Category: Smart Home

ElectronicsHardwareSmart Home

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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Installing Volumio in a Proxmox Virtual Machine

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Volumio is a really cool open source audio player project, meant for high quality playback and easy use with cheap devices. Basically, a plug-and-play network music …

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Self Hosting: Complete Guide to Deploying Your Own Private NextCloud with Docker Compose

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With all the revelations in the headlines about how exactly our private data is being mined to surveil and manipulate us, I’ve been thinking of more …

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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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Location Aware Notification Lights with Node-Red and IFTTT

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I am in the habit of going on cooking sprees while listening to music… loudly. I only share one wall with a neighbor here in the …

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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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Going Further with Home Automations in Node-Red

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In my last post about using Node-Red to make automations with Home Assistant, I showed some very simple flows for turning lights on and off. While it …

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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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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 …