Installing Home Assistant

Now that you've got your supplies, you're ready to start building up your Smart-Home.The first step to getting your Smart-Home up and running is to install Home Assistant onto a Micro SD card. This is pretty easy. What you'll need: Raspberry Pi Micro SD card Definitely use a Class 10 card. Lower class cards can … Continue reading Installing Home Assistant

A Quick Overview of Home Assistant

So you've installed Home Assistant, now what? This software may be a little confusing at first, but with a little practice it can become very comfortable. We left off with a fresh install of Home Assistant, which discovered my Roku. This overview was updates with the releases of Hassio 0.53. States Clicking on the icon in … Continue reading A Quick Overview of Home Assistant

Configuring – The Home Assistant Learning Curve

The Home Assistant page we just looked at would be considered the front end. This is the part you interact with. Currently, Home Assistant does not have a built-in way to configure the files from the front end. In order to configure you devices, you will have to connect to Home Assistant as a server … Continue reading Configuring – The Home Assistant Learning Curve

Organize and Customize Home Assistant

Organize By default, Home Assistant will show all of your devices and services in the default view. You can change this from within the groups.yaml file on the server. Open your groups file in Visual Studio Code and you'll find a blank slate to work with. Let's start by grouping up some items. Here is a … Continue reading Organize and Customize Home Assistant

Snapshots – Home Assistant Backups

Now that you've got your system started, now would be a good time to make a backup of it. This can be done from the Hass.io tab. You can see here, I have an update waiting. I recommend always making a backup before updating. From the Hass.io tab, select "Snapshots." Simply name your backup file … Continue reading Snapshots – Home Assistant Backups

Remotely Access Home Assistant – Port Forwarding & DuckDNS

Home Assistant is pretty easy to configure for remote access. Using a service, like DuckDNS you can create a personalized URL to connect to your Smart-Home set-up. This will only take a couple of steps. Forward port 8123 Create a domain using DuckDNS. Set a password. Some info before we get started: Your internet service provider … Continue reading Remotely Access Home Assistant – Port Forwarding & DuckDNS

Encrypt Home Assistant With Let’s Encrypt

You've made it this far, you're almost there. Time to secure your Smart-Home devices. This is really easy with Let's Encrypt . This is a free automated service that provides Free SSL/TLS Certificates. This keeps your traffic safe. Forward Ports 80 and 443 Lets Encrypt Add On Forward Port 8123 to 443 Forward Ports 80 and … Continue reading Encrypt Home Assistant With Let’s Encrypt

Home Assistant Automations – 2 Ways

"Smart-Home" and "Home Automation" are terms that seem to be used interchangeably often, though they really shouldn't be. A Smart-Home is the all encompassing term for the home system that is connected to the devices in the house. It can be controlled using direct control, like using your smartphone, voice, or buttons. Home Automation is … Continue reading Home Assistant Automations – 2 Ways

Home Assistant Scripts – 2 Ways

A script is a sequence of actions that takes place when the script is activated. When turned on, they run through their sequence of actions, then turn themselves off. Just like customizing entities and automations, scripts can be created and edited using either the .yaml files or with the Script editor in the Configuration tab … Continue reading Home Assistant Scripts – 2 Ways