Securing Home Assistant with Lets Encrypt SSL, Complex Passwords, and IP Banning

Secure your internet facing Home Assistant Server with strong passwords, SSL Encryption, and IP Banning

Home Assistant For Beginners Part 4: Groups, Views, and Icons

https://youtu.be/fpiVMLNuxSs     In our fourth Home Assistant for Beginners videos we cover Groups, Views, and Icons.  This allows us to keep our Home Assistant interface clean and responsive to user needs. This is a continuation of the diyAutomate Home Assistant for Beginners series. The entire series can be found here: https://goo.gl/BBTg9x Full Blog posts … Continue reading Home Assistant For Beginners Part 4: Groups, Views, and Icons

Home Assistant For Beginners Part Two: Components

In part two of our Home Assistant for Beginners series we cover Components. We walk through adding and configuring three representational components (Sonons Speakers, Philips Hue Lighting, and Weather Underground weather reporting) https://youtu.be/wHanTfOeH4s Upgrade commands mentioned in the video: To upgrade your Raspbian Raspberry Pi image: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade -y To upgrade … Continue reading Home Assistant For Beginners Part Two: Components

Home Assistant For Beginners Part One: Configuration.yaml

Note: To connect to Home Assistant and edit configuration files I am using Notepad++.  There is a blog post outlining the setup of Notepad++ here.   https://youtu.be/wwJ_caqeSOE 98% of Home Assistant configuration is done within configuration.yaml* (a .yaml file is a file formatted in a way that information is represented both hierarchically and in a … Continue reading Home Assistant For Beginners Part One: Configuration.yaml

Installing Home Assistant on Raspbian Jessie Lite

The first installation we will do in our home automation infrastructure (beyond an operating system) is Home Assistant.  We are doing home assistant first because I think it is fairly easy to install, and it gives some pretty immediate results (I am into instant gratification).  In the not to distant future we will also be … Continue reading Installing Home Assistant on Raspbian Jessie Lite