Try Home Assistant While Running SmartThings

Getting started in Home Automation can be risky. First, there is all the smart home protocols like Zwave, Zigbee, Wifi, RF, X10, and no clear winner. Second, everyone these days seems to be building a hub or platform to control your Smart Home Tech. Thankfully there are lots of platforms that support most if not… Continue reading Try Home Assistant While Running SmartThings

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 One

I’m going to say something that might be unpopular…Residential Monitored Security Systems are a waste of money. Don’t @ me. Just kidding. If you think I am wrong I would love to hear why. Because I might actually be wrong. But before you do let me bring you up to speed on my thought process.… Continue reading How I Secured My Home Using Home Assistant – Part One

Migrating from the Darksky API to NWS Weather API (Updated)

Apple’s recent purchase of Darksky means the API that many of use have been using for weather information is shutting down. I first saw it from @CCOSTAN’s retweet (if you are not following him you should):  Or from Darksky’s own blog post. Technically we currently have until the end of 2021 to move to something… Continue reading Migrating from the Darksky API to NWS Weather API (Updated)