Rosemary Orchard (Automators, iOS Today, Nested Folders) joins Rohan and Phil to talk about the Home Assistant rabbit hole Phil started her down.

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Things that dragged me down the rabbit hole


Add Ons:

Approximate List of smart things:

  • Air Fresheners (smart plugs, come on for 5 minutes at a time)
  • Blinds – IKEA for the regular ones, and Aqara E1 controllers for my vertical blinds (they open and close, as well as tilt, 2 controllers combined with a template)
  • Curtains – mostly SwitchBots, because that’s what I could get. Upgraded the living room to the new Aqara ones recently and they are much more powerful.
  • Power monitoring plugs TPLink and ​​KP115. Can’t get them anymore, managed to get the HS models on eBay and the KP on Amazon through luck. TPLink removed the local network option so I can’t update them, but they work like a charm. They monitor:
    • Washing Machine
    • Tumble Dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • 3D Printer
    • Shredder (reminders to empty/lubricate)
  • Lights: Hue in overhead lights, IKEA bulbs elsewhere. Meross 

Presence with HomeKit, there are a few options:

  • HA App
  • Expose an input_boolean to HomeKit, and use an Automation for “when I arrive Home” and “when I leave Home” to toggle it (very reliable)
  • Network detection
  • iCloud

Have yet to figure out if I want zones for places I travel to frequently outside of “the office” and “my parents”. Thinking some local shopping areas would be good—tie into Grocy to check the list and prompt me of those items if there are any.

Other things which I have found useful

3D Printing

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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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Rosemary Orchard

I came to home automation through HomeKit and originally some Hue Bulbs—and now I've graduated to running my own Zigbee and ZWave networks with Zigbee2MQTT and ZwaveJS2MQTT. I got into Home Assistant thanks to the desire for some automated door locks, and it's been one of the best rabbit holes ever.

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