NodeREDautomation

Smart Home should be tailored to your needs. I could relay on a single brand and make my home automation tied to a specific service, but I like the freedom and creativity that comes with connecting my favourite gadgets together against the rules. Most of my Smart Home projects are based on NodeRED or Raspberry Pi as thanks to this approach I can enjoy IKEA buttons with MiHome Lights and Sonoff gadgets. It may take more time and energy than a commercial system, but my approach is often less expensive and much more rewarding. Take a look at each ecosystem and learn how to make it all play nice together.

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Voice Assistants
Google Assistant and Alexa controls

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Aqara Roller Shade Driver E1 & Zigbee2MQTT

Taking Aqara E1 apart, adding it to Zigbee2MQTT and NodeRED. This time with sunset/sunrise and temp controls
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How to wake on LAN computers and put it to sleep with Power Menu, Alexa and Google Assistant

How to Wake on LAN properly via Android, Alexa, Google Assistant and Web
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Zigbee
Zigbee2MQTT and more

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Sonoff for households and gardens

ITEAD released two ZigBee devices to manage water in your household and gardens. Now you can monitor the flow and dispense water with Sonoff SWV and prevent water damage using the Sonoff Water Leak sensor with a twist.
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I wish I had known about the SMLIGHT ZigBee/Thread Coordinators sooner!

SMLIGHT coordinators are the perfect choice for anyone just diving into ZigBee. SLZB-06 series is easy to use and comes with future-proofing Thread support.
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Best Automation

Tuya SDK for beginners: Intro to Tuya Cloud API

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Working with Tuya Cloud API. A guide to Cloud automation for beginners, get started with REST!

NEST your old thermostat under $5

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Nest-ing up your older thermostat under $5

Nora – Google Assistant in NodeRED

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Integrate Google Assistant with NodeRED thanks to Nora - NodeRED home automation

Sonoff Zigbee Bridge – review

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Sonoff line up will soon include Sonoff Zigbee Bridge and more Zigbee sensors - here is the first look

DIY Smart Washing Machine – for about 15 bucks!

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

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I damaged the cheapest Smart Socket with power metering for you

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Sonoff S60 has an exeptional price for a smart socket with a power meter - I decided to check it out and see how flashable it is

The end of Tasmota? Sonoff SwitchMan M5 Matter

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These are one of the least expensive Matter devices to automate your lights. Will Sonoff SwitchMan M5 Matter put an end to Tasmota?

Meros TRV to the rescue?

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I got my hands on another TRV - this time from Meross. I heard good things about the brand so I wanted to see if Meross TRV would be good to manage smart heating.

Aqara brings Thread sensors but…

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Aqara brings new Thread sensors to their ecosystem. First sensors to support Matter this way are Aqara Motion and Light Sensor P2 and Aqara Contact Sensor P2

Multi-lights for your ceiling from Aqara

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This is the biggest light I held in my hands so far. It's ZigBee and it comes from Aqara - meet Aqara Ceiling Light T1M

IKEA in NodeRED

Control Spotify with IKEA Symfonisk

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Control Spotify with IKEA Symfonisk remote. Use NodeRED to add custom devices and actions to this IKEA Tradfri remote controller.

IKEA TRADFRI Wireless dimmer in NodeRED

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Thanks to NodeRED you can use IKEA TRADFRI Wireless Dimmer to interact with everything

IKEA Tradfri Socket in NodeRED

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How to use IKEA Tradfri Socket in NodeRED and make it much better!

IKEA TRADFRI light bulbs in NodeRED

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Learn how to control IKEA TRADFRI light bulbs in NodeRED using Zigbee2MQTT

Smarter IKEA TRADFRI motion sensor in NodeRED

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On its own IKEA TRADFRI motion sensor is very simple and not exactly smart. Thanks to NodeRED I'm able to add more features and turn this motion sensor in a truly connected thing!

Mapping IKEA TRADFRI remote in NodeRED

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How to use IKEA TRADFRI remote in NodeRED and replicate its original functionality with other devices.

Using IKEA TRADFRI dimmers in NodeRED

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Use IKEA TRADFRI dimmer to dim any NodeRED compatibile light, not just IKEA lightbulbs!