My system is a result of the fact tha I wanted some better sound than PC speakers can give and better functionality than a TV box (perhaps an android one) or Google TV can give. That’s how my setup was born and let’s look at it in detail.
So yeah, this is my living room, not very clean and quite lazy designed (after all it’s by me). Let’s just look at the AV System instead. This is a home theater in a box called LG LHB775 or 755 not sure anymore, also, for the purposes of this article it’s not very important. First of all, the receiver is dumb. You cannot connect it to Google Home even if you… gave birth to a hedgehog?
So what I did. I used a NEDIS WiFi to IR device. I know it may look weird at first but it is pretty much the same thing you know from higher-end phones. First, you install the app, then you pair it with this little roundy thing and then you can map all kinds devices to it, the only condition is, that they have to use an IR remote controller (now that’s your TV, your receiver and quite likely even your air-con). The best thing about it is, that you can now map the actions from this to Google Assistant. So I just come in the living room and say “Hey Google, turn on TV and Receiver” and it does!
The only harder thing to understand is the more advanced functions, like channel up/down, changing source or volume. Now you have to set these in your scene menu in the Nedis app. Which is not so hard. You go the scenes part of the app and setup like this:
I have highlighted the most important parts for you. Now the Assistant integration is a bit trickier, but you might be able to figure that out. I’ll deal with Assistant routines in the next part, so stay tuned if you want to make it work like mine. With this knowledge you can make buttons in your NEDIS app to do all kinds of stuff, like change volume 5 steps down (as pictured), or switch to HDMI1, or HDMI 2. And that’s quite smart, eh?
Yeah, that’s an Intel NUC box with an i3 some RAM and a 512 GB SSD drive, plus external USB 1TB drive. Now that’s where all my fun is at, so, this computer has the smallest install of Windows 10, Spotify and Kodi. I love it, because it’s small, the design doesn’t offend me and it packs power of a normal desktop computer.
As I said I only use Kodi and Spotify and the PC is running constant on. There’s basically three or four kinds of actions that this PC actually does:
Funnily enough, when I googled if I could integrate this with Google Home I found Push2Run.
What this app does is that it translates voice commands to whatever you need to do on your windows machine. Now, it uses ifttt service as it’s base. Lately, ifttt gone to paid model, but still you can use three applets for three and that’s more than enough. Ifttt is used here for creating your custom Assistant phrase, which in my case is “tell computer to”.
I’m not going into detail about installation, you can read it properly on Push2Run’s setup page. But in short you make an applet on ifttt (no coding, don’t worry), that helps with the custom assistant phrase, then, this creates a txt file on dropbox (again free), which has the command that you want to run. Then on your computer Push2Run reads it from your dropbox synced folder.
Now, the setup on Push2Run’s site looks terrifying, but if you’re an average techie, you can do that. I trust you! And if you can’t you can ofcourse ask me here, or the author on the website – he’s quite active in his forums.
Now with all this I can finally tell you what my morning routines is.
Cool? I think so! Now, the last part of the smart home series will be about Google Assistant in depth. That’s where all these routines and custom commands come from! Stay tuned! This is the very last step, I promise!
And you know, if whatever, there’s a comment box down there, feel free to ask questions and perhaps show some love!