Category: Hardware

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Automating Dumb Devices with Node-Red and Home Assistant

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Here in coastal California, air conditioning is extremely uncommon. So during a recent heat wave, I got desperate and went down to the big box store …

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Flashed CC2531 Zigbee Sticks for zigbee2mqtt Available

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A batch of CC2531 Zigbee sticks has arrived from China, and I have flashed them with the firmware required for DIY Zigbee projects like zigbee2mqtt. I’ve …

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Pi to NUC Part 1: Migrating Hass.IO to a Virtual Machine with Proxmox & Docker

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As my Home Assistant setup has become increasingly complex, I’ve started to see the limitations of the Raspberry Pi platform. Graphs are slow, and the history …

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The Cheapest WiFi Smart Switch: Flashing the Sonoff Basic

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Setting up a smart home can be a costly affair, if every device needed an expensive proprietary smart switch you would spend quite a bit of …

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Home Assistant: Making My Plants Talk with IoT Sensors and a Python Script

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Living in an urban city without a garden, I have been exercising my green thumb by accumulating more and more houseplants. I have them tucked away …

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Config: Setting up the Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum in Home Assistant

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I have a dog who sheds like crazy, and the only thing that keeps the dust bunnies from overrunning me is a robot vacuum. My aging …

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Favorite ESP8266 Internet of Things Projects

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So many good uses for these chips, here are a few I’ve made and some I still intend to. ESP Easy – by far the easiest way …

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Hardware: Odroid XU4 as Plex Media Server

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As part of my efforts to be cloud non-dependent, I have a NAS full of several terabytes of music, movies, and TV shows. Plex is of course everyone’s …

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My Smart Home: Hardware List

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An ongoing list of all the hardware I’ve gradually acquired. Links are to Amazon, but if you are patient most things can be imported from China …