Automated Camera Pop with Kodi

I’ve seen this topic come up quite a bit recently and thought I would give some insights.  How can you automatically pop a camera feed into Kodi on motion?  And how can you have it disappear after a few seconds?

As it turns out this is pretty simple, and should be doable from your home automation platform of choice.  All you need it a way to capture camera motion events and act on them.  I’ve also added a virtual switch so I can disable the alerts.

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New Home Best Practices!

This comes up time and time again on the Home Automation subreddit.  How do I lay out wiring and all to make automation as simple as possible in the future?  This post will try to address these items and give suggestions for easy, inexpensive things you can do while building for maximum flexibility!

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Individual WiFi SSID Scheduling

I figured I would start off with something relatively simple.  How can you toggle WiFi networks on a schedule.  Now Ubiquiti offers this scheduling function natively, however that doesn’t tie into the rest of your automations and means you have to manually change things up as schedules change.

I imagine you are asking yourself, why would I do this?  Kids are the obvious answer, shut down the WiFi at night and turn it back on in the morning.  This only works if you have a separate SSID that the kids devices connect to.  Though you can get creative with other options too which I will detail in a second post.

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