Home Assistant Webhook Primer

I recently did a video talking through using web hooks in home Assistant to create some automations to monitor another home assistant instance. And while its not a universal use case, it did allow me to create a video showing how to create a web hook, and leverage automation triggers like the home assistant start… Continue reading Home Assistant Webhook Primer

Setting Up Arlo Cameras in Home Assistant

If you are using Arlo Cameras and running Home Assistant you need the Arlo Camera Integration from the Home Assistant Community Store.  Setting it up is easy, and it really improves the Home Assistant integration. This guide is really meant to be a companion to the video I posted over on Youtube.  So jump over… Continue reading Setting Up Arlo Cameras in Home Assistant

Randomized Lighting in Home Assistant

I recently did a video on how to setup randomized lighting to simulate human presence over on my YouTube channel. If you haven't checked that out, you should watch it first. In this post I walk you through how I set up this randomized lighting effect in more detail. There are other ways to do… Continue reading Randomized Lighting in Home Assistant

Monitor the Crypto Market with Home Assistant

I am not financial expert, and as I see it getting into Cryptocurrency carries a lot of risk, but for those willing to throw caution into the wind, Home Assistant can help you on your flight to the moon. Recently the Home Assistant contributors updated the Coinbase integration to use the Integration flow via the… Continue reading Monitor the Crypto Market with Home Assistant

Access Home Assistant YAML Files

Accessing YAML files is still one of the biggest issues people have with Home Assistant. After all, while we can do so much more in the UI these days there are times that we just have to open up the config and sling some YAML. Strangely enough, Home Assistant doesn’t come out of the box… Continue reading Access Home Assistant YAML Files

Is Home Assistant the Platform for you?

https://youtu.be/g48pwCIAQEk When I sat down to write this I was planning on doing a video on the reasons you should pick Home Assistant. Because if you are building a smart home Home Assistant is the platform you need. But no solution will ever be perfect for everyone. And I think we sometimes glass over the… Continue reading Is Home Assistant the Platform for you?

Add the Home Assistant Community Store to Home Assistant

The Home Assistant Community Store or HACS as it is known as is an awesome custom component that opens a whole another level of Home Assistant add-ons. If you are using Home Assistant at some point you are going to want something that can be installed via HACS! Getting HACS installed so you can start… Continue reading Add the Home Assistant Community Store to Home Assistant