Anatomy of an RGB Smart Switch - Teardown and Flash Tasmota

Tearing down a unique RGB night light switch from top to bottom.  We show the investigative work of figuring out the pins for flashing and usage of the switch.   Join the fun and remove the cloud dependency from your switches making them yours!

RGB Smart Switch
Alternate Switch

Volt Meter
Dupont Jumpers
CH340G Usb to Serial

RGB Switch Tasmota Template
{"NAME":"RGB Switch","GPIO":[30,255,32,10,39,38,0,0,31,9,37,21,255],"FLAG":0,"BASE":18}

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Reolink Argus Eco 1080p Solar Powered Camera Review

Review of the Argus Eco - Wire Free Solar Powered Camera.  Put it Anywhere!

Congrats to Mike S on his win of the giveaway on Discord/Facebook.  Be sure to read his review of the camera here -  Mike S's review of the Argus Eco (PDF file)

Argus Eco(US)
Argus Eco(UK)

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Updated digiDIM / WifiManager Tasmota Files

For the folks using the awesome Martin Jerry SD-01 and Tessan/Acenx MJ-SD02 dimmers, I've updated the fork to  There aren't any additional features except for what came with the rebase on the updated base of Tasmota.  If you do decided to update your dimmers you'll need to select the MJ-SD01 module again after the reboot since the module number changes with this version.  More info on setup/flashing to be found here.

Even though Tuya Convert seems to be getting more rare and rare each day, I updated the generic bin with wifi manager (AP mode) as default to as well, this can be used for many other flashing applications too!  Download here.

Power Monitoring with the ShellyEM

The ShellyEM is an all in one power monitoring solution for monitoring two circuits up to 120A.

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Sample Home Assistant Sensor via MQTT

  - platform: mqtt
    name: "ShellyEM1 Watts"
    state_topic: "shellies/shellyem-B9E17C/emeter/0/power"
    qos: 0
    unit_of_measurement : "W"
    icon: mdi:flash-circle
  - platform: mqtt
    name: "ShellyEM1 Volts"
    state_topic: "shellies/shellyem-B9E17C/emeter/0/voltage"
    qos: 0
    unit_of_measurement : "V"
    icon: mdi:flash-circle
#    availability_topic: "shellies/shellyem-B9E17C/online"
#    payload_available: "Online"
#    payload_not_available: "Offline"

Wyze $5 Door/Motion Wireless Sensors - No Cloud or Camera Required - How To with Home Assistant

Easy to deploy and reliable sensors for automations on doors, cabinets, freezers, toilet seats (we know who!), etc, check out the Wyze Sense pack.  By popular demand after the live stream we are doing a quick and easy step by step setup with Home Assistant.  This was tested on a Raspberry Pi 4 (which runs pretty quick!) but you can install this on many device setup types, such as unRaid, docker, etc.

Wyze Sense Pack w/ Camera
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Raspberry Pi 4 Kit

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unRaid hidraw<x> Passthrough

This is for folks running separate docker containers and not using the Hassio Supervisor

Plug in the Waze USB receiver, log into the unRaid …

Tuya Convert - What's Next? | Solderless Flashing Options

Tuya Convert got you down?  Still looking for some devices that don't require soldering to flash your Tasmota, ESPHome, etc open source firmware?  We are checking out a few devices that can be flashed with the open pin headers.  No soldering!  If you have any devices to add to the list be sure to comment down below.  They will get added along with pictures of the pin headers on this Blog post.  Let's build the list and make all of our devices ours with pure local control!

Solderless Devices

Zemismart - 1,2, or 3 Switch

They refer to them as gangs, but there are three models based on how many switches you want. They are clickie style switches and fit in a standard US 1 gang width box.  Remove the 4 screws on the back and you'll see the pins all right there.  IO0 is the GPIO 0 pin.

Sonoff iFan03

The button is GPIO0 - hold the button while applying power for a few seconds, just like the Sonoff Basic

Etekcity Switch 2 Way

Etekcity Switch 3 Way

Martin Jerry Switch 2 Way

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ESPHome on the Etekcity NightLight plug and 2 & 6 Channel Power Monitoring

Finishing up the last bit of sensors and config on the Etekcity power monitoring plug.  No soldering required to flash the plug as they left us an open header to attach to.  Snuck in a little bit of the cool 3 way Martin Jerry switch.

Etekcity Plug
Martin Jerry 3 way Switch

2 & 6 Channel Monitoring Boards with ESPHome -

Audio issues on the first piece, but we reset OBS to fix the issue!  Sorry guys/gals!

Tasmota Template for the Etekcity
(had issues with voltage readings dropping at random times)

Work in progress Etekcity Plug Config

  plug_name: etekpower
  # Higher value gives lower watt readout
  current_res: "0.00095"
  # Lower value gives lower voltage readout
  voltage_div: "2040"

  name: ${plug_name}
  platform: ESP8266
  board: esp8285

  ssid: !secret wifi_ssid