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Join hosts Phil Hawthorne and Rohan Karamandi as they explore the newest Home Assistant releases and the latest Home Automation news. Featuring guests who use or contribute to Home Assistant, the podcast aims to inspire new ways to make your home smarter.

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    • 4.9 • 60 Ratings

Join hosts Phil Hawthorne and Rohan Karamandi as they explore the newest Home Assistant releases and the latest Home Automation news. Featuring guests who use or contribute to Home Assistant, the podcast aims to inspire new ways to make your home smarter.

    Customize Your Home with Advanced Automation with Jason Shearer

    Customize Your Home with Advanced Automation with Jason Shearer

    In this episode of the Home Assistant Podcast, Rohan Karamandi and Phil Hawthorne have an engaging conversation with Jason Shearer, a long-time listener and an engineering leader in the technology industry.
    Jason shares his fascinating journey from experimenting with home automation in his first condo to integrating advanced technologies into his current home. His expertise spans various domains, including lighting, irrigation, security, and energy management.
    Jason's story is filled with intriguing projects, such as transitioning from SmartThings to Home Assistant, automating a sit-stand desk, and creating elaborate holiday light displays using individually addressable LEDs.
    He delves into the importance of understanding energy consumption, leveraging predictive maintenance, and the integration of various protocols for a seamless smart home experience. Jason's innovative approaches and practical solutions provide valuable insights for both novice and experienced home automation enthusiasts.

    Key Takeaways:
    Predictive Maintenance: Using energy consumption data to identify anomalies and predict potential failures in home appliances.
    Touchless Automation: Implementing presence-based automation with millimeter wave sensors for a more intuitive and convenient smart home experience.
    Holiday Lighting Automation: Combining physical and software skills to create impressive holiday light displays, controlled via Home Assistant and MQTT.
    Voice Assistant Integration: The importance of local, cloud-independent voice assistants for enhanced privacy and reliability in smart home control.
    Sensor Utilization: Maximizing the use of various sensors, such as air quality, CO2 levels, and water leak detectors, for a healthier and safer living environment.

    Chapters00:16 Introduction
    00:47 Guest Introduction
    01:24 Consumer vs. Commercial Automation
    03:03 Jason's Home Automation Journey
    05:59 Lighting Automation and Christmas Decorations
    09:58 Physical Setup and Cable Management
    12:50 Weather Automation
    15:20 LED Longevity and Replacement
    17:36 Sequence Programming for Lights
    22:06 Lighting Effects and Home Assistant Integration
    28:01 Future Plans for Lighting Automation
    31:56 ESP Home Projects
    35:26 Leak Detection and Mitigation
    49:55 Energy Monitoring
    57:39 Daily Use of Automation
    01:12:16 Closing Remarks

    To learn more about Jason and his home automation projects, connect with him through the Home Assistant community.

    For complete show notes and more information about the topics discussed in this episode, be sure to check the notes at
    https://hasspodcast.io/ha160/
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    Support Rohan and Phil on Patreon

    This episode was made possible thanks to our sponsors
    Home Assistant Cloud by Nabu Casa
    Easily connect to Google and Amazon voice assistants for a small monthly fee that also supports the Home Assistant project. Configuration is via the User Interface so no fiddling with router settings, dynamic DNS or YAML.

    Hosts
    Phil Hawthorne
    Website
    Smart Home Products
    Twitter: @philhawthorne
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    Rohan Karamandi
    Website
    Smart Home Products
    Twitter: @rohank9
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Taking control of Blueprints, Voice gets smarter in 2024.7

    Taking control of Blueprints, Voice gets smarter in 2024.7

    2024.7, Year of the voice chapter 7, and an amazing ESPHome update are just some of the goodies released Rohan and Phil break down.

    Chapters00:44 ESPHome Update Entities
    05:16 Year of the voice chapter 7
    18:49 2204.7
    20:11 Home Assistant Roadmap
    29:05 20247 Continued

    For complete show notes and more information about the topics discussed in this episode, be sure to check the notes at
    https://hasspodcast.io/ha159
    Watch this episode on YouTube
    Support Rohan and Phil on Patreon

    This episode was made possible thanks to our sponsors
    Home Assistant Cloud by Nabu Casa
    Easily connect to Google and Amazon voice assistants for a small monthly fee that also supports the Home Assistant project. Configuration is via the User Interface so no fiddling with router settings, dynamic DNS or YAML.

    Hosts
    Phil Hawthorne
    Website
    Smart Home Products
    Twitter: @philhawthorne
    Buy Phil a Coffee

    Rohan Karamandi
    Website
    Smart Home Products
    Twitter: @rohank9
    Buy Rohan a Coffee


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Florian’s 100+ device ZigBee Network

    Florian’s 100+ device ZigBee Network

    Florian from The Netherlands joins Rohan and Phil to break down his smart home journey, and some of the decisions made when designing his families smart home.

    Chapters00:56 Getting started with Home Assistant
    12:23 Design Considerations for a smart home
    17:00 Protocols in the smart home
    19:17 100 Devices on Zigbee
    27:40 Home Assistant Hardware
    29:27 Favourite Automations
    34:03 Outdoor Irrigation
    40:24 Other Life Automations
    44:51 Room Presence
    48:47 Future plans for automations
    50:51 Automating Solar Consumption Output
    58:40 Dashboards and UI
    01:00:06 Zigbee Smoke Detectors

    For complete show notes and more information about the topics discussed in this episode, be sure to check the notes at
    https://hasspodcast.io/ha158
    Watch this episode on YouTube
    Support Rohan and Phil on Patreon

    This episode was made possible thanks to our sponsors
    Home Assistant Cloud by Nabu Casa
    Easily connect to Google and Amazon voice assistants for a small monthly fee that also supports the Home Assistant project. Configuration is via the User Interface so no fiddling with router settings, dynamic DNS or YAML.

    Hosts
    Phil Hawthorne
    Website
    Smart Home Products
    Twitter: @philhawthorne
    Buy Phil a Coffee

    Rohan Karamandi
    Website
    Smart Home Products
    Twitter: @rohank9
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Letting AI take control of our home with 2024.6

    Letting AI take control of our home with 2024.6

    From digital photo frames, irrigation and (almost) his children, Daniel has automated a lot with Home Assistant and ESPHome

    Chapters01:04 LLM AI Support for Home Assistant
    09:52 Assust Room Awareness
    10:58 Section Layout Control
    13:28 Blueprint Collapsible Sections
    14:23 Grouping Actions
    17:04 Matter Matters
    18:24 Disabling Expired Login Tokens in 20246
    21:16 Tag Entities
    23:14 Teslemetry
    26:56 New Integrations
    33:25 Azure Data Explorer
    37:42 Backward-incompatible Changes
    48:05 A subscription price for Alexa

    For complete show notes and more information about the topics discussed in this episode, be sure to check the notes at
    https://hasspodcast.io/ha157
    Watch this episode on YouTube
    Support Rohan and Phil on Patreon

    This episode was made possible thanks to our sponsors
    Home Assistant Cloud by Nabu Casa
    Easily connect to Google and Amazon voice assistants for a small monthly fee that also supports the Home Assistant project. Configuration is via the User Interface so no fiddling with router settings, dynamic DNS or YAML.

    Hosts
    Phil Hawthorne
    Website
    Smart Home Products
    Twitter: @philhawthorne
    Buy Phil a Coffee

    Rohan Karamandi
    Website
    Smart Home Products
    Twitter: @rohank9
    Buy Rohan a Coffee


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Exploring Daniel’s Home Assistant powered smart home

    Exploring Daniel’s Home Assistant powered smart home

    From digital photo frames, irrigation and (almost) his children, Daniel has automated a lot with Home Assistant and ESPHome

    Chapters01:03 Getting started with Home Automation
    02:51 Building a smart home
    09:36 Partner Acceptance Rules for a Smart House
    12:15 Smart Home Module Life Cycles
    16:27 ESPHome
    22:08 Water and Energy Monitoring
    30:45 Irrigation
    45:56 Reolink Cameras
    54:01 Favourite Automations
    58:02 Netgear Meural
    01:13:03 Driving Automations
    01:19:44 Home Assistant Hardware

    For complete show notes and more information about the topics discussed in this episode, be sure to check the notes at
    https://hasspodcast.io/ha156
    Watch this episode on YouTube
    Support Rohan and Phil on Patreon

    This episode was made possible thanks to our sponsors
    Home Assistant Cloud by Nabu Casa
    Easily connect to Google and Amazon voice assistants for a small monthly fee that also supports the Home Assistant project. Configuration is via the User Interface so no fiddling with router settings, dynamic DNS or YAML.

    Hosts
    Phil Hawthorne
    Website
    Smart Home Products
    Twitter: @philhawthorne
    Buy Phil a Coffee

    Rohan Karamandi
    Website
    Smart Home Products
    Twitter: @rohank9
    Buy Rohan a Coffee


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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Talking the Open Home Foundation and 2024.5 with Frenck

    Talking the Open Home Foundation and 2024.5 with Frenck

    The State of the Open Home live stream had some big announcements for Home Assistant and its future. Frenck fills in for Rohan to go behind the scenes and break down the announcements, and the latest Home Assistant release

    Chapters01:10 State of the Open Home
    03:47 New Owner of Home Assistant
    05:40 Home Assistant Foundation
    10:56 How many homes use Home Assistant
    13:35 Home Assistant Hardware Updates
    17:18 Cloud New Features
    18:04 Home Assistant Longterm New Features
    22:53 2024.5 New Features
    50:20 20245 New Integrations
    54:45 Backwards Incompatible Changes

    For complete show notes and more information about the topics discussed in this episode, be sure to check the notes at
    https://hasspodcast.io/ha154
    Watch this episode on YouTube
    Support Rohan and Phil on Patreon

    This episode was made possible thanks to our sponsors
    Home Assistant Cloud by Nabu Casa
    Easily connect to Google and Amazon voice assistants for a small monthly fee that also supports the Home Assistant project. Configuration is via the User Interface so no fiddling with router settings, dynamic DNS or YAML.

    Hosts
    Phil Hawthorne
    Website
    Smart Home Products
    Twitter: @philhawthorne
    Buy Phil a Coffee

    Franck Nijhof
    Website
    Twitter: @frenck


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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

snarknerd ,

Great for anyone interested in home automation

I get so many great ideas from this podcast. Definitely recommend for anyone who’s just getting into home automation or who is a HA whiz.

ndng28 ,

Great show

Very inspirational and informative. Keep up the good job!

bjhanifin ,

Host and guest sharing is inspiring!

Listening to the hosts and guests discuss the unique and most useful features of their setups are inspiring. It is exciting to learn about a clever way to use devices in a way that I hadn't considered before.

I appreciate the release notes and especially the breaking changes as a nice overview to listen to before I install an upgrade. I always quickly skim the breaking changes myself before an update to make sure nothing was added since the podcast was recorded.

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