Rohan and Phil break down the 2021.4 release. Rohan talks about his experience making the switch to Node-RED, and Paulus talks about future plans for Home Assistant.


New Features

  • Home Assistant Analytics Home Assistant can now be enabled to send anonymized data back to Home Assistant with how users are using Home Assistant. This will greatly improve information going back to Home Assistant HQ to allow the developers to get better insights on where Home Assistant is deployed, and how its used. Previously this was done via the updater component, but that stopped working quite some time ago. This new update from Ludeeus allows better information to go back to Home Assistant.Want to see the data for yourself? Check
  • Filtering automations, scripts and scenes One pain point for Home Assistant users has been organizing automations and other things into folders. To address this constantly requested feature request, you can now filter your automations, scripts and scenes based on the area they are in, or by the device they affect
  • Debugging automations One of the biggest changes in this release has to be the ability to debug automations. Erik, Paulus, Bram and Thomas have all collaborated and come up with an awesome way for Home Assistant to visualize how an automation is processed.
  • Trigger based sensors When we were speaking with Paulus last week, we asked about what’s coming up in Home Assistant. One of those, was template entities which the ground work has started to be put in with 2021.4.

Breaking Changes

  • Google Cast The YAML configuration for the Google Cast integration has been deprecated and will be fully removed in Home Assistant Core 2021.6.0.If you have existing YAML configuration for the Google Cast integration, please remove it from your configuration.
  • Updater Component The reporting and include_used_components configuration options have now been deprecated, the updater integration will no longer report any analytics.
  • Griddy is gone Griddy has been removed, Ercot shut down Griddy after the massive power mess in Texas in mid February.

Cloud Strikes Again

Xiaomi / Yeelight

Home Assistant released an alert over the past week for firmware updates for Yeelight manufactured Xiaomi light bulbs. Xioami have requested the ability to locally control these devices be restricted as they are a “risk”. Its important to note this decision was not made by Yeelight. If you’re affected, check for a link to a thread on the community forums for instructions on installing ESPHome onto the devices. The affected devices as far as we know are Wifi connected light bulbs. Zigbee Xiaomi devices should not be affected by this change.

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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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