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DIY Automated Power Distribution

Aug 29th, 2019 | by: Lee
Category: Electronics Basic Circuits
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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.

PHOTO GALLERY



3 Comments

  • Michael Hajek

    about 12 months ago

    Sounds awesome I have a similar power distribution box that came with a used desk fits really and I mean REALLY snug in a slot on the desk but its just a foot long box with outlets on one end switches on the other and some really long chunks of wire connecting the two endsI have several wifi relays compatible with ewelink app that I can control with Google assistant through ifttt Im hoping to do something to automate but Ive been having bad luck with the modules getting a signal through the metal box

    Lee

    about 11 months ago

    My WiFi AP is four feet directly over the box so I'm able to get a WiFi signal from inside the Metal Box. However when I was building it up I added a Mono Audio Jack to be used for external use. This way I can plug in a IR Receiver bud or Mono 3.5mm cable into the rear of the box and place the Receiver bud a foot away. However this is still in progress and have to wait a week or two since the silly Hurricane Dorian is taking forever to move so UPS can deliver the IP to IR Adapter. I've had bad luck with IFTTT. Takes forever for a command to go through. I thought about just using a NodeMCU but this is just for fun let alone easier to use something premade that already has Alexa and Google Home control features already to go.

  • Michael Hajek

    about 12 months ago

    Sounds awesome I have a similar power distribution box that came with a used desk fits really and I mean REALLY snug in a slot on the desk but its just a foot long box with outlets on one end switches on the other and some really long chunks of wire connecting the two endsI have several wifi relays compatible with ewelink app that I can control with Google assistant through ifttt Im hoping to do something to automate but Ive been having bad luck with the modules getting a signal through the metal box

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