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Home Assistant Guide is your source for guides, news, and reviews related to the world’s most popular open-source home automation software. Home Assistant is an open-source DIY home automation platform. All you need to get started is a Raspberry Pi and a bit of patience.

Integrating Netgear WAX/WAC access points with Home Asssistant

This custom component allows you to integrate Netgear’s WA access points with Home Assistant. Tested are the WAX620, WAX610, and WAC510.

eWeLink releases a Home Assistant add-on for Sonoff devices

This news shows that vendors are interested in integrating their smart home wares with Home Assistant. However, this integration shouldn’t be used.

The hacked IKEA VINDRIKTNING can now be read by ESPHome

It was bound to happen sooner or later: The previously hacked IKEA VINDRIKTNING can now be integrated with Home Assistant using ESPHome.

The best Wi-Fi temperature and humidity sensors for Home Assistant

Wi-Fi temperature and humidity sensors do not require a hub. They connect directly to an access point and configured using a built-in web server or an app.

The best Bluetooth temperature and humidity sensors for Home Assistant

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) has similar properties to Zigbee: It uses the same 2.4 GHz radio frequencies and consumes very little power.

What is an ESP8266, and why does ESPHome use it?

At its core, The ESP8266 is a low-cost Wi-Fi (b/g/n) microchip, released in 2013. With ESPHome, it can be used to read sensors, build lights, and more.

What is ESPHome, and what can it do?

ESPHome (previously known as esphomelib) is a tool with which you can create custom firmware for ESP8266 and ESP32 boards.

What are GPIO pins on the ESP8266 and ESP32?

GPIOs are what ESPHome uses to gather data from sensors, detect button pushes, push data to other devices, and more.

What is an ESP32, and does ESPHome need its extra power?

The ESP32 is a low-cost, low-power, and ESPHome-compatible system on a chip microcontroller.

What to do if ESPHome shows all nodes as offline

In some cases, the ESPHome dashboard will show all nodes as offline, despite them being online. A single variable is the fix.