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Integrating the Xiaomi Flower Care plant sensor with Home Assistant

Integrating the Xiaomi Flower Care plant sensor with Home Assistant

Integrating the Xiaomi Flower Care plant sensor with Home Assistant is easy with the Xiaomi BLE integration. The Xiaomi plant sensor (also referred to as ‘Flower Care plant sensor from HHCC’, ‘HHCCJCY01’, ‘MiFlora sensor’) will be discovered automatically by Home Assistant.

When the plant sensor has been integrated successfully you can create Home Assistant Lovelace dashboards with plant information cards showing moisture, temperature, conductivity, brightness and the battery level of the plant sensor.

Home Assistant Dahua webcam dashboard including PTZ presets

Home Assistant Dahua webcam dashboard including PTZ presets

A webcam, such as from Dahua, can easily be integrated into Home Assistant and opens the possibility to show life streams within Home Assistant.

If the camera is a so called PTZ camera (moving and zooming is possible) a dashboard card can be created which includes buttons to switch to predefined PTZ presets allowing to show specific views.

This article shows how to setup a dashboard card with the life stream and PTZ preset buttons.

Setup and configure a Geekworm NASPi v2.0 Raspberry Pi 4 case

Setup and configure a Geekworm NASPi v2.0 Raspberry Pi 4 case

Setup and configuring a Geekworm NASPi v2.0 case housing a Raspberry Pi 4 to be attached to a DIN-rail involves the following:

  • case modding to make it possible to attach the case to a DIN-rail;
  • enabling auto power on;
  • installing Raspberry Pi 4 OS
  • installing a script to control the fan based on the CPU temperature
  • mounting a 2.5″ SSD

is explained in detail. This makes the Raspberry ready to be used as for example a web server.

How to get a Raspberry Pi 4 during the current supply shortage?

How to get a Raspberry Pi 4 during the current supply shortage?

Raspberry Pi boards are hard to get currently in 2022 and a lot of stores state that new supply will arrive in 2023, unless you are willing to pay an excessive price (2 to 4 times the price a year ago).

We managed to get 2 Raspberry PI 4’s with 8Gb RAM within a few days within The Netherlands. In this article the cause for the supply shortage is explained and how we managed to get two Raspberry Pi 4 (8Gb) units.