How to make the Home Assistant app sync properly under iOS

While I’m strongly rooted in the Android camp, my partner has an iPhone, and on what seems to be every iOS update, the Home Assistant app installed on his phone stops syncing in the background. That wouldn’t be so bad if a lot of the home automations didn’t factor in presence status which gets synced through that, so this has been a source of minor annoyance whenever his status refused to mirror his presence or absence....

April 30, 2023 · 1 min

How to add a switch for a port forward on Unifi to Home Assistant

This is admittedly something I did not learn today but rather learned and adapted a couple years ago from this post on the Home Assistant forum, but I just had to use it again today and so I figured I’d write it down with all the bells and whistles just in case I ever need this information again - or anyone else does. First of all, in your unifi controller you should create a new user that Home Assistant will act as to manage your port forward(s) for you....

February 17, 2023 · 3 min
A TFA Dostmann CO2 sensor

TFA Dostmann meets ESPHome

I attended RC3 from December 27th until December 30th. While it was (once again) only a virtual edition of the Chaos Communication Congress, at least this time around I managed to have a similar experience to 36c3, as in, I spent the last two days mostly hanging out with a bunch of fellow geeks in a fun location (a jitsi conference that also included a camera pointing at an aquarium full of fish) and nerding out while tinkering around with electronics....

January 3, 2022 · Updated January 27, 2022 · 4 min
My networking dashboard in Grafana with speed and latency monitoring

Homelab uplink monitoring

For a bit more than two years now I’ve been closely monitoring my network uplink. In the past I had a ton of issues with up- or download speeds not being what I paid for, packet loss issues and outright full blown outages. In order to put myself into a better position when reaching out to the ISP’s support hotline I figured it would be good to be able to proof not only the existence of these issues but to also be able to determine the exact times they happened at and also to verify and show that in fact it was only external connections that were suffering and it was not an issue with my own internal network....

March 28, 2021 · Updated March 31, 2021 · 7 min