Wifi is an essential need in Maslow's hierarchy

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 bit more complicated… But as usual, workarounds exist! Background First, let’s take a look at…Continue reading How to configure your Smart Home wifi devices that fail to connect due to a weak wifi signal?

Home Assistant logo

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! Background Like so many times before, I was quite annoyed by the relatively small number…Continue reading How to move the Home Assistant SQLite database in Docker on Windows?

Home Assistant logo

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 configure your Smart Home wifi devices that fail to connect due to a weak wifi…Continue reading Home Assistant – Quick and dirty fixes

ClimaCell / tomorrow.io logo

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 it had worked brilliantly so far, but suddenly and without warning, it just stopped working.…Continue reading No way to renew a ClimaCell API subscription – what to do?

Docker is the unfortunate future

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 the first time I’m trying out Docker. Or Home Assistant! Another learning experience coming in,…Continue reading Gotchas when configuring Home Assistant on Docker on Windows