The Present State of My Sensible House (2023)

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my smart home graphic with house in the center and smart devices all around

In expertise, if issues keep the identical then you might be falling behind. I don’t like for my sensible house to fall behind. I’m at all times making modifications and enhancements.

On this article I’m going to undergo the modifications and enhancements I made in 2022, after which undergo my plans for 2023.

My sensible house background

I write about my sensible house continuously on this weblog. Listed below are some articles which might be background for this text:

  • My Sensible House Evolution Sequence — These articles speak about how I received into sensible properties and the way my sensible developed into what it’s as we speak
  • 2021 and 2022 sensible house replace articles — These articles element the modifications I made and my plans for my sensible house over the previous two years
  • Updating My House Lab — This text particulars the premise for my present house lab infrastructure

The modifications I made to my sensible house in 2022

Once I first thought again on final 12 months I believed I hadn’t made loads of modifications. However as I began to replicate and write down the modifications I made, I notice I made a ton of modifications and I used to be busier than I believed. Right here’s the lengthy checklist:

Upgraded to Proxmox 7

Proxmox is my hypervisor of alternative and significant for the profitable operation of my house lab and my sensible house. So, naturally, I fear about upgrades like this going unsuitable. I did my analysis on the right approach to improve and seemed on boards for potential gotchas. I used to be ready after which proceeded to improve with none incident.

Added a backup Proxmox hypervisor

ASUSPN63 S1 Front

I had an previous getting older, 12-year-old energy-hungry tower machine as my secondary Proxmox hypervisor. I made a decision to switch it with one thing that was extra highly effective, much less power-hungry, and way more compact. After contemplating loads of Proxmox {hardware} choices, I made a decision on the Asus PN63-S1. It has labored nicely.

Upgraded to Wi-Fi 6

We’ve got just a few units which might be suitable with Wi-Fi 6 in our home. I upgraded to benefit from the pace and stability enhancements by shopping for the TP-Hyperlink EAP 610 entry level. I later added the TP-Hyperlink EAP 620 for extra Wi-Fi 6 protection.

Z-Wave to Z-Wave JS migration in House Assistant

This was one other improve (migration, actually) that nervous me. I’ve dozens of Z-Wave units and was nervous I’d should re-pair them or that the migration would fail. Fortunately, the migration went nicely and my Z-wave community is extra secure and responsive now.

Made my sensible house safer with Alexa Guard

Alexa Guard w/Echo Dot

Alexa Guard could make your private home safer by serving to to detect and deter intruders from your private home and notifying you of occasions like smoke alarms. I enabled the free options and automatic Alexa Guard to activate when my alarm is armed away. You may study extra about how I automated this, in addition to all of the options of the paid and free variations, in my Alexa Guard evaluate.

Automated the ultimate gentle in my house

I’ve had all of the lights in my house automated in some kind or vogue besides one. The swap for it was in an odd location on a circuit I don’t prefer to mess with. Additionally, the sunshine isn’t used too typically, so I didn’t have loads of motivation to get to it. However I lastly did, and I used the newer Shelly Plus 1 to automate it.

Added addressable LEDs to my fence

I added WLED-powered LEDs to my fence. What had stopped me from doing this earlier than was how far-off the fence was from the Wi-Fi sign. However I used to be in a position to overcome that utilizing a Dig-Uno controller with an exterior antenna. It’s made my holiday-themed LED shows so a lot better.

Added the IKEA Trådfri Zigbee distant to regulate some LEDs

IKEA Trådfri remote control

This cheap and tiny Zigbee-powered distant management was the proper alternative for a distant management my son misplaced. And, due to House Assistant’s Blueprints function, it was a snap to configure to regulate the colour and brightness of my Shelly-powered LED strip.

Added a fingerprint scanner

Biometrics is one thing I’ve wished so as to add to my sensible house for some time, and I lastly discovered an affordable and helpful approach to do it. Utilizing about $50 in supplies I constructed a fingerprint scanner and enabled it to securely open and shut my storage door.

Applied air high quality monitoring and added air high quality sensors

With numerous wildfires over the previous few years, we’ve had some dangerous air high quality. However I puzzled how dangerous the air high quality was inside my house. I used ESPHome (like I used for the fingerprint scanner) and a few cheap supplies. I constructed a few air high quality sensors and added an integration to House Assistant to watch normal air high quality round me.

Added and sensible air air purifier

Xiaomi Mi 3C Air Purifier
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Sadly, the air high quality outdoors received so dangerous that it did seep into my house, as my sensors informed me. I purchased a Xiaomi Mi 3C sensible air air purifier that I’ve been proud of. It integrates with House Assistant and has an air high quality sensor.

Upgraded my servers to Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish)

I keep on the newest Lengthy Time period Assist (LTS) model of Ubuntu for my servers and desktop, which implies I improve each two years. This was the 12 months. For essentially the most half, the improve went easily. Glad I received’t should do it once more till 2024!

Switched to extra lithium-ion UPSes

lithium ion ups powering switch, access point, and more

A few years in the past, I began utilizing a lithium-ion UPS to energy a community swap in my structured wiring closet. I wanted a small UPS that will final a very long time. I didn’t want a ton of wattage to supply backup energy to a swap.

This 12 months, I prolonged that idea and used lithium-ion UPSes to again up a few of my entry factors, streaming units, and surveillance cameras.

Recycled previous electronics

This isn’t a lot a giant change to my sensible house performance, however I believe it’s price figuring out. If you find yourself a gadget man like me, you begin to accumulate tech. Over time, you exchange tech you don’t want. Reasonably than letting the previous tech pile up, I discovered some methods to become profitable promoting my previous tech.

All of the common updates {that a} sensible house takes…

I stored up with the extra mundane duties of upgrading the firmware for LED controllers, routers, community controllers, entry factors, and extra. Additionally, preserving my OSes, Docker containers, and House Assistant updated. Generally it looks like putting in (and sometimes troubleshooting) updates is a full-time job in itself.

As you’ll see later on this article, I’ve some plans to make that simpler subsequent 12 months…

Inventorying my sensible house

My sensible house has grown quite a bit once more this 12 months. Listed below are some counting stats for my sensible house, with how a lot they’ve modified since final 12 months in parentheses:

My sensible house plans for 2023

Yearly, I plan enhancements. Right here’s what’s on faucet for this 12 months.

Discover higher methods to handle as many updates as I can

I’ll be wanting into automation instruments like ansible for this. It has lengthy been on my checklist of issues to do, and 2023 is the 12 months to begin studying.

Purchase and play with a Matter system or two

Though most likely wouldn’t get any nice benefit from utilizing Matter with my setup, I like to remain on prime of main new developments. And, I consider Matter is a significant new improvement for sensible properties.

Get a greater robotic vacuum

I’ve been proud of my Deebot N79S, however I’d like a wiser robotic. One which maps your ground and might do a room at a time. Possibly even one that may mop. I’ll be looking out for gross sales on the suitable system.

Add some VMs to my Proxmox hosts

One in every of these VMs will most likely be an automation VM (maybe Ansible and associated instruments). One other will most likely be a Home windows VM, as I don’t have a Win 11 VM but. Generally I like to check issues which might be windows-only.

Purchase or construct a sensible show/sensible clock

I’ve been wanting to construct a easy sensible show that tells the time and might show brief messages and notifications. I haven’t as a result of truthfully, I appear to have the ability to discover Google Assistant- and Alexa-powered sensible shows that may do a lot of the identical issues and extra at a decrease price than it could take for me to construct one. So I’ll resolve this 12 months…

Clear up my House Assistant config recordsdata

A few years in the past I organized them higher. However now, I have to refactor some code, filter some previous commented code, and so forth., in order that it’s extra readable and simpler to keep up.

5G backup Web

This was on my checklist final 12 months, however I didn’t get to it. I plan to analyze 5G Web for house service in my space and see if it is sensible as a backup to my fiber connection. My present 4G backup Web answer has some information limitations.

Last ideas

I hope you have got discovered the data on this submit attention-grabbing, informative, and entertaining. I like studying about different folks’s sensible properties because it evokes concepts for mine. Let me know if this text has finished the identical for you within the feedback or on Twitter.

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