How To Automatically Dim The Lights Using Home Assistant When Watching A Movie

It’s finally the weekend and you are ready for the big night in. Pizza, popcorn and a great movie are a superb way to relax, particularly when it is cold and dark during the winter. A great TV and good quality sound certainly gets us one step closer to the cinema, but what about the…

Adding HomeKit To Home Assistant Made Easy

For those of you who are passionate about Apple devices, I completely understand. I made the transition to Apple well over a decade ago and never looked back. Apple Home like most things Apple provides a slick and relatively minimalistic interface for controlling smart home products. It has seamless integration with Siri, making it attractive…

How To Create A Template In Tasmota: The Dummies Guide

It is possible to create a custom template for Tasmota for a device that does not exist in the template repository by simply taking a systematic approach to finding the correct GPIO functions. In this tutorial we will learn about Tasmota templates and how they are structured. We will also go through the process of…

Easy Home Assistant WiFi Temperature Sensor

One of the easiest ways to make a temperature sensor for Home Assistant is to connect either a DHT11 or DHT22 temperature and humidity sensor to a Wemos D1 Mini. Best of all it will only cost you around the price of a beer! If you are looking for the complete thermostat system, I have…

How To Flash Tasmota The Easy Way: A Guide To The Tasmotizer

The easiest way to flash Tasmota using the operating system of your choice is to download and run the Tasmotizier. Under the hood it uses the mighty ESPTool, but it is operated with a slick graphical user interface instead of the terminal or command line. Tasmotizer is every bit as cool looking as it sounds!…

Tasmota Auto Discovery In Home Assistant (Easy Step-By-Step)

If you have landed here in this little corner of the internet, I am going to assume you already know what Tasmota is and what the benefits are to running Tasmota on your devices and keeping your smart home cloud-free. If you haven’t flashed your device with Tasmota yet, check out the tutorials on flashing…