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

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

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

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