One of my first smart devices was a TP-Link Wi-fi Smart Plug (model HS100). I used it to control the lights in our Christmas tree by voice control using an Amazon Echo. It worked great then, and after Christmas I moved it to our family room to control a floor lamp that we usually turn on in the evenings while watching TV or reading stories to our daughter. Unfortunately it is not compatible with Logitech’s Harmony Hub, so I wasn’t able to control it with my Harmony app/remote.
This is where Home Assistant proved how good it is at bridging the gaps between smart home devices. Adding it was easy enough. I assigned it a static IP address–all of my Home Assistant-related devices have a static IP address set–and followed the documentation to add it to my configuration.yaml file:
switch: - platform: tplink host: 192.168.0.150
After checking the configuration and restarting Home Assistant it showed up as a switch in the web UI. It even used the name I had assigned the plug in the TP-Link Kasa app. I went on to customize it using the
customize section of the configuration.yaml file by changing the icon, capitalizing the
friendly_name, and enabling control of it with the Emulated Hue Bridge component.
homeassistant: # Name of the location where Home Assistant is running name: Home # ... some code omitted for brevity customize: # ... some code omitted for brevity switch.lamp: friendly_name: Lamp icon: mdi:lamp emulated_hue: true
After another restart of Home Assistant, my Logitech Harmony Hub picked up the “Lamp” as a Philips Hue bulb, getting around the incompatibility issue. Now I’m able to assign one of the smart home buttons on my Harmony remote to turn the lamp on/off. That was one of my initial complaints in the first post in this series, and it really does add convenience when watching a movie at night.
Another bonus (in my mind) is that to use Alexa for voice control of the plug, now I can disable the “Remote Control” feature in the TP-Link Kasa app–bypassing TP-Link’s cloud service–and instead have Alexa see it as a Hue bulb and control it locally within my network.
Series: Creating My Smart Home
- Making All of My Smart Home Devices Work Together with Home Assistant
- Initial Setup and Configuration of Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi
- Control Z-Wave Devices with Home Assistant Using an Aeotec Z-Stick
- How to Fix GE Z-Wave Switches Not Updating in the Home Assistant UI
- Track Home/Away Status for Your Household Using Their Smart Phones and Home Assistant
- Add Alexa Voice Control to Home Assistant with the Emulated Hue Bridge
- Control TP-Link Smart Plug with Harmony Hub via Emulated Hue Bridge
- Add System Monitoring to Home Assistant
- Organize the Home Assistant Web UI with Groups
- Set Up Secure Remote Access for Home Assistant
- Install and Configure the Home Assistant iOS App and Enable Notifications