Category: Smart Home

Home Assistant: Ultimate Backup Guide

Home Assistant: Ultimate Backup Guide

One the most important aspects of maintaining Home Assistant is regular backups. Implementing the 3-2-1 backup rule with Home Assistant is now easier than ever, with the 2023.6 release. The 3-2-1 rule states you should have (at least) 3 copies of your data (production + 2 backups), on two different...

Home Assistant: Frigate VM on Proxmox with PCIe Coral TPU

Home Assistant: Frigate VM on Proxmox with PCIe Coral TPU

A very popular NVR solution that integrates well with Home Assistant is Frigate. It provides fantastic object and person detection from your camera streams. The Frigate project is a Docker container, so it's easy to deploy. You can run Frigate within Home Assistant, but I prefer to run it in...

Home Assistant: Installing Grafana (LXC) with Let’s Encrypt SSL

Home Assistant: Installing Grafana (LXC) with Let’s Encrypt SSL

If you want visually appealing dashboards for your long term Home Assistant data stored in InfluxDB, look no further than Grafana. Grafana allows you to query, visualize, alert on and understand metrics captured by Home Assistant (and MANY other platforms). You can create some really stunning dashboards. Sample Grafana Dashboard...

Home Assistant: InfluxDB Data Management (LXC)

Home Assistant: InfluxDB Data Management (LXC)

If you are a Home Assistant enthusiast and are interested in long term storage of sensor and other data, you will be using InfluxDB. InfluxDB is a time-series database, different from SQLite and MariaDB. Over time your InfluxDB database can grow and grow...becoming unwieldy and possibly slow. Fortunately there are...

Home Assistant: Installing InfluxDB (LXC)

Home Assistant: Installing InfluxDB (LXC)

By default Home Assistant will store approximately 10 days worth of entity data that allows you to do cool charts, graphs and dashboards. This is called recorder data. Recorder data is stored in a SQL (relational) database, which by default is SQLite. However, if you want long term storage of your...

InfluxDB 1.x Automated Backups

InfluxDB 1.x Automated Backups

If you are using InfluxDB 1.x and want to do automated application consistent backup, this post is for you. What is InfluxDB? It's a time-series database designed to hold long term time-series data, like sensor readings from Home Assistant. It is optimized for time-series data, and is NOT a traditional...

Home Assistant: Monitor Proxmox with Glances

Home Assistant: Monitor Proxmox with Glances

If you are running Home Assistant OS (HAOS) as a VM on Promox, you may want to display the hardware sensor data (CPU load, CPU temp, disk utilization, etc.) of your Promox host inside Home Assistant. To do this we will install the Glances server on the Proxmox host, then...

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Home Assistant: Ultimate Restore Guide

Sometimes you have the need to build a new Home Assistant installation and restore your old configuration. Maybe your SD card died, or you want to migrate Home Assistant to a more powerful server.  In fact, you can even do cross-platform migrations (e.g. from a Raspberry Pi 4 to a Proxmox...

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