Can HomeGuard be used as a
Security Alarm system?
Yes. The system can be "armed" and if any intruders are detected
HomeGuard gives off a loud alarm with flashing red lights. Notifications
are also pushed to your device to alert you of the triggered Alarm. See
Alarm Demo video.
How can I see my HomeGuard data on the internet?
When HomeGuard is installed you are given your own unique website url which can be used by all the family:
Can I still install HomeGuard if I dont have a broadband connection?
Yes. HomeGuard normally uses your broadband wifi but can also be configured to use a 3gmodem connection, it will
have extra costs but if using the right sim recent tests have shown the monthly sim costs to be
How many sensors do I need?
This is a personal choice, but even the basic monitor system can be very useful. It can detect
Kitchen activity, property temperature/humidity and detect any illumination
from lighting. The basic dashboard can display 9 sensors but more can be
added if necessary.
Are you able to install nationally?
At present Mi HomeGuard is only available for local installation in the Annan
area which includes Dumfries & Carlisle.
What does the installation cover?
All sensors would be installed & configured as necessary and your
machine ID would be licensed to run the MiHG software. You would also be
shown how to use the system on your chosen mobile device.
How long do the batteries last?
The wireless sensor batteries have an expected life of two years. Each
sensor reports the battery status every hour and the level can easily
checked on the battery status page.
Can HomeGuard monitor power
Yes. Although most homes now have smart meters the HomeGuard power sensor
is still useful. One example is to detect the kettle spike when someone
makes tea or coffee or a safety issue if they left their cooker oven on.
Can HomeGuard work from a
12V battery in my mobile home?
Yes. All sensors are battery powered and the system can be powered from a
large 12V battery. The system can also be configured to use a 3gmodem,
recent tests have shown the additional monthly sim costs to be minimal.
The HomeGuard cottage
image has only one door, is it possible to use two doors for Front &
Yes. The build image works fine with two doors but only displays updates
from the most recent door activity with appropriate text eg: Front, Back,
Patio, Garage... ( If the Back door was opened 5hrs ago but Front 30mins
ago the image would show Front 0h30m.)
Can the HomeGuard cottage
image be changed?
Yes. The build image can be changed but it will incur additional
development costs to change the image to your requirements. The current
build options are for cottage and static build.
Can I post my HG sensor data to
an external cloud on the internet?
HG is currently pre-configured to post data to: Emoncms.
After registration on their site your unique API key code is then added to
your MiHG config file and data will be automatically posted to your Emoncms cloud. Other external clouds if feasible can be added on
request but note that all clouds (inc Emoncms) normally incur their own
additional cloud charges.
Is my HomeGuard site secure?
Yes. Your normal site name MyName.mihomeguard.com is now redirected
into a firewalled secure https tunnel.
Your simple site name is changed to: https://1dfbd53d66fcca.localhost.run
which has no relation to your site name. Don't worry about remembering
this complex name as it changes every day.
Unless someone knows your site name eg: MyName.mihomeguard.com it is unlikely to be found by anyone. But even if found the name and information will not mean anything to anybody. If someone found your site and tried to hack the site
a security utility has been installed to ban any further activity from the hacker IP. But if you are
MiHomeGuard can be configured to only post data to the EmonCMS cloud which has
security login/password control.
How do I find the HomeGuard local IP address (192.168.1.nnn) ?
You can use PC
port scanner software or a mobile App called "Fing" which is available for