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    Hi Folks,

    First post here and a relatively new HomeSeer user. I am constructing a house for myself that will incorporate a HomeSeer home automation system. For part of this system I will have windows that are opened and closed based on internal temp and if rain is sensed. I have done some research on the rain sensors and this optical sensor looks like one of the best options http://rainsensors.com/how-it-works/

    But I am not sure what z-wave device I could connect this to in order for the Homeseer system to read the sensor's output. Per attached manual, the sensor can be used to activate a relay that then controls a motor OR will also output a 12V DC 1A signal that stays on as long as rain is detected (can be set to stay on for 15min past last detected rain to prevent cycling).

    Any suggestions on a z-wave 'reading device'?

    Guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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  • #2
    Can anyone help?

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    • #3
      Hi,
      I am unsure of a zwave device, but the sensor uses NO/NC output which is similar to an alarm system or other window/door sensors. I use a raspberry pi and the RaspberryIO plugin to monitor my alarm system. It works well giving me info on doors opening and closing etc within Homeseer. I use Homeseer to record exactly when this happens or to send an email alert that it has happened.

      If you are interested in just knowing when it is raining, sending a signal to a raspberry pi GPIO pin would get you that information. Homeseer could then tell something else to happen, like close windows, if they are automated or alert you to do the job. This would be with an event.

      This looks intriguing to monitor an irrigation system, as the info says it could act as a rainbucket, thus giving you how much water your sprinklers are putting out. It could also shut off the sprinkler system if it is all ready raining, or if the amount of water to be applied as been reached. I would just need to figure out what it outputs for the amount to know how to bring that info into Homeseer.

      Bruce

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      • #4
        I have one of these. Waiting until it's warmer out to implement - but tested it under the sink faucet. I used telephone wire for both power and the relay ports. On the other end, the relay wires are connected to a z-wave door/window sensor which I can connect wires to rather than using the magnet, such as an Ecolink DWZWAVE2.5-ECO. I have all pins off so it's in tipping bucket mode. Within HS, I add 0.01" to a virtual device every time the door/window sensor changes.

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        • #5
          There’s also the Fortrezz Mimolite and Fibaro has announced sometimes called the Smart Implant. Not sure when it will be available.
          HS 3.0.0.548: 1970 Devices 1149 Events
          Z-Wave 3.0.1.262: 123 Nodes on one Z-Net

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          • #6
            Thanks for the ideas and sorry for not replying before now. I did not get any notification of comments so did not know these were sitting here all this time. The
            Fortrezz Mimolite looks promissing

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            • #7
              A Fibaro universal sensor can also be used: https://www.fibaro.com/en/products/u...binary-sensor/

              I installed a Hydreon Optical Rain Sensor about 7 years ago and has been very reliable.

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              • #8
                It is time to go the Arduino way, as you will need some digital and analog I/O in the future ...
                Visit zee e-maison : http://www.e-maison.com

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Pierre View Post
                  It is time to go the Arduino way, as you will need some digital and analog I/O in the future ...
                  I guess you have not seen these babies here : https://www.unipi.technology/products
                  The easiest to deploy are these here : https://www.unipi.technology/products/unipi-neuron-3 You can even automate grand projects with them!



                  Eman.


                  The Closer.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Eman View Post
                    I guess you have not seen these babies here : https://www.unipi.technology/products
                    Eman
                    Thanks for the tip, I just had a look.
                    Still, for basic use as in this topic, if you only need to manage I/O with HS, the beauty of the arduino plugin is that you don not have to write a single line in Arduino (there is also a custom mode for powerusers).
                    What plugin wil you use for neuron's ?

                    Visit zee e-maison : http://www.e-maison.com

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Pierre View Post

                      Eman
                      Thanks for the tip, I just had a look.
                      Still, for basic use as in this topic, if you only need to manage I/O with HS, the beauty of the arduino plugin is that you don not have to write a single line in Arduino (there is also a custom mode for powerusers).
                      What plugin wil you use for neuron's ?
                      Yes,
                      I use the Jeedom plugin to run this in HomeSeer. It also pulls in a multitude of other devices like Edisio! The Jeedom expands HomeSeer to extreme!


                      Eman.
                      The Closer.

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                      • #12
                        I have had the Hydreon for many years. Initially I interfaced with X10 window/door sensor that uses RF and a W800 as a RF receiver. Now I use the $5 Sonoff basic which is Wifi. The Hydreon is mounted on an outside shed and the Sonoff mounted under it's eve. I have my Hydreon configured as a rain bucket and count the number of pulses that occur each day and then reset the count at midnight.

                        Especially when considering new house I suggest that you not design for a single automation technology. There are good points and bad points with each so you would like to be able to take advantages of the goods and not have to live with the bads. Zigbee is great for battery powered devices while Zwave is typically hard on batteries. Wifi is where IOT is at. Variety, price and the ubiquity of Wifi and future advances in Wifi technology provides the greatest options.

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