The Dummies Guide To The Wemos D1 Mini

The Wemos D1 Mini is like a tiny Arduino with WiFi capability, in other words it is a superb little board that everyone should be using! The official boards are produced by Lolin who are seemingly based in China, or at least their official store can be found over on Aliexpress. The D1 Mini is…

ESPHome vs Tasmota (And How To Switch Between Them)

Trying to decide whether Tasmota or ESPHome is the right firmware for your smart home application? Or perhaps you are using one and want to try the other? In which case this article is just for you! Both Tasmota and ESPHome are valuable tools for the smart home enthusiast with the same end result. However…

Flashing Tasmota: 6 Great Methods (And ONE Exclusive Bonus!)

So you want to know how to flash Tasmota quickly and easily? Introducing the only post you will ever need! In this article you will find 6 great ways to flash Tasmota, plus one additional and exclusive tool for Mac users! (Don’t worry Windows users, this tool is available for you too!) Whether you are…

How To Use Tuya Convert On Raspberry Pi (Step-by-step Guide)

Looking to flash Tasmota, ESPHome or some other firmware on your Tuya device but not quite sure how to use it? This guide will explain the steps to easily remove your device from the cloud! Tuya Convert is written for Linux systems so you can of course run it on Linux systems such as Ubuntu.…

How To Run Tasmotizer On Mac Without Terminal (Download & Tutorial)

Want to run Tasmotizer on Mac without having to use the Terminal? I have a .dmg file just for you! Tasmotizer has made it much easier to flash Tasmota to your devices, however there is a caveat for Mac users. In order to use it you must have Python and use scary Terminal commands! Even…

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…

The Ultimate Home Assistant DIY Thermostat Guide For Single Or Multiple Zone Heating

Why spends hundreds on a smart thermostat when Home Assistant has the power to control all of the necessary hardware and it’s absolutely free?! I agree that the Google Nest looks beautiful but if you really want to wow your friends, why not mount a tablet to the wall and make an awesome looking dashboard!…

How To Flash Sonoff Tasmota With An Arduino Uno And ESPTool

So you need to flash Tasmota on to your device but your dog ate your FTDI adapter? There are many different ways that we can flash Tasmota to our device, the reason being the very simple serial interface required to flash the ESP device. If you have a Raspberry Pi lying around then you might…