Google Broke My Smart Home

I was using Google Home Mini to track my presence in my room by tracking my Mi Band 3 which I wear 24/7. It was working fine until Google decided to send an update to my Home Mini and take away that functionality. Why Google? Why must you take away the only reason of your existence in my home? I regretted that I did not block the Internet access on the Home Mini in my firewall. Now, I have to unplug it and find another alternative.

Introduction to Home Assistant

What is Home Assistant?

Home Assistant (HA) is basically a free and open-source software (FOSS) that act as a control centre/hub/”brain” for various smart home or networking devices that you may already have in your home. Without HA, every devices don’t communicate with each other. The CCTVs don’t talk to the alarm system. The alarm system doesn’t talk to the smart switches. The smart switches don’t talk to the TV. Basically they live in their own world and that means I need separate apps in order to talk to them.

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