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  • Installing esp8266 boards into the arduino IDEInstalling ESP8266 into Arduino IDE
    In How To Guides
    This is a quick (and I mean quick!) and easy guide on installing ESP8266 boards into Arduino IDE which allows you to program all of your ESP8266 and ESP32 boards within Arduino IDE – a really powerful function. First, open up the Arduino IDE and head to File > …
  • Fingerprint Sensor with ArduinoFingerprint Sensor Module with Arduino
    In How To Guides
    Adding a Fingerprint sensor to an Arduino/Raspberry Pi/ESP8266 has always been an interesting way, in my opinion, of adding security to a project, given how simple it is and your fingers are something you always have with you…hopefully! One issue I always found with the …
  • DS18B20 Temperature Sensor in enclosure for Home AssistantBuilding a temperature sensors for Home Assistant – Wemos D1 Mini with DS18B20 build guide
    In How To Guides
    The world has changed a little bit in the past couple of weeks/months depending on where you live with a global pandemic currently on-going, meaning more and more of us are currently spending a lot more time indoors that we would either like or are used to thanks to the …
  • Unifi Protect bundle with G3 Flex, Unifi 8 port switch and Unifi Cloud Key Gen 2Ubiquiti Unifi Protect Review – Scalable Video Security
    In Reviews
    Unifi Protect is a scalable, security system with all the features you need – motion recording, alerts, geofencing and more – with zero subscription fees! …
  • How to install an MQTT brokerHow to install an MQTT Broker – Mosquitto Install/Config on Debian/Ubuntu/Mint/Fedora/Raspbian
    In How To Guides
    If you’ve worked with any IoT (Raspberry Pi, Arduino, ESP, Zigbee, Z-wave etc) devices, or any popular home automation software (Home Assistant, OpenHAB, Domoticz) chances are you have heard of MQTT as a means of communicating between devices. Today we are going to install …
  • Getting started with Home Assistant - notifications thumbnailGetting Started with Home Assistant – Part 5 – Notifications
    In Getting Started with Home Assistant, How To Guides
    Welcome back to part 5 of the “Getting Started with Home Assistant” series after a short hiatus – we saw some changes coming with regards to the mobile app which is why we held off on this part so we could cover the best way to do notifications. Home Assistant …
  • DIY Alarm System with Home AssistantHow to make your own dual-purpose wireless alarm system with Home Assistant – Part 1
    In How To Guides
    Ever looked at adding an alarm system to your house only to overwhelmed by the plethora of options out there? We get you, it can be very hard to make a choice because once you do, you are often locked into that providers ecosystem with very limited compatibility with other …
  • TrueCommand 1.1 Release overviewFreeNAS Centralised Management – TrueCommand 1.1 release overview
    In Reviews
    I’ve been personally using FreeNAS permanently for around 6 years or so, around the 8.3 release, and it is ony of my favourite open-source projects to date. As a NAS, it’s so simple and easy to use (although it did used to be a bit daunting!) and just simply works. …
  • LinITX APU2 D2 ReviewLinITX APU2 D2 Review – An exceptional Home/SMB Firewall
    In Reviews
    Netgate’s pfSense has surged in popularity over the last few years and has grown to be the most popular open source firewall out there, and it’s easy to see why – it can be installed on a wide range of hardware, it’s very feature rich and most importantly …
  • Getting started with Home Assistant Part 4Getting Started with Home Assistant – Part 4 – Automations and Templates
    In Getting Started with Home Assistant, How To Guides
    Welcome to part 4 of the Getting Started with Home Assistant series – Automations and Templates. This series aims to help teach you about the basic configuration and functionality of Home Assistant. This part follows on from part 3, although it assumes you have now added …