Home Assistant Alexa Media Player (Setup and TTS Guide)

Looking to integrate Alexa into Home Assistant as a media player? Want Alexa to read back custom notifications? The Alexa Media custom component makes it possible and this guide will walk you through the setup process. Adding this custom component to Home Assistant will allow your Alexa device to appear as a media player entity…

Setup Home Assistant Alexa Integration Without The Cloud

Looking for an easy way to integrate Alexa into Home Assistant without any cost? This guide will have you up and running in minutes with a super-simple setup! There are several ways to integrate Alexa with Home Assistant. This guide will focus on using the Philips Hue emulated bridge method, as this is the easiest…

Easier ESP8266 Web Server LED Control Using ESPHome

Want to know a quicker and easier way to to control a LED or relay with a web browser? ESPHome is a powerful IoT tool that sits on top of the Arduino framework and it dramatically simplifies the process of building a custom IoT device using an ESP-based board. Prerequesite Installing ESPHome Configure ESPHome Create…

Home Assistant & ESPHome Servo Example (Step-by-Step guide)

Looking to integrate a servo with Home Assistant? This step-by-step tutorial will guide you through the process of building a wireless servo and integrating it with Home Assistant! For the example we will be using a readily available Wemos D1 Mini and RC servo, however you can use any compatible ESP device and servo. By…

What Can I Do With Home Assistant? (7 Awesome Ideas!)

Looking to join the amazing Home Assistant ecosphere and wondering what sort of things it can do besides turn on a bulb? Or perhaps you already use Home Assistant and would like some more awesome ideas? There is no doubt that Home Assistant is a powerful tool for smart home automation. Whether you are new…

Super Quick And Easy Home Assistant DIY Thermostat

Recently I wrote an epic post on how to design your own DIY HVAC control system, covering many different types of system in detail. This post is ideal for the enthusiast who is looking for the complete guide. However I realised that some folks might prefer a nice quick and easy tutorial for building a…

LED Strip Lights Under The Sofa (Great Smart Home Ideas!)

I have been wanting to add a LED strip under my sofa for quite some time now. The plan is to link it in Home Assistant so that it mirrors the settings for the LEDs behind my TV cabinet. I have had mixed results with LED strip, sometimes it can be tricky to get it…

Super Home Assistant Dashboard! (Tablet Setup For Beginners)

If you are looking to convert a tablet or Raspberry Pi into a super-cool dashboard controller for Home Assistant then you have come to the right place! In this tutorial we will cover all of the steps necessary to get HADashboard up and running. Once installed you can convert any device with a web browser…

How To Integrate Devices In Home Assistant Using Ping

Home Assistant offers a binary sensor integration that allows a ping to be sent to any device on your network. This provides us with a really great way to monitor the presence of a particular device on our network. The most obvious way we could use this integration is to sense if a person is…