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PoolSense now integrates with Home Assistant

We are delighted to announce that PoolSense now integrates with Home Assistant.  Home Assistant, is an open-source home automation system that runs perfectly on a Raspberry Pi or local server. Allowing you to automate your home and control everything from your air conditioning to your doorbell and now also your pool. 

Home Automation

The home automation industry is estimated to reach a whopping 53.45 billion U.S. dollars by 2022 according to Statistica.  Smart homes offer more control and better efficiencies by connecting household appliances or systems to the internet and providing a single point of contact.

Why do you need home automation?

Smart technology has become and will continue to be an indispensable part of our lives. The IoT (Internet of Things) industry is exploding with options and integrations.  You can now run all your devices from a single, user-friendly interface.  Switch on your alarm system, turn on your porch lights, and yes, monitor your pool water. 

Home Assistant 

Home assistant currently has 1622  integrations!  This literally means that you can observe, control, and automate almost everything in and around your home with a single interface.  Peace of mind has never been this easy… and fun.

How do you get started?

Automate your home with Home Assistant

This guide will help you to set up your home automation. You will get Home Assistant running on a Raspberry Pi, turning your Raspberry Pi into the ultimate home automation hub. Get additional information from Home Assistant about the setup here.

Suggested Hardware

We will need a few things to get started with installing Home Assistant. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is a good, affordable starting point for your home automation journey. Links below lead to Amazon US. If you’re not in the US, you should be able to find these items in web stores in your country.

  • Raspberry Pi 4 Model B (2GB)Power Supply (at least 2.5A)
  • Micro SD Card. Ideally, get one that is Application Class 2 as they handle small I/O much more consistently than cards not optimized to host applications. A 32 GB or bigger card is recommended.
  • SD Card reader. This is already part of most laptops, but you can purchase a standalone USB adapter if you don’t have one. The brand doesn’t matter, just pick the cheapest.
  • Ethernet cable. Home Assistant can work with Wi-Fi, but an Ethernet connection would be more reliable.

Software Requirements

  • Download and extract the Home Assistant image for your device
  • Download balenaEtcher to write the image to an SD card

Installation

  1. Put the SD card in your card reader.
  2. Open balenaEtcher, select the Home Assistant image and flash it to the SD card.
  3. Unmount the SD card and remove it from your card reader.
  4. Follow this step if you want to configure Wi-Fi or a static IP address (this step requires a USB stick). Otherwise, move to step 5.
    • Format a USB stick to FAT32 with the volume name CONFIG.
    • Create a folder named network in the root of the newly-formatted USB stick.
    • Within that folder, create a file named my-network without a file extension.
    • Copy one of the examples to the my-network file and adjust accordingly.
    • Plug the USB stick into the Raspberry Pi.
  5. Insert the SD card into your Raspberry Pi. If you are going to use an Ethernet cable, connect that too.
  6. Connect your power supply to the Raspberry Pi.
  7. The Raspberry Pi will now boot up, connect to the Internet and download the latest version of Home Assistant. This will take about 20 minutes.
  8. Home Assistant will be available at http://homeassistant.local:8123. If you are running an older Windows version or have a stricter network configuration, you might need to access Home Assistant at http://homeassistant:8123 or http://X.X.X.X:8123 (replace X.X.X.X with your Pi’s IP address).
  9. If you used a USB stick for configuring the network, you can now remove it.

NEXT STEP: ONBOARDING »

As an Amazon Associate Home Assistant earns from qualifying purchases.

 

Home automation with pool automation

The PoolSense smart pool monitor device monitors your pool’s pH, active chlorine and temperature from anywhere in the world. You will even be able to monitor multiple pools or fishponds.

PoolSense uses Sigfox low power WAN (LDWAN) for communication and connects to the cloud so you are able to gain insights and see amazing graphs to monitor your water quality over time. PoolSense will send notifications with the current readings and suggest dosages to correct any imbalances. With these microdoses, you will keep your water clean, clear, and balanced and save money on excessive chemicals or shock treatments. The battery lasts a minimum of 2 years with no charging required.

Simple, easy, smart.
 
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