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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 →

Sonoff Wifi Switches – Flashing it with Tasmota Over-The-Air (OTA)

A friend of mine recently introduced me to the Sonoff switches – affordable, easy to use AND RE-programmable ! [Thanks Cliff ;-)] I got the Sonoff Dual switch, which allows you to switch 2 separate appliances/devices from 1 Wifi switch…. Continue Reading →

Home-Assistant.io and Hassio – The best and easiest Home Automation tools to get going !

I’ve played with some home automation stuff on my Raspberry Pi in the past, but setting up the stuff was always a bit involved and I would loose interest somewhere down the line. This meant I’ve always had good intentions,… Continue Reading →

Tunnelblick – free software for OpenVPN on OS X and macOS

I installed PiVPN on one of my Raspberry Pi’s at home yesterday to set up my own VPN server at home. (blog post) As PiVPN makes use of OpenVPN on the Raspberry Pi, I’ve been looking for an easy to… Continue Reading →

Running your own Home VPN Server from a Raspberry Pi (PiVPN)

I recently installed Pi-Hole as an ad-blocking service on our home network – it’s working quite well and I’m truly impressed! While on holiday recently I thought it would be quite “cool” to have VPN access to our network at… Continue Reading →

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