Using IFTTT and Voice Control to control lights isn’t as effective as initially anticipated - Google Home kept mis-interpreting what I said and go off some wild tangents. An easier way is to use the XiaoMi Gateway (Zigbee) and wireless switches.
This tutorial will show you how to register your Gateway into your Home Assistant, and then show you some simple automation examples with the XiaoMi Zigbee devices, like:
Use a XiaoMi switch to turn on/off a Yeelight
Use a XiaoMi switch and Gateway as a door bell
Use a XiaoMi switch to turn on/off a XiaoMi smart plug
Following the XiaoMi Vacuum, colour me impressed by the build and quality of everything XiaoMi. Got a bit carried away by the moment and so went on a spree and purchased many more XiaoMi smart devices - including the famous XiaoMi YeeLights.
This is a tutorial on how I integrate YeeLight in my ultrahouse - using Google Home as my voice control, and Home Assistant as the ‘brains’. It is assumed you already have a functional Home Assistant running installation in your home network. If you do not, refer to my earlier article on how to setup Home Assistant, IFTTT and WebHooks.
It’s great to listen to music in the comforts of your own home. However, sometimes it’s a great experience to re-calibrate your auditory sensors by going to concerts and live events. I’d avoid crowded venues whenever possible, however when Michael Ball and Alfie Boe announced their Australia Tour 2017 and will be in town (Perth, Western Australia), it’s a opportunity that simply cannot be passed up. I love musicals! This show is the best performance I have been to so far. Perhaps it’s because I’m so close to the performers.
So my AccuphaseDC-37’s USB input was damaged a while back. It was broken, but it’s fixed now.
Cannot remember what the exact message was, but neither Windows nor Linux can detect the Accuphase DC-37’s USB input. The Snakeoil OS logs returns an error message with the error code of -110.
So what have I done to damage the USB port?
On the day, I had a problem with my PS Audio P5 - it refused to turn ON. To try and get the P5 working again I had to power on/off several equipment multiple times. By the time the P5 is working, the Accuphase DC-37’s USB port is dead.
In the Linux world the code -110 means an I/O READ error; but what is the problem, and the cause?
A colleague of mine (Steve) has kindly helped me out on this matter. He has diagnosed the problem, fixed the USB and modified the board to prevent this from happening again. Here’s a review of his findings, note that as I’m not a tech, everything is likely lost in translation!