Thursday, 20 October 2016

Two Factor Authentication on old ATV

If You activated Two Factor Authentication, 2FA, on Your devices it could be that Your old Apple TV 2 or 3 after some time wants to be in the same "club".
Two weeks after I activated 2FA for my other devices, my ATV 2 demanded the code for 2FA?? I tried to log on to the ATV2 with my iCloud password but didn't succeed.

In the same article mentioned above, there is info for devices running older software.

"Then type your password followed by the six-digit verification code directly into the password field."

Monday, 17 October 2016

Unboxing EVE HomeKit products

Since the HomeKit app, Home, for iOS was shipped with iOS 10 it was time to check its possibilities.

After some checking the products from Elgatos Eve seemed to be a way to start. They also have a free App which I like. The disadvantage is that they are Bluetooth devices with a limited range and therefore have to be pretty close to an Apple TV.

I started up with the Eve Room, indoor sensor, and Eve Energy, switch and power meter, and the Apple TV 4 as Home hub.

Apple have god instructions here and there, read them, but first update the firmware of the accessories, in this case via the Elgato Eve app, otherwise the Home app will probably not recognise them.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

HomeKit bridge for Z-Wave

Updated 2017-10-25 !

For the moment there are not so many devices available for Apples HomeKit and the devices are Bluetooth, BLE, or WiFi connected so it could be a limited range in Your house.

The Z-Wave solution have a smarter setup running on a type of network called a "mesh network". One Z-Wave product will pass the signal along to another (“hop”) until the final destination is reached. Every device in your home acts as a messenger; the more devices you have, the more powerful and strong your network is.

Also important is the they have a lot of different devices available.

On the other hand I like the Apple solution where You for example can switch on the light in the bedrom whith Siri.  So how to combine them ? 

Out there on the web there are several smart guys who seems to think the same and are very great in programming. So they have fixed applications running on Rasberry Pi which emulates a HomeKit device and on the same time bridges the functions to Z-Wave products.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Z-Wave on Raspberry PI

Installing a Z-Wave controller on Raspberry Pi is much easier than You think.

The only add on You need is the Razberry Daughter Card and free software from the same site

I started up with a clean SD card with the latest version of Rasbian Jessie Lite and the  Razberry card mounted

From my Mac and the app Terminal I logged on to the RPi with ssh and then installed the application

$ wget -q -O - | sudo bash

(Please note that You use the same command when upgrading to e newer release !)

After the installation is finished look some rows up in the log and find the text

Your user id: 12345
Your password: secret

write this down, because if You want remote access it's necessary, and reboot the RPi

$ sudo reboot

The WEB user interface is located on port 8083 so in my case I used the URL

Then You will see the logon screen with the user "admin" prompted.
Just chose a password and then Your ready to set up the system

The best instructions are available at the Razberry site

The expert interface is located at

If You want use Remote access and/or Remote support got to

and use the user id and password from the installation log.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Secure Your Apple ID

The big thing is that if You follow the setup on the Apple link below You can limit the access to Your Apple account to only trusted devices.

So even if a Hacker have both Your Apple ID and password it is not enough to access Your account.

Two-factor authentication for Apple ID

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Blocking address change

If You missed it, and live in Sweden  !

Now You can block unauthorised address change using Skatteverkets website. Just log on using some electronic identification and then register. After this registration its only possible to change Your address, when moving in the future, using electronic identification.