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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...

Home Assistant Missing Dependencies (Windows)

I have been watching a lot of videos about home automation lately and found that Home Assistant (HASS) seems to be the most popular choice when it comes to consolidating all of your IoT enabled dev...

Anet A8 - My first 3D printer

About 2 months ago I finally received one of my biggest packages from China to date, that was an Anet A8 3D printer from BangGood for around $239.99including shipping. I had a small issue with cust...