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Setting up ESP8266 on Arduino

This is a quick reference post to get you up and running with an ESP8266 / ESP32using the Arduino IDE. Get Arduino You can download the latest version of Arduino here, be sure to select the correc...

NodeRED on DietPi

Today I set out to get Node-RED up and running on a NanoPi NEO2 to help automate some simple tasks in my home automation setup. The NanoPi NEO2 is a really small SBC similar to a Raspberry Pi, but...

MySQL and Home Assistant

To get the best performance out of Home Assistant I always like to make use of MySQL as a data store hosted on another computer / device (connected via LAN). Previously I was running my entire Home...

Upgrading Home Assistant on DietPi

This is a quick post on how to update Home Assistant running on DietPi or any other Debian build of Linux (e.g. Raspbian). Stop Home Assistant systemctl stop home-assistant@homeassistant.service ...

Installing Mosquitto on (DietPi / Raspbian / Debian)

At the end of December last year my family and I immigrated to Canada (from South Africa) for a fresh start and to allow my wife to be closer to her family. We decided to only bring the essentials ...

Home Assistant + ESP Easy + DHT11 = :)

Today I would like to look into an awesome project called ESPEasy and how one may use it to publish temperature data collected via a DHT11 or similar module. As the name suggests ESPEasy aims to b...

Arduino Basics: LDR

This is the first (in the hopes of many) Arduino Basics posts that I am planning to do. My goal today is to read the value from a LDR and display its current value on the Arduino Serial Monitor. T...

Monitoring a Door with Home Assistant

Today I would like to cover setting up alerts through Home Assistant when my kitchen door is opened. In the future this will be used with the built in presence detection offered by Home Assistant t...

Sonoff & MQTT Example (Lounge Light)

A while back I got brave and changed the firmware on the Sonoff switch connected to my lounge light to use it in my home automation. I followed these instructions when uploading the firmware and wa...

Monitoring Temperature with MQTT and Home Assistant

Today I will be looking at collecting and presenting temperature and humidity published by a couple of DHT11 & ESP8266 microcontrollers around the house. The code used to generate the messages ...