How to install Home Assistant

by | Dec 17, 2017 | Home assistant, Smart Hubs

Obi-Wan Kenobi, you have done the right choice. Home Assistant is the best hub around. Now get to it – this not be that easy but will be a lot of fun.

Get some hardware and software

I suggest for a quick start to begin with following:

  1. Server – Get Raspberry Pi. It is a tiny yet powerful server for your setup.
  2. Lights – Start with TP-link lights, even Philip Hue (you will need a hub though)
  3. Z-wave – this will help you to connect with sensors. Aeon Z-wave stick is very sleek.
  4. Motion sensor – start with Aeon Multisensor

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Next, you need to download some software:

  • Hass.io – this is the best Home Assistant build
  • Etcher – to write on your SD Card

Put some music on!

Write Hassio on your SD Card

  • Un-zip the Hass.io file that you downloaded . You should have .img file in the end
  • Open Etcher and you will see the window like belowScreen Shot 2017-09-09 at 8.53.18 AM
  • Click “Select image” and find your .img file.
  • Put your SD card into your SD card reader and connect it to the computer. If Etcher doesn’t find your card right away, you can browse for it.
  • Click “Flash!”

Connect to Wi-Fi

Skip this is you will connect only via Ethernet

  • Reinsert your SD card into the computer and open card’s files. Scroll to the bottom and open the “system connections” folder
  • Inside is a file called “resin-sample.” Right click on this file and open it using any text editor. Double clicking the file will run the file instead of opening the file.

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  • Change “ssid” to your Wifi name, and “psk” to your Wifi password. Save. Eject your SD card and insert into your Raspberry Pi

First boot up

  • If you are going to connect your Raspberry Pi to the internet with an Ethernet cable, plug that in now.
  • If you are using WiFi or have already connected the Ethernet cable, plug your Raspberry Pi into its power source to turn it on. After being plugged in, Home Assistant will begin updating itself. After a few minutes, you will be able to reach Home Assistant by going to http://hassio.local:8123/ in your browser and you will see a screen like this. If you can’t reach home assistant at that address, you can replace “hassio.local” with your Raspberry Pi’s IP address. http://YOURIPADDRESS:8123/
  • Go do something for yourself for about 20 minutes.

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You did it!

  • After Home Assistant finishes updating, you’ll see the main Home Assistant States page.Screen Shot 2017-09-09 at 1.01.37 PM
  • Your new Home Assistant set up may even pick up some of your devices. You can see your Chomecasts, wemos and other software.