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Starting a DIY Smart Home - Ep#2 | Home Assistant Install and Setup

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So you want to create a Smart Home? Are you unsure what to do and what to get?  Join us on this series when we tackle a new home and evolve it into an automated home.  This episode we are installing and setting up Home Assistant on the Raspberry Pi 4, getting everything ready to install our light switches and automations.

Parts List
Raspberry Pi 4 https://amzn.to/2sNZjCg
Power Supply - https://amzn.to/2TO4Ofn
64gb Micro SD Card - https://amzn.to/2Rh4aFF
Fliirc Case - https://amzn.to/2QuUDKR
APC Battery Backup - https://amzn.to/2utcY21

Others
Martin Jerry Dimmer - https://amzn.to/2Thgun0
Martin Jerry Switch - https://amzn.to/2qowzv3
Lohas 4 pack - https://amzn.to/2Z4qiWd

Hassio Install Guide - https://www.home-assistant.io/hassio/installation/

MQTT Addon Sample Config (pre 105.x)
{
  "logins": [
    {
      "username": "myuser",
      "password": "supersekcrit"
    }
  ],
  "anonymous": false,
  "customize": {
    &quo…

Starting a DIY Smart Home - Ep#1 | Initial Walkthrough

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So you want to create a Smart Home? Are you unsure what to do and what to get?  Join us on this series when we tackle a new home and evolve it into an automated home.  
 -=-=-Parts List-=-=- Raspberry Pi 4 https://amzn.to/2sNZjCg Power Supply - https://amzn.to/2TO4Ofn 64gb Micro SD Card - https://amzn.to/2Rh4aFF Fliirc Case - https://amzn.to/2QuUDKR APC Battery Backup - https://amzn.to/2utcY21
Others-- Martin Jerry Dimmer - https://amzn.to/2Thgun0 Martin Jerry Switch - https://amzn.to/2qowzv3 Lohas 4 pack - https://amzn.to/2Z4qiWd
Hassio Install Guide - https://www.home-assistant.io/hassio/installation/
Products We Use/Recommend Amazon US - https://amzn.to/2YZNDeO
Amazon UK - https://amzn.to/2TnG2R4
Amazon CA - https://amzn.to/2HchPZe

Come chat with us!
Discord - https://discord.gg/bNtTF2v
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/digiblurDIY

Links to products provided through the Amazon Affiliate program.

Amcrest Video Doorbell | Local Storage | RTSP Integration with Blue Iris and Home Assistant

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Amcrest AD110 Doorbell integration with Blue Iris and Home Assistant.  I enjoyed this camera and bought myself a 2nd one due to the local control and integration features.  You can also utilize Micro SD card storage as well as Cloud Storage. 

Amcrest AD110 Video Doorbell - https://amzn.to/2usgiKT
Doorbell Transformer (only if needed) - https://amzn.to/2seBWSg
Coupon Code - DIGIBLUR

Amcrest Installation Video - https://youtu.be/RWxDH6Ap4FQ

Update#2: New Pull Request on HomeAssistant to add the correct motion sensor for the PIR! Hope to see it merged soon!  https://github.com/home-assistant/home-assistant/pull/30932

UPDATE: It's been found by myself and other users after the video launch that the HA Motion Detection binary is from the video itself and is very sensitive.  In my initial testing it was fine during the day while making the video.  If you find yours too sensitive I'd use a NVR based binary sensor such as Blue Iris to trigger it in the meantime until they expose the …

WiFi Scene Controller with MQTT

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In my weirdo tech geek cruising of FCC certifications I stumbled upon an interesting 8 button scene controller by TopGreener.  It fits in a standard decora face plate, flexible to fit in whatever gang size box you choose with standard face plates. The ESP8266 based Tuya module in the internal pictures caught my attention.  I searched the stores for it but alas it wasn't for sell yet. Then the Jedi mind wipe of the holiday season happened, fast forward to January and a viewer, Buckyfan reminded me about this switch and had one in hand!  I found the switch on Amazon and ordered mine immediately.  As of this posting there was a $5.00 instant coupon on the page.




So what is this thing and what can I do with it?  It is designed to replace an existing light switch in your home and then add 7 other buttons with single and double tap actions.  Of course following our motto of "Get your shhhzzz... out of the cloud!" we flashed ours with Tasmota using Tuya-Convert.  It doesn't…

Tuya Convert 2.3 Update | Flash Tuya Smartlife Devices | No Soldering! | Remove the cloud | Custom Firmware

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The 2.3 refresh of the Tuya Convert process with a few additional features such as the Tuya Donor, custom bin file menu, start with ESPHome, update Tasmota, etc.  Flash all your devices without any soldering or opening of devices!  This process allows you to flash your previously locked out devices that wouldn't flash before on the original version of Tuya Convert.  TC will convert both older and newer firmware devices automatically.  Use your Raspberry Pi, Linux PC, Proxmox, etc to unlock all the amazing features of open source firmware.  Protect your privacy and data and keep it in your home.

Parts List
Raspberry Pi 4 or Pi 3
32gb Micro SD Card
Fliirc Case (optional: great RPi heat sink case)
Wemos D1 Mini (optional)

Tuya based favorites
Aoycocr Plugs in Video
Martin Jerry Dimmer
Martin Jerry Switch
4 pack Smart Plugs
Aoycocr Switch 3 LED
Lohas Smart Light 4 pack
and many more

Zemismart downlights
Zemismart downlight (Amazon)

Links
Raspbian Buster Lite Link - https://www.raspberrypi.org/downlo…

Update of digiDIM Tasmota Bins 8.1.0.1

For the folks using the awesome Martin Jerry SD-01 and Tessan/Acenx MJ-SD02 dimmers, I've updated the fork to 8.1.0.1.  Keep in mind due to the settings layout of 8.x of Tasmota, if you need to downgrade below 7.2 you will need to serial flash.

More info on setup/flashing to be found here.

Amcrest PTZ Speed Dome Camera - 12x Optical Zoom - Integrated with Home Assistant and Blue Iris

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The Amcrest 1080P Pan Tilt Zoom Security Camera with 12x optical zoom. POE+, WiFi, and 4MP models available. The optical zoom and the ability to zoom into dark areas and see is pretty impressive. Utilizing the HomeAssistant streaming integration you can also control the camera via automations with all local control commands and RTSP & ONVIF.Models1080P POE+ IP2M-853EW
4MP POE+ IP4M-1053EW
1080P WiFi IP2M-858W
Home Assistant Integration - https://www.home-assistant.io/integrations/amcrest/ Amcrest Firmware - https://amcrest.com/firmwaredownloadsProducts We Use/Recommend Amazon US - https://amzn.to/2YZNDeO Amazon UK - https://amzn.to/2TnG2R4 Amazon CA - https://amzn.to/2HchPZeCome chat with us! Discord - https://discord.gg/bNtTF2v Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/digiblurDIY #Amcrest Camera Models IP2M-853EW IP2M-858W IP4M-1053EW Links to products provided through the Amazon Affiliate program.