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  • Closeup of 28BYJ-48 motor with trace cut for bipolar conversionConverting the 28BYJ-48 stepper motor for more torque!
    In How To Guides
    A couple of days ago I decided to strip apart my blinds and figure out how to automate them, its something I wanted to do for a while but never really got round to it. Just a couple of hours later, I had something functional and working as you can see here: Finally got around to …
  • Closeup of smart light switch circuit board for use with Tuya-convertFlashing any Smart bulb, plug or switch with Tuya-Convert
    In How To Guides
    I wrote last year about over the air flashing of smart bulbs using the Tuya-convert procedure. However, back then there was no current way to bypass a firmware that Tuya started loading onto newer devices to block this flashing. Why would you want to do this in the first place? …
  • Setup Private Internet Access with pfSense ThumbnailSetup a PIA VPN with pfSense 2.4.5
    In How To Guides
    Many of us use a VPN in one way or another these days, they have seen a surge in popularity over the last decade or so with many people seeking to use them as means of bypassing content restrictions with Netflix or other streaming services, as a way of connecting to home or work …
  • A Wifi enabled fingerprint sensor with Home Assistant showingHow to build a WiFi connected Fingerprint Sensor with Home Assistant
    In How To Guides
    When I posted some update videos on Reddit and Twitter (make sure to follow me there for more updates!) earlier this week about the Fingerprint Sensor update, the reaction was so wonderfully positive that I knew I had to get onto this guide as soon as possible! Here was one of …
  • 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 …