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It handles pet hair relatively well. You might need to clean the brushes every now and then but generally it is OK. The mop function is more of a support function. Don't expect any miracles. You still have to mop yourself for good results. In your case (pets), I wouldn't even use it that often. If you want to use the mopping function, use it often and buy extra mop pads.

Original Poster30 points · 1 month ago

Can you please elaborate on your statement? I'm really considering getting one for my team to work with. It looks like I have to do a lot more research on this.

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Need to add this again.

Nice... I really hope they fixed the bugs (e.g. can't open PDF files from OneDrive for ages), removed some of the bulshit local restrictions - even for admins (e.g. can't set bookmarks/home page in Edge, no extensions, can't call normal Skype users without a million tricks, can't edit locally the start screen, can't create folders etc.).

Edit: Forgot to mention the stupid app limitation on the Windows Store (only a handful of apps can be used because why not... Windows Team) and the lack of personalized accounts. Why can't you have, like in all other Windows versions, user accounts and a guest account that can be limited and reset on each use.

8 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

Nice... I really hope they fixed the bugs (e.g. can't open PDF files from OneDrive for ages), removed some of the bulshit local restrictions - even for admins (e.g. can't set bookmarks/home page in Edge, no extensions, can't call normal Skype users without a million tricks, can't edit locally the start screen, can't create folders etc.).

Edit: Forgot to mention the stupid app limitation on the Windows Store (only a handful of apps can be used because why not... Windows Team) and the lack of personalized accounts. Why can't you have, like in all other Windows versions, user accounts and a guest account that can be limited and reset on each use.

I placed one in an exposed place and it failed after the first rain.

Then I placed another one (Aqara version) in a protected place and the battery died after a week of cold weather and in the end failed after 3 months. I opened the sensor and there was water damage.

I replaced it with another Aqara one (I have a bunch of them) and works OKish for the last 2 months (every 1-2 weeks it losses connection).

Basically, water condensation shorts the connections on the board and kills it. It depends on your climate. If you don't experience cold weather, rain and mist it will be perfect.

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If somebody is interested, I am sharing my findings on the new color bulbs from Yeelight (YLDP06YL). I own 5 of them for some days now.

If you already own the first generation an upgrade is not worth it (in my opinion).

Some comments:

  • They work with HASS out of the box. The LAN control (local) seems to be less responsive compared to the first generation. Sometimes 1 or 2 extra commands are needed to switch the light bulb on. (The second try generally works.) I am sure a firmware update will fix this.
  • The standby consumption is 1.3-1.4 W (1.25 $/year at 0.11$/kWh - 10-20% less compared to the 1st generation). I was hoping for a lot less since an official mentioned that they were targeting 0.5 W.
  • They are a bit brighter but nothing significant (measuring the brightness side by side there is a 5-10% difference in number of lux at a 1 m distance). For sure not 30% brighter.
  • They disperse slightly better the light since the diffuser is a bit wider.
  • The colors are not so deep compared to the 1st generation, but I am sure this will be fixed with a software update.
  • The CRI could be better.
  • No buzzing or flickering.

All this set aside, they are still some of the best on the market (no hub, reliable, cheap, easy to setup, great app, local control, look great, multiple servers, voice control etc.).

Thanks, just placed an order for the white. I have a single fitting in a room, and the current bulb (1st gen yeelight) isn't quite bright enough. Have read the white bulbs are brighter than the coloured one in the new generation.

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Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago

That is true. However don't expect miracles.

Are these the 220V bulbs?

If so, are you in the US? If you are, are there any issues with using 220V bulbs in 110V?

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Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago

I am not in US. They are rated for 220V and 110V.

Probably they all go under a unit. Try C or F for temperature.

Maybe a dumb question but do both modes allow for the same passage of light? (as in if I change between modes will the luminosity in a room that's being lit only by the outside change?)

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There is a difference (increasing with the distance from the window). When ON the light is diffused.

Interesting - I’ve never seen it that cheap even as a film. Always assumed it’s going to be around $2k for an average window size

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*From China (e.g. aliexpress). Maybe not $300 but $2k is more than enough.

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It isn't that easy to give you an answer. Both are good and they evolve really fast. For me HASS seems a better solution for your case (a bit more flexible than OpenHAB, active community - too active in my opinion, supports a lot of integrations, rather user friendly, easy to install etc.). I've been using it for a couple of year now and I am rather happy, but it wasn't a install and forget project. It depends on the machine you use, your devices (do you update their firmware often?), your configuration, your automations etc. until you get to a reliable setup. Considering that you are familiar with OpenHab it would be a good idea to stick with what you know. You can always do a small trial with HASS (takes you a couple of hours) to see if HASS is the right thing for you.

However, no matter what you choose you will face:

  • a rather steep learning curve (maybe not for OpenHab since you used it);
  • a few days/weeks to properly configure everything;
  • missing features/criteria (e.g. no multiple users - however, there are other ways to simulate this);
  • compatibility issues/bugs that you need to solve yourself;
  • some customization/coding on your side (that implies you getting familiar with e.g. Python) for advanced stuff;

For the charts part you can always attach an Influx+Grafana solution to your setup. That should be more than enough. HASS also offers charts inside the frontend. For the other criteria, everything could be done.

As a side note, I also have a huge setup and sometimes I feel these 2 solutions are not handling it well. After a while, the response time gets really slow/random and a system reset is needed. However, I am dealing with a lot of protocols (not one or two) and that is the main problem. I think you will be fine.

Hi sorry for bumping an old thread, but I have a question.

I just got my 2nd gen roborock, so far so good, but is it correct that everytime I start a new clean cycle it wipes out my entire map? My expectation was that it would retain the map after the first map (I havent moved or touch the vac itself). I just thought the map would always stay and it wouldnt have to do the full perimeter scan of the rooms before cleaning.

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Online they mention the vacuum will get smarter over time. However, I also noticed that the map is and the vacuum seems to do the same thing almost every time. However, I don't follow it on a regular basis. :)

Small question. I'm thinking to buy one but I have one floor with a mix of carpet and tiles. Is there a way to use the mop function only for the tiles?

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It isn't that straightforward. You can do a zoned cleanup but it gets old really fast. Also it won't go everywhere. Basically you define a rectangle on the map and it will clean/mop it.

I would say the mp feature isn't for you. I am in the same spot and I am not using it in most rooms.

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I have a potted finger lime tree (grafted), but for two years now it didn't flower. Do they flower once per year or throughout the year?

It isn't that easy to do this in Grafana alone. Maybe now you can do some tricks with the Group By function, but last time I checked you could not do what you want natively.

However, you can use the history statistics sensor in HASS for what you need. Then feed this data/sensors to Influx and Grafana and create your graphs.

To you it may be, to me it isn't.

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You can ignore it's existence, while the others can't do much if they don't have one. If you travel a lot this is a headache: adapters or not being able to charge your phone while you listen to something, headphones batteries, not being to use the headphones with other dumb devices (airplane 3.5mm connection) etc. The 3.5mm connector is everywhere. The transition should be gradual. If you don't need something it doesn't make it useless for others. Options are always good.

But the same goes in the opposite direction. If others need it, that doesn't mean I need it too.

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4 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

No it doesn't. You have the option to ignore it and also use wireless headphones, while I have no hassle-free option. In some cases I don't want adapters or a second pair of wired headphones with me.

Also, there is no serious reason to remove it considering the state of technology today (outside smartphones) and the disadvantages of batteries. While I see and experience myself the advantages of wireless headphones (e.g. running), my opinion is that there is a unjustified push for more profits. Also this isn't exclusive to headphones (e.g. AUX inputs on cars or other stuff).

As of today, not having one just creates problems without bringing any advantage (although it could).

To each its own.

You don't need public transport every day but that doesn't mean that the buses should run only when you need them.

You don't go to and you don't want to go to a hospital that often. But you still want it there no?

You don't need a spare tire but it is a good idea to have one.

Create a sensor or input and just set the state using one or more automations that gets triggered depending on your desired interval.

Original Poster1 point · 6 months ago

Was looking into this, doesnt it require a xiaomi gateway in addition? is there any way to tie it into Home Assistant?

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Won't work for more than a couple of hours or days. Batteries won't handle well the low temperature. Whatever you choose you either need to keep the battery outside the fridge or go for a wired solution.

Terrible news. Can we help somehow?

Original Poster1 point · 7 months ago

That's bad news about the possibility of a lemon. I am running on USB

Do you own one? One of the difficulty is finding examples of it working properly. Here's my current entities for it. Burglar is workinging-ish with values of 0,3,8 sensor.aeotec_zw100_multisensor_6_burglar 0 sensor.aeotec_zw100_multisensor_6_luminance 3.0 sensor.aeotec_zw100_multisensor_6_relative_humidity 55.0 sensor.aeotec_zw100_multisensor_6_sourcenodeid 0 sensor.aeotec_zw100_multisensor_6_temperature 19.9 sensor.aeotec_zw100_multisensor_6_ultraviolet 0.0 sensor.alarm_level 0 sensor.alarm_type 0

After googling a bit more; the forum post here. https://community.home-assistant.io/t/aeotec-multisensor-6-configuration/8127. It looks like I'm not securely paired. Burglar values are from basic set.

I just went upstairs and repaired it securely. I have the security key in the configuration.yaml. Restarting HA... No change.

Well at least I know what the problem is now! Just need to get a secure pair.

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I own 15 of them. 4 of them were lemons and some are problematic. I opened a few and the build quality is all over the place.

First of all what do you want to achieve with it? Based on this I can give you some recommendations for the settings and I could help you with your automations.

Please note that the sensor is really finicky about the installation position (accent on the motion sensor), what is in the room, the size of the room, temperature, illumination etc. The UV sensor won't work inside since there is no UV in your house. Give me some details regarding his.

I am pretty sure, you don't need to be paired securely for this to work. Why should this be the case?

Original Poster1 point · 7 months ago

I 'think' I have it secured right now. At least I am able to change settings and have those settings remain in effect.

What I needed to do was (have a key setup in my configuration.yaml) Use the in configuration>Z-wave>add secure node. Then double click the sync button on the multi-6.

From some threads I have read, once you have paired securely 'you magically' get more nodes and the sensor works as a binary movement sensor. (currently 0,3,8 values). A binary of 0 or 1 fits more of the presence code examples I have found. I'm hoping to just modify some simple timer lights control but someday expand the functionality.

My room is about 4m x 3.5m. It's my living room and not a high-traffic area. First I am hoping to measure motion and control what lights are turned on, and what intensity based on the time of day. I was hoping with the lux sensor to provide a constant light level to the room. I was hoping that the UV sensor would sense ambient daylight. I have the sensor mounted high in the corner next to the curtain valence.

At the moment the lux values are low from 0 at night/morning, to a high value of 6 when the windows are open and all the lights are on. I just shone a flashlight light on it and the lux jumped to 640!

Does your motion sensor operate binary? Is it called burglar? What values does your Lux read?

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2 points · 7 months ago · edited 7 months ago

The lux value should go a lot higher than 6. The maximum is 30000. 6 is complete darkness. Maybe you need to calibrate it.

Even when you include it a non-secure way you still get a binary sensor besides the burglar one. Take a look again in your sensor list.

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0 points · 8 months ago · edited 8 months ago

Thanks for all your comments I appreciate the reply. It helps add clarity to the jumbled up time line in my head. It's very possible that I didn't both explain this well and am getting time lines mix up. The stories I've been told stretch back from pre-ww2 through when the last of my family arrived here in the early 80s. we had such a large family that they had to come in waves separated by their immediate family groups (mom dad and kids)

Some of what I've been told was through the eyes of a 13-14 year old and some through the eyes of a woman in her mid 20's, and some through and eyes of 6-10 year olds. Some were young enough where I'm not surprised that they were confused by things such as the Sunday drive ban not being and everyday thing. I also get different pieces of the story at different times from different family memebers.

A lot if not all of the discrimination my family experienced was strictly religious and the whole program that got them out of Romanian was for victims of religious persecution. At the time (I've been told) this was why America let Romanians in by the thousands. You were only allowed to be an orthodox catholic. My family was Protestant.

Again like you said a lot of what I told was either mixed up in a game of telephone or not explained very well by me as far as time lines go.

The girls in my family were encouraged not to go to school BY my family for a few reasons. one being they knew she wouldn't be able to go to university as a proclaimed Protestant Christian. All the protestants that applied for college in my family were rejected and the one that got in was later thrown out because he was discovered to be Protestant

Please forgive me if I misrepresented the information in any way but I promise I'm trying to be as genuine as possible and share the anecdotes of my family in Romania. If I messed the timeline up or even misunderstood one of the several stories I've heard from my family, I'm sorry.

Edit: typos and clarity

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Please edit your main post to clarify that the situation of your family was special. While, I agree with you on some parts, the timeline is completely off, and there is a lot of misinformation regarding religion, education etc. After all, 21 million people survived the period, religion plays and played a big in role in Romania. Also both genders have and had equal opportunities (Elena Ceaușescu had a PhD, no? How she received it is a different story.).

Keep it simple. No colors needed. I don't wan't to see something like this.https://polar-ocean-4195.herokuapp.com/7777772e7265646469742e636f6d/r/Xiaomi/

I am still on Python 3.4 and HASS 0.54. Should I upgrade to 0.55 (Python 3.4 deprecated)?

What kind of problems should I expect if I update? Thanks.

13 points · 9 months ago

Where exactly? Because I live in The Netherlands and would love to see this with my own eyes.

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Go anywhere in the dunes near Schoorl, Bergen, Hargen and it is all over the place. For a spectacular show go here. I can recommend you a full trip if you would like that. Now is the time to go since they are in full bloom.

Some photos from a few days ago from that spot. http://polar-ocean-4195.herokuapp.com/696d6775722e636f6d/a/puYxz

Go anywhere in the dunes near Schoorl, Bergen, Hargen and it is all over the place. For a spectacular show go here. I can recommend you a full trip if you would like that. Now is the time to go since they are in full bloom. Some photos from a few days ago from that spot.

Go anywhere in the dunes near Schoorl, Bergen, Hargen and it is all over the place. For a spectacular show go here: https://goo.gl/maps/PHvEywBCd982. I can recommend you a full trip if you would like that. Now is the time to go since they are in full bloom.

Some photos from a few days ago from that spot.

http://polar-ocean-4195.herokuapp.com/696d6775722e636f6d/a/puYxz

Original Poster1 point · 10 months ago

Okay here is an easier one that I am trying to hide/show a media_player based on whether it is playing or not. I have this working by spelling out all of the media_players in my environment and having separate automatons for each, but I really want to try to understand for loops. The YAML checks out, but when running it through check_config, it errors out with:

2017-08-04 06:57:15 ERROR (MainThread) [homeassistant.config] Invalid config for [automation]: expected a dictionary @ data['action'][1]. Got None extra keys not allowed @ data['data']. Got None. (See /home/homeassistant/.homeassistant/configuration.yaml, line 92). Please check the docs at https://home-assistant.io/components/automation/

2017-08-04 06:57:15 ERROR (MainThread) [homeassistant.config] Invalid config for [automation]: expected a dictionary @ data['action'][0]. Got None extra keys not allowed @ data['data']. Got None invalid template (TemplateSyntaxError: expected token 'end of print statement', got '=') for dictionary value @ data['trigger'][0]['value_template']. Got None. (See /home/homeassistant/.homeassistant/configuration.yaml, line 92). Please check the docs at https://home-assistant.io/components/automation/

- id: media_player_hide
  alias: 'All Media Player Hide'
  hide_entity: true
  trigger:
    - platform: template
      value_template: >
                        {% for player in states.media_player -%}
                          {{player.state !="playing"}}
                        {% endfor %}
  action:
    - delay:
        seconds: 10
    - service_template:>
                        {% for player in states.media_player -%}
                          {% if player.state !="playing" %}
                             group.set_visibility
                             entity_id:{{player.entity_id| replace("media_player", "group")}}
  data:
     visible: False
                          {% endif %}
                        {% endfor %}

- id: media_player_show
  alias: 'All Media Player Show'
  hide_entity: true
  trigger:
    - platform: template
      value_template: >
                        {% for player in states.media_player -%}
                          {{player.state ="playing"}}
                        {% endfor %}
  action:
     - service_template:>
                       {% for player in states.media_player -%}
                          {% if player.state = "playing" %}}
                              group.set_visibility
                              entity_id:{{player.entity_id| replace("media_player", "group")}}
  data:
    visible: True
                          {% endif %}
                       {% endfor %
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1 point · 10 months ago · edited 10 months ago

There is a nice repository called Custom UI. I think you might like it considering the things you do.

I don't know where to start. You have a bit of a mess there. Maybe the following lines will help. If you need more help let me know. You also need to rewrite the action and data sections.

{% for state in states.media_player %}{{ state.entity_id }}{% endfor %} gives you the entity_ids. {% for state in states.media_player %}{% if is_state( state.entity_id, 'playing') %}true{% endif %}{% endfor %} some ifs included {% for state in states.media_player %}{% if is_state( state.entity_id, 'playing') %}{{ state.entity_id }}{% endif %}{% endfor %} only the entity_ids "playing" {% for state in states.media_player %}{{is_state( state.entity_id, 'playing')}}{% endfor %} checks the state of the media_player (true or false... I think this is what you need)

Why do you have data at the same level as action? It should be under action. I also think that the last {% endif %} and {% endfor %} should be under service_template.

Original Poster1 point · 10 months ago · edited 10 months ago

Thanks for the help. I will check out that Custom UI.

I had the data in the same level as action because I really don't know what I am doing to be honest :) Based on your feed back I now have this. It passes the hass script check but doesn't seem to fire when it should. I don't see anything in the logs either. Any thoughts?

- id: media_player_show
  alias: 'All Media Player Show'
  hide_entity: true
  trigger:
    - platform: template
      value_template: >
        {% for state in states.media_player %}
          {{is_state( state.entity_id, 'playing')}}
        {% endfor %}

  action:
    service_template: >
      {% for state in states.media_player %}
      {% if is_state( state.entity_id, 'playing') %}
        group.set_visibility
        entity_id:{{state.entity_id| replace("media_player",  "group")}}
        data:
          visible: True
      {% endif %}
      {% endfor %}
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I don't have too much time now. The last {% endif %} and {% endfor %} should be under service_template (before data). Alsp data should have the same indentation as service template.

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Original Poster1 point · 11 months ago

Not immediately after. They bloomed. They stayed that way for a couple weeks. Then the flower petals starting falling off, then the leaves started to go. How will I know if the plant died or if it will be okay for next year.

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Just wait. If the leaves started falling immediately after the petals it isn't OK (bulb damage or some best). Let the stalk die and dig for them after that (without damaging the roots).

Did you plant the bulbs yourself? Some of them are forced to flower and they might die or take a long time rebloom after this.

Original Poster1 point · 11 months ago

I didn't plant the bulb. So should I continue to water it?

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Is the pot light? Do you need to water it? Is the soil showing trough the drainage holes wet? Do you see any roots?

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The UPS idea is a good one. However, if you go for a power bank go for the ones with pass-trough charging. I recommend THIS ONE. Most power banks don't have the pass-trough charging feature. The Xiaomi ones do.

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