Sonoff Switches with Tasmota and new MQTT Addon Home Assistant

Sonoff Switches with Tasmota and new MQTT Addon Home Assistant

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 Setting up to use



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Installing and Running Hassio in Docker on an Intel NUC

Installing and Running Hassio in Docker on an Intel NUC

I have been running Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi3B and also a Raspberry Pi based Apple Time Machine and a video down-loader on yet another RPi. In addition to this, I have another RPi3B that runs my coffee roaster and another spare RPi 1B. I did mention to my son recently that Raspberry Pi’s are addictive! I had been having some problems with one of the old RPi1B’s that I believe was not caused by the hardware but rather by the requirements of the software running and it just seemed to lock up one of the applications all the



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Integrating Google Home with Limitless LED Lights Part 2

Integrating Google Home with Limitless LED Lights Part 2

Originally posted 2017-09-22 13:24:52. Home Automation This is Part 2 of our Home Automation article following on from Part 1 here. Home assistant allows you to use a URL as a command to trigger actions. This can be either on your home network or on the Internet. So the next step we need to follow is to get a Web command from a browser to trigger our Home Assistant and turn our lights on or off. This is more complicated than it sounds but paradoxically easier as well. A couple of things we need to bear in mind. First, to



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Using Xiaomi WiFi Switches with Google Home & Home Assistant

Using Xiaomi WiFi Switches with Google Home & Home Assistant

Originally posted 2018-02-19 10:50:21. So after my experiences with the Yeelights and Google Home, I wanted to add a couple of WiFi switches to my system. I already had one of the Belkin Wemo switches but Belkin has abandoned the Australian Market now and their switches are no longer available. Not only that, even if they were available, the price was really steep at around $60-$70 Aussie. Looking around on eBay and also looking in the Home Assistant Community, I saw that some people were using the Xiaomi WiFi switches (pictured). What I didn’t realise initially is that there are



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How to setup HDMI ARC

How to setup HDMI ARC

Originally posted 2017-09-07 12:43:08. One of the awesome features of a Home Theatre setup or even just a modern TV equipped with HDMI is the ARC and CEC feature. First some definitions. HDMI : In addition to being the ‘name’ of the connecting cable used with modern AV and TV equipment stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. There are numerous standards for HDMI – the latest standard is version 1.4 although there is a new version 2.1 that is higher speed. A lot of this is just marketing. A version 1.3 cable for instance as long as it is not longer



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