One of the quickest and easiest ways to get into home automation is to buy some smart bulbs or smart plug modules. But before you buy, there’s some important limitations to be aware of.
To really understand why Home Assistant exists in the first place, you’re going to need to get familiar with the landscape of smart home tech, specifically the different communication technologies out there…so grab a drink and settle in.
This post is the start of a series in which I will periodically cover how my home automation system is set up. I’ll talk about what products and technologies am I using, what new automations or tricks are being used, and how much money and time I’ve wasted trying to get that Next Big Thing working just right.
The TP-Link HS100 is a WiFi-based smart plug. It is a solid and affordable choice if you don’t mind that it blocks both plugs on an outlet.
I now have a Hue dimmer remote pulling double-duty by directly controlling some Hue bulbs and triggering events in Home Assistant (including short- and long-presses!). This post covers how I set it up.