Alarm Panel Triggering Scenes

I’m currently using the location services built in to Fibaro HC2 to perform tasks like set the alarm when no one’s is at home, turn the heating down etc. This works quite well but due to iPhone battery drain my partner often turns off mobile data, so the alarm does not get set and the heating stays on…

I have been thinking for a while how I could make the whole process more reliable. While sat on a train on the way to London I’ve had a few more ideas and one that I think will work quite well. I had been thinking about putting a Fibaro Button in the hall that can simply be pressed on the way out of the front door. This would be fine for turning all the lights off, setting the alarm etc., but I don’t really want to unset the Fibaro alarm in this way, not very secure. Another thought was to use a Fibaro Swipe, at lease there would be a few gestures to unset the alarm. But I now have a new idea.

How about install a Fibaro Universal Sensor into the house main alarm panel? It gets set when you leave the house, unset when you get home. After playing with the idea in my head for a while I’m going to try this when I get some time. My home alarm has a LED that is either ON or OFF depending on the status of the alarm, unset or set respectively, so this could be used one of the inputs and potentially move the LED to the out put. This method should give a really reliable scene trigger.

The other input could be wired into the tamper switch on the main panel, or as another thought, how about a door bell, could even hide a temperature sensor in the outside door bell switch…

An added advantage is that the main alarm panel has a 12V supply that I could use to power the Universal Sensor.

Another project to add to the list 🙂

SCVMM WSUS Error ID 7053 KB3159706

Currently building out a number of 2012 R2 SCVMM standalone servers for a customer. The SCVMM server also hosts it’s own local SQL DB and WSUS for patching of the hosts and the local SCVMM infrastructure.

Today I ran some tests, patching the SCVMM server via remediation in the console. All went well until after reboot where I rescanned the SCVMM server, nothing had updated, still not compliant. I then noticed that the WSUS service was not running, the WSUS console would not show my server and there were lots of 7053 errors for the WSUS service.

After some digging I found one of the installed updates had broken WSUS (KB3159706). Removed the update, rebooted and all is well again.

Oh and I have not declined the update and updated the base lines in SCVMM.

Just putting it out there.


Looks like there are some post steps that need to be performed:

I’ll get these tested


Follow the instructions in the article above and WSUS will spring back into action.

StorSimple Fails to Register With Azure

I learnt a valuable lesson yesterday… Make sure your StorSimple Manager type matches the StorSimple appliance you are trying to register! That is if it’s a physical 8000, make sure your SSM is Physical… Too busy talking about how great the technology is and the SSM got created as type Virtual and we were going to be adding a 8000 -Doh!

You’ll get this message:


Authentication to StorSimple Manager service passed but registration failed. Please check if you are registering the device to a StorSimple Manager service for 8000 series physical devices. If this is verified, then wait for a few minutes and retry the operation. If the issue persists, please contact Microsoft Support.

Thought this was worth a note as it baffled me for a while.

Fibaro OTA Firmware Update is Coming

Just installed some Fibaro Dimmer 2’s. I’m running firmware v3.2, as I brought them a while ago. Some blogs suggest v3.3 fixes the issues I have and I note at v3.4 is the current version, but how do you update??? Well it looks like it is coming with the next version of HC2’s software v4.083.



Home Structured Cabling

I’m in the middle of a home extension, at the first fix stage and I’m taking the opportunity to flood the place with cat5e. Wi-Fi is ok but you can’t beat a copper twisted pair! At weekend I went through 305m of cable, ran out with one run to do so I have more on order, won’t go to waste as I’ll be slowly working through the house.

Early stages but I’ve just done a test connection as per T568B and it works :). Using a cat6 patch as I find they are neater and give the cables better support.


Removing Powder Coating

The A bar on my LandRover had see better days. Water had got under the powder coating and it was rusting. I though I’d just strip it and then pain it, but how do you get powder coat off?

I tried head guns, blow torch and gasket remover. Nothing really touched it. I’d see that some people had got it to move with powerful pain stripper, so I searched for just that on Amazon and found Polycell Max Strength PainStripper and though I’d give it a go.


I can confirm it does the trick, quite quickly too, within half an hour. I first went over the powder coat with a wire brush in my drill to score the coating, then applied a liberal coat of the stripper. I found it best to leave it about half an hour then scrape it off. Then while the coating is still soft I went over with the wire brush again, remember to protect your self from this stuff, it’s nasty.


A wipe over with white sprit and a coat of red oxide and it’s looking good.


Just needs it’s top coat now.

GoPro vs EE Action Cam

To day I nipped into a EE shop to pick up my PowerBar, basically a unit you can charge up at home and use it to give your phone a power boost on the move.

While I waiting for a customer rep to be available I was looking round the store and saw a camera in a case that looked a bit like a go pro. I say a bit because the bezel round the lens was similar, but compared to my GoPro 3 Black is was big, back to front I’d say a good 50% thicker. The buttons looked very plastically too, not like the stainless ones on the GoPro housing. I didn’t look any closer as it just looked like a bad imitation in my opinion.

I then got called to pick up my PowerBar. I was also asked if I knew what a GoPro was. Yes was my response, I have one. I was then asked if I’d be interested in a EE Action Cam. This time my response was; No… it massive. I also added I’d like to changing my GoPro 3 Black for a GoPro 4 Black. I was then told, well ours is the same spec. What 4K I asked? Yes I was told. At this point I said I was not interested and left.

I always check details and I can tell you the EE Action Cam is not 4K. Yes you can stream data over 4G but a lot of the places I use my GoPro there’s sometimes a 2G signal if that.

Now I’m not saying if it’s any good or not but if you are in the market for an “action cam” do your home work. Have a look, hold them, as I say compared to the GoPro 3 housing it looked big, and the GoPro 3+ and GoPro 4 casings are smaller than mine. Plus the GoPro 4 black does full 4K and you can use the app on your phone as a view finder, and dump your files.

People have asked me in the past why a GoPro and not something else. My response has always been it’s the industry standard and it’s what the BBC use.

In my opinion you can’t go wrong with a GoPro, and I’ve never looked back. Some of my most treasured photos have been taken with my GoPro.