Set up one click energy saving RF timer control of your immersion heater

You might want to watch the video below in full screen to ensure you can see the details required to set up Kodi Control with your Raspberry Pi. The procedure is virtually the same for all devices with a few extra steps for Android devices (details available on request).

One click timer control for you immersion heater and other 433 MHz RF controlled devices with Kodi Control. Works with Raspberry Pi, Android, Desktop and Laptop devices.
Save energy with this neat home automation device. Once you have copied our Raspberry Pi image to your SD card you will need to configure the Keymap Editor to suit your TV remote control.

Select the Keymap Editor Addon and then use the following sequence:

Launch Kodi Control –
Edit Key
Then press your nominated key on the remote control.
Click the close window X or back button 3 times until you reach the Save option.

If you are using a webcam for visual confirmation that your RF controlled device was turned ON or OFF you will need to check the literature that came with your camera (or Google) for the format of the Url (and associated Username and Password if applicable) to obtain a still image (not video stream) from the camera. If you get stuck please send us the make and model of your camera and we will see if we can provide the details but as we only have a small selection of cameras ourselves we will be working in the dark to some extent.

The same applies when using the learner feature of Kodi Control. If we don’t have your particular RF controlled device we can try to crack the RF signal for you but it will require feedback from you as users.

If you have any questions at all about setting up your Kodi Control unit please post a comment in the box below.

26th August 2015 Update

Depending on the time of year and the climate in your country you might want to schedule your RF activated device e.g. immersion heater, to switch on and off at regular times every hour, every day or every week in your absence. This is accomplished with a regular Kodi AddOn called The Scheduler. Our standard image for the Raspberry Pi already includes this AddOn but further details are available here if you need to install it on your system.

To configure The Scheduler select the main SYSTEM menu, then select Add-ons then My Add-ons and finally Services. You can set up 10 ON / OFF schedules so 5 transitions from ON to OFF (or vice-versa) in total. Scroll across to Custom Builtin Scripting (1-5) and 6-10 if more transitions are required. The command to enter in the Built-in script box is RunScript(script.kodicontrol) and you need to set two scripts for each transition e,g. one for ON and one for OFF. In the Kodi Control configuration screen ensure that your device is set in Toggle Mode (next RF signal will send opposite signal to the last, so ON becomes OFF and vice-versa) and Active . We would also recommend setting the duration in Kodi Control to the maximum of 1440 minutes (24 hours) when you are using The Scheduler Add-On to ensure it takes priority over the same day Kodi Control automated ON / OFF scheduling.

Please be aware though that if your system fails then your RF device could be left on (or OFF) accidentally. This is one reason that right from day one we set up the visual notification system within Kodi Control i.e. the webcam feature. We accept no responsibility for problems incurred due to devices not activating in your absence and recommend that you test them thoroughly before setting up such a system. There are additional steps that can be taken to reduce the risks such as the use of a UPS if you are running a mission critical service.

EZ(as)PiTV Reviews the new Gotham Openelec Media Player for Raspberry Pi

The video below is a short illustration from the EZ(as)PiTV guys of the Gotham XBMC update, running the latest Openelec software on a Raspberry Pi device. Very impressive software release but there are a few minor bugs to sort out so you might want to wait a few more weeks before upgrading your media player. On some machines the Raspberry Pi will crash on a regular basis if you have specific hardware peripherals connected. The software coders are providing regular bug fixes so it shouldn’t be long before this release is as stable as the earlier Openelec XBMC offerings.

Please ignore the poor quality of the recording. We were running short of time and struggling with reflection on the screen. We have a much clearer video for you to follow in the coming days. We look forwarding to receiving your feedback on the latest upgrade to the Openelec media player running Gotham on your Raspberry Pi.

Until next time.



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