Xiaomi Buttons & Switches Around The House

I've already told you how much I loved Xiaomi's 1st Generation Button, and I'm happy to say that the others are just as great! In this post I'll quickly cover... How to connect the Xiaomi 2nd Generation Button to the Gateway. How to connect the Xiaomi Wireless Double Key Switch to the Gateway. Differences between … Continue reading Xiaomi Buttons & Switches Around The House

Using the Xiaomi Temperature/ Humidity Sensors with Home Assistant

In past posts, we've already been introduced to the Xiaomi Gateway, the Door/Window Sensors, and the 1st Generation Switch (the round button). Here, I'll show you how to use the Temperature/Humidity sensors that I've recently added into the mix. I was very excited to try these sensors out. My original plan was to use one … Continue reading Using the Xiaomi Temperature/ Humidity Sensors with Home Assistant

Xiaomi Door/Window Sensors, A Follow Up.

I've had my Xiaomi Gateway for 7 or 8 months by now and have been very happy with its performance. The sensors are inexpensive and they integrate well with Home Assistant. The set I originally got, came with the Gateway, 2 Door/Window Sensors, and a Generation 1 Button. I've recently added some more sensors into … Continue reading Xiaomi Door/Window Sensors, A Follow Up.

Make A Dumb TV Smarter with a Chromecast, Roku, and Home Assistant

Starting my Smart-Home with a Broadlink RM-Pro was such a great first step because it gave me control of my IR devices at a fraction of the cost of the other devices out there, but it left me wanting more. My TV, and I think most out there, use a single On/Off function, as opposed … Continue reading Make A Dumb TV Smarter with a Chromecast, Roku, and Home Assistant

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

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