The hacked IKEA VINDRIKTNING can now be read by ESPHome

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When IKEA unveiled their budget-friendly VINDRIKTNING air quality sensor, it instantly captured the attention of tech enthusiasts and DIY tinkerers. The device's low cost and functional design made it a prime candidate for modification, and it wasn't long before the hacking community, led by innovators like Sören Beye, took to enhancing its capabilities. The integration of ESPHome in the subsequent release (version 2021.8.0) marked a significant leap forward, bringing a breath of fresh air to home environment monitoring.


Innovating with the PM1006 Particulate Matter Sensor Component

The introduction of the PM1006 Particulate Matter Sensor component into ESPHome was spearheaded by Sören Beye's pioneering work. This integration simplifies the process of linking the IKEA sensor with ESPHome, enabling users to harness the sensor’s capabilities with minimal coding. By configuring the UART bus to connect the RX pin on the ESP8266 or ESP32 to the TX pin of the PM1006, users can facilitate a seamless communication between the devices. This setup, however, is designed to passively receive data, without the option to set intervals, as it continuously listens to the sensor's integrated MCU.

Strategic Placement for Optimal Performance

Choosing the right location to install the ESP8266 or ESP32 inside the VINDRIKTNING's casing is crucial for ensuring effective airflow and accurate sensor readings. The consensus within the Home Assistant Community suggests that placing the microcontroller beneath the fan is optimal. This setup helps maintain uninterrupted airflow, which is vital for precise measurements. Additionally, some users have ingeniously fitted a compact 5V to 3.3V converter alongside an ESP-01 within the limited space of the VINDRIKTNING’s housing, demonstrating the flexibility and adaptability of this setup.

By marrying IKEA's accessible technology with ESPHome’s robust capabilities, the hacked VINDRIKTNING sensor not only serves as a testament to the power of community-driven innovation but also provides an affordable solution for improving indoor air quality monitoring. This blend of affordability and technology enables homeowners to take a proactive approach in managing their indoor environments, ensuring healthier living spaces.

A photograph of the IKEA VINDRIKTNING after being opened up. Inside one can see the PCB and a place for an ESP-01 is highlighted with a red circle.
A portrait photo oif Liam Alexander Colman, the author, creator, and owner of Home Assistant Guide wearing a suit.

About Liam Alexander Colman

is an experienced Home Assistant user who has been utilizing the platform for a variety of projects over an extended period. His journey began with a Raspberry Pi, which quickly grew to three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-fledged server. Liam's current operating system of choice is Unraid, with Home Assistant comfortably running in a Docker container.
With a deep understanding of the intricacies of Home Assistant, Liam has an impressive setup, consisting of various Zigbee devices, and seamless integrations with existing products such as his Android TV box. For those interested in learning more about Liam's experience with Home Assistant, he shares his insights on how he first started using the platform and his subsequent journey.

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