Home Automation

Xiaomi’s Mijia hub (Mi Home): more than a hub

I have been dismissing the idea of buying a "hub" device for a while. I run a NodeRED server and adding yet another hub...
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Streaming your own music on Amazon Echo for free

Google Home Mini has been my default smart speaker for streaming music, as the sound was decent, and Google made streaming your own tracks...
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Hacking Sonoff WiFi Smart Plug

ITEAD guys made it so easy for us mortals to open their products up and do custom things. I have been given 2 EU...
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Hacking Koogeek Smart Plug

This is not the first Smart Socket I had taken apart. Previously I flashed a custom software into ESP8266 based Oittm Smart socket  (review,...

Talking to Amazon Echo Dot 3rd gen

The Black Fridays Deals started earlier than ever in the UK. I opened the Amazon.co.uk to see what's going on - online window shopping...

Amazon Echo Dot Black Friday deals in the UK

It looks like that Amazon's UK division starts the Black Friday deals early! I was randomly browsing the internet when I noticed that there...
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NEST your old thermostat under $5

https://www.instagram.com/p/BprahT4nJfk/   The heating system in my house is probably as old as the house itself. It's about 30 years old, which is fine in terms...
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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...
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Marvelous notifications – Putting ESP8266 Jarvis into toy Ironman

I was looking at my shelf the other day and I noticed an Ironman figurine given to me by a friend. Initially, I was...

Alexa in a cup holder! Omars Dogo review

Once a while I get my hands onto a gadget that really sparks my interest. Taking Alexa with me (other than Amazon Alexa app)...

NodeRED for beginners

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...