Sean from the UK joins Rohan and Phil where we discuss a breaking firmware update issued by TP-Link for their Wifi smart switches, and how Sean uses ZoneMinder in his smart home for security.

The Cloud Strikes Again

Pat Rooney (@Sota) reached out to us on #podcast room in the Home Assistant Discord. It looks like a new firmware update which is rolling out to TP Link smart switches is breaking compatibility with Home Assistant. This appears to be also affecting the energy monitoring of the HS-110 WiFi switches. There’s a thread on the Home Assistant forums you can read up about it. Looks like it might possibly be restricted to UK versions only, but best to block these devices from accessing the internet before they auto-update their firmware. MrMandrake on the Home Assistant community forums got a reply from TP Link which mentions
We were aware that there were some security vulnerability on the previous firmware, some thrid parties might take advantage of the vulnerability to manage the plug.To avoid the potential attacks and security risks cuasing by this, we have released a new firmware version 1.1.0 to fix it. That should be the reason why you found some funstionalities on the thrid party smart hub is not working.  

We’ll be recording live from the Home Assistant Conference

We’ll be taking live Questions and Answers, and of course breaking down the 0.119 release and the keynote speech from Paulus. Check out the schedule on to get the time in your local timezone once we’re confirmed.  


Home Assistant OS

  • New pre-release 5.5 coming out to eventually make the 5.x releases the stable release
  • Also intend to declare 64-bit architecture as the recommended for the RPi 4.
  • Hardkernel’s ODROID-C4 board will also be supported as of 5.5

New Features

  • Native Type Support in Templates Announced last release, but it’s now default where templates can have results with types other than strings. Lists, RGB colours, etc are all in there!
  • Grid Card New card type for a grid layout. Asked on Month of What The Heck ( 
  • Logbook Card
  • The new Nest DSM integration now supports thermostats
  • Colour Extractor Extract the predominant color from a given image and apply that color to a target light Great use cases could be changing light colours based on Spotify album artwork, or Plex movie posters/fan art. 
  • Roon media player now has media browser support Media Browser is growing
  • Devolo Home Control can now have multiple setups Not really a new integration; but its been modified to have multiple instances if you have multiple Devolo Z-wave-to-IP controllers
  • Add navigation commands to quick bar commands New quick bar that was released last release got an improvement to add navigation
  • Add button to duplicate script New button to create a script to help make things easier!

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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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Sean Buckley

UK geek, programmer, gadget and home automation enthusiast




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