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Setting Up a Samba Share to Edit Home Assistant Configuration Files

To make editing configuration files easier, I wanted to be able to remotely edit them with my preferred text editor rather than using nano via the command line. Because I'm using Hassbian for my Home Assistant installation, I used the hassbian script for setting up a Samba share. The script shares the /home/homeassistant/.homeassistant directory–which contains…

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Incorporate a Motorola WiFi Baby Monitor into Home Assistant

We recently purchased a Motorola WiFi baby monitor and i wanted to see if I could incorporate it into Home Assistant. Full disclosure–we ultimately were not happy with the monitor and returned it, but for anyone who uses it and enjoys it, this may be useful. An internet search led me to this blog post…

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I Made a Tool to Generate Images Using Office UI Fabric Icons

I’ve been working on a new intranet project that uses modern communication sites in SharePoint Online, and we’re using the new Quick Links web part in two places; one to display links to important intranet pages using the “compact” view, and another to display links to external news articles using the “filmstrip” view. We needed…

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Control AV Receiver Zone 2 with Harmony Hub (and Alexa)

I recently upgraded to a 4K-capable AV receiver and had to update my Harmony Hub devices and activities. When I did, I noticed that the commands for controlling zone 2 of the new receiver were not available in the Harmony app (whereas they were available for my previous receiver). Initially I thought I’d just need to…

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Install and Configure the Home Assistant iOS App and Enable Notifications

The last part of this series covers setting up the Home Assistant iOS app and enabling notifications. Future posts about Home Assistant will be more ad-hoc now that I have most of my smart home requirements already in-place. This is the process I followed to get the app installed and connected with my Home Assistant…

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Set Up Secure Remote Access for Home Assistant

The next step in my Home Assistant project was to enable secure remote access to it when I’m away from home. Fortunately the documentation covers this topic. Mostly I followed the instructions on the Remote Access with TLS/SSL via Let’s Encrypt page, so I won’t repeat the detailed instructions here. However, I did want to…

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Organize the Home Assistant Web UI with Groups

At this point in my Home Assistant journey I have several devices configured, and the UI is starting to get cluttered. Home Assistant lets you organize the UI using groups and views, so I decided to take advantage of that. I want to have a few tabs (a.k.a. “views”) with my devices grouped within the…

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Add System Monitoring to Home Assistant

As my smart home continues to grow in complexity–and as my household becomes more used to its advantages–I’ll want to make sure I’m aware of any problems as soon as possible. One way to help with this is to monitor the performance of the Raspberry Pi itself. Home Assistant has several system-monitor components that can…

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