Home Assistant Configuration
Here's my Home Assistant configuration. I have installed HA on a Lenovo ThinkCentre M93P Tiny with an Intel Dual-Core i5-4570T Processor up to 3.60 GHz, 8GB RAM and 240GB SSD. I am currently running HA OS directly on the NUC and use a ConBee II USB as Zigbee Gateway
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Some of the devices and services that I use with HA
Lights and Switches
Yi 1080 Wireless IP Security Camera.
I like using this camera because of how easy it is to flash with a custom firmware, so all images stays local within my HA instance and nothing goes to the cloud.
I have it set up to automatically take pictures when movement is detected and send me notifications on my iPhone and Apple watch. Here's a link to watch a step by step video on how I set it up.
I use 2 brands of ZigBee Motion Sensor to detect movement and trigger automations
- These SONOFF SNZB-03. They are small and discreet but I found them to be fragile and unreliable.
- These Hacbop ZigBee PIR that are a little bit more expensive than the SONOFF SNZB-03 but they are more reliable and have a longer battery life.
I also use the SONOFF SNZB-04 Door & Window Sensor to detect when a door or window is opened in order to send notifications and/or trigger automation
Weather and Climate related
DIY (Arduino + ESP32 + ESP8266)
Automation: Turn on/off lights when someone walks in/out of a room
I have put various instances of the SONOFF SNZB-03 in strategic places around my house to detect movement and turn on/off lights. This one for example is placed at the top of the stairs to detect when someone is walking down towards the kitchen. This movement detection then triggers this automation that switches on the lights in the kitchen, then switches them off again when no movement is detected after 2 minutes.
Automation: Cats want to come in
When one of my cats wants to come in, they usually come to the door and start peeking inside trying to get our attention. I have put this Hacbop PIR Motion detector right at the edge of the door. When it detects a motion, it triggers this automation that asks my home camera at the back to take a picture and send it to my iPhone.
Here is where the PIR motion detector is placed
And here is what the camera screenshot looks like
My Home Assistant dashboard
I have one tab for every floor in my house and I put all smart devices of the same floor in the same tab. I also use one tab for all scenes, one for energy details and one for system monitoring. Here are some screenshots (please note that these may not be the most updated images, but you should get an idea).