Time for something completely different: Hardware stuff. In this article, I’ll explain how to upgrade Synology DS423+ NAS’s RAM memory, which super-cheap RAM memory I used, and a little bit about how I ended up with this device in the first place. Anyway. Let’s get to it. Background A while…Continue reading How to update RAM on Synology DS423+?
Time to write about Home Assistant for a change! I’ve been using the home automation platform for a couple of years now and while it’s immensely powerful, you also run into all kinds of issues. I could rant in length about one weather station or how difficult it is to…Continue reading How to pick the cheapest hours of electricity using Home Assistant?
This article explains how to install Home Assistant on your Synology NAS device using Container Manager and Web Station. This probably applies to DSM 7.2+ on any somewhat modern Synology DiskStation device. A lot of the steps also apply if you’re setting up ANY containers to run on your NAS,…Continue reading How to install Home Assistant on Synology NAS (DSM 7.2)?
This article describes some of my experiences with Airthings air quality sensors, especially when used with Home Assistant. I’m using a couple of sensors to keep an especially close eye on CO2, Radon and air pressure, in addition to temperature and humidity (which I already have plenty of Sonoff sensors…Continue reading How do Airthings sensors work with 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…Continue reading How to fix disconnected Sonoff Zigbee sensors in Home Assistant?
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…Continue reading How to configure your Smart Home wifi devices that fail to connect due to a weak wifi signal?
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…Continue reading How to move the Home Assistant SQLite database in Docker on Windows?
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…Continue reading Home Assistant – Quick and dirty fixes
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 –…Continue reading No way to renew a ClimaCell API subscription – what to do?
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…Continue reading Gotchas when configuring Home Assistant on Docker on Windows