Home Automation

Smart Home projects and automations

Blog post for Mastervolt Soladin 600 Wi-Fi logging adapter with ESP32

Mastervolt Soladin 600 Wi-Fi logging adapter with ESP32

Adding remote Wi-Fi data access to our Mastervolt Soladin 600 solar PV inverter using an Espressif ESP32-WROOM-32UE module

Blog post for Washing Machine notifications via Home Assistant and Sonos Smart Speakers

Washing Machine notifications via Home Assistant and Sonos Smart Speakers

Audio notifications for when the washing machine needs to be emptied via Home Assistant and Sonos speakers

Blog post for Sonoff POW R2 Smart Switch power consumption modification

Sonoff POW R2 Smart Switch power consumption modification

Modifying a Sonoff POWR2 Smart Switch with energy monitoring to reduce its power consumption when being used to monitor a devices energy usage

Blog post for Home Data Logger Zigbee Sensor Upgrades

Home Data Logger Zigbee Sensor Upgrades

We have added several new Zigbee sensors to our smart home system which runs Home Assistant and the sensors talk to the home Linux server using Zigbee2mqtt

Blog post for Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen Smart Speaker Teardown

Amazon Echo Dot 4th Gen Smart Speaker Teardown

Teardown time with an Amazon Echo Dot 4th generation smart speaker, find out how Alexa is listening to you

Blog post for Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart Speaker with Clock Teardown

Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart Speaker with Clock Teardown

Teardown time with an Amazon Echo Dot 3rd generation smart speaker with a built in LED clock on the side

Blog post for Sonos Door and Window Alerts from Home Assistant

Sonos Door and Window Alerts from Home Assistant

Using Zigbee door and window sensors to trigger alerts in Home Assistant to our tablets, phones and Sonos smart speakers.

Blog post for Kasa Smart Plug by TP-Link Power Consumption Modification

Kasa Smart Plug by TP-Link Power Consumption Modification

Modifying a Kasa Smart Plug by TP-Link Power to reduce its power consumption when being used to monitor a devices energy usage

Blog post for Adding 10Gb Fibre to the home network

Adding 10Gb Fibre to the home network

Everyone needs some fibre in their diet and we have added more to the home network using 10Gb Fibre to connect our computers and Synology network storage devices via a MikroTik CRS309-1G-8S+IN network switch