Install Homebridge on the Raspberry Pi, it’s easy!

There are many tutorials on how to install Homebridge “manually”. Or how to manually maintain the system step by step. With almost every update of plugins. In the beginning, I was wondering if the world needed another tutorial on how to set up Homebridge on a Raspberry Pi. But I spent a lot of time setting it up and even more hours maintaining Homebridge, and it was often just little things and typos that made me despair. In the end, I decided to develop this post. In the article I show my current approach that allows newbies with simple steps to get a working and easy to maintain Homebridge at the start.

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Install Node-Red in parallel with Homebridge

If you have, like me, already a Raspberry Pi with a Homebridge running, it is a good idea to install Node-Red on the same Raspberry. Node-Red is a real help for more sophisticated automations. Then there is also the possibility, for example, to create physically non-existent switches in HomeKit directly to control devices via Node-Red, which otherwise would have no access to HomeKit at all. Interest aroused? Then read on and take the first step into another level of the Internet of Things, a long way from simply switching on a light!

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Control Volumio with HomeKit using Node-Red

We rely on Siri as the voice interface in our smart home. This has advantages, but also disadvantages and limitations. For example, I was not able to control Volumio via HomeKit or to adjust the volume or change the radio station. But now I have done it with the help of Node-Red! Now I am able to start both Volumio with my favorite radio station, adjust the volume and change the station. How my procedure was, you will learn in the article so read on!

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Covid-19 county news as push notifications to your smartphone

In the actual situation, we (my wife and I) are interested in the current corona case numbers in our county. Until now, we have always done this via the website of the RKI. Since this can be very tedious, I decided to automate the process and send push notifications. I would like to describe in this post in more detail on how did it.

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