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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 04 December 2019

Today’s Amazing deal(s) from Amazon

  1. Fire TV Cube (1st Gen), hands-free with Alexa and 4K Ultra HD and 2nd Gen Alexa Voice Remote – Previous Generation is now available for $69.99

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Amazing Deal(s) on 28 November 2019

Today’s Amazing deal(s) from Amazon

  1. Echo Connect – requires compatible Alexa-enabled device and home phone service is now available for $12.99

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Amazing Deal(s) on 28 November 2019

Today’s Amazing deal(s) from Amazon

  1. Echo Input – Bring Alexa to your own speaker- Black is now available for $14.99

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Amazing Deal(s) on 28 November 2019

Today’s Amazing deal(s) from Amazon

  1. Echo Show 5 – Compact smart display with Alexa – Charcoal is now available for $49.99

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Amazing Deal(s) on 28 November 2019

Today’s Amazing deal(s) from Amazon

  1. Fire TV Cube (1st Gen), hands-free with Alexa and 4K Ultra HD and 2nd Gen Alexa Voice Remote – Previous Generation is now available for $69.99

Support Me

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).