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Welcome to Ben’s Smart Home

Welcome to my humble blog. If you have visited this blog before, you may noticed it’s now totally different. It’s no longer a personal blog about my travel and food but a blog dedicated to my passion I found 3 years ago which is smart home or home automation.

Around early 2016, I stumbled upon an open source project created for smart home known as Home Assistant. Before that, I was wondering what else I could achieve with my existing home network? I already have a Network Attached Storage (NAS) that host my files and media server, IP PBX system that enabled room to room calling and interactive voice response (IVR) when someone called my office and networked CCTVs across the house. Once I got to know Home Assistant, I fell in love with it right away. It was the final piece my home network needed to reach its full potential.

However, Home Assistant is not your typical plug and play solutions you will find in the market. Even though efforts are there to steer it toward that direction but there is still a learning curve you need to take. Even after 3 years of tinkering with Home Assistant, I still refer to the documentations whenever I work on it. That is why this blog is mostly about Home Assistant and how to make things work for you based on my own experience. This blog also serves as a log of whatever I have learnt along the way and hopefully with the shared knowledge, you will learn something from it too.

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Amazing Deal(s) on 15 September 2019

Today’s Amazing deal(s) from Amazon

  1. Introducing Echo Show 5 – Compact smart display with Alexa – Charcoal is now available for $64.99

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Amazing Deal(s) on 10 September 2019

Today’s Amazing deal(s) from Amazon

  1. Echo Connect – requires compatible Alexa-enabled device and home phone service is now available for $19.99

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How to Install Home Assistant on Raspberry Pi

Let’s get started with the first step into the world of Home Automation. Before that, a word of warning;

This may cause you to spend a lot of money, lose appetite, sleep and hair. You will have the tendency to talk only about your smart home when you meet with another human being. This also might cause you to lose contact with that human being.

If you are OK with all that, let’s jump into the rabbit hole.

There are many methods to install Home Assistant and the recommended one is to use Hass.io method. However, when I first started with Home Assistant, there is no Hass.io. Therefore, I would like to think that the method I used to install Home Assistant is the “original” method and that is the method I am going share in this guide.

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Basic Raspberry Pi Preparation For Any Headless Server Projects

Before you start any headless server (without monitor) project with Raspberry Pi, these are the basic preparation you need to perform.

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Amazing Deal(s) on 26 July 2019

Today’s Amazing deal(s) from Amazon

  1. Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset – 64GB is now available for $209.00

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My primary sources of revenue are advertising and affiliate links (if you click the above links and buy something on Amazon, for example, I’ll get a small commission).