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Microsoft Hyperlapse Pro – Free key [for now]

A couple of years ago [in 2016] I played with the Microsoft Hyperlapse software to create some cool video effects using the Action Cam I had at that stage – you can see that post here. Today I thought I’d… Continue Reading →

Adding a NUT [Network UPS Tools] sensor to Home-Assistant.io

So in my previous post I showed how to add NUT to Ubuntu and XigmaNAS – with this all working the next step is to add a NUT sensor to Home-Assistant.io I’m running Home-Assistant in a Docker container, but previously… Continue Reading →

Setting up an Eaton 5E650iUSB UPS on Ubuntu [master] & XigmaNAS [slave] with USB monitoring using NUT [Network UPS Tools]

We’re running 2 “old” HP N40L Microservers at home and they’ve been working great for the last few years [I think I got them in 2011 !] The one is running XigmaNAS  [a free NAS based on FreeBSD] and the… Continue Reading →

Setting up a DuckDNS Docker Container to handle dynamic IPs for your home server

THE WHY: We have a fibre connection at home and like most of the home setups, you will be assigned a new external IP address every time your router re-connects, or when your lease is renewed by your ISP (whenever… Continue Reading →

GardenPi – a garden watering solution built on Raspberry Pi, MQTT and Home-Assistant.io [Part 4/4]

Following on from PART 3 Now that Home Assistant is aware of the Garden Zones, we can “program” some automations in Node-Red. For now I’ve only implemented a rudimentary little flow: I have 4 different flows to handle each of… Continue Reading →

GardenPi – a garden watering solution built on Raspberry Pi, MQTT and Home-Assistant.io [Part 3/4]

Continued from PART 2 With all the puzzle pieces in place, now we can make Home-Assistant aware of the Garden Zone “switches”, so we can program and use the in automations. In the switches.yaml file (remember I split the configuration… Continue Reading →

GardenPi – a garden watering solution built on Raspberry Pi, MQTT and Home-Assistant.io [Part 2/4]

So in GardenPi – PART 1 I covered the hardware & software configs to get going, but that’s not all yet 🙂 We now have a Raspberry Pi running MQTT and we can switch the GPIO pins by sending messages… Continue Reading →

GardenPi – a garden watering solution built on Raspberry Pi, MQTT and Home-Assistant.io [Part 1/4]

We currently have an off-the-shelf garden watering solution [Hunter], but I’d like to have more control of when, etc. the irrigation is switched on. I used the following items in my solution: Hardware: Raspberry Pi 2 B+ [using a 16GB… Continue Reading →

Home-Assistant.io – Grouping your entities / switches in a logical fashion

While adding more & more switches into my Home Assistant setup, I’ve needed to group the items together in a logical manner. I have switches controlling our geysers, general “playground” switches and I’m also implementing a solution to control our… Continue Reading →

Node-RED flow for Geyser management using Sonoff switches and Home Assistant

We have 2 geysers (for other parts in the world it’s called water heaters :-)) in our house and to save some energy (& money), we want to manage when these geysers are switched on. Typically a geyser will run… Continue Reading →

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