This document is a work-in-progress; it will never be complete nor 100% accurate.

My home journey started back in 2009 with a ReadyNAS and my home automation journey started in 2013 with Arduino Nanos. I have lots of experience, but will never consider myself an expert. There is always something to learn about!

Hardware

3D Printers

  • Prusa MK2S
  • Prusa Mini+

Networking

Server

  • Xeon E3 1250v2, AMD64, NixOS 20.09
  • Ryzen 3 2600, AMD 5700XT, Windows 10

Cameras

  • (2) Hikvision Cubes
  • (3) XiaoFang cameras running FangHacks

Misc

Software

Containerization

  • Docker - it’s what all the cool kids are using, and really does make my server maintenance easier. I jump around between a single host running Docker, to a mult-architecture (x86 and arm64) cluster, to a single host Docker Swarm. It’s fun to experiment.

Network

  • Traefik - a http load balancer, obtains certificates (both external and internal) from Let’s Encrypt, managed via labels within the stack definition.
  • DNSCrypt Proxy - DNS over HTTPS; all outgoing udp-based dns traffic is blocked at the Unifi Security Gateway.
  • Wireguard - a secure connection into my home network.

IoT/Home Automation

  • Mosquitto - a publish-subscribe-based messaging protocol; this runs most of my IoT infrastructure.
  • Home Assistant - a home automation software hub; anything not integrated via MQTT is integrated via Home Assistant.
  • Grafana - a data-visualization tool; draws pretty charts and graphs from the data within Influx
  • Node-Red - a flow-based, automation tool; creates complex automations for Home Assistant. Home Assistant does have a yaml-based automation system (which works just fine, despite what Node-Red propoents say) it’s just a lot more fun to visualize and debug automations in Node-Red.
  • MySensors - a sensor framework for many different micro-controllers; I use it for many of my battery powered, custom IoT devices like my soil moisture sensor, and door sensors.
  • ESPHome - a sensor framework for ESP8266 and ESP32 micro-controllers; I use it for most of my other custom IoT devices like my thermostat actuator, garage door actuator, fireplace actuator, etc.
  • litterrobot2mqtt - a Litter Robot API to mqtt bridge process.
  • mysensorsbootloader2mqtt - a mysensors bootloader to mqtt bridge process.
  • seattlewaste2mqtt - a seattle waste collection schedule to mqtt bridge process.
  • unifi2mqtt - a Unifi Controller device status to mqtt bridge process.
  • wsdot2mqtt - a wsdot travel times to mqtt bridge process.
  • zillow2mqtt - a zillow zestimate to mqtt bridge process.

Databases

  • InfluxDB - a time-series datastore; Home Assistant publishes sensor changes into Influx
  • PostgreSQL - a relational database that houses data for Miniflux and Home Assistant.

Misc. Self-Hosted

  • Miniflux - an opinionated RSS feed reader; replaced Feedly and Google Reader before that.
  • Borg Backup + Rclone - automated backups for all my servers, rclone’d to Backblaze B2.