August 2, 2021

A while ago I bought the Aquara door/window sensors from Xiaomi with a price tag of €40 for 4 sensors. The sensors are not only cheap but have an instantaneous response within homeassistant. The Aquara itself Most sensors are big and bulky, the aquara’s are small and beautiful With a size of only: 4.1 x […]

January 29, 2021

You probably came here because of my other post. Get-started The prerequisites for this zigbee network are: Up and running home assistant Zigbee bridge (I use ConbeeII) Other devices Setup Plug in the USB stick and go to the supervisor > System > hardware. This will show a list of hardware. For example “/dev/ttyACM0”, note […]

January 26, 2021

Many years ago my smart home started with philips hue. As you may know, philips hue works on the zigbee protocol which enables meshing. Which let’s you connect further away devices. Although I really love philips hue and it’s bridge I need to connect more devices. Ooh the zigbee As one of my favorite youtubers […]

October 13, 2020

Intro MQTT is a very important protocol within smart home and allows to send messages back and forth to a broker. see here. In this tutorial I will show how to set it up within home assistant. Setup MQTT First you need to go to your supervisor, addon store and search for “mos” the Mosquitto […]

October 11, 2020

Presence detection for home assistant always feels like the holy grail. With your presence you can trigger actions and set variables. I am not spinning around this one so let’s get started Prerequisites In order to get this to work the fastest and easiest way we need to have the following in place. Home assistant […]

October 11, 2020

If you have Home assistant running with node-red and you have philips hue stuff in your house; you may think it can react slow sometimes. We can fix this very easily by installing the node-red hue magic package. Installing node-red hue magic To install hue magic you need to go to your node-red dashboard. head […]

October 9, 2020

Since a few year Docker s quite popular, it’s easy to use but for people starting out a little challenging sometimes. In this tutorial I will share ,y Debian & Ubuntu install script. Let’s get started To get going we need a running OS. Download and install Ubuntu or Debian in a virtual machine using […]

October 6, 2020

A few years ago I made a guide for denniskluytmansfotografie which helped people to take their Lightroom libraries to other PC’s without the use of the cloud or any paid subscriptions. I know, I know; when you buy Lightroom you will get the 20GB for free and you can buy the storage for really cheap. […]

October 6, 2020

In this guide I will show you how to integrate Shelly devices to homeassistant using MQTT. When reading this guide I assume you already have MQTT installed and configured, if not follow this guide. A great tool to configure your devices is the file editor plugin, this makes it easier to edit your yaml files […]

October 6, 2020

Like many people I run my own smarthome; I always liked the tech you only saw in movies back in the day. Now, many years later I realized my “dream” and built myself a smart home. So what is a smart home? In my opinion; it’s a home where basic actions save you time and […]