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

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

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

Migrating from a Raspberry Pi4 to Home Assistant Blue

In my last post I told you about my first impressions of Home Assistant Blue. It really is a pretty nice little device, and it has everything to get started with Home Assistant. Heck, I think it has everything most people running home assistant need. And that includes me. So I have migrated off the… Continue reading Migrating from a Raspberry Pi4 to Home Assistant Blue

Smarter Automations in Home Assistant Using Choose

In a previous post I talked about how you could use scripts with your Home Assistant automations to add some simple decision logic. But in keeping with the Choose-Your-Own adventure take on building a smart home, Home Assistant gives you another way to accomplish the same thing. Back in version .113, the Home Assistant team… Continue reading Smarter Automations in Home Assistant Using Choose

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