Now that you’ve got your supplies, you’re ready to start building up your Smart-Home.The first step to getting your Smart-Home up and running is to install Home Assistant onto a Micro SD card. This is pretty easy.
What you’ll need:
- Raspberry Pi
- Micro SD card
- Definitely use a Class 10 card. Lower class cards can cause the system to crash often.
- Micro SD card reader to connect the card to your computer
- Hass.io download for your specific Raspberry Pi
Put Hass.io on your Mico SD card
- Un-zip the Hass.io file that you downloaded earlier. You should end up with a .img file.
- Open Etcher. You’ll get a window like this that pops up.
- Click “Select image” and find your .img file.
- Put your SD card into your SD card reader and connect it to the computer. If Etcher doesn’t find your card right away, you can browse for it.
- Click “Flash!”
Setting Up Wi-fi
- If you are going to connect via Ethernet, you can skip to the next section.
- If you are going to use WiFi, you’ll have to set up Wifi on the SD card. To do this, reinsert your SD card into the computer and navigate to the card’s files. Scroll to the bottom and open the “system connections” folder.
- Inside is a file called “resin-sample.” Right click on this file and open it using any text editor. This is how it looks in my Macbook’s TextEdit program. Double clicking the file will run the file instead of opening the file.
- Change “ssid” to your Wifi name, and “psk” to your Wifi password. Save. Eject your SD card and insert into your Raspberry Pi.
Connecting Home Assistant for the first time.
- If you are going to connect your Raspberry Pi to the internet with an Ethernet cable, plug that in now.
- If you are using WiFi or have already connected the Ethernet cable, plug your Raspberry Pi into its power source to turn it on. After being plugged in, Home Assistant will begin updating itself. After a few minutes, you will be able to reach Home Assistant by going to http://hassio.local:8123/ in your browser and you will see a screen like this. If you can’t reach home assistant at that address, you can replace “hassio.local” with your Raspberry Pi’s IP address. http://YOURIPADDRESS:8123/
- Go do something for yourself for about 20 minutes.
You did it!
- After Home Assistant finishes updating, you’ll see the main Home Assistant States page.
- Your new Home Assistant set up may even pick up some of your devices. You can see that my Roku Express was automatically discovered.
Now that Home Assistant is installed, here’s a quick overview of using it.
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