ESPHome: Build custom-made smart home firmware without programming – Market Research Telecast


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The home automation market now knows a variety of different concepts and products. But sooner or later many users find that there is not a suitable sensor or actuator from the preferred manufacturer as a finished product for every task or that the expansion becomes very expensive as the number increases. Easy to program, very inexpensive WLAN microcontrollers such as the ESP8266 and ESP32, in conjunction with open source home automation software, invite you to build the missing hardware yourself.

There are plenty of examples online that motivate you to get started directly in typical development environments such as the Arduino IDE. However, this type of do-it-yourself construction is not without its pitfalls: the hobbyist’s primary interest is often the function itself, not the program code. But in order for it to be stable and suitable for everyday use, much more than just the actually desired function has to be programmed: interfaces for configuration, status information for remote diagnosis, reliable and efficient communication with the smart home center as well as remote updates so that the microcontroller does not must be expanded every time.

Beginners often underestimate the time it takes for everything to run smoothly. With the free, open source modular firmware “ESPHome”, you can save yourself the development effort and easily implement your ESP32 and ESP8266 projects.

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