GetWired

by Domatic

A complete solution for easy-to-use and affordable wired home automation

View all updates May 14, 2020

Manufacturing Has Begun! (A While Ago, Actually...)

by Jakub Kazibudzki

Manufacturing Progress

Let’s describe it from the beginning. As predicted in our Risks & Challenges section, the availability of parts (or lack thereof) was our most significant source of manufacturing delays. In fact, despite using nine different providers in an attempt to hurry things along, we just received our final delivery last Friday, May 8th. Yes, that took a long time. But everything is now where it belongs, at the headquarters of our assembly partner, Microbotic.

In the meantime, and according to the modified manufacturing plan we announced in our previous update, we ordered PCBs from China. There were a few changes to that order, however. In the end, our PCBs were fabricated by JLCPCB instead of PCBWay. Those PCBs (and stencils) reached our assembly partner at the end of April.

The assembly process begins this week. Microbotic is responsible for SMD & THT assembly, parts sourcing, and coordination of the production process. Their efforts have already saved us a great deal of time, and our interactions with them give us confidence that they are going to provide top-quality manufacturing services.

Assembly should be completed by the end of May. After we receive the GetWired boards, we will need a week or two to make sure everything is working perfectly, then we will ship them to Crowd Supply for fulfillment. That should all happen by June 15th, and we will let you know if we run up against any further delays.

MCU Files Released

GetWired is meant to be an easy and affordable solution for wired home automation, which is one of the reasons why we keep the software fully open source. In terms of hardware, we wanted a solution that would give backers and supporters everything they need to make GetWired-compatible hardware while still ensuring our ability to remain involved. To that end, we decided to start by releasing the GetWired MCU v1.0 design files in an editable format. The MCU is GetWired’s beating heart, and those looking to create new shields need to know its design and dimensions.

New Hardware Contributors

These are not just words. The transparency described above is already making a difference by encouraging people to start working on GetWired-related projects. Let’s take a closer look two such makers and the ideas they have proposed.

GetWired Thermostat

The first idea comes from a backer named Artur. He suggested creating a GetWired-compatible wall thermostat with temperature and humidity sensors, a small LCD screen, and buttons. He is currently working on the software side of this project. Below is a video he shared with us. We think it’s pretty cool.

GetWired CAN MCU

Another idea comes from Aleksander, who previously developed his own wall-mounted module to control roller shutters. When he saw our 2SSR Shield, he decided to develop an MCU with an STM microcontroller and a CAN transceiver so he can integrate it into his own installation. Unfortunately, we don’t have an image of his design, but we can’t wait to see the result!

New Ideas

Speaking of new hardware ideas, we’re working on a few of our own! Stay tuned to hear more about them. And if you have a GetWired proposal you’d like to share, please let us know. We’re happy to provide advice and support, as needed.

About the Author

Jakub Kazibudzki


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Product Choices

$145

GetWired Basic Bundle

Everything you need to get started: one GetWired Ethernet Gateway, one GetWired 2SSR Shield, one GetWired RGBW Shield, and two GetWired MCU Modules, all fully assembled


$43

GetWired 2SSR Shield & MCU Module

A ready-to-use kit containing one GetWired MCU Module and one GetWired 2SSR Shield, both fully assembled


$48

GetWired RGBW Shield & MCU Module

A ready-to-use kit containing one GetWired MCU Module and one GetWired RGBW Shield, both fully assembled


$50

GetWired Ethernet Gateway

A single GetWired Ethernet Gateway, fully assembled. Essential for most home automation installations!


$22

GetWired MCU Module

A single, fully assembled GetWired MCU Module


$19

Programmer, Adapter, and Wires

Essential for flashing your MCUs! A single USBasp v2.0 programmer, a custom adapter for GetWired MCU Modules, and some wires.

Credits

Domatic

We are technology enthusiasts who have long been interested in DIY home automation systems. GetWired is our first project. It was inspired by the experience we gained, over the past several years, while pursuing that interest. We are excited to share it with other hobbyists and smart home fanatics in the hopes that it will help them build their own safe, reliable, privacy-friendly, wired home automation systems.


Jakub Kazibudzki

Sławomir Kiwała


JLCPCB

PCB Manufacturer

Microbotic

SMD & THD assembly, parts sourcing, and coordination

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