September 07, 2012

Hacking remote-control AC mains outlets

 Technologist and Freetronics customer Peter has documented a very simple and popular method of safely controlling AC mains outlets using an Arduino board. Instead of making his own AC-switching circuits using relays and other hardware, he has simply hacked the remote transmitter from a remote-controlled power socket set as shown below. By using a 74HC595 shift register module that controls switching transistors connnected to the button circuitry in the remote - the Arduino can now command the remote power sockets. Easy and safe - perfect!

Kudos to Peter for making something so simple and useful. For more information, visit his blog here. And we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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