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February 24, 2024 by CETECH CETECH
 
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Will guide you to integrate the Beetle ESP32 C3 with Home Assistance.

In this article, will see how we can integrate the Beetle ESP32 C3 with home assistance.


Beetle ESP32 C3

The Beetle ESP32-C3 is based on the ESP32-C3, a RISC-V 32-bit single-core processor. Despite its tiny size (only 25×20.5 mm), it packs a punch with up to 13 IO ports broken out, making it ideal for various projects without worrying about running out of IO options.

Key Features:

Ultra-Small Size: The Beetle ESP32-C3 measures just 25×20.5 mm (0.98×0.81 inch), making it perfect for space-constrained projects.

Built-in Lithium Battery Charging Management:

  • Safely charge and discharge lithium-ion batteries directly on the board.
  • No need for additional modules, to ensure application size and safety.

Easy Screen Connectivity:

  • The matching bottom plate simplifies project assembly and screen usage.

Dual-Mode Communication:

  • Supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5 (LE).
  • Reduces networking complexity.
  • Compatible with both Bluetooth Mesh and Espressif WiFi Mesh for stable communication and extended coverage.

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Installing ESP Addon in Home Assistance

First, we need to add the ESP addon to our Home Assistance system. Open the home assistance.

Next, navigate to the settings and open the add-ons.


Here selects ESP home and install it.


Then open the web ui.


ESPHome on the Beetle ESP32 C3

ESPHome is an open-source firmware that allows you to configure and manage your ESP devices easily.

Open the ESP home web UI and add a new device.

Then open the ESPHOME web and follow the instructions to flash ESP Home firmware.


Next, connect Beetle to the PC and select then burn.


Wait until it finishes.


Next, enter the WiFi credentials to configure with WiFi.


Then click visit device, you can see this kind of web page.


Connecting Beetle ESP32 C3 to Home Assistant

Once your FireBeetle ESP32 C3 is online with the ESPHome firmware, Home Assistant will automatically discover it.

You can see the device under the settings menu.

Next, open the ESP home and add a new device


Then enter all the details, and next select the wireless option.


You can see the device status as Online.


Here you can edit the beetle behavior.


Controlling Devices and Automation

With the Beetle ESP32 C3 integrated into Home Assistant, you can:

  • Control smart switches, lights, or other devices connected to your Beetle.
  • Set up automation based on sensor data (e.g., turn on lights when motion is detected).
  • Monitor temperature, humidity, and other environmental factors using Beetle sensors.
  • With the Beetle ESP32 C3 integrated into Home Assistant, you can:
  • Control smart switches, lights, or other devices connected to your Beetle.
  • Set up automation based on sensor data (e.g., turn on lights when motion is detected).

Here is the simple code snippet to control the onboard LED on the Beetle.

switch:
- platform: gpio
name: "test_lights Onboard light"
pin: 10
inverted: True
restore_mode: RESTORE_DEFAULT_OFF

Here is the complete sketch.


Then install it.


Next, open the devices again and select the esp home.


Here you will see your device details and it will show the switch status.


From here you can control the onboard LED.


Troubleshooting and Tips

If you encounter issues:

  • Check your ESPHome configuration for errors.
  • Verify that your Beetle ESP32 C3 is connected to the correct Wi-Fi network.
  • Use Home Assistant’s logs and developer tools to debug any problems.

Conclusion

Integrating the Beetle ESP32 C3 with Home Assistant expands your smart home capabilities. Whether you’re building custom sensors, controlling lights, or automating tasks, this combination empowers you to create a personalized and efficient home environment. Happy tinkering! 🏡🔌

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