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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 ...

Monitoring my Gate with Home Assistant for under $5

Today I would like to cover some simple security related monitoring in Home Assistant using the below components for under $5.00: Reed switch ESP8266 module needs to be a D1 Mini if you are p...

Monitoring Phone Battery with OwnTracks & Home Assistant

Following on from a previous post I would like to extend the functionality of Home Assistant using the OwnTracks plugin to get an idea of how full my phone battery is. This information could be use...

Monitoring Host System with Home Assistant

Today I am going to be covering the system monitor sensor for Home Assistant, specifically how to use it to monitor the underlying host computer (or system). This component exposes CPU, disk, memor...

Wondrous OctoPrint & My OrangePi Lite

Recently I bought my first 3D printer and could not be happier with it, or at least that’s what I thought… While watching some YouTube videos around 3D printing I stumbled upon an amazing project c...

Monitoring Internet Speed with Home Assistant

Continuing with my series around home automation using Home Assistant I would like to cover the speedtest sensor component. As the name suggests this component makes use of speedtest.net to periodi...

Tracking User Presence (HASS and OwnTracks)

Home Assistant (Hass) is hands down one of the best home automation frameworks (HUBS) I have used, and offers support for over 800 devices with that number growing almost on a daily basis. It not o...

Upgrading Home Assistant (Windows Service Edition)

I have been using Home Assistant for about a week and already there is a new version of the software available. From what I can make out the project is extremely active with a fortnightly release c...

Running Home Assistant as a Windows Service

In this post I will cover some simple steps on how to get Home Assistant as a service on windows. I will be making use of a nifty utility called nssm (the Non-Sucking Service Manager) which lives u...