How to setup Home Assistant with Raspberry Pi 4

Building a home automation system using open-source hardware and software means using great platforms. Whatever you set up has to tick a key number of boxes;

  • local hosting for better privacy
  • open source to keep costs down and to also ensure that the platform's security is frequently analysed
  • active development so that you don't have to worry about future integrations of new products / technologies you buy
  • well-tested; you don't want to be amongst a small number of users

The most popular hardware / software combination that ticks all these boxes is, without a doubt, Home Assistant installed atop of Raspberry Pi. In this guide, we'll take you through the steps of installing Home Assistant atop of a Raspberry Pi. There are two ways to do this. The first is exclusively installing Home Assistant Operating System upon your Raspberry Pi. Alternatively, it's possible to install Home Assistant using its Container and Docker. This secondary method is recommended when you want to run other software on your Raspberry Pi and not just Home Assistant. There are limitations to using Container and Docker, however, namely that it is much more difficult to apply updates to Home Assistant and install Home Assistant add-ons.

We break down both installation methods below.

What you'll need

  • Raspberry Pi 4. We're using the 4GB RAM model.
  • A micro SD card at least 32GB and class 2. We recommend 128GB if you'll be using Home Assistant with non-Z-Wave features such as video camera or audio recordings

In this guide we have used Home Assistant OS version XXXX. Potentially, by the time you follow this guide, some screens may have been redesigned or a some steps subtly changed. If that happens, please let us know and we can update the guide.

Two installation methods

  1. Install the Home Assistant Operating System
  2. Install Home Assistant using its Container and Docker

Install Home Assistant Operating System

Next steps

Now that your installation of Home Assistant is up and running, it's time to setup Z-Wave with Home Assistant. Follow that link for our step-by-step guide.

Install Home Assistant using its Container and Docker

Next steps

Now that your installation of Home Assistant is up and running, it's time to setup Z-Wave with Home Assistant. Follow that link for our step-by-step guide.

Further help

Help with Atrim Stick

Other popular, self-help guides for Stick are listed below below. You can also learn more about its features at our dedicated Atrim Stick page while all Stick guides have a dedicated repository.

Setup Atrim Stick

Connect Z-Wave device to Atrim Stick

Setup Home Assistant with Raspberry Pi

Setup Z-Wave with Home Assistant

Debug Z-Wave network problems

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