So with Home Assistant announcing their intention to depreciate the generic linux installation of Home Assistant (now on-hold due to an outcry) I am looking at migrating my setup to use Proxmox and then setup Home Assistant Supervised (formerly known as Hass.io) in a virtual machine. It really suited me having the generic linux install as then I could have other docker containers etc on the same host machine without causing problems. Anyway… that was fun while it lasted. I have been playing around with Proxmox for some time. I purchased a cheapie mini-pc from Alibaba (XCY) along with an
Originally posted 2017-06-27 15:33:20. One of the things anyone who purchases a home theatre systems should do it optimise the speaker outputs (if the system allows this). Doing this requires the use of a sound-pressure-level meter. Optimising your speakers will make a significant difference to the sound of your system and give you the best quality sound. Many systems emit a series of test tones you can use along with the meter to do this. It’s well worth the effort.
Originally posted 2017-06-27 14:22:33. You only need do a quick search on Google or watch your TV to be inundated with advertisements for all kinds of websites with promises that you can do-it-yourself or have a great site for next-to-nothing. Well that is true! However, as with anything there is often a temptation to go with the cheapest option. You will see websites advertised from between $400-$700, however it is important you understand what you are purchasing as these products always have limitations. These will inevitably be out-of-the-box solutions and you won’t get any consultation or customisation that can be
Originally posted 2018-04-21 10:13:41. This tutorial covers the ways to integrate a Sonoff S22 switch into Home Assistant using Sonoff MQTT and flashing Tasmota to replace the supplied Sonoff firmware. I’m going to cover two different methods to get the switch working in Home Assistant. The first just uses the S22 as it comes out-of-the-box. The second requires flashing Tasmota onto the switch and setting up MQTT in Home Assistant. Honestly sometimes it seems MQTT is build up as the greatest thing and it is useful however depending on what you want to achievt, it’s not necessarily the best option.
Originally posted 2018-03-23 12:28:35. In a previous article, I blogged about Integrating Google Home with Home Assistant. In that article I made a connection between doing this and setting up automations which is incorrect. So in this article, I want to correct the record and make the correct case for automations. So what’s wrong with doing it like this? Well these automations will ‘work’ in that if you click on the text and click on trigger, they will turn the light on or off then and there. But how is that better than just clicking the on/off toggle on the