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WEMO Maker Inventor
Posts: 103
Registered: ‎07-29-2014

Off Grid Solar Gate Opener with Wemo Maker Auxiliary Control and Monitoring & Amazon ECHO

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I have a gate at the entrance to our property that I wanted to put a power gate opener on, but I did not want to run power out that far. I also thought it would be nice if I could also receive notifications and set rules based on the gates current state. 

2016-07-22_170207501_3C635_iOS.pngThis is the final setup with gates, opener, solar panel, marine battery, buck converter, Wemo Maker, and magnet reed switch in place. It was a fairly easy setup. To get the Maker controlling the gate I simply connected the gate relay to the Maker (very much like a garage door setup).

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2016-07-22_165850347_78786_iOS.pngThe reed switch connects to the "_" and "S" of the Maker.

I used a 12V - 5V buck converter with a built on USB port to power the Maker.

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Tuck everything "neatly" into a rubbermaid bin.

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And close it up.

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All that's left to do is setup rules.

 

-notifications upon opening and closing

-turn on outside light when gate opens, if not already on

-automatically shut gate in the evening

-maybe set it to automatcially close after set period of time

 

Oh! Almost forgot that I am also controlling the Maker using Amazon Echo.

"Alexa, trigger the gate." 

Short video demostrating Alexa (Echo) controlling it: https://youtu.be/F2wj1TWzrNU

 

That's how I WEMO'd that!

 

 

 

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Uploaded by Garett Stampfler on 2016-07-22.
Posts: 94
Registered: ‎08-03-2015

Re: Off Grid Solar Gate Opener with Wemo Maker Auxiliary Control and Monitoring & Amazon ECHO

Really nice setup, 

 

Would you have to think about the heat build up in the bin, i.e. ventilation holes?

 

WEMO Maker Inventor
Posts: 103
Registered: ‎07-29-2014

Re: Off Grid Solar Gate Opener with Wemo Maker Auxiliary Control and Monitoring & Amazon ECHO

This particular bin has 4 bump outs that I thank may be designed for that purpose. I do plan to build a little gate house before winter to protect the battery and equipment from snow.
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WEMO Maker Inventor
Posts: 103
Registered: ‎07-29-2014

Re: Off Grid Solar Gate Opener with Wemo Maker Auxiliary Control and Monitoring & Amazon ECHO

Update. We left for a week of vacation recently. While way Ireceived an alert that the power consumption at home was above normal and asked a neighbor to go check it out. I was able to open the gate to let him in... from 800 miles away. 😆 Turns out a water hose had burst.
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