Home Automation Using Home Assistant
Why would you want this?
1. Control or monitor: lights, appliances, thermostat, alarm system, video cameras, garage doors, people, locks, televisions, door bells
2. Create automation rules
3. Use your cell phone, tablet or voice to control anything even when you're not at home. No need to run apps, works from any browser
4. It is cool (Warning: It is very addictive)
The purpose of this thread is to share automation ideas. Here is a glimpse of my setup
Alarm Panel (Not sure why the numbers are so small)
I am no expert, but I will be happy to help where I can. My setup is 99% Z-Wave, the only WiFi device I have is the doorbell. Voice is done with Google Home (you can see it on the main screen). It also works with Alexa but I don't own one.
I ran it on a Raspberry Pi 3B initially and moved to a 3B+ when it was released. I currently have it running on a spare Intel NUC. The hub is constantly monitoring the state of each component and I can trigger events based on weather, time, presence, motion.
For example, I can have the lights turn on in the drive way 15 minutes after the sun sets or I can have my garage door close once it detects my car is parked for more than 2 minutes.