Rohan and Phil go through the highlights of 0.84 which is the final Home Assistant release and Podcast for 2018.

Last Episode for 2018

0.84 is the final release for 2018, and so this will also be the final episode for 2018. First release for 2019 will be 0.85 launching Wednesday 9th January 2019.    


New Features

  • Cloud Webhooks Home Assistant cloud subscribers will now have access to cloud webhooks. With this feature, you’ll be given a unique URL which can be used to send data to your local Home Assistant installation. You don’t need to setup any port forwarding or expose your Home Assistant instance to the internet!
  • U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program Feed Will add geo_location entities to your Home Assistant when a Earthquake event is tracked by the US Geological Survey. A radius can be defined to only include earthquakes within a certain distance from home. A minimum magnitude can be defined to only include earthquakes with that magnitude or higher.

Breaking Changes


Other Noteworthy Updates

  • When setting up Home Assistant, you must now have an authentication provider It was possible to setup Home Assistant without setting up an auth provider. Now you must at least have one. This will make Home Assistant more secure.You can still use settings like trusted networks, if you wish to have a way to bypass the login screen.
  • MQTT Components will now re-configure if discovery info is updatedIf you use MQTT disovery, and you make changes to your device and re-push it through MQTT discovery, it will now be re-created in Home Assistant. Previously you may have needed to restart Home Assistant to clear out the old entity.

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Phil Hawthorne

Phil is a Melbourne based web developer who lives and breathes technology. When he's not at his day job, he’s in his home office attempting to simplify his life through complicated tech.

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Rohan Karamandi

Rohan from Toronto, Canada works in the Technology sector as an architect designing network and datacenter solutions for his customers. His passion for technology stems from there and extends to IoT and home automation

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Special episodes focused on various aspects of Home Assistant and Home Automation.