Self-Hosted Software Guides

Self-hosting, the concept in which you host your own applications and data. When self-hosting, you know exactly how your data is managed and stored. While it does add extra complexity in comparison to many cloud services, self-hosting is the way to go if you want to be in control and you value your privacy. For example, all you need to set up Google Drive is a Google Account. Nextcloud is a self-hosted alternative to cloud storage and does require you to install and manage it.

Here you will find guides on all kinds of self-hosted software. Some are related to Home Assistant and others might not be. I do try my best to integrate all my self-hosted software with Home Assistant and if possible, I will detail how I achieved that.

Is ESPresense the successor to ESP32-mqtt-room we’ve been waiting for?

There is a new project attempting to solve room presence detection with ESP32 boards: ESPresense. But can it fulfil its promise?

Zigbee groups from Zigbee2MQTT now auto-discovered in Home Assistant

The most recent update to Zigbee2MQTT has introduced the ability for Zigbee groups to be auto-discovered by Home Assistant using MQTT Discovery.

What is room-assistant? A quick explainer

The room-assistant app takes presence detection to the next level. It not only tracks whether you are home, but in which room you are currently in.

Home Assistant will soon natively integrate with motionEye

The next release of Home Assistant Core, version 2021.5, which is due to be released next week, will be able to natively integrate with motionEye.

Testing the Zigbee2MQTT web-based frontend

I have finally been able to test the Zigbee2MQTT. So far, it has been everything I hoped for and more.

Location-based actions on a Philips Hue dimmer switch

Using Node-RED, ESP-32 boards, and an iBeacon, you can execute room-dependant commands by pushing a button on the Philips Hue dimmer switch.

You should only consider the Gledopto Zigbee 3.0 LED Controller Pro

Previous versions of the Gledopto LED controllers had some serious flaws. Will these be fixed in the Gledopto Zigbee 3.0 LED Controller Pro?

Turn an Aqara Water Leak Sensor into an instant rain meter

In this guide I’ll be showing you how to convert a readily available Aqara Water Leak Sensor into an instant rain meter.

Zigbee2MQTT vs ZHA: Battle of the Zigbee hub replacements

The decision on whether to go with Zigbee2MQTT or ZHA isn’t an easy one. I hope that this comparison will help you come to a decision.

Choose your Zigbee channel wisely

This guide will tell you how to optimise the 2.4 GHz band, which Zigbee and Wi-Fi use, in your smart home.