Using NFC Tags to create automations in Home-Assistant & Node-red

Using NFC Tags to create automations in both Home-Assistant & Node-red

So this was something I’d been looking at doing for a long time. A while back I bought a load of NFC tags on Amazon for use in some projects around the house. Up until now, I’d struggled to see the use case for many …

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The Holy Grail Of Networking: Tailscale

The Holy Grail Of Networking: Tailscale

It’s been a long time since I’ve been impressed this much with a piece of software. I love this software almost as much as I love Node-red. I’ve wanted the ability to have different machines in different locations all connected in a way that I …

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Stage 1: How to Clean Your Computer and Recover Performance in 2021

Stage 1: How to Clean Your Computer and Recover Performance in 2021

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll realise that I’m the geek. If ever there’s a techy question I’m usually the first call from friends and family alike. Whether it be on home-automation, home cinema, computer problems or advice, I normally get …

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Reolink: First impressions, Setup & Home-Assistant Integration

Reolink: First impressions, Setup & Home-Assistant Integration

So my cameras finally arrived from the far east, and I was anxious to get them up and running. I posted previously (here) what I was looking for in a camera and my reasons for ordering etc. I decided to order three different Reolink variants, …

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Exposing Xiaomi Aqara Sensors to Google Home & Alexa

Exposing Xiaomi Aqara Sensors to Google Home & Alexa

In this tutorial, I thought I’d show you how simple it is to utilise the Aqara sensors and link them directly to Google Home and Alexa. I will be building on top of some tutorials I’ve already published, so I’ll skip through some of the …

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Control your Smarthome using Keyboard shortcuts with Home-Assistant & Node-red

Control your Smarthome using Keyboard and Mouse shortcuts with Home-Assistant and Node-red.

Now I’m always interested in increasing the ways that I can interact with my smarthome. If we’re speaking about Home-Assistant (and Nodered), I think I can classify my current ways of controlling elements of the home as follows: Online i.e. web browser / official HA …

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Basics: Connecting Home-Assistant to Node-red

Connecting Home-Assistant to Node-red

Quick and easy one today. There are several different ways of installing and running both Home-Assistant and Node-red. I have one instance of Home-Assistant Supervised (formerly Hassio) on an Intel Nuc. As it’s supervised, it has all the add-ons baked into it, and launching Node-red …

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Monitoring your Youtube Channel with Home-Assistant & Node-Red

Monitoring your Youtube Channel with Home-Assistant & Node-Red

For those of you with Youtube channels it’s natural to want to know how you’re getting on to be able to check up on statistics like subscribers and total numbers of viewers etc. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how you can scrape …

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Unraid 6.9.1 : My Servers plugin – Fixing the DNS rebind issue and access over OpenVPN / Wireguard

Unraid 6.9.1 : My Servers plugin – fixing DNS rebind issue as well as fixing access over OpenVPN / Wireguard

As the title suggests, I wanted to explore some of the features of the new myservers plugin. My Unraid server had been online for the best part of 9months and was running 6.8.X. In order to play with this new plugin, I needed to update …

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