Home Server: Installing Docker, Portainer & Home-Assistant on Proxmox

Home Server: Installing Docker, Portainer & Home-Assistant on Proxmox

So recently I’ve been looking to find a small low powered machine that I could use as a small media server. I’m currently abroad so I was looking for a light weight machine that I could move around quite easily, but would also be sufficiently …

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The SwitchBot Bot: Create your own Streamlight

The Switchbot Bot: Create your own Streamlight

SwitchBot were kind enough to send me a pack of SwitchBot Bots and their SwitchBot hub mini for me to have a play with and to see if I could do something cool with them. I’ve included some links to various products in the blog. …

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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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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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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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Using Signal Messenger with Home-Assistant and Node-red: Initial Configuration, Testing and Feedback

So recently with all the noise about Whatsapp changing its privacy policy and the drive to find an alternative messenger, I began to play around more with Signal. Having already successfully set up Telegram for use with Home-Assistant and Nodered, I decided to see if …

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