Home Assistant MQTT Entity to Monitor JNIOR Temperature July 29, 2022
This post will go over how to create an entity in Home Assistant that will keep track of a JNIOR temperature probe using MQTT.
Setup MQTT on the JNIOR
Before beginning to setup Home Assistant, you’ll want to make sure that you have MQTT setup on your JNIOR. Here is a post you can follow to setup MQTT on the JNIOR.
Setup Home Assistant
Now to start configuring Home Assistant, you’ll need to make sure you have a working setup of it. Here is the installation walkthrough on Home Assistant’s website. Once you have successfully setup a working setup of Home Assistant, you should be able to access its Configuration Web Page at homeassistant.local:8123 in a Web Browser. It should look like this when you access it.
Add MQTT Integration
After you’ve setup Home Assistant, you can now begin to configure Home Assistant to monitor a JNIOR Output. To do this the first thing we need to do is setup the MQTT integration. To do this you’ll go to your settings and select Devices and Services.
Once there, select Add Integration at the bottom of the page and you’ll search for the MQTT integration and add it to your current integrations. Once MQTT is added to your integrations, you’ll then need to configure it to use the same MQTT Broker as your JNIOR device. Here we are using broker.hivemq.com.
Get File Editor Add-on
Select next and finish configuring the MQTT integration. After its completed, the next thing we can do is setup an MQTT Sensor Entity. This will represent an on/off status of our JNIOR Output. To do this, we are going to need to get an add-on for Home Assistant. To do this we will select Setting again and go to the Add-ons.
Once in Add-ons, you’ll look for the add-on called File Editor. You’ll select that add-on and install it. (Adding it to your sidebar in its installation settings is helpful also.) This is needed to edit your configuration.yaml file. What is configuration. yaml? The configuration.yaml file is the main YAML file used by Home Assistant to gather all of the information about the users desired configuration. In this file we will define the MQTT Sensor, and we need the file editor add-on to do so.
Configure .yaml File
Once the File Editor add-on is installed we’ll go to it using the sidebar in Home Assistant. The File Editor will display all the files in Home Assistant, and the one we are interested in is the configuration.yaml file explained earlier. In this file we are going to add the MQTT Sensor platform inside it. Here is a picture of a configuration.yaml file after adding the temperature probe as an MQTT sensor.
# Loads default set of integrations. Do not remove.
# Text to speech
- platform: google_translate
- name: MQTT_Tempprobe_Sensor
automation: !include automations.yaml
script: !include scripts.yaml
scene: !include scenes.yaml
Once this is added to your configuration.yaml file, head over to the developer tools above the settings option in the Home Assistant sidebar. On this page click the ‘check configuration’ button, and if the configuration is valid, you’ll then select the ‘restart’ button.
Setup Home Assistant Dashboard
Once Home Assistant has restarted, we can now go to the overview page of Home Assistant and edit our Dashboard. In the Dashboard we are going to click on the kebab menu and select edit Dashboard. This will allow us to add entities that will display the statuses of our JNIOR’s I/O sensors.
With the Dashboard Editor open, we’ll add a new card to the Dashboard. The card we want to add is the Entities Card, as this will let us display the MQTT Sensors we declared in the configuration.yaml file while leaving room to add more. This will also allow us to show how our JNIOR’s temperature probe is being monitored.
Inside in the Entities card, we’ll select the MQTT Sensor we made. Optionally, you can change certain attributes of the card by clicking the pencil icon next to the entity.
Save this Card Configuration, and you should now have a dashboard with your entity. When the JNIOR’s temperature probe changes, so will your entity on your homepage!