Installing Presence Detection in Home Assistant

If you want Home Assistant to know whether you are home, you are going to need at least one presence detection integration. Which integration you use is going to be based on your use case. Do you need to know which room people are in, or do you need to just know they are someone… Continue reading Installing Presence Detection in Home Assistant

How To Use Modes in Home Assistant Automations

Back in version .115 Home Assistant added some mode options for automations, and gave us more control over the flow. And if you are like me you may not have paid much attention to them at first. These new modes add the ability to define how an automation handles getting triggered or more specifically trigger… Continue reading How To Use Modes in Home Assistant Automations

Build Smarter Automations in Home Assistant Using Scripts

Automations may be the one thing that brings all of smart home enthusiasts to the yard. After all, its is the in the name Home Automation. However, the problem is unless you are willing to invest time writing code, the automation you can build out of the box with most platforms is a slightly more… Continue reading Build Smarter Automations in Home Assistant Using Scripts

Zigbee2Mqtt and OTA Device Firmware Updates

A while back I migrated off of Smartthings to Zigbee2Mqtt so that I could have local control of my Zigbee devices. I haven’t looked back. So I was caught off guard when I was scrolling through my states page (as we all do right?…or Im the only one?…anyone?). Anyway, I was scrolling through the states… Continue reading Zigbee2Mqtt and OTA Device Firmware Updates

How I Secured My Home Using Home Assistant – Part Two

As I mentioned in Part One of this series, I prioritized my Home Assistant based security system around letting us know when there was an intrusion. It was important that the system let any intruders know their presence was known, and to make sure that we could respond whether we were remote or in another… Continue reading How I Secured My Home Using Home Assistant – Part Two

My Custom Alpha Vantage Integration for Home Assistant

I recently added the Alpha Vantage component to my Home Assistant setup, and quickly realized it wasn’t going to meet my needs. First off there appears to be a pretty critical bug with the component that severely hampers the built in components usability. You can read about it at https://github.com/home-assistant/home-assistant/issues/15271 if you want to know the specifics.… Continue reading My Custom Alpha Vantage Integration for Home Assistant