Updated on 28th Aug 2020 15:05 in Home Assistant
Home Assistant is a very popular choice for running a DIY home automation setup. One of the ways many people use to run the software is on the relatively cheap Raspberry Pi single-board computer, but should you be using it for this purpose? There's a lot of things the Pi does really well, and there are also quite a few major gotchas that can cause some problems if no measures are in place to deal with them so let's have a look at the good and the bad when it comes to running Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi.
It seems every device these days include a virtual assistant, from mobile phones to desktop computers and more recently even regular looking speakers. All this is very nice and can surely come in handy now and then but what are they really and how do they work?
Smart plugs are pretty awesome. They allow devices that would normally have no smart capabilities to be controlled over the network by a controller or app. These versatile little plugs have so many uses and vastly different features that it can become confusing to try and navigate this space. Here are the most common smart plug questions, answered.
Home automation is really awesome. Who doesn't want things to happen automatically around the house? One of the common questions about home automation is if it can be used offline. The answer is a resounding, yes! There are a lot of ways to do this, and they vary significantly in cost and difficulty, so I encourage you to really dig into each option to decide which is right for you.
Smart voice assistants are quite popular now. One of the big players in this industry is Amazon with its Echo line of products - most recently, the Echo Flex. What can it do? Does it respect your privacy? Is it worth it? Find out in this comprehensive review!