DETA Grid Connect Smart Switch and Home Assistant

I recently bought a DETA Grid Connect Smart Switch from Bunnings, with the plan being to integrate them with Home Assistant, using ESPHome, or other user-provided code. I actually didn’t use ESPHome, but rather pushed my own code/image to the device. The device uses an ESP8266 compatible chip, with a product code of TYWE3S. I’ve […]

Upgrading from an Arduino to an ESP32!

“Sheldon have you changed your wireless password again?” – Penny “Yes, it’s \”Penny get your own WiFi\”; no spaces.” – Sheldon Cooper I’ve been using Arduino devices for many years now, and often with the Freetronics Etherten units. I’ve recently started looking at the ESP32 microcontrollers for several reasons. The biggest reason is the increase […]

Actron Connect and Home Assistant

“Gentlemen, I am now about to send a signal from this laptop through our local ISP, racing down fiber-optic cable at the speed of light to San Francisco, bouncing off a satellite in geosynchronous orbit to Lisbon, Portugal, where the data packets will be handed off to submerged transatlantic cables terminating in Halifax, Nova Scotia, […]

Public Cloud Infrastructure – Commodity Compute Platforms

Private cloud platforms provide a controlled and standardised environment for hosting traditional workload, but without many of the advantages of a public cloud platform. Public cloud platforms are designed to provide cheap commodity infrastructure – often built upon customised white-box hardware designed specifically for the needs of the public cloud provider, in a manner that […]