Well, back at it! I thought I'd talk about Home Assistant a little this time. After all, when you isolate at home it's important you have the best experience, and home automation is one of the best parts.
I guess I'm just going to document this stuff. I'm using a Pi 3 with Ethernet. The reason I didn't use WiFi was because I couldn't get it to work.
You install Home Assistant on a SD card, just like Raspbian. You can get the images here. You don't have to put Home Assistant on a seperate Raspberry Pi; You can install it as a VM on your computer, or as a seperate user account on a Pi, but I like this way because it gives you a lot of functionality. You get the most processing power and you know you'll have the full functionality.
Why'd I install Home Assistant? Well, I was trying to upgrade my old Roomba. I had tried in the past but abandoned my project. Then one day I saw a video about upgrading your old Roomba to work with Home Assistant:
So I decided to install it! It's simple to get started with. For my basic setup, I have these plugins:
What do these plugins do? Well, Duck DNS lets me have a domain name (*.duckdns.org). File editor lets me edit the config files. Mosquitto broker lets me use MQTT, which is what I use to talk with the Roomba.
I also connected some stuff to Home Assistant:
That's not a lot of stuff, but it can be very handy. If you have something else, you can make a DIY solution or try to find an integration in the list. It has a lot of possible integrations!
So yeah, I do reccomend you try this. You can even put Home Assistant on an existing Google Home Hub!
If you're not ready yet, try the demo. I'm not that big in this, but it is nice. I'm kind of giving up the roomba project in favor of the roomba i7, which there are really good deals for on eBay. If you have any tips, you can send them in at my email.
But yeah, try it out! I guess I'll see you tommorow.