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

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

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

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.

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 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