I have been playing around with home automation for a while but was never really happy with the solutions. FHEM might be a great software but feels like the 80ies and is quite complicated to configure. OpenHAB seems to be provide better graphical support but requires Java to run it. When I came across pimatic it seemed like the perfect solution. Modern NodeJS package management, great device support and a graphical user interface to define rules.

The setup is well described and quite easy. Only drawback was that pimatic is designed for the Raspberry Pi and I wanted to leverage my existing Synology Disk Station. Although Synology supports NodeJS you cannot run pimatic directly on it because of the build process. So I quickly decided that I want to run it as a docker container.

The process was not straight forward all the way so here is a quick step-by-step guide:

The pimatic docker image can be found here: https://hub.docker.com/r/petschni/pimatic/

Source Code @ https://github.com/petschni/pimatic

This is my first docker image so I am very much interested in feedback and suggestion to improve it!

Copyright for the pic.

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Freitag, 10. Februar 2017

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