Let’s make our old garage door smarter!

As part of our home automation project, we would like to get a smart garage door opener, one that can give us remote access and also alerts when we are away from home.  Have you ever have that question in your mind after you left your home and while...

OK Google, let’s be brief!

I’ve been using both Google Assistant and Amazon Echo devices at home, they are very handy devices that will listen to your voice commands and execute them, specially when your hands are tight up like cooking, holding a baby, or taking a shower. I will write a few reviews...

Alexa in your car?

Voice assistance devices are quite handy and can provide a pleasant hand-free experience in places where your hands are occupied.  So I was quite interested when I heard Amazon announcing the new Echo Auto, basically promise to bring Alexa into your car 🚗. This is not something new, car...

Z-Wave vs Zigbee

Home automation is quite popular now in most household and it is common to see retailers dedicate quite a lot of display space to them.  I was in a local Best Buy store recently, and was delighted to find a few aisles of home automation products on display and...

Secure Remote Admin Access with Duck DNS

Now that you have Hass.io running happily on your Raspberry Pi, the next thing in your mind is probably how to access the admin console remotely from the internet, so that you can control your smart home even when you are away from home. One elegant and free solution...

Access Configuration Files with Samba

Hass.io is the latest all-in-one installation for Home Assistant.  It is the simplest way to set up Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi.  You can now manage your Hass.io with a web console. Once you have Hass.io setup and running on the Pi, you will find that one of...

To Cloud or Not to Cloud?

It is a cloudy morning today, but we are not talking about the weather.  Cloud services are quite popular now and are available quite abundantly and down-to-earth.  There are many discussion in the corporate world regarding availability, reliability, and security for enterprise level type of cloud services.  But how...

Have an Old IP Camera?

Do you have an old IP camera that you are still using at home? I have 2 of them. This is a Foscam FI8910W camera.  It had its glorious days many years ago, and it is still working like a charm, as older hardware are built to last much...