Creating Custom Google Home entities for integration with Home-Assistant & Node-red

Creating Custom Google Home entities for integration with Home-Assistant & Node-red

This post has been a long time coming. I’ve been looking at an easy way to create and control custom entities with Google assistant much like the way I can do with Alexa. We have both voice assistants in our household and well it was …

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IOTlink: Full control and monitoring of your Windows 10 machine using MQTT

IOTlink: Full control and monitoring of your Windows 10 machine using MQTT

I recently decided to try an add-on called IOTlink. I was looking for a way to remotely monitor and control my main workstation pc. IOTlink seemed to be just the answer. In layman’s terms, it appears to install an MQTT client in Windows which continually …

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Using Node-red and Home-Assistant to send notificiations to your LG TV

LG_webOS thumb

So I wanted to cover today a topic that I’ve briefly touched on in previous articles and that is notifications through LG’s WebOS. Home-Assistant has an integration that allows us to communicate directly with LG TVs (at least the most recent ones anyway) and it’s …

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It’s Game time! How to receive notifications when the crew are online via Home-Assistant and Node-red.

Gaming Automation

Ok, so I am a Gamer. Big time. I love to game and always have done. From the early days of cabbage patch kids, rock ‘n’ roll racer, to James Pond on the Mega drive, and Goldeneye on the N64. You name the console, i’ve …

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Automating and integrating a Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum into Home-Assistant (part 1)

Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum

Recently we borrowed a Xiaomi Robot Vacuum as the owner was returning to his home country for a month or so due to Covid-19. We brought it into our home and began to set it up. It worked surprisingly well. I was sceptical to begin …

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Automating a Humidifier with Node-red and a Broadlink RM3 Mini: Part 1

Broadlink RM Mini3 Node-Red Control

In part 1 of this 2 series post, I will detail how I took an IR controllable humidifer and integrated it into my home-automation system. I will list the steps I took and the code needed. In Part 2 I will discuss how I actually …

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Home Network Setup for Better Security & Wifi: Pfsense, Ubiquiti and Qotom

Qotom i5 pfsense box

We’ve seen a lot of people asking questions about upgrading their consumer router due to WiFi related issues or just general throughput problems. Some of you are lucky enough now to be receiving very quick internet speeds but you need to make sure your hardware …

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