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Easy Alexa Notifications from Home Assistant

At this point, I'm all in with the Alexa ecosystem.  Amazon announced Alexa notifications in September last year and I haven't used it much. The built in notifications for deliveries were not super useful. I would get an email, Android notification, AND an Alexa notification for each delivery; and I usually found the delivery before … Continue reading Easy Alexa Notifications from Home Assistant

The Xiaomi Robot Vacuum, Home Assistant, and Alexa

**This post will cover setting the Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum up to work with Home Assistant. If you don't use Home Assistant and want to control your vacuum with only your Alexa device, go here.** I recently splurged and got myself a robot vacuum and I think it's been the best purchase I've made in … Continue reading The Xiaomi Robot Vacuum, Home Assistant, and Alexa

The Xiaomi Robot Vacuum and Alexa

**This post will cover setting the Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum up to work with your Alexa enabled device, without connecting it to Home Assistant. If you want to control your vacuum with Home Assistant, go here.** I recently splurged and got myself a robot vacuum and I think it's been the best purchase I've made … Continue reading The Xiaomi Robot Vacuum and Alexa

Yeelight, the Budget WiFi Bulb

Smart-lighting is a popular way to get in to Smart-Home technology. I was able to control my lights with my previous set up, but I was missing out on some cool features that smart bulbs are capable of. The bulbs I was using in my Living Room and Bedroom Lamps were not very bright. I thought … Continue reading Yeelight, the Budget WiFi Bulb

Using the Xiaomi Door/Window Sensor

After I got my Xiaomi kit, I integrated the Gateway and Button pretty quickly into my Smart-Home set up. The Door/Window sensors, on the other hand, took a little more time to figure out. However, it ended up being worth it in the end. These sensors changed the game by making automations that respond to … Continue reading Using the Xiaomi Door/Window Sensor

Using the Xiaomi Gateway & Button

I've fallen in love with my Xiaomi Smart Home kit. It really is an affordable, quality product. After connecting the Xiaomi Gateway to Home Assistant and the rest of my Smart-Home set up, I spent some time thinking about how I wanted to use it with the different sensors. I started with the Button. The … Continue reading Using the Xiaomi Gateway & Button

Win A Free Xiaomi Smart Home Kit from Smart-Home Hobby: ENDED

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER, Will G! I've really enjoyed learning about this Smart-Home stuff and sharing it with all of you on this blog. Being able to control devices is a great first step, but adding sensors really changes the game. I've had a great time showing all of you how to start your own … Continue reading Win A Free Xiaomi Smart Home Kit from Smart-Home Hobby: ENDED

Up Your Smart-Home Game, on the cheap, with the Xiaomi Aqara Gateway & Home Assistant

In my search to add sensors to my budget Smart-Home set up, I wanted to find something that was affordable, easy to use, and had a good build quality. I thought about Z-Wave but the start up cost was off-putting. A Z-Wave stick and a couple of sensors would easily set me back $100. Plus, dropping … Continue reading Up Your Smart-Home Game, on the cheap, with the Xiaomi Aqara Gateway & Home Assistant

How I Connected My Smartwatch To My Smart-Home

Shortly after I got my inexpensive set up figured out, I realized I wanted more! Being on a tight budget, I wanted to find things that I already owned that I could piece into my Smart-Home. Enter the Pebble Time Smartwatch. This watch is one of my favorite pieces of technology that I own. I … Continue reading How I Connected My Smartwatch To My Smart-Home

Custom Alexa Skills & Launch Requests In Home Assistant

The information in this post is outdated. The Alexa skill editor shown here, is no longer used. Using Alexa to control my stuff is probably the closest thing to using magic as I'll ever get. You've got to get the "incantation" right or it won't work. Luckily, we can write our own by creating our … Continue reading Custom Alexa Skills & Launch Requests In Home Assistant