Home Assistant

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Home Assistant - 'System' Dashboard Breakdown

Home Assistant - 'System' Dashboard Breakdown

Hello and welcome again to another Home Assistant dashboard breakdown! Hopefully you'll enjoy this post and possibly be able to grab a few bits for your own HA setup! Lets delve in ... Home Assistant SystemThe first column on the System dashboard shows details and stats for Home Assistant itself. The very first element shows HA uptime, version, last successful login and updates available in Supervisor (add-on store) UptimeTo show the uptime of HA, I've created a sensor using the setup shown below. Once added, this will create a sensor called sensor.hassio_uptime. sensor: platform: uptime name: Hassio Uptime unit_

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Home Assistant - 'Media' Dashboard Breakdown

Home Assistant - 'Media' Dashboard Breakdown

Greetings all! As you may have guessed from the title, today's post will going into detail around my 'Media' dashboard and how I've created and setup the different elements on this page. I recently posted this amongst the other dashboards I've made on Reddit (post here) and had a ton of responses and questions so I thought I'd knock something up and go into detail around each part. As you can see from the screenshot above I've created 4 columns, each relating and displaying certain elements to my media integrations in Home Assistant. Some of these parts can be used

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Home Assistant - Web Service 'Ping' Status Checker Thingy Sensor

Home Assistant - Web Service 'Ping' Status Checker Thingy Sensor

Hello there! If you're familiar with Home Assistant you've most likely come across or even used the 'device tracker' element (more details here). This is done by 'pinging' a device over your wireless network or having certain applications provide the information to HA such as GPS location via a third-party service (OwnTracks for example). As the name mentions, this feature allows you to 'track' your 'devices' in HA such as phones, TVs or any other WiFi enabled devices and ultimately bring back a result to say whether the device is 'Online' or 'Offline'. This is great however you may also

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SWAKES Blog 2020 Update

SWAKES Blog 2020 Update

Good morning/afternoon/evening to all and welcome back to SWAKES Blog! It's been a while since my last post and whilst I have some time spare, I thought I'd give you all an update (and some expectation) of whats to come over the next few weeks/months. Just a little obvious heads up before we delve in ... You may have noticed that site looks a little messed up at the moment with a few images missing here and there and the overall layout/theme a bit shagged ... To cut the long story short, I managed to max out space

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Home Assistant (Hass.io) - Home Automation, The Beginning

Home Assistant (Hass.io) - Home Automation, The Beginning

Damm, a pretty dramatic intro there. However if you're a keen reader, my first post in question, I mentioned that I'm very much into the whole 'Home Automation' thing. In particular a system called Home Assistant. I stumbled across this around a year back whilst looking for something to manage custom built sensors ranging from temperature and humidity, ... At the time I was on track to use a similar solution called MySensors. So what is Home Assistant?I'm not going to go through the hassle of writing a guide as its relevantly easy to setup. All you need is a

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Lego Train Shelf. Slowly Does It. Part 1

Lego Train Shelf. Slowly Does It. Part 1

So it's slowly coming to fruition, the all singing Lego Train Shelf! Not as exciting as it sounds. It has only taken me a year to pull my finger out and finally start to get some shit done! It basically consists of a floating shelf around my office, supporting the all-important Lego Train. Each piece is supported using L brackets on the up side, then fixed to the wall, giving it a 'floating' effect oO0ooooOo00! In regards to controlling the train, the aim is to clone/copy the current IR signals from the LEGO remote controller, and replay them via

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