Setting up Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi

Home Assistant is open-source software for smart-home design and control. This article is the first part of a multi-article series that will cover my Home Assistant set-up. As my platform to run the software, I will be using an inexpensive Raspberry Pi. I use Home Assistant to control smart plugs, lights, temperature, and a vacuum robot. My general rule is to buy the cheapest smart-home gear I can get my hand on and integrate it into the Home Assistant. Because of its popularity and its community’s effort, it can interact with almost all smart devices from different vendors. It is even possible to create automations between otherwise incompatible systems. I see this series as my contribution to the ecosystem by providing a set of comprehensive guides. A user following these guides will end up with a well-working smart-home system.

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