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