We’re back with another case study. Today, we’re featuring @Zack-45Drives and his exploration of the very popular Home Assistant application.
Here’s his experience as he deployed it for his homelab, which we hope you’ll find valuable if you’ve never used it before, or you’re just beginning to explore its function. As always, if you have any questions for us or for Zack, please do not hesitate to drop them below for us to answer.
Why I chose Home Assistant
by Zack Perry
Home Assistant is an open-source home automation platform that focuses on privacy and local control.
I chose Home Assistant to test and use at home because, after setting up Plex, Google Home, two different types of cameras for home security it was just getting too cumbersome to go to a different app for everything. With Home Assistant I was able to use a single app/web UI to handle all of these in one centralized space — this made things very convenient.
I chose Home assistant is because I had an “application zoo”. In other words, I had a bunch of different applications and services, all scattered across different containers, VM’s and physical devices. As you can imagine, this was frustrating to manage at times. After deploying Home Assistant, I was able to solve that issue and make my homelab/smart home environment easier to navigate.
In my experience, Home Assistant was easy to deploy, but depending on the integration it can be slightly challenging. For example, Plex was easy but getting my security system integrated gave me trouble due to my unfamiliarity with security systems at the time. This will obviously vary from person to person, depending on one’s knowledge but I’d say overall, the process was seamless and straight-forward.
Home Assistant has tons of integrations available too. The amount of hardware and software integrations that are available to deploy in Home Assistant is actually staggering. There are literally thousands upon thousands of them, and for the most part it’s all very well documented.