Z-Wave is really cool, it has so many great features that can provide both ease of use for regular users and advanced features for use by power users. How can you get the power of Z-Wave into a DIY platform like Home Assistant or OpenHAB? Sometimes, you also want to have a different device act as the network than the one that's running your smart home software.
Posted on 23rd Aug 2020 22:50:33 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.
A lot of people have kettles and wouldn't it be nice if it started boiling water for your morning tea automatically? While there exist many commercial kettles that offer integrated technology, they are often expensive and require replacing your existing device. Lucky for us there is an easy way to convert a regular kettle into a smart one using a cheap smart plug. Learn how to make a smart kettle out of a regular one using a smart plug!
Some use cases for smart bulbs involve lamps with multiple sockets. These situations can present some interesting problems, such as figuring out how to use multiple smart bulbs in one fixture within your smart home software. Normally, they all appear as individual lights and turning off the lamp involves using multiple switches. Find out how to easily put multiple bulbs under the same light to make controlling them a breeze!
Smart homes are becoming more and more popular and with the "Internet of Things" (IoT) quickly gaining traction you might be wondering how you can get a piece of this futuristic pie. One of the common problems when starting a smart home is that there are so many different options that it can be overwhelming to know which one you should choose. Today we're going to cover an excellent choice when it comes to DIY smart home technology - one that is free, open to many completely different vendors, and easy to let your imagination run wild with. Learn how to use Home Assistant to get started on your smart home adventure...