Automations with Home Assistant

incorrect use of automations in home assistant

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



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Integrating Google Home with Limitless LED Lights Part 1

LimitlessLED lights and bridge

Originally posted 2017-09-22 12:07:35. Home Automation The next logical step with Home Automation and my Google Home is to integrate some LED lights so I started doing some research and came across the Limitless LED lights. As it turns out, I didn’t look far enough and ended up with a few challenges getting everything working. Even posting on and searching forums I found that there was so much assumed knowledge and jargon that it was difficult to get to where I needed to be. So this post chronicles my journey into Home Automation nirvana (for now and for LED Lights



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Google Home integration with Home Assistant Update

google home mini

Originally posted 2017-11-27 15:06:32. Further to my earlier articles in this series about integrating Google Home with Home Assistant I have made a few changes to my configuration. You might remember that I used the all-in-one setup of Home Assistant for Raspberry Pi. There are (were) 3 different ways of setting up Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi – the all-in-one method as it turns out was probably the original way and wouldn’t you know it, the month after I set it all up it was ‘depreciated’ and no longer supported for new installations although existing installations can continue to



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Updated using Hass.io with USB Boot on a Raspberry Pi

kodi runs on a raspberry pi

Originally posted 2018-08-27 16:37:41. How to use Hass.io and boot off a USB stick. This is an update of my previous article here. In order to not create more confusion I decided to do a new blog post about this here. The whole installation of home assistant can be somewhat confusing for someone who is new and sometimes the documents on the Home Assistant site are confusing or as often happens, 100% clear when you have already worked out what you want to know. The ‘preferred’ installation method for home assistant promoted on https://www.home-assistant.io/ is to install Hass.io This installation



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Installing and Running Hassio in Docker on an Intel NUC

intel NUC7CJYH

Originally posted 2018-09-04 16:52:23. 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



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