How To Install OpenSprinkler in Home Assistant
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How To Install OpenSprinkler in Home Assistant

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to integrate your OpenSprinker smart sprinkler system into Home Assistant. By the end of this guide, you will be able to turn on individual stations, run your “Run Once” programs, check last run time, and much more – all from your Lovelace dashboard. For reference,…

How to Install OpenSprinkler into Existing Sprinkler System
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How to Install OpenSprinkler into Existing Sprinkler System

One of the most recent smarthome projects I’ve worked on was making my sprinkler system “smart”. After doing some research, I stumbled across an open source project called OpenSprinkler. OpenSprinkler is web-based sprinkler controller for your lawn, garden, or plants. If you’d like to play around with a live demo, you can do that here:…

How to Setup “Plex Assistant” in Home Assistant To Cast Plex Media Using Your Voice
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How to Setup “Plex Assistant” in Home Assistant To Cast Plex Media Using Your Voice

In this guide, I’m going to show you how to setup Plex Assistant, which is a project that integrates with Google Assistant. This allows you to say things “Hey Google, tell Plex to play Game of Thrones on Living Room Chromecast”. There are two installation methods available for Plex Assistant. One of the methods is…

How To Automatically Backup Home Assistant to Google Drive
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How To Automatically Backup Home Assistant to Google Drive

In this guide, I’ll show you how to automatically create Home Assistant backups and save them to Google Drive in 2021. To do this, we are using a community addon called Home Assistant Google Drive Backup. Home Assistant Google Drive Backup leverages Home Assistant’s snapshot feature to schedule snapshots as frequently or infrequently as you…

How To Add Ecolink Wireless Audio Detector to Home Assistant
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How To Add Ecolink Wireless Audio Detector to Home Assistant

In this guide, I’ll show you how to add an Ecolink Wireless Audio Detector to Home Assistant. I will also show you how to create a basic automation that will alert you via Home Assistant phone notifications if smoke is detected. In terms of cost, an audio detector is a great alternative to purchasing zwave…

The Ultimate SmartThings to Home Assistant Migration Guide
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The Ultimate SmartThings to Home Assistant Migration Guide

With all of the SmartThings issues I’ve been hearing about lately, I thought now would be a good time to share some guides I created whenever I migrated to Home Assistant. Follow this guide to learn how to migrate from SmartThings to Home Assistant in 2021. Overall, SmartThings was pretty solid for me. I had…

How To Add Aqara Devices to Home Assistant in 2021
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How To Add Aqara Devices to Home Assistant in 2021

In this guide, I’ll show you how to add Xiaomi Aqara devices to Home Assistant in 2021. If you’ve added other devices to Home Assistant using ZHA, then this should pretty straightforward. These are some of the best sensors to add to Home Assistant due to their low cost and appealing looks. We will be…

How To Add Securifi Zigbee Peanut Plugs to Home Assistant
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How To Add Securifi Zigbee Peanut Plugs to Home Assistant

In this guide, I’ll show you how to quickly add your Securifi Peanut smart plugs to Home Assistant. These are Zigbee devices, so we’ll be adding them using the ZHA integration (zigbee home automation). During my transition from SmartThings to Home Assistant, I’ve accumulated around 9 of these smart plugs. These are some of the…

How To Add SmartThings Water Sensor to Home Assistant
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How To Add SmartThings Water Sensor to Home Assistant

Are you looking for a step-by-step guide to add your SmartThings Water Sensor to Home Assistant in 2021? If so, then this tutorial will walk you through exactly how to do that. This simple post is part of my “How to Migrate from SmartThings to Home Assistant” series, where I show you how to migrate…

How to Add SmartThings Multipurpose Sensors to Home Assistant
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How to Add SmartThings Multipurpose Sensors to Home Assistant

Are you in the process of migrating from SmartThings to Home Assistant? If so, then you probably have a bunch of Samsung SmartThings branded multipurpose sensors scattered throughout your smart home. Since these sensors are running on the Zigbee protocol, they are incredibly easy to add to Home Assistant. This simple post is part of…