Well my keyboard & touch-pad combo arrived finally and I dove into getting the Razzberry software installed on my Pi. I was consumed by a side project of enabling ssh and running tightvnc to access the gui; after an hour or two of pulling my hair out, I realized the firewall settings I had configured on my Linux desktop were preventing me from using ssh. After getting both ssh and tight vnc configured properly, Razzberry has been installed.. I just have to make my first Z-wave product purchase and I’ll be ready to configure and test (Phase 2) which will have to wait for pay day.
This is the keyboard I chose to use with my Raspberry Pi when I’m not connected via SSH or VNC.
My first Z-Wave device has been ordered! Check it out in my Twitter feed on the right of the page! ——>
Well I put together my Raspberry Pi with my GPIO card and installed Rasbian “wheezy”, for whatever reason my keyboard wanted to input endless characters and after a reboot I was unable to log into my Pi.. After I get a Pi friendly keyboard I’ll update the status of my Z-Wave project.
Keyboard has been ordered and I’m borrowing a keyboard later today to at least get the open remote api installed and start configuring it.
Well I’ve done it once again; After I had CrunchBang running with two additional VM’s (Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and Puppy Linux) running on VirtualBox simultaneously I reached my pinnacle then mentally crashed. Upon the mental reboot I went back to pondering on what to do wiht my Raspberry Pi That has still remains in its box where it has tragically been for over a year. I don’t have a need for most of the popular Pi projects out there such as a NAS or cloud server.. Then one of my past passions popped into my head; home automation! I remember reading about Zigbee mesh networks but I am not a fan of the short range, I eventually stumbled upon another mesh network system “Z-Wave“. Z-Wave apparently has a GPIO add-on for the Rasspberry Pi that enables it to control other Z-Wave devices. I went ahead and took the dive and ordered myself one to hope that once it arrive I’ll jump right into the project.
Z-Wave GPIO for Pi