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

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

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

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

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

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