I’m not a Residence Assistant professional, but it surely’s clearly a large and highly effective ecosystem. I’ve interviewed the creator of Residence Assistant on my podcast and I encourage you to take a look at that chat.

Residence Assistant can shortly turn out to be a passion that overwhelms you. Each object (entity) in your home that’s even remotely linked can turn out to be programmable. Every thing. Even folks! You’ll be able to declare that any identify:worth pair that (for instance) your telephone can expose might be consumable by Residence Assistant. Questions like “is Scott residence” or “what’s Scott’s telephone battery” might be related to Scott the Entity within the Residence Assistant Dashboard.

I used to be amazed on the units/objects that Residence Assistant found that it may automate. Lights, remotes, Spotify, and extra. You may discover that any internally linked machine you might have probably has an Integration accessible.

Temperature, Mild Standing, certain, that is simple Residence Automation. However integrations and third occasion code may give you particulars like “Is the Dwelling Room darkish” or “is there movement within the driveway.” From these constructing blocks, you’ll be able to then construct your personal IFTTT (If This Then That) automations, combining not simply two programs, however any and all disparate programs.

What’s the most effective half? This all runs LOCALLY. Not in a cloud or the cloud or anybody’s cloud. I’ve obtained my stuff operating on a Raspberry Pi 4. Even higher I put a Energy Over Ethernet (PoE) hat on my Rpi so I’ve only one community wire into my hub that powers the Pi.

I consider establishing Residence Assistant on a Pi is the most effective and best approach to get began. That stated, you too can run in a Docker Container, on a Synology or different NAS, or simply on Home windows or Mac within the background. It is as much as you. Optionally, you’ll be able to pay Nabu Casa $5 for distant (exterior your home) community entry by way of clear forwarding. However to be clear, all of it nonetheless runs inside your home and never within the cloud.

Basic Home Assistant Setup

OK, to the principle level. I used to have an Amazon Ring Doorbell that will combine with Amazon Alexa and once you pressed the doorbell it could say “Somebody is on the entrance door” on our all Alexas. It was a stunning little integration that labored properly in our lives.

Front Door UniFi G4 Doorbell

Nonetheless, I swapped out the Ring for a Unifi Defend G4 Doorbell for various causes. I do not wish to pump video to exterior companies, so this doorbell integrates properly with my current Unifi set up and information video to an area onerous drive. Nonetheless, I lose any Alexa integration and this good little “somebody is on the door” announcement. So this looks like an ideal job for Residence Assistant.

This is the overall todo checklist:

  • Set up Residence Assistant
  • Set up Residence Assistant Neighborhood Retailer
    • This allows third occasion “untrusted” integrations immediately from GitHub. You may want a GitHub account and it will clone customized integrations immediately into your native HA.
    • I additionally advocate the Terminal & SSH (9.2.2), File editor (5.3.3) add ons so you’ll be able to see what’s taking place.
  • Get the UniFi Defend third occasion integration for Residence Assistant
    • NOTE: Unifi Defend assist is being promoted in Residence Assistant v2022.2 so you will not want this step quickly because it’ll be included.
    • “The UniFi Defend Integration provides assist for retrieving Digicam feeds and Sensor information from a UniFi Defend set up on both an Ubiquiti CloudKey+, Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Machine Professional or UniFi Defend Community Video Recorder.”
    • Authenticate and configure this integration.
  • Get the Alexa Media Participant integration
    • This makes all of your Alexas present up in Residence Assistant as “media gamers” and likewise lets you tts (textual content to speech) to them.
    • Authenticate and configure this integration.

I like to recommend going into your Alexa app and making a Multi-room Speaker Group referred to as “in all places.” Not solely as a result of it is good to have the ability to say “play the music in all places” however you too can goal that “All over the place” group in Residence Assistant.

Go into your Residence Assistant UI at http://homeassistant.native:8123/ and into Developer Instruments. Beneath Companies, attempt pasting on this YAML and clicking “name service.”

service: notify.alexa_media_everywhere
information:
  message: Somebody is on the entrance door, this can be a take a look at
  information:
    kind: announce
    methodology: communicate

If that works, you’ll be able to automate Alexa and make it say issues. Now, go to Configuration, Automation, and Add a brand new Automation. This is mine. I used the UI to create it. Be aware that your Entity names could also be totally different in the event you give your entrance doorbell digital camera a distinct identify.

Binary_sensor.front_door_doorbell

Discover the format of Knowledge, it is identify worth pairs inside a single subject’s worth.

Alexa Action

…but it surely additionally exists in a file referred to as Automations.yaml. Be aware that the “to: ‘on'” set off is required otherwise you’ll get double bulletins, one for every state change within the doorbell.

- id: '1640995128073'
  alias: G4 Doorbell Announcement with Alexa
  description: G4 Doorbell Announcement with Alexa
  set off:
  - platform: state
    entity_id: binary_sensor.front_door_doorbell
    to: 'on'
  situation: []
  motion:
  - service: notify.alexa_media_everywhere
    information:
      information:
        kind: announce
        methodology: communicate
      message: Somebody is on the entrance door
  mode: single

It really works! There is a ton of cool stuff I can automate now!


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About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, marketing consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft worker. He’s a failed stand-up comedian, a cornrower, and a ebook writer.

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