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Hassio Slow Restart

Since Hass.io version 0.105.x I seem to have troubles with slow restarts of my Hassio instance. I just couldn’t figure out what happened to it. I did try everything, different SD cards, different raspberry Pi, different OS and Hassio version, but whatever I did, the restart process hung for exactly 15 minutes (+/- a couple of seconds). This seemed like some bug in Hassio. I used SSH to check out…

10 Best automations to start Home Assistant

When you have followed through one of my previous posts how to set up Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi, you might wonder: “And what is next?” One of the first things to do after you set up your first devices is to create some automations. Those can be created in the automations.yaml file in your Configurator if you use hass.io. Or otherwise access your configuration files via your favourite…

IKEA Trådfri lights with Home Assistant

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to get started with Home Assistant and home automation in general is getting yourself a couple of IKEA Trådfri lights in combination with a Philips Hue bridge. When I looked into home automation, I was shocked with the price of the Philips Hue set and kept me from starting with it. The amount of lights I would need in my house would easily…

Home Assistant basics

What is Home Assistant? Updated on March 29, 2020. Home Assistant is an open source home automation platform. It runs on a Raspberry Pi and comes in easy to install packages. With Home Assistant you can control all you smart devices from you laptop, computer, phone or tablet, because it’s UI is browser based. You can create automations and scenes to create those mood lights you’ve always wanted. The best…

Hi there and welcome!

Hello there and welcome on YourSmartHomeCenter.com! I am Paul, a big time nerd looking for answers on all his smart home questions. I live in The Netherlands with my lovely understanding wife and our 2 great kids. In my everyday life I have a great full-time job in the aviation business and when I do have some spare time I love to build those little model planes or you can…