Hardware Review: 15.6″ USB-C Portable Monitor. My Phone Just Became a Media Server!

Hardware Review: 15.6" USB-C Portable Monitor. My Phone Just Became a Media Server!

Have you noticed how many messenger apps there are in the wild right now? Every month there seems to be something new that people want to use to communicate with. As of now on my desktop, I have skype, whatsapp, telegram, and discord open. I …

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WLED: My First Experience Setting up an LED Controllor Using the QuinLED-Dig-Quad

WLED: My First Experience Setting up an LED Controllor Using the QuinLED-Dig-Quad

Over the festive period, it seems like my online feeds were full to the brim with festive/holiday/celebration lighting projects. I must confess, aside from some addressable RGB stuff I had on my pc build, I hadn’t really played with it. I felt like I was …

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Solving your 502 Gateway Error with the Node-Red add-on for Home-Assistant Supervised (Hassio)

Solving your 502 Gateway Error with the Node-Red add-on for Home-Assistant Supervised (Hassio)

Really quick post. As a result of my 3 part Beginner’s guide to Node-red tutorials, some have reached out to tell me that they’ve been unable to run Node-red successfully. They have installed the add-on from the “Home Assistant Community Add-ons” section which can be …

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Voice Assistants: Working with Alexa and Google’s custom entities in Node-red

Voice Assistants: Working with Alexa and Google's custom entities in Node-red

So for those of you who have been following my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been able to create my own entities in Google Home and Alexa. This has allowed me to not only control entities that aren’t specifically “working with XYZ” but also to …

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Integrating the 4 channel Sonoff R3 Pro into Home-Assistant and Node-red

Integrating the 4 channel Sonoff R3 Pro into Home-Assistant and Node-red

One of the things I’ve been meaning to get for a while now was a Sonoff R3 Pro. Now for those of you not familiar with this device, it’s essentially a 4 channel smart switch. There’s a non-pro version and the pro version. I opted …

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The Beginner’s Guide to Node-red with Home-Assistant (Part 3: Timers)

The Beginner's Guide to Node-red with Home-Assistant (Part 3: Timers)

If you’ve read part 1 and part 2, then you’ll already know how to work with MQTT (both receiving and sending commands), how to take sensor information from home-assistant as well as control entities directly in home-assistant, and most importantly, how to work with the …

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The Beginner’s Guide to Node-red with Home-Assistant (Part 2: Switch Node)

The Beginner's Guide to Node-red with Home-Assistant (Part 2: Switch Node)

In part 1 of this series we discussed simple configuration of the MQTT in and out nodes, how to send a payload of On or Off and how to monitor incoming information in the debug window. In this post we’re going to expand on this …

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The Beginner’s Guide to Node-red with Home-Assistant (Part 1: MQTT)

The Beginner's Guide to Node-red with Home-Assistant (Part 1: MQTT)

I’ve been helping a fair few people online recently with some introductory operations in node-red. I thought I would write a kind of primer to help the beginner get up to speed with some functional flows. I see a lot of information online about how …

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