Integration to third party – A Beginner’s Guide to DIY Smart Home

You have successfully set up and secured your initial IoT network. However, as your private home IoT network grows, maintaining each device individually becomes a real burden. This is where overarching smart home management systems come to save the day. Two of the most popular open-source tools today are Node-RED and Home Assistant. These platforms … Read more

Cybersecurity – A Beginner’s Guide to DIY Smart Home

So, you’re transforming your home into a smart one and have created your first device. Before you expand your Internet of Things network further, it’s crucial to consider cybersecurity. A well-secured IoT network can prevent unauthorized access and protect sensitive data. Bear in mind that no network or device can be entirely invulnerable to unauthorized access. Therefore, … Read more

My First Device – A Beginner’s Guide to DIY Smart Home

Starting your smart home transformation can be a daunting task. Even though you might have a clear goal in mind, the path to achieving it, and especially the first steps, often remain too hazy for comfort. To provide clarity, the following guide to DIY smart home lists the initial steps that might help you understand what lies ahead if … Read more

Temperature Telemetry: Seize the Power of DIY ESP8266 Devices

The most universally applicable use of IoT devices is collecting a wide range of telemetry data. Whether your goal is to decrease energy consumption, gain new insights into your surroundings, enhance your security systems, improve your environmental quality, or catch early warnings of potential problems, the initial task is to gather the necessary data to … Read more

Homemade Garden Irrigation System From A Simple Relay Module

An excellent example of home automation is a self-operating irrigation system. Whether for a large garden or a small flower pot, you never want to do it manually. Fortunately, creating a system that handles this task autonomously with additional remote control and telemetry capabilities is straightforward with unicontrol when coupled with a standard ESP8266-based relay … Read more

Introducing: The ESP12F-X4 Relay Module


Numerous third-party modules featuring the ESP8266 microcontroller are readily available in the market. Modules carrying the versions ESP-12E, ESP-12F, or ESP-12S are natively supported by unicontrol as they are equipped with 4MB Flash memory or more. They are typically less convenient when it comes to firmware uploads, compared to development boards like the WeMOS D1 … Read more

Smart Light Made With Old Table Lamp And Relay Module

As you begin the transformation of your personal space into a modern smart home, a great starting point is to experiment with simple tasks. For instance, you could convert an old desk lamp into a smart light using just a few components: With these items, you can equip your old desk lamp with several smart … Read more