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…

Super-simple Touch Switch For Home Assistant Using ESP8266

With ESPHome we can easily turn the analogue input (ADC) pin into a touch switch with a bit of clever software configuration and no external components! This switch can be used like any other switch in Home Assistant and has toggle functionality. This is by no means a solution that will replace a dedicated capacitive…

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…

Home Assistant Person Detection (Deepstack AI Tutorial)

Smart home artificial intelligence may sound like something from the future, even in 2020. However the future is here and person, object and facial detection are easily accessible to the Home Assistant platform! In this tutorial we will walk through the process of setting up the Deepstack artificial intelligence platform, in order to detect the…

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…

How To Turn Off A Switch In X Minutes Using Home Assistant

Looking for a simple and easy to understand solution for a timed smart light or smart switch? In this tutorial you can learn how to add a simple timer to any service in Home Assistant with user adjustable time. With Home Assistant you can create a neat little slider in the user interface in just…

Home Assistant Push Button Dimmer (Simple Template Tutorial)

Wondering how to transform a boring on/off light switch into an awesome dimmer? This tutorial will teach you how to incrementally increase the brightness of a light each time you push a button. If you are looking for a simple introduction to the power of templating in Home Assistant then this tutorial is definitely for…

How To Add ESPHome To Home Assistant (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

If you are using Home Assistant then no doubt you have heard of ESPHome, but what is it? How can it benefit you and how can it be added to Home Assistant? This in-depth tutorial covers everything you need to know, so let’s get started! ESPHome is a powerful bit of software that allows custom…