I made my first home automation system 6 years ago, in 2014 and had little choices in terms of hardware and software. Now, things changed and I can redesign it to better suit my needs with about 100 connected sensors and actuators, domoticz as the user interface, MQTT to centralize MySensors and Zwave meshed network events, NodeRED as an MQTT ETL, Redis Streams, Redis Timeseries and Redis PubSub as a storage… Everything on a Raspberry Pi 3. Lets have a look at the prototype.

You can find links to the related video recordings and printable materials at the end of this post.



In 2014, I bought a 60 years old house and I had to refurbish everything, ceilings, walls, electricity (the fuses were in the plugs and the wires in steel tubes). The house was big, with thick walls,


The server, had to run on a Raspberry Pi 2 at this time. I upgraded it to a Raspberry Pi 3 later. At the end, I designed my own Home automation server 3D printed case1 to host the raspberry Pi, a power supply and a Raspberry LiPo battery. Thus, I was able to unplug the server without shutdown, move from a room to another room, plug it back or not. It had wifi connection. Perfect to make tests.


I needed a wireless technology, I did not want to hard wire things. I wanted the system to be fault tolerant and the house to behave as a normal house when the system is off (or removed). Thus, it had to be wireless. I also had thick walls and a big house, thus the network had to be meshed.

ZWave gateway and nodes

There were not so many meshed wireless network technologies : Zwave, proprietary but robust and Zigbee, quite young at this time. I chose ZWave.

The devices were very expensive (60€ per device), and I needed a lot of them. The gateway had to run on a Raspberry and Z-wave.me sells a ZWave Raspberry Pi hat.

I bought and installed :

  • Qubino 1 or 2 relays modules behind each light switch
  • AEON and Fibaro wall plugs
  • Fibaro door and window sensors
  • Danfoss Living connect radiator thermostats
  • Fibaro and AEON multisensors (IR, Lux, Temperature, Humidity) in each room
  • Qubino shutter (blinds) modules

MySensors gateway and nodes

As the time went, I discovered Arduinos and the MySensors open-source/open-hardware project2. I built a LAN gateway and some devices such as my weather and swimming pool station3. I ended by designing My iown PCB design of a tiny MySensors node4.

RFXCOM RFX433trx and Chacon devices

I also discovered the wonderfull RFXCom RFX433trx multi-protocol transmitter and decoder. Thus, I added it to my system, to open it to a lot of hardware. I began with connected fire alarms. Unfortunately, Chacon does not return its state. I can only send “fire-and-forget” commands. Anyway, I can include Chacon devices.


Everything has to fit in the Raspberry Pi.


I chose to install a minimal Raspbian (Debian 10 “Buster” based) as a base system. I don’t have any keyboard, mouse or display connected to the server, it had to support unattended installation.

I chose a 8GB SDCard to have some headroom, despite it could fit in a 4GB. And I’m a pure Linux guy, so I’ll create the SDCard from a Debian 10 (Buster) GNU/Linux machine.

First, I downloaded the last Raspbian unattended installer from [https://github.com/debian-pi/raspbian-ua-netinst/releases] :

wget -c https://github.com/debian-pi/raspbian-ua-netinst/releases/download/v1.1.2/raspbian-ua-netinst-v1.1.2.img.xz

I copied it on an sdcard as root. I double checked the exact name of my SD card device, if you make any error here, you will destroy and loose data.

xzcat /home/fcerbell/Téléchargements/raspbian-ua-netinst-v1.1.2.img.xz > /dev/sdh

I created an unattended configuration file to customize a little bit the installation. I replaced the default “pi” hostname by “raspbian10-base”, I created a default user “pi” with password “pi”. The default installation does not have any regular user, only “root”, and the default openSSH does not allow access to root. Quite embarrassing for an unattended installation without a local keyboard, mouse and display… Given that I need to install software as a regular user, I’ll need to create him later, so I created him at installation, without any privileges. I also customized the boot parameters to have a better fsck (this will be an headless appliance).

mount /dev/sdh1 /mnt
cat <<EOF >> /mnt/installer-config.txt
cmdline="dwc_otg.lpm_enable=0 console=tty1 elevator=deadline fsck.repair=yes"
umount /mnt 

I plugged the SDCard in the RPi, booted it and let the install run (can take up to one hour depending on your internet connection and the RPi model). But you don’t need any keyboard and display connected to the RPi.

I found the RPi IP address from my DHCP server. Pinged my RPi. As soon as the RPi does not answer anymore, the system is halted, the green led should not blink anymore neither, and power cycle it.

Now, I can connect with SSH on the Raspberry Pi, with the “pi” user and “pi” password ! I can switch to root with “su” (password: “raspbian”):

ssh pi@
su -

Ok, now, the system is bootstrapped, I can execute some generic post-installation customization to have a simmilar commandline user experience on all my servers.

Configuration questions

Whatever you choose to install, a VM or a bare-metal machine, you have to choose at least:

  • the hostname
  • the unprivileged username
  • a static IP address (mandatory for servers, optional for workstations/laptops)

You’ll need this information several times. Instead to change the code, I want to cut-and-paste it, I parametrized the code blocks. I ask questions at the begining of the installation and save the answers in environment variables. Given that I need to reboot several times, I save these variables in a file. This file will be sourced by the other steps to avoid asking again and again the same information and avoid mistakes.

You need to ssh into your machine and su - yourself to root. If you don’t know what it means, you can still read, bookmark this page and come back later, but please do not try to apply on public servers

read -p "Public IP address: " IP
read -p "Hostname: " HOSTNAME
cat << EOF > /root/variables.env
export IP=$IP

Raspberry BIOS settings

I manually updated the Raspberry BIOS settings in the /boot/config.txt file to use less shared memory for the graphic card. This server is headless.

echo '[all]' >> /boot/config.txt
echo '#arm_freq=1000' >> /boot/config.txt
echo '#core_freq=500' >> /boot/config.txt
echo '#sdram_freq=600' >> /boot/config.txt
echo '#over_voltage=6' >> /boot/config.txt
echo 'gpu_mem=16' >> /boot/config.txt


I did not change anything here, I left the wired network interface on DHCP, but I locked it to a fixed IP on my DHCP server.

Wireless network

I configured the wifi network to auto connect on boot. I installed the required softwares and firmwares and generated a hashed copy of my wifi password :

apt-get install -y firmware-brcm80211 wpasupplicant iw wireless-tools
echo 'UltraSecretPassword' | wpa_passphrase Freebox-AEA6A1

Then, I added the Wifi interface and its configuration in the network configuration file, with the hashed password :

cat >> /etc/network/interfaces << EOF
auto wlan0
allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wpa-ssid "Freebox-AEA6A1"
wpa-psk UltraSecretPasswordHashed

I rebooted to check that the modules and firmware are correctly loaded at boot time and that the configuration is fine.

Update hostname

First, I reload the saved installation variables, maybe I just rebooted, or I just reconnected to a fresh shell. I’ll need these variables to configure sudo.

source /root/variables.env

I chose a generic hostname during the unatended installation to customize it now in the relevant files :

sed -i 's/raspbian10-base/'${HOSTNAME}'/g' \
/etc/ssh/ssh_host_ed25519_key.pub \
/etc/ssh/ssh_host_ecdsa_key.pub \
/etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key.pub \
/etc/hosts \

Disable swap

I don’t need swap, I’ll do my best to avoid this. Anyway, if a system begins to swap, it is not good and it will probably be so busy that I’ll have to hard reboot it, even more when the system has very low resources such as a Raspberry.

sed -i 's/UUID.*swap/#&/' /etc/fstab 
swapoff -a

Package and system update

Ok, now, it is time to update the packages lists, and to apply all the available upgrades.

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y 

Raspbian configuration and security

Given that I installed a very minimal unattended unofficial Raspbian, I don’t have all the specific things, Even if I don’t use all of them, Iall install them. But I will not use raspi-config, I already changed the hostname, configured the network, configured the BIOS, … I’ll continue that way and will configure manually the locales and the timezone.

dpkg-reconfigure locales
dpkg-reconfigure tzdata
apt-get install -y raspi-config raspi-copies-and-fills sudo curl pi-bluetooth

Aptitude installation

I like aptitude on my servers. I am used to it, mainly search, show, why commands. Then, I don’t like the blinky and verbose apt output.

apt-get -y update
apt-get -y install aptitude

System update

Ok, fine, now, it is time to apply my repositories preferences and to upgrade the system accordingly.

apt-get -y update &&
apt-get -y upgrade &&
apt-get -y dist-upgrade &&
apt-get clean


The upgrade may have changed the linux kernel, in such a case, a reboot is needed to use this new kernel. Custom module compilation use DKMS, DKMS will use uname to guess which linux-header to compile the module with. Thus I prefer to reboot now and not to forget later.


First, I reload the saved installation variables, maybe I just rebooted, or I just reconnected to a fresh shell. I’ll need these variables to configure sudo.

source /root/variables.env

Let’s install sudo.

apt-get install -y sudo

Allow the unprivileged user to run any command, with password. At this stage, the user still has a password-protected account. Password login will be disabled after the SSH configuration.

adduser ${USERNAME} sudo

Allow user to run any command without password (he will have password disabled later)

echo "${USERNAME} ALL=(ALL:ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL" > /etc/sudoers.d/${USERNAME}

SSH server configuration

Force SSHv2 (disable SSHv1), forbid direct root connection with a password (only with key-pair), create a PID file to make monitoring easier, and keep hostnames clear in the known_hosts file (do not hash). Hashing the hostnames is probably more secure in case of intrusion, but it is a pain when you change your other machines IP addresses.

# Disable SSHv1
echo "" >> /etc/ssh/sshd_config
echo "Protocol 2" >> /etc/ssh/sshd_config
# Disable direct root connections
sed -i 's/#\?PermitRootLogin.*/PermitRootLogin prohibit-password/' /etc/ssh/sshd_config
# Configure a PID file
sed -i 's~#\?PidFile /var/run/sshd.pid~PidFile /var/run/sshd.pid~' /etc/ssh/sshd_config
# Do not hash hostnames in known_hosts files
sed -i 's/\(Hash.*\)yes$/\1no/' /etc/ssh/ssh_config
# Restart the daemon
systemctl restart ssh

The machine should already have an ssh key pair. In some cases, mainly if you changed the hostname, you need to regenerate a key pair. If you used a service provider to automatically install the system, can you trust him enough ? I don’t. Some of them took the server keys to enable their support to connect to your machine and to “help” you. Currently, no other machine depends on the eventually existing host key, so I can safely regenerate it.

Root do not have a key-pair yet. I create one, which will probably never be used, and it also initialize the /root/.ssh folder structure.

ssh-keygen -q -f "/etc/ssh/ssh_host_dsa_key" -t dsa -N ''
ssh-keygen -f /root/.ssh/id_rsa -q -N ""

If a backup robot need to backup this server, it needs to connect as root, password-less (key challenge based) to be able to backup any file from the filesystems.

This key is specific for my backup server. Don’t use it or you’ll give me full access to your machine

echo 'ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAADAQABAAABAQDX94WcZhrCjWXffCckgeEROTB0PnvpOxlFm/scvxTfTlh0sNV4KTrfHWrClDdBus6e7JL2VIltJBDdDHgetTaOK6HnHkmwoHFq+xm8TYqHQc3dzD8YMhjmFLRwHNDMadvy/oLrcae+e/moGUVdfsnjNbX2tjGMlld8ZwGUXPysvB70S+VpKgZ2e24xTvFNdPaTIDGky3EOeCI54iRXyAsHvKV0xFQJQf+FiiUQYoo2wCNsCgIqXD1ue0mpId8vjD7OCBBQE/T5sl+PWOUYxMEjVt9QmtLxunjC948c5RJLo96Gjg5bhwRJD7bHAKvgH984AeNnKuHMhN9P8f8bantP OMV' >> /root/.ssh/authorized_keys

I will soon lock the unprivileged user’s password, I need to be able to connect passwordless with my private key. I add my public key to the authorized keys file.

This key is specific for my backup server. Don’t use it or you’ll give me full access to your machine

mkdir /home/${USERNAME}/.ssh
echo 'ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAABIwAAAIEAtM8LzekUr46wvVNWoYzxPuKVTv7yFp+Aa/a1vKAendFa3xsMZz6Pp0Xn8U5ZYbTpqqVeM8O+ETqjtpBVk+7+C516DwB+R/cKulTjy061fBPZvTp5pIKm4+NQXNBhwjmQs//nWJ54PlDS5mHuj9NalX07b2OBztrvLjPzf/m4sB0= Francois Cerbelle' >> /home/${USERNAME}/.ssh/authorized_keys
chown -R ${USERNAME}.${USERNAME} /home/${USERNAME}

I also want to be able to open a direct root connection passwordless with my private key. This is a bad practice, but I’m the only admin.

This key is specific for me. Don’t use it or you’ll give me full access to your machine

echo 'ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAABIwAAAIEAtM8LzekUr46wvVNWoYzxPuKVTv7yFp+Aa/a1vKAendFa3xsMZz6Pp0Xn8U5ZYbTpqqVeM8O+ETqjtpBVk+7+C516DwB+R/cKulTjy061fBPZvTp5pIKm4+NQXNBhwjmQs//nWJ54PlDS5mHuj9NalX07b2OBztrvLjPzf/m4sB0= Francois Cerbelle' >> /root/.ssh/authorized_keys

Message of the day

Now, it is time to have some light and fun settings, but useful nevertheless ! A dynamic status message of the day with server health information. I like to have a summary of what is installed, what is the health of the server, what needs to be done, … immediately when I connect. Furthermore, it is very useful if you need to share a screenshot with someone else.

I like these useless banners, there are a lot of choices : figlet, toilet, cowsay … and the old banner. I will also need lsb-tools to fetch the linux distribution details.

apt-get install -y figlet toilet lsb-release

First part is to generate a banner with the hostname to avoid any mistake on the server, and to display the current Linux distribution details.

cat << EOF > /etc/update-motd.d/00-header
[ -r /etc/lsb-release ] && . /etc/lsb-release
if [ -z "\$DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION" ] && [ -x /usr/bin/lsb_release ]; then
    # Fall back to using the very slow lsb_release utility
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION=\$(lsb_release -s -d)
figlet -f pagga -w 100 \$(hostname)
printf "\n"
printf "Welcome to %s.\n" "\$DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION"
uname -snrvm
printf "\n"
chmod +x /etc/update-motd.d/00-header
rm /etc/update-motd.d/10-uname

Then, I like to have the date and time, the load average, the memory and swap usage and a summary of the running processes.

cat << EOF > /etc/update-motd.d/10-sysinfo
load=\`cat /proc/loadavg | awk '{print \$1}'\`
root_usage=\`df -h / | awk '/\\// {print \$(NF-1)}'\`
memory_usage=\`free -m | awk '/Mem:/ { total=\$2 } /buffers\\/cache/ { used=\$3 } END { printf("%3.1f%%", used/total*100)}'\`
swap_usage=\`free -m | awk '/Swap/ { printf("%3.1f%%", "exit !\$2;\$3/\$2*100") }'\`
users=\`users | wc -w\`
time=\`uptime | grep -ohe 'up .*' | sed 's/,/\\ hours/g' | awk '{ printf \$2" "\$3 }'\`
processes=\`ps aux | wc -l\`
ip=\`ip addr | grep inet.*enp | sed 's/.*inet //;s/\\/.*//'\`
echo "System information as of: \$date"
printf "System load:\t%s\tIP Address:\t%s\n" \$load \$ip
printf "Memory usage:\t%s\tSystem uptime:\t%s\n" \$memory_usage "\$time"
printf "Usage on /:\t%s\tSwap usage:\t%s\n" \$root_usage \$swap_usage
printf "Local Users:\t%s\tProcesses:\t%s\n" \$users \$processes
chmod +x /etc/update-motd.d/10-sysinfo

Finally, I generate a list of the packages that need to be upgraded and I empty the default /etc/motd static file. I’ll populate it later with the list of installed services.

cat << EOF > /etc/update-motd.d/20-upgrades
number=\`apt list --upgradable 2> /dev/null | grep 'upgradable'  | wc -l\`
printf "Available updates : %s\\n" \$number
if [ \$number -gt 0 ]; then
    printf "\\033[1;31mSystem needs %s updates\\033[0m\\n" \$number
    apt list --upgradable
    printf "\\033[1;32mSystem is uptodate\\033[0m\\n"
chmod +x /etc/update-motd.d/20-upgrades
echo > /etc/motd

Misc customizations

Working from command line is not a pain… as soon as it is configured to fit your needs. This is my minimal console setup : file search, history search with arrows, missing packages help, powerfull prompt and vim minimal configuration.

dpkg -S is fine to find files in the filesystems… as long as they are belonging to an installed package. Useless to find files that do not belong to a .deb package. locate fills this gap.

apt-get install -y mlocate

I sometimes connect to my servers while traveling in a train or in a car, with very weak and unstable network connection. screen is my favorite tool to manage and keep my command line sessions open, even when I’m disconnected. I could use tmux but I’m less used to it.

apt-get install -y screen

Who never typed netstat and got the command not found error. Then, I had to find which package provides the command, to install it. With command-not-found, if the command is missing, the error message tries to fix any posible typo in my command and to suggest packages that provide these commands. This saves time.

apt-get install -y command-not-found apt-file
apt-file update

My prompt displays the user, the hostname, the curent folder, but also the nested shell level, the last return code and the date/time. Just try it and you’ll understand why these informations are useful.

The nested shell level enables you to better manage your environment variables, once used to it. The last return code makes obvious when a command failed. The date and time automatically timestamps your commands and give you an idea of the execution times when you forgot to use the time command.

This customization also save and reload the history at each command. Thus, as soon as you type a command in a shell, it is available in the history of all the other opened shells without relogin. Basically, I have nearly one single real-time cross-session history.

cat << EOF >> ~/.bashrc

export PS1='[ \[\033[1;36m\]\u@\h\[\033[0m\]\[\033[1;31m\] ShLvl:$SHLVL\[\033[0m\] \[\033[1;35m\]Cmd:\!\[\033[0m\]\[\033[1;34m\] Ret:$?\[\033[0m\] \[\033[1;33m\]\d \t\[\033[0m\] ]\n\[\033[1;32m\]\w\[\033[0m\] # '
export PROMPT_COMMAND="\${PROMPT_COMMAND:+\$PROMPT_COMMAND\$'\n'}history -a; history -c; history -r"
export TMOUT=600 # 10m auto logout

Readline’s history is wonderfull, used everywhere in every interractive tool, including the shells. Despite the search feature with Ctrl-R is very good, readline can search in the history to auto-complete a command from the history. If I want to reuse one of my very old previous ssh commands, I can type ssh and navigate with the up/down keys only in the lines begining with ssh. Try it, you’ll keep it, for sure.

cat << EOF >> ~/.inputrc
"\e[A": history-search-backward
"\e[B": history-search-forward

vim is the only serious terminal editor. It can be customized to have color, line numbers, syntax hilighting, custom status bar, search highlight… Here is my configuration, too long to describe in detail, but it is commented in-line.

apt-get install -y vim-nox vim-addon-manager vim-scripts
mkdir -p ~/.vim/backup
cat << EOF >> ~/.vimrc
" Source a global configuration file if available
if filereadable("/etc/vim/vimrc")
    source /etc/vim/vimrc

set nocompatible  " Use Vim defaults (much better!)
set autoindent
set autowrite  " Automatically save before commands like :next and :make
set background=dark
set backspace=2 " Allow backspacing over everything (eol,indent,start)
set hidden  " Hide buffers when they are abandoned
set ruler " show the cursor position all the time
set smartcase  " Do smart case matching
set scrolloff=10 " minimal number of line to keep at top/bottom when scrolling
set suffixes=.jpg,.png,.jpeg,.gif,.bak,~,.swp,.o,.info,.aux,.log,.dvi,.bbl,.blg,.brf " low prio suffixes when tabbing
set fileformats=unix
set formatoptions=rtql
set mouse= " Enable mouse usage (all modes)
set expandtab
set tabstop=4
set shiftwidth=4
set softtabstop=4
set hlsearch " "highlight" le dernier motif de recherche
set ignorecase  " Do case insensitive matching
set incsearch  " Incremental search
set showmatch  " Show matching brackets.
set matchtime=2  " show matching brackets 2 secondes
set textwidth=0 "dont wrap words by defaults
set wrapmargin=8
set history=50 " 50 line of history
set autoread " Relecture automatique des fichiers modifiés en dehors de vim
set errorbells
set visualbell
set shortmess+=r " use "[RO]" for "[readonly]"
set showmode " display the current mode
set showcmd  " Show (partial) command in status line.
set modeline "Allow modeline in files to overwrite te vimrc settings
set whichwrap=b,s,<,>,[,] " Allow use of L/R arrow to navigate between lines
"set encoding=utf-8
"set fileencoding=utf-8
set statusline=%t%m%r%h%w\ [FORMAT=%{&ff}]\ [TYPE=%Y]\ [FENC=%{&fileencoding}]\ [POS=%04l,%04v]\ [%p%%]\ [LEN=%L]
set laststatus=2

colorscheme darkblue
set bg=dark

set number 
highlight LineNr ctermbg=black ctermfg=gray

set cursorline
"highlight CursorLine term=reverse cterm=reverse

highlight TabLine term=none cterm=none
highlight TabLineSel ctermbg=darkblue

" remember all of these between sessions, but only 10 search terms; also
" remember info for 10 files, but never any on removable disks, don't remember
" marks in files, don't rehighlight old search patterns, and only save up to
" 100 lines of registers; including @10 in there should restrict input buffer
" but it causes an error for me:
set viminfo=/10,'10,r/mnt/zip,r/mnt/floppy,f0,h,\"100

" Write backup files in ~/.vim/backup
if filewritable(expand("~/.vim/backup")) == 2
  " comme le répertoire est accessible en écriture,
  " on va l'utiliser.
  set backupdir=$HOME/.vim/backup
  if has("unix") || has("win32unix")
    " C'est c'est un système compatible UNIX, on
    " va créer le répertoire et l'utiliser.
    call system("mkdir $HOME/.vim/backup -p")
    set backupdir=$HOME/.vim/backup
    set nobackup "Dont do backup files

" Vim5 and later versions support syntax highlighting. Uncommenting the next
" line enables syntax highlighting by default.
" Vim5 comes with syntaxhighlighting. If you want to enable syntaxhightlighting
" by default uncomment the next three lines.
if has("syntax")
  syntax on  " Default to no syntax highlightning

if has("autocmd")
  " Uncomment the following to have Vim load indentation rules according to the
  " detected filetype. Per default Debian Vim only load filetype specific
  " plugins.
  filetype indent on
  filetype plugin on
  " Uncomment the following to have Vim jump to the last position when
  " reopening a file
  au BufReadPost *
    \ if line("'\"") > 0 && line("'\"") <= line("$") |
    \   exe "normal g'\"" |
    \ endif

"Mapping pour naviguer dans les lignes wrappées
map <A-DOWN> gj
map <A-UP> gk
imap <A-UP> <ESC>gki
imap <A-DOWN> <ESC>gkj

"Chargement des types de fichiers
autocmd BufEnter *.txt set filetype=text " chargement du type de fichier pour le format txt
autocmd BufEnter *.todo set filetype=todo " chargement du type de fichier pour le format todo


Razberry hat installation

  • ‘console=ttyAMA0,115200’ and ‘kgdboc=ttyAMA0,115200 and ‘console=serial0,115200’ are already removed from kernel command line (/boot/cmdline.txt) at bootstrap
  • removing ‘::respawn:/sbin/getty ttyAMA0’ from /etc/inittab sed -i 's/.*AMA0.*/#&/' /etc/inittab
  • add udev rule for persistent device name echo 'KERNEL=="ttyAMA0",SYMLINK+="ttyUSB20", MODE="0666"' > /etc/udev/rules.d/09-tty.rules
  • Disable Bluetooth (conflicting with Razberry) echo 'dtoverlay=pi3-disable-bt' >> /boot/config.txt reboot


I could install a packaged NodeJS and npm but Node-RED will remove them at install time, later in this script, to have recent versions. Thus, I directly install recent versions, with the basic development tools to compile some code.

curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_10.x | sudo bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs gcc g++ make build-essential git lsb-release pkg-config

Mosquitto MQTT


Let’s install the MQTT broker mosquitto from the default Raspbian packages, secure it with a password for each possible connection (messages to/from the ZWave network, to/from Node-Red, to/from the commandline for test and debug, and to/from Domoticz). I can not lock the process and listen only on localhost because I’ll have the MySensors meshed network connected through the IP network.

sudo apt-get install -y mosquitto mosquitto-clients
sudo touch /etc/mosquitto/passwd
sudo mosquitto_passwd -b /etc/mosquitto/passwd zwave zwave2020
sudo mosquitto_passwd -b /etc/mosquitto/passwd nodered nodered2020
sudo mosquitto_passwd -b /etc/mosquitto/passwd cli cli2020
sudo mosquitto_passwd -b /etc/mosquitto/passwd domoticz domoticz2020
sudo chgrp mosquitto /etc/mosquitto/passwd
sudo chmod 640 /etc/mosquitto/passwd
cat << EOF | sudo tee -a /etc/mosquitto/conf.d/default.conf
allow_anonymous false
password_file /etc/mosquitto/passwd
sudo systemctl restart mosquitto




I can now install the latest OpenZWave release from source. It is sometimes difficult to find the very last stable release of a software, compiled for ARM, from a reliable and trustable source…

git clone https://github.com/OpenZWave/open-zwave.git
cd open-zwave/
sudo make install
sudo ldconfig
MinOZW /dev/ttyUSB20

Control Panel

The control panel is End-of-Life, but it is an easy way and better way to check that everything is working fine, compared to MinOZW. Furthermore, I can factory reset the ZWave chip (list of devices is stored in the proprietary chip), set a network security key, add/remove some nodes for testing… This is only for testing.

sudo apt-get install -y libmicrohttpd-dev libudev-dev
git clone --depth 1 https://github.com/OpenZWave/open-zwave-control-panel
cd open-zwave-control-panel/

ZWave2MQTT gateway


Now, it is time for more serious things. This piece of software will replace the Control Panel for most easy tasks (Add/remove nodes, manage the nodes, …) and can make a bridge between the ZWave meshed network and the MQTT broker ! I include a default configuration for me, you can adapt it for your need in the Web UI, once installed.

git clone https://github.com/OpenZWave/Zwave2Mqtt
cd Zwave2Mqtt
npm install
npm run build
cat <<EOF >> store/settings.json
npm start



If you followed the previous steps, everything is prepared and the installation script should be executed smoothly without any warning or question.

bash <(curl -sL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/node-red/linux-installers/master/deb/update-nodejs-and-nodered)
sudo systemctl enable nodered.service
sudo systemctl start nodered.service

I suggest to install node-red-dashboard and to use this flow to test that Node-Red can send commands and receive messages.



curl -sSL install.domoticz.com | sudo bash
sudo sed -i 's%#\(DAEMON_ARGS="$DAEMON_ARGS -log /tmp/domoticz.txt"\)%\1%' /etc/init.d/domoticz.sh
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl restart domoticz


I chose to install the community edition, I don’t need high-availability, scalability, … And I chose the packaged version :

sudo apt-get install -y redis-server

Then, I updated some settings in the configuration file :

echo 'bind' | sudo tee -a /etc/redis/redis.conf
echo 'protected-mode no' | sudo tee -a /etc/redis/redis.conf

Next steps

Now, everything is installed, The next steps are to configure nodered :

  • listen to the ZWave network events in the MQTT broker, translate them in domoticz format and publish them in domoticz topic
  • listen to domoticz events from the domoticz topic, translate them in zwave format and publish them in the right zwave topic
  • listen to the zwave events from the MQTT broker and write them in different formats in Redis

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