Home Automation with the Orvibo S20 WiFi Socket 14

The Orvibo S20 WiFi is really a nifty device. Relatively inexpensive from various online sites, this device connects through your WiFi network enabling you to control and power various home appliances up to 10 Amps. The manufacturer offers a smart phone app which permits you to control the socket and […]

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IncrediblePBX (Asterisk/FreePBX) on Raspberry Pi for Residential Use – Part 1

In an older post, “IncrediblePBX (Asterisk/FreePBX) ESXi Installation with Google Voice”, I touched on installing a variant of Asterisk/FreePBX called IncrediblePBX in a virtual machine. This time however, I’d like to focus on installing this cool piece of software on a Raspberry Pi (either a version 2 or 3). Luckily the […]

Backup (or Clone) a Raspberry Pi SD Card 8

All right, you’ve spent countless sleepless nights working on that ultra cool Raspberry Pi project, and now you’re thinking about the unthinkable. What happens if my Raspberry Pi or SD Card dies? Do I have a backup? Can I quickly get up and running? The answer is probably NO. So […]

IncrediblePBX (Asterisk/FreePBX) ESXi Installation with Google Voice

The OBi200 VoIP Phone Adapter is truly an amazing device. With the ability to seamlessly integrate with Google Voice (for free USA & Canada calling with very low rates elsewhere) and coupled with the ease of use to connect to many VoIP services, the Obi generally surpasses the expectations of […]

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Connecting a UPS to the Rapberry Pi & Custom Shutdown with Wake On LAN

A UPS (uninterruptible power supply) is an electrical device that provides emergency power in the event of a power failure. Most modern UPSes can connect to a computer via USB and made to execute a self shutdown in the event that power has been lost. In this blog post I’ll […]

Understanding the Raspberry Pi GPIO Pinout Using the wiringPi Library

The Raspberry comes fully loaded with a general-purpose input/output (GPIO) port to interface with a multitude of devices/sensors/expansion boards. Unfortunately, there could be many different ways to refer to the same pin, especially if you are using the wiringPi library. In this post I will attempt to show you how […]