Time’s have changed. No longer are masses of virtual machines (or physical devices, such as raspberryPi) required. I’ve recently been introduced to the NAS (oh it’s so much more) software called Unraid.
Unraid allows you not only to run a NAS for your storage but also run “Dockers” or tiny virtual machine images which deploy in seconds. Developers have created thousands of these Dockers and you can usually find one which will work for you. Continue reading How to use the Homebridge Unraid Docker
My setup at home consists of various home automation devices. But the majority of my home lighting and power control is done by LightwaveRF. In my opinion this is one of the best options out there for somebody wanting to automate their home lighting and power. Their sockets and switches look excellent and don’t rely on massive plugged in devices (unless you opt for those). Continue reading How to use LightwaveRF with Homebridge
If you’ve followed all my previous tutorials there is one step left to get your installation of homebridge communicating with your lightwaveRF link controller.
I’ve broken these articles up into smaller sections otherwise it can be information overload while trying to work along at home. Continue reading How to pair your homebridge server with lightwave link
So you’ve managed to get your homebridge system up and running. You’ve added some accessories and devices but suddenly your homebridge is failing to launch! I’ve had this issue a few times and it’s always down to an incorrectly formatted config.json file. This post will be pretty obvious to veteran developers but for beginners it can be a real pain.. Continue reading Why isn’t my homebridge config.json working?
Apple Homekit was a promise by Apple to bring all your home automation equipment together under one app. Unfortunately the adoption of homekit from other manufacturers has been almost glacial in speed from either development costs or licensing costs or the desire for their end user to only use their App! All this achieves is forcing users to have an app for almost every device they own. Want to turn on your TV? Turn on your lights? Set your thermostat? that will be 3 different apps and time spent navigating them.
Fortunately there is an answer. Homebridge is designed to “bridge” the gap between Apple’s Homekit and your devices which don’t natively support them. So what we waiting for? Continue reading How to Install NodeJS and Homebridge
March 2020 – Google accounts are now required for Nest devices. This guide will not work. Ill leave it up for posterity though.
Nest products are becoming even more popular. I myself have a Nest thermostat and looking into getting some of their indoor cameras to act as a baby monitor as my daughter is old enough to be unleashed into her room without cot bars keeping her safe.
With the myriad of applications required to control all your home automation devices the idea of Apple Homekit is an intriguing one. It enables you to have everything in one place, accessible quickly. Alas, not everything is supported by Apple’s Homekit including Nest.. Continue reading How to add Nest devices to Homebridge