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, 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

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

Custom Alexa Skills & Launch Requests In Home Assistant

The information in this post is outdated. The Alexa skill editor shown here, is no longer used. Using Alexa to control my stuff is probably the closest thing to using magic as I'll ever get. You've got to get the "incantation" right or it won't work. Luckily, we can write our own by creating our … Continue reading Custom Alexa Skills & Launch Requests In Home Assistant

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