DIY Automated Power DistributionAug 29th, 2019 | by: Lee
Category: Electronics Basic Circuits
Know those old school Computer Power switch Power Distribution boxes? They come in handy for a Electronics Workbench. What could be better? How about adding some simple Home Automation with it. Sync it with Amazon Alexa or Google Home. Just think about it "Alexa, turn on the Soldering Iron".
I cracked my Intermatic Electraguard open and sure enough it's just a bunch of Neon lit switches running to typical AC Outlets. Very little going on inside but tons of space for activities.
So far I have added a 12 Volts 1 Amp Wallwart and a Relay Board that is controlled via IR. I'm going to cheat a bit and instead of adding a Micro Controller to do the translating and pixie wrangling I plan to toss in one of those cheap WiFi to IR Hubs that uses the Tuya App. However the plan is to just Hardwire the IR. As in remove the Receiver and Emitter on the Relay and Hub and just use a two conductor wire. Just need Signal and Ground for the connection. At the moment I'm strapped for cash so I have to wait for Payday to order the Hub and swing by the Hardware Store for a Bus Bar for the Hot/Live side since I have to redo that section for the Relay Board.
The way I have it setup is since the Switches on the front are Neon lit I will use those as "Idiot Lights" to let me know if a Output is ON or OFF. Also if needed I can switch the Output off entirely.
My goal is to Automate my ManCave/Garage/Workshop.