Category Archives: Home Automation

Quark-elec home automation application

Using QK-G021 – A guest blog from Italy by A. Millozzi

It’s always great to see people all over the world finding novel uses for our products.  Here’s one from Italy from the Andrea Millozzi Tech blog.  It’s in Italian but if you hit the Google Translate button, it does a pretty good job.

http://www.andreamillozzi.it/articolo/sim-antifurto-domotica-telecomando-sms-gsm-senza-scadenza

SIM card for burglar alarm-domotics, GSM remote control to operate devices with SMS text messages and advice for purchases to make good deals

The post was written in 2016 so the relative prices are a little out of date, there are many more choices of SIM tariffs to choose from now, and of course they only apply in Italy!

Season’s Greetings from Quark – 10% discount til 7th Jan 2018!

Quick Reference Chart for WiFi Remote Controllers

Another easy comparison chart, this time for WiFi remote controllers.

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Wifi Remote Controllers

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QK-W015 Smart Wifi remote control module/Switch From Internet with Power plug and Three RF Power Sockets

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QK-W017 WiFi Remote Control Gateway – WiFi temperature/humidity data logger & remote controller

This week we have launched a new addition to our WiFi Remote Control Family.

Have complete control over your environment even when you aren’t there by fitting the QK-W017 wherever temperature and humidity are critical issues.

The base unit, or Gateway, communicates with up to 5 QK-S001 Sensor Units. These can monitor temperature, humidity or both and respond to preset limits by switching connected electronic devices on or off.  It must be paired with at least one S001 and can’t be used as a stand-alone-device.

Maintain energy efficiency at all times.

Upper and lower limits can be set independently for temperature and humidity so that the connected relay can operate the relevant electronic device when the parameters reach a set point.

Convenient access on the go.

Android or iOS handheld devices such as phones or tablets  can operate and monitor the W017 through an existing wireless access point (router)making it accessible over the internet from anywhere in the world (with a signal).  It also works locally in Ad Hoc or p2p mode.

Straightforward control  with a simple to use APP

After a  simple, rapid set-up you can be receiving data and controlling electronic devices within minutes, in up to five discrete zones.  The data can be logged and easily downloaded to the phone or tablet and opened for further analysis using the File Explorer. (It cannot as yet be directly exported to PC).

Change the APP labels to suit.

Each zone can be re-named with a unique label to instantly identify it, such as ‘garage’ or ‘fridge 1’ and can be changed whenever needed. Individual zones may be instantly monitored in real-time by clicking on their zone name on the Terminal Check page.

Change your mind.

Relay trigger points can be manually overridden at any point for instant operation of attached devices.  So if the temperature trigger is set for 17C to turn a heater on but it could do with a quick boost, just click and it’s done.

Detailed operating instructions are available at: http://www.quark-elec.com/manuals

Answers to frequently asked questions may be found on our forum at:

http://www.quark-elec.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=2&sid=da7e6b6f235be086c363ea248b52bd54

Buy now at:

http://www.quark-elec.com/onlinemall/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=88

The QK-G025 in Electromagnetic Valve and Pump applications

Applications

The QK-G025 module is an industrial grade product which is designed to provide remote control of pumps, valves and pipelines. As it can work in two modes, Dead Man and Timed Pulse, it can be used for a wide variety of remote applications. The two alarm inputs provide another mechanism for automatic remote monitoring and can act as either switches or input sources, ensuring your liquid/gas transit or storage system is entirely controllable from wherever the operator needs to be. The inputs can be from a wide variety of sensors, e.g. photocell receivers, CO2 monitors, leak detectors etc.

As you can set the QK-G025 up without a PC, it is easy to install in remote locations, you just need a power supply, a registered SIM and a phone signal. Access can be granted to up to four numbers, and incoming calls from any other number will be disregarded so your controller is secure from outside interference. In addition to controlling your system automatically or remotely, it can be interrogated by SMS for status updates. As the unit works on number recognition, the call is never answered thus the system is Toll free in use.

 Advantages

  • Secure, uses caller ID for identification, unknown callers are ignored.
  • Alarm inputs for automated control.
  • Dual working modes, ‘Dead Man’ and time pulsed for remote operation.
  • Easy to install and configure (no PC required).
  • Up to 4 mobile phones per unit.
  • Request status via SMS.
  • Compatible with all major GSM SIM networks.
  • Tri-band GSM for use in Europe & USA.

QK-W016 Introduction and Set Up – New Video on YouTube

This new video gives a guided tour of the Quark-elec QK-W016 Remote Control Temperature Data Logger and runs through resetting the module and setting up in Station Mode. The new video goes through the processes step-by-step and includes a software view with a hardware view so that you can see exactly how the unit responds to setting up and use. For those that are interested, the music is Orlando Gibbon’s Fantasia and is played by Jon Sayles.

The QK-G025 application as gate/door opener

Quark-elec QK-G025 application for door/gate opener

Quark-elec QK-G025 application for door/gate opener

Application
QK-G025 is ideal for domestic/industrial properties or farms where a mobile phone or local landline can be used to control access. It will allow up to 4 pre-programmed telephone numbers to power DC motor/actuator via a free call. This will signal the gate to open or close.
DC motor output can be set as Dead Man mode (action during dialing period) or Pulsed Time mode (action time set as a fixed period). The output can also be fixed polarity or alternating (polarity changed alternatively). This allows the motor to run in a fixed direction or to run forwards and in reverse. The limited switches can be connected with two alarm inputs so that the gate knows where to stop.

Advantages

• Door/gate can be activated from anywhere in the world.
• Allows workmen and visitors in while owners are away.
• Only authorized users can activate the unit.
• Save money replacing expensive lost/stolen transmitter key fobs.
• No call costs incurred as the call gets rejected.