The humble Wi-Fi IR blaster is a powerful tool in home automation. Suddenly any device with a traditional remote control can be commanded over the air. With my Broadlink RM Mini 3 and its Home Assistant Component, all I need to do is tell Home Assistant to send a packet to the blaster and it will do the job! I want to answer a couple of questions here:
- What is a packet, anyway?
- What packet do I send?
One of the crucial aspects of MQTT is the broker....