using our software freedomotic.
By this way you can communicate with other tecnologies, creates automations and so on.
Take a look at freedomotic.com .
Anyway good work!!!
Freedomotic Open IoT Framework

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Re: Tellstick and more automation

Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:44 pm

Yes indeed this is interesting. This really would take away the pain from tinkering and soldering..

However, does the software that manufacturer provides, come with command line commands as well? I guess it would be easy to write some python myself (easy is relative with my almost zero python experience)..

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