The offer of controllers to automate the focusers has expanded considerably in recent times with new models that have appeared on the market. Manufacturers as diverse as ZWO, PegasusAstro or Primaluce offer their controllers with different functionalities and options.
For a long time we've been using and recommending PushBullet as a very convenient way of receiving notifications from astronomy equipment.
We added support for them in the Solo CloudWatcher, and then explained how to send the messages from scripts, so they could be issued from almost all of our products.
With recent Windows 10 "updates", and the treatment Microsoft is giving to all computers and networks, as if all were in a "high risk" zone, many security policies conspire to make simple devices, such as our Dragonfly, Platypus or SOLO CloudWatcher, more difficult to access in the network.
With a few tricks, however, this can be overcome in no time:
From Lunático we have been playing around a little bit with Node-RED – as they say “...a programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways.”
Truth is, it is fun, quite easy, and very useful and interesting things can be accomplished with relatively little effort.
I set my self to test and display a few data from the Solo, but ended up with a mostly complete dashboard: