9 DIY Smart Home Automation Projects for a Shoestring Budget

DIY smart home projects are more popular than ever. The Internet of Things (IoT) unifies everything from lighting to full security systems. Once separate systems, many things in the home are now controllable from a smartphone.

As a new technology, some elements of home automation do not come cheap. However, with a DIY attitude and some cheap components you can build your own smart home on a shoestring budget! Just be sure to keep in mind how you plan on securing your smart and IoT devices. Here are nine examples to get you started.

1. Blynk Controls IoT Devices From Your Phone

Most smart home devices come with an app for control via smartphone or tablet. Blynk is a service designed for controlling IoT devices.

In our introduction to the Blynk service, we show several methods for using the free app. The easy to use service is perfect for monitoring and controlling DIY smart home setups. In addition to the online service, it is possible to install Blynk to a server locally. Blynk gives you quick and easy control of any Wi-Fi enabled microcontroller and is a strong tool in the arsenal of all home automation hobbyists!

2. Make Your Home Smart With OpenHAB

OpenHAB DIY smart home software

While it seems similar to Blynk, OpenHAB is specifically designed to be a DIY smart home hub. The system is designed to be installed locally, though they provide cloud services too. Every kind of in-house switch, monitoring system, or timed event is accommodated. OpenHAB supports over 1000 device types such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and IFTTT.

Though free and open source, the sandbox nature of OpenHAB comes with a price. It is quite complicated to set up. Luckily, we have a detailed guide on setting up OpenHABwhich takes you through the steps required to set up the service.

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