Monthly Archives: January 2023

Upcoming article: HA – using 1 “custom:my-slider” to control volume on several devices 

I have several devices to play my radio-stream. (A (windows) laptop from work, an HP Pavilion, a GigaByte mini PC with AMD Ryzen 7 …)Depending on the work I do, the mood I’m in, one of these devices is playing … Continue reading

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Upcoming article: HA – Switching from Sonoff zigbee to SkyConnect USB stick

I currenly use a Sonoff Conbee USB stick.I ordered a SkyConnect USB stick, to replace this Sonoff Conbee.We will go trough this “switching”, step by step, when this SkyConnect arrives …

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Upcoming Article: HA – title/artist/lyrics/videoclip while listening to live web radiostream

I’m using “RadioPlayer” to listen to live radio streams via the web.All major music-stations in Belgium are using this system.This system is already implemented in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Great-Brittain, Italy & Suisse. ( https://radioplayer.org/ ) … Continue reading

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Upcoming article: HA – Custom notifications via Browser_mod to IOS and various devices

I have some “nice” notifications:– Showing cameras on our google nest devices, based on motion and/or other triggers.– Let google nest speak the number and name of people that are calling on our landline or outgoing calls.– Even show pictures … Continue reading

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Upcoming article: HA – Setting automations/events/color/conditions, without fiddling around in HA settings

My wife likes to set/change colors/brightness of our lights, based on certain conditions/events, butshe doesn’t want to fiddle around in the HA interface or yaml itself. I created some buttons on dashboards, so she can set the colors/brightness of every … Continue reading

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Upcoming article: HA – record video when doorbell rings + overview of records + auto-delete old recordings

I have an EUFY video doorbell (but this should work with any HA supported doorbell) and also several Tapo C310 and EzViz cams.Whenever these camera’s trigger a motion (or button push from the doorbell), I start recording video for about … Continue reading

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Home Assistant – control “things” on a remote (linux) device

Sometimes it’s necessary to control “things” on a remote linux device. (possible a RPI, and certainly NOT your device that is running HA)In this posting, you will learn how to perform these tasks on the remote device:* Control the volume* … Continue reading

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Home Assistant – shell commands to RPI or other Linux machines, without the need to enter passwords !

Sometimes you just one to run a remote command from HA, on another machine. (RPI or other Linux machine)When using shell_command within HA, you get confronted with the fact that you need to enter a password on this remote machine … Continue reading

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Home Assistant – control/read entities via Restful API

1. JQ and Curl are needed for this tutorial !Note for windows users: Make sure Curl is installed ! It should be installed on newer windows versions,in case you don’t have it, head over to https://curl.se/windows (On linux / MacOS, it is installed by … Continue reading

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Home Assistant – communication between MQTT and Arduino

MQTT stands for Message Queuing Telemetry Transport.It’s a lightweight protocol where a small code footprint is needed, and the connection uses a small bandwidth. It is mainly used for “machine-to-machine” communication or IOT (Internet-Of-Things).It’s an ideal solution to exchange data … Continue reading

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Home Assistant – PAJ7620 gesture sensor

I have a “magic mirror” in our bath-room, to watch news/videos/house overview.When the screen is on, it “shines” trough this mirror, making the screen visible.When turned off, the mirror is just a regular mirror.This is done with a “one-way” mirror … Continue reading

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Home Assistant – good to know & snippets

Format date/timeWith the now().strftime(‘XXX’), you can output the current date/time, in a certain format.Replacing the XXX with a combination of “Format”, allows you to get a timestamp in the format your prefer. You can add multiple format tags, and also … Continue reading

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Home Assistant – using a 1480×320 display with a baremetal OS (RPI with Chromium)

I’m still working from home … I made a switch from our local (Benelux) department, to the global (worldwide) IT department. (still within the same company, for more then 20 years …)Because this switch requires lots and lots of teams-calls, … Continue reading

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Home Assistant – use ChatGPT (3.0) in automations to show data

Most people know by now what ChatGPT is. If not, check it out at https://www.openai.com and https://chat.openai.com/Most people use it to help them out with some HA automation.I use it “IN” automations, to get data and represent it in HA … Continue reading

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Home Assistant – Fix for images-issue with FeedParser / custom:list-card

I see lots of people struggling with showing images in RSS feeds.Some posts on different HA forums, suggest changes in sensor.py in /custom_components/feedparser/but this seems no longer to work. The issue is the way those images are placed inside the … Continue reading

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