Caddy Server and Home Assistant DNS Validation

One of the really great things about using the Caddy addon for home assistant has been that it provides a more secure system as it provides automatic SSL certificates and a reverse proxy and manages renewing the certificates before expiry. I had always been unhappy however that since LetsEncrypt dropped support for https certificate validation that it required port 80 to be opened and forwarded on the router in order to renew certificates. This isn’t a huge risk as long as you are using a properly configured firewall. Even most consumer level routers include a SPI (stateful-packet-inspection) firewall and will



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Sonoff Switches with Tasmota and new MQTT Addon Home Assistant

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Originally posted 2018-11-14 12:41:45. I know I have done a few articles now about Sonoff switches and MQTT in Home Assistant. However a lot has changed – also my understanding has changed and so it’s time for another post about this. I’m also going to take a crack at making a video showing how to flash a sonoff switch with Tasmota. For reference, my previous posts can be found here: Home Assistant Updates May 2018 and Sonoff-Tasmota update How to use a Sonoff Switch with Home Assistant So lets look at the changes in MQTT introduced with the new MQTT



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Media Centre

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Originally posted 2017-06-27 15:39:23. One of the best purchases you can make is a media centre and a NAS (Network Accessible Storage) if you have a network of course. A media centre like Kodi (the new name for XBMC) allows you to streal all kinds of media to your TV (I think some people still like a big screen). This includes streaming of movies or TV from tv-catchup services or youtube. You can also put all your MP3 files or CD rips on the NAS so they can be streamed to your sound system. Kodi is a great, free media



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How do I pick a great host for my website?

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Originally posted 2017-11-16 15:03:16. So after my ‘rant’ about HostGator and the trials and tribulations I have experienced with them, it begs the question “What should I consider when selecting a hosting company?” Well I’m glad you asked! I have finally bitten the bullet and signed up for a new hosting company myself. The pain of staying with HostGator finally became greater than the pain of throwing away 3 years of pre-paid hosting. If you signup to inmotion hosting by clicking the link I will get a small commission. First, you need to consider what type of hosting you require.



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Setting Home Assistant up for Secure access over the Internet

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Originally posted 2018-06-05 15:35:04. Lets have a conversation about security when your Home Assistant is opened up so you can access it over the Internet. If you take a look over on the Home Assistant Community forums here there are threads about user’s home assistant instances being hacked with ‘friendly’ hackers who have just changed a few things and left some warnings about their insecure home assistant setups. Traditionally or ‘normally’ external access to your system over the internet means that you would open up some ports on your router so that you can connect over the internet. This would



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