Home Automation Using Node-Red

Most smart home devices come with access to a cloud based dashboard/control panel for monitoring and controlling the device.

These control panels are often vendor specific and cannot be used for controlling other vendor devices.

There are a number of smart home dashboards like HomeAssistant that can be used with devices from multiple vendors.

However on this site I will concentrate on using Node-Red for my home control system and as my Smart Home Dashboard.

I will be developing several Dashboards to monitor and control my home network and smart home devices.

So if you want to take the DIY approach to building a home automation system then you might also want to give it a try.

Getting Started

Node Red is a flow based tool written in nodejs . It has a low memory footprint and runs on the the Raspberry Pi making it an ideal system for home automation projects.

Node-Red comes pre-installed on the raspberry Pi but you may need to upgrade it.

An install script is provided on the node-red site. Here are the instructions on the Raspberry Pi Site.

If you are new to Node-Red then I would recommend you take a look at this overview video.

I also provide tutorials and videos on my other site covering node-red basics like nodes, startup files etc. See Node-red-overview .

I will be creating tutorials, example flows and dashboards that will show you how to:

  • Monitor Your Home Network and the Internet
  • Automate your Home

If you have any questions then please use the Ask-steve page

Node-Red Basics

If you are unfamiliar with Node-red I would recommend that you visit my other site stevesnoderedguide and get familiar before you start these tutorials.

Monitoring Your Network

Home Automation

Smart Home Simulator

In order to generate test data and control dashboard I have create a smart home simulator in node-red which currently consists of :

  • sensor simulators
  • Control dashboard

You can read more about it and download the node-red flows- Smart home simulator


Do you have any tutorial suggestions I would be glad to hear them. Please use the comments form below.


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