Author: Bits OTech

Update on Xiaomi Sensors with Home Assistant 0

Update on Xiaomi Sensors with Home Assistant

My Home Assistant setup has been running great for several months, so I haven’t bothered to update it. I was actually a little reluctant to update because they made some changes to how custom...

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Upcoming Project: Automated Popcorn

We bought a Great Northern Popcorn Machine several years ago and have made an embarrassing amount of popcorn for our movie nights. It has three basic switches for heat, kettle stirrer, and a warming...

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ESP8266 Aquarium Controller Part 3

Now that all the hardware is put together (Step 1 and Step 2), it’s time to program the ESP8266. This is a pretty versatile device and you can make it do just about anything...

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ESP8266 Aquarium Controller Part 2

In Part 1 we began assembling the case for our controller. Now we’ll move on to wiring it all together. Warning and disclaimer: the information within this project is provided as is. No warranty...

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ESP8266 Aquarium Controller Part 1

I recently started a new aquarium, so of course I had to add some automation to it.  Since there are live plants and fish in the aquarium it has specific temperature and light requirements....

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Installing Hass.io on Ubuntu 18.04

I recently set up a new Home Assistant installation at another location. It had been a while since I had gone through this process, so I spent an embarrassing amount of time re-researching it....

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Home Assistant Period of the Day

Here’s a quick template sensor that I found on the interwebs that’s really useful for automations. Basically the sensor translates Home Assistant’s sun component into dusk, dawn, night, or day. It also shows a...