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How to fix disconnected Sonoff Zigbee sensors in Home Assistant?

This article explains how to fix and reconnect Sonoff Zigbee sensors in Home Assistant, after they have mystically disconnected themselves. The neatness of this solution is that while the eWelink app will assign your sensors a new device id any time you have to re-register them, this approach lets you use the same entity id you had for them before you had to reconfigure them. They don’t unfortunately retain their…Continue reading How to fix disconnected Sonoff Zigbee sensors in Home Assistant?

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How to configure your Smart Home wifi devices that fail to connect due to a weak wifi signal?

This article describes a solution to a problem that I have had with pairing different Smart Home devices with my app or some cloud service using wifi. Weirdly, wifi can be strong enough to provide connectivity to any of the devices, but weak enough for the pairing to fail. Fun stuff. You can usually just move the devices closer to your router, but with some devices that might be a…Continue reading How to configure your Smart Home wifi devices that fail to connect due to a weak wifi signal?

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How to move the Home Assistant SQLite database in Docker on Windows?

This article explains how you can move your Home Assistant’s SQLite database files to another location by mapping them to another volume in Docker. Using Docker on Windows. Which might not be a smart move, but it’s one I went with anyway. The article will explain how to do this with docker-compose, but the steps pretty much apply to vanilla docker as well. With that said – let’s move on!…Continue reading How to move the Home Assistant SQLite database in Docker on Windows?

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Home Assistant – Quick and dirty fixes

This article documents the quick and dirty fixes and patches that I have found for Home Assistant. I’m trying to document all the things that are not complicated enough to warrant an actual blog post themselves somewhere, and this page is as good a place as any. Hopefully, these tips end up being helpful to someone else as well! Posts Related to “Home Assistant – Quick and dirty fixes”:How to…Continue reading Home Assistant – Quick and dirty fixes

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No way to renew a ClimaCell API subscription – what to do?

One day I suddenly realized that my Home Assistant’s ClimaCell integration had stopped working. That was weird – it had been running just fine for a while. I had signed up for a ClimaCell developer account at developer.tomorrow.io (or whatever the address was before rebranding from ClimaCell to Tomorrow.io – but this is the portal that I used) on the 28th of July, perhaps in 2020, or perhaps 2019. And…Continue reading No way to renew a ClimaCell API subscription – what to do?

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Gotchas when configuring Home Assistant on Docker on Windows

What a nice headline, right? 😅 One day, I thought I’d give Home Assistant a try! And obviously, I couldn’t just make things easy and run it in a Linux virtual machine or my Raspberry Pi – instead, obviously, I decided to run it on Windows 10! And obviously, I’d use Docker for it. And of course, not just Docker, but docker-compose. Whatever that is. I don’t know – it’s…Continue reading Gotchas when configuring Home Assistant on Docker on Windows