• Easily switch your electrical items like TVs, lamps and chargers on and off
• Connects wirelessly over 30m
• Works through walls and ceilings for convenience
• Control sockets using your Raspberry Pi
• Shut off electric devices from afar and save electricity
• Compatible with Raspberry Pi models with 26 pins or aboveWhat functionality does the Pi-mote starter kit give my Raspberry Pi?
The Pi-mote starter kit is a low-cost solution to remotely controlling your electrical equipment at home. The kit consists of a control board and 2 RF mains sockets.
The 433 MHz radio antenna inside the Pi-mote control board adds wireless capabilities to your Raspberry Pi. The Pi-mote RF mains socket is a top-selling product that helps immensely with electrical sockets located in awkward or inconvenient locations. It is a mains electrical point that sits plugged into an existing socket on a wall and is controlled by radio frequencies.
It has a range of 30m, including through walls and ceilings so that the sockets can easily be switched off from any location around the home. You can use the Pi-mote control board to switch your electrical power plugs throughout a property between on and off, and operate your home electrics from a single Raspberry Pi.
What could I achieve with the Pi-mote starter kit?
The possibilities are numerous when adding real-world, interactive capabilities to your Raspberry Pi. Whether you are newcomer or a seasoned hardware hacker, you can begin to take advantage of the increased control of your power usage.
It could simply be used as a solution to grant access to power sockets that are difficult to gain access to, an essential for people with mobility issues. Studies have shown that 10 per cent of electric costs occur as a result of needlessly leaving peripherals on overnight but with the Pi-mote Starter kit, the extra cost of your bill could be put to better use.
With the Pi-mote starter kit, you can add new automated functionality to electrical devices all around your home. Two great features of this system are that it uses RF (Radio Frequency) control and is compatible with a Raspberry Pi breakout board. The RF control means that a direct line of sight is not required for operation. The Raspberry Pi is a small programmable computer which opens up the possibility for countless ways to control your home electrics.
What is compatible with the Pi-mote Starter Kit?
The Pi-mote control board, in this kit, has 26 pin sockets and is compatible with any Raspberry Pi models that use a 26 pin or 40 pin GPIO. For the 40 pin models, however, a number of the remaining pins will be inaccessible.
The Pi-mote board in this kit is also compatible with all of the 433 MHz Pi-mote remote control sockets, so additional units can be added to suit your individual needs and preferences.