WiFi MQTT controlled relay for Home Assistant

I’ve wanted to use an ESP8266 WiFi module in a project for some time now, and after reading about the WeMos board, I figured this was the easiest way to get started. The WeMos D1 mini is quite small and much easier to interact with and program than the ESP8266 devices. So I built this single relay controller, with internal temperature reporting. I am communicating with it using MQTT, which makes it really easy to implement it into things like Home Assistant.

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Getting the Raspberry Pi ready for IoT

There are a few things we need to do with the Raspberry Pi single-board computer before using it in IoT projects. Here is a short guide of what I typically do, mostly as a reminder to myself — but it might be of use to others as well :) This article assumes that the Raspberry Pi will be headless, so no GUI.

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