Home automation? That sounds a suitably geeky thing for me to be doing doesn't
it? Here are my notes on what I did and specifically on how I implemented my
copy of the open source home-assistant
system written in python, residing on GitHub and free.
Let me be the first to point out that I am just implementing an instance of
other people's hard work here. Perhaps they made different choices to those
that I would have made but they did the work and, hence, they probably know
more about the problem than I do.
Now the snag with user contributed stuff like this is that the product often
runs far faster than the documentation and the support. In one way this is good
as the emphasis is on fixes, features and progress but the bad side is that
some poor guy like me is trying to play catch-up, learn things and make my
system work. Google finds nothing as the user base is small and when you do
find a reference to your current problem it is usually somebody else facing the
same thing and getting nowhere.
This is a fast moving field. This information will be out of date in some detail even before you read it.
These are my notes on HA so far. They are NOT in the order that I did
things, they are in the order I probably should have done them.
Setting the basic system up in the first place.
Connecting it to your PC.
Making it auto-start.
Actually starting to control stuff.
by Nigel Hewitt