Cloud Free Smart Vacuum

Cloud Free Smart Vacuum – Valetudo for Roborock S5

Looking to free your robot vacuum from the cloud? Want to control your vacuum over MQTT and have full access to the map it generates of your house? Today’s article will walk you through installing Valetudo. Valetudo is a binary that runs on rooted Roborock S5 vacuums that enable users to fully control the vacuum without any cloud connection whatsoever. I’ll also walk through getting the generated map displaying in your Home Assistant instance so you can monitor your vacuum as it cleans your house!

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Aeotec Z-Wave Mulit-Color Bulb Review

Aeotec Z-Wave ZWA002 LED Bulbs Review (with automated Holiday Colors)

Personally, I’m a big fan of always using smart switches instead of smart bulbs to automate my home. However, there are times when adding multi-color lights adds something to your smart home. I wanted to have my porch lights routinely go on every night and also change colors during the holidays. I’ve already got a … [Read more…]

Aeotec ZW162 Review

Aeotec ZW162 Z-Wave Doorbell Review

I was in search of a doorbell I could integrate into my Home Automation system that didn’t rely on the cloud. Video was not important to me, I’m already using dedicated PoE cameras for video surveillance at my home. I’ve got a good amount of Z-Wave devices in my Home Automation setup, so the Aeotec … [Read more…]

TV CEC MQTT

Make a Dumb TV “Smart” using MQTT and CEC

If you’re like me, you’ve probably got a TV or two in your house that don’t integrate well with Home Assistant or your preferred Home Automation platform out of the box. Seems like a lot of TV manufacturers make their TVs hard to automate and control by consumers. In today’s article, I’ll be installing and … [Read more…]