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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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Setting Up Let’s Encrypt with Node-Red & Home Assistant

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Privacy is important in the smart home, and one of the primary reasons to use Home Assistant is because it is totally under control of the …

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Useful Sensor: Cardinal Wind Direction for Home Assistant

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As someone who cycles to work most days, I keep a pretty close eye on the weather. One thing I like to know is which way …

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Useful Sensor: Bayesian Sleep Detection in Home Assistant

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Sleep is not something I can directly observe in my smart home (at least not until I build that DIY bed sensor). It would be nice to …

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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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Useful Sensor: Motion Last Seen & Meta Motion Sensor

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  You know what’s great about motion sensors? They are very, very cheap to build yourself. All it takes is an esp8266 module like the Wemos …

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Basic Node-Red Flows for Automating Lighting with Home Assistant

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Smart light bulbs are probably the first thing everyone getting into home automation buys. It is easy to see the applications for them – have the …

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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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Presence Detection Part 2: Improving Presence with Node-Red

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In my previous post about presence detection, I showed how you can combine multiple device trackers into one highly accurate Bayesian sensor. In Home Assistant, this …

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The Open Source Smart Home: Getting Started with Home Assistant & Node-Red

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Home Assistant is one of the most interesting open source projects I’ve ever come across. It interfaces with any device, platform, or service you can think …