Home Assistant Blog - Smart Home Pursuits

Hello! I’ve been a community member for a couple months now but realized I haven’t formally introduced myself yet. I’m Danny from Smarthomepursuits.com.

Since migrating from SmartThings to Home Assistant 6 months ago, I’ve created over 50+ long, helpful, how-to guides on a variety of topics and integrations, both for beginner and advanced HA users alike.

A few topics I’ve covered are: installing Home Assistant in VMware Workstation, installing the VSCode addon, installing Frigate, installing the WireGuard VPN addon, installing the AdGuard Home addon, creating stock and crypto Lovelace cards, birthday reminder cards, Google Calendar integration, chore tracking with rewards point system, Keymaster and Alarmo setup guides, and much more.

This is such an awesome project and great community. I love finding new projects to implement and enjoy documenting the step-by-step process as I go. So, hopefully you guys find of my posts helpful!

Feel free to browse through my archive of guides here: https://smarthomepursuits.com/category/smart-home/home-assistant/

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How to configure the WireGuard VPN Addon in Home Assistant:

How To Automatically Change Themes for all devices:

Add a flashing leak sensor Lovelace card:

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Install AdGuard Home addon:

Thanks for the share, added your blog in my RSS feeds :wink:

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How to add Tautulli sensors to Home Assistant to monitor Plex stats:

How to send notifications from Lovelace:

How to install Frigate in Home Assistant:

How to configure Ikea 5-button remote control in Home Assistant. It’s as simple as adding the device via ZHA and then importing a blueprint that will let you configure both short and long presses for each button - giving you a total of 10 configurable buttons:

How to install Home Assistant in Hyper-V:

How To Setup Blue Iris & Deepstack on Server 2019: https://smarthomepursuits.com/how-to-setup-blue-iris-deepstack-on-windows/

This is a prerequisite guide for configuring the Blue Iris HACS integration (guide below).

How to add additional Blue Iris cameras: https://smarthomepursuits.com/how-to-add-additional-cameras-to-blue-iris-by-copying-existing-cameras/

How to Setup Blue Iris NVR in Home Assistant using HACS. View live camera streams from a Lovelace picture glance card:

How to setup a Telegram bot: https://smarthomepursuits.com/how-to-setup-a-telegram-bot/

How to send Blur Iris (Deepstack) images to Telegram: https://smarthomepursuits.com/how-to-send-blue-iris-deepstack-images-alerts-to-telegram/

How to configure Blue Iris to only send images to Telegram during a certain time window: https://smarthomepursuits.com/run-batch-file-during-certain-time-window/

Garbage & Recycling collection reminder. Lovelace card and automation:

Battery State & Battery Level Lovelace card:

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How to update Peanut Plug firmware OTA to enable power management and reporting. Guide created and working as of 8/23/21: