Installing Home Assistant

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 … Continue reading Installing Home Assistant

A Quick Overview of Home Assistant

So you've installed Home Assistant, now what? This software may be a little confusing at first, but with a little practice it can become very comfortable. We left off with a fresh install of Home Assistant, which discovered my Roku. This overview was updates with the releases of Hassio 0.53. States Clicking on the icon in … Continue reading A Quick Overview of Home Assistant

Configuring – The Home Assistant Learning Curve

The Home Assistant page we just looked at would be considered the front end. This is the part you interact with. Currently, Home Assistant does not have a built-in way to configure the files from the front end. In order to configure your devices, you will have to connect to Home Assistant as a server … Continue reading Configuring – The Home Assistant Learning Curve

Connect Your BroadLink Remote

You will need to connect your BroadLink RM Pro to your WiFi using their app Intelligent Home Center. Find your BroadLink's IP and Mac Address Follow the instructions in the app to connect the device to your WiFi network. Once connected, you'll have to find the device's MAC address and IP address. You can do … Continue reading Connect Your BroadLink Remote

Teach Your BroadLink Remote

In my apartment, I have control over fifteen devices. Twelve of them are controlled via RF Outlets. I used some dot stickers on the back of my outlets to number them. With that, I paired each outlet with a remote and made a table. I used  different remotes for different uses. One for the living … Continue reading Teach Your BroadLink Remote

Organize and Customize Home Assistant

Organize By default, Home Assistant will show all of your devices and services in the default view. You can change this from within the groups.yaml file on the server. Open your groups file in Visual Studio Code and you'll find a blank slate to work with. Let's start by grouping up some items. Here is a … Continue reading Organize and Customize Home Assistant

Voice Control With Alexa

The last step to setting up a starter Smart-Home is voice control. I was given an Echo Dot last year for Christmas. It was the item that stirred my interest in Smart-Home technology. It is also very easy to connect to Home Assistant.   If your budget won't cover an Echo Dot, there are other … Continue reading Voice Control With Alexa

Snapshots – Home Assistant Backups

Now that you've got your system started, now would be a good time to make a backup of it. This can be done from the tab. You can see here, I have an update waiting. I recommend always making a backup before updating. From the tab, select "Snapshots." Simply name your backup file … Continue reading Snapshots – Home Assistant Backups

Remotely Access Home Assistant – Port Forwarding & DuckDNS

Home Assistant is pretty easy to configure for remote access. Using a service, like DuckDNS you can create a personalized URL to connect to your Smart-Home set-up. This will only take a couple of steps. Forward port 8123 Create a domain using DuckDNS. Set a password. Some info before we get started: Your internet service provider … Continue reading Remotely Access Home Assistant – Port Forwarding & DuckDNS

Encrypt Home Assistant With Let’s Encrypt

You've made it this far, you're almost there. Time to secure your Smart-Home devices. This is really easy with Let's Encrypt . This is a free automated service that provides Free SSL/TLS Certificates. This keeps your traffic safe. Forward Ports 80 and 443 Lets Encrypt Add On Forward Port 8123 to 443 Forward Ports 80 and … Continue reading Encrypt Home Assistant With Let’s Encrypt