Almost everything has gone digital and fully automated. Home automation has grown in popularity in the recent past as technology has made day-to-day life easier. Different technologies have been utilised in wireless-based home automation systems, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
Based on ESP8266 chips and Raspberry Pi boards, a basic home automation system is been proposed. Both options are inexpensive, compact, and simple to use. Furthermore, the proposed qToggle system employs a very basic core API, allowing for more flexible network architecture. qToggle is designed to be a comprehensive smart home prototype with a wide range of features—automation, control, monitoring, and security—and it is a system that can be built and improved over time.
qToggle works with a limited number of devices, mandating a standardised API, firmware, and other features. There are no hacks or third-party hubs or clouds necessary because the firmware is open-source; all devices speak the same language (API) and are controlled in the same way.
The devices that are supported have been thoroughly tested and have a well-documented installation procedure. This does not rule out the possibility of adding additional devices to qToggle: there are add-ons that provide bridges and adaptation layers for various peripherals, networks, and technologies.
Because of its master-slave architecture, qToggle is very scalable in terms of device count. One device can be a master to other slave devices while also serving as a slave to another master at a higher level in the hierarchy.
Any user can implement the solution using the code available on Github, and it has been successfully deployed in the real world.
The simplicity and versatility of qToggle are its greatest assets. Furthermore, it is planned to offer a low-cost home automation solution. The deployment and maintenance of a commercial home automation system are well recognised to be expensive. This cost rises as the number of devices in the system and the technologies used increase. A basic package for automating a modest residence usually costs more than 1000 dollars.
One of the most significant distinctions between qToggle and its competitors is that the target audience comprises non-technical users who seek intuitive, off-the-shelf solutions with minimal setup requirements and an easy learning curve. A PWA is provided by qToggle (progressive web app). The benefits of a PWA include quick updates (not sent via the App Store or Play Store) and a single code base that is shared across all platforms. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, this method can be implemented successfully in the real world.