The Raspberry Pi Foundation blog has posted a useful article this week for anyone looking to use the Raspberry Pi mini PC for some simple home automation, especially if you want to control electrical sockets.
The post was written by Gordon Hollingworth and explains how to use the Raspberry Pi and a Energenie GPIO plugin board to activate and close electrical sockets.
The Energenie Pi-mote starter pack is available to purchase for £19.99 and includes two socket adapters and the GPIO board to get your started. Its manufactures explain a little more:
“The Pi-mote control is an add on board that permits control of 433mHz radio controlled electrical sockets. Easy to install and command, the product provides a simple and safe way to add control of mains powered devices and appliances to your Raspberry Pi.
Energenie make a range of compatible sockets which can be operated by Pi-mote control. If you already own Energenie sockets, these are backwards compatible with Pi-mote Control.
A starter kit is available which includes the Pi-mote Control and 2 13Amp electrical sockets for use in standard UK 3-pin mains sockets. Some Python code to enable simple on-off control of these sockets will get you going out of the box.”
To read the full article jump over to the Raspberry Pi Foundation blog. For more details on Raspberry Pi displays and HATS jump over to our essential guide. If you are thinking of setting up a home automation system you might be interested in our Home Automation Hubs and Systems Guide.
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