Home Assistant, Part 2: Installation and Hardware Considerations

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First off, the official Home Assistant “Getting Started” page has a bunch of information that is VERY useful. The problem with options is that sometimes it take a lot of trial and error (which could take a significant amount of time and virtually limitless frustration) before you find out what is “right” for you. Note that…

Home Assistant, Part 1: Yet Another Home Assistant Convert

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Welcome to yet another article about Home Assistant. First, what is Home Assistant? Second, why do we need yet another series of articles about it? What is Home Assistant? Home Assistant is an open source home automation that puts local control and privacy first. It’s developed by the combined talent of a worldwide community of…

Save your lawn from the summer heat with Rachio, the smart sprinkler controller

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We just built our new home, and being the geek that I am, I’ve been equipping it as a “smart home”. I can open and close my garage doors from the internet, I get an alert if there’s a water leak in the basement, my exterior lights are programmed to turn on and off automatically, and…