Good morning everyone, first I apoligize if this is in the incorrect place, it seemed correct.
We are going to be re-building our chicken coop soon, we had an issue with a family of raccoons that found where they were staying! :)
I have been looking for a good reason to learn how to do some automation, and this seems like just the project...
I'm not sure what exactly I need.
To begin with I would like to do something very simple like Open/Close a door depending on time of day. I would however like to have the ability to expand on that as my knowledge grows - things like motion or sound sensors? Maybe control feedings, sending text message to verify things are closed, maybe even a web site that you can quickly look at over the home network that will give you the tempature, door status, etc...
I do not want to have to scrap everything and re-buy hardware each time I would like to add something, I would like to start with the door, then add another part, then another, etc. I'm just not sure what to START with.. Could someone recommend me what I would need to get started, but be able to extend the functionality later?
Thank you, I did look through the forums, but I do not understand most of what I was reading, so its very likely I missed something.
Thank you so much.