Zigbee: Hub vs Zigbee2MQTT

What's better for home automation - Zigbee USB with Zigbee2MQTT or a consumer grade Zigbee enabled hub like MiHome?

A word or 400 about NodeRED’s context explorer

I was not aware of the NodeRED's context explorer, so I want to make sure your life with NodeRED is as easy...

Washing machine notifications – making “dumb” machine “smart”

Learn how to add washing machine notifications to your Google Home on the cheap

Preserving variables in NodeRED

Save precious data in NodeRED! Don't let it get wiped by the server restart and learn how to preserve variables in NodeRED.

A “goodnight” button – MiHome switch it all and more

I'm not going to lie, there are many times I ended up in bed "accidentally" then absolutely hated getting back up and...

Goodbye “bigtimer” node… [for now] – NodeRED sun and time

From time to time, I get a crazy idea of changing something small in my automation setup. Usually, an idea like that drags me...

Insult-o-tron 9000 and couple of other PC tricks

There is more than one way to skin the cat. There are at least five ways to use Aqara cube in your home automation....

Turning buttons into dimmers – Xiaomi MiHome Switch in NodeRED

A button can be more than just a click. It could be at least three things, as shown in this Xiaomi MiHome Switch overview....

NodeRED: Who’s home?

I'm an avid fan of what Fing app and Fingbox can do. You should seriously read about it! I also understand that splashing out $99...

Xiaomi Aqara Temp & Humidity sensor in NodeRED

Some time ago, I made a NEST alike smart controller for my thermostat. This device used NodeRED as the platform and up until now,...

NodeRED for beginners


NodeRED for beginners: 7. Tips & Tricks

That's the last post of this series with a couple of tips and tricks you might find handy while building your own flows. These...

NodeRED for beginners: 6. Function node

The Function Node is one of the most useful nodes in NodeRED. It's a javascript editor which doesn't do much unless you tell it...

NodeRED for beginners: 5. Connectivity

I explained how to process the data in the last tutorial, its time to learn how to send the data to NodeRED and how...

NodeRED for beginners: 4. Data Processing

If you made your first flow already, you know that data is passed between each node. If you want to see this in a simplified example,...

NodeRED for beginners: 3. Your First Flow

We talked about why you should get NodeRED in the first place, and how to get started with NodeRED, now it's time for your...