How to setup Home Assistant on Qnap container station

Install Home Assistant on a Qnap NAS

Are you wanting to combine the power of you Qnap NAS and the Home Assistant open source software, then you have come to the right place to learn how to install Home Assistant on a Qnap NAS using container station.

Home Assistant is an open-source home automation platform running on Python 3 and normally runs on a Raspberry Pi. However, if you already own a powerful Qnap NAS as I do then this simple tutorial will get you up and running with Home Assistant running within container station in no time.

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Why setup Home Assistant on a QNAP Nas?

You may want to setup Home Assistant for a number of reasons and the main reason why I did was to get non-HomeKit enabled devices such as Hive Home working within my existing HomeKit environment without having to configure all my existing devices as you would have to if you used Homebridge.

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A couple of requirements before getting started with installing Home Assistant on a Qnap NAS

  • X86 architecture Qnap NAS
  • Container station installed
  • Working network

Install Home Assistant on a Qnap NAS using container station instructions

  • Goto  Container Station on your NAS, this can be found on your NAS Home screen or app section.
  • Open Container Station and go to Create Container.  Search for homeassistant/home-assistant then click installHome Assistant Qnap Nas setup
  • If you are presented with a version option choose latest and click Next.
  • Enter a name for the container, in this example I used Home-assistantHome Assistant container station setup
  • Now Click Advanced Settings.
  • Go to Environment and then add 2 line items.
    • In Name enter variable in Value enter tz
    • In Name enter value in Value enter Europe/London
    • Please note, if you want other time zones you can find them hereHome Assistant within container station
  • Now go to Network
    • In Network Mode choose Host

Goto File manager and create a folder within the container station folder called “HomeA”

  • Now go to shared Folders In volume from host browse to the folder you create above
    • In mount point enter  /config.  
  •  Click Create and wait for the NAS to finish creating the container, this may take a while depending on your internet connection. You can monitor the progress in the notification tab within the container station application.Home Assistant login screen
  • After the container has been created, open a new web browser window and go to http://192.xx.xx.xx : 8123. Simply replace the xx with your IP address. Your login screen will be presented and now follow the instructions to configure

So thats it, you have set up Home Assistant on a QNAP Nas using container station. If you want to want to learn how to enable non-HomeKit devices to work in your existing HomeKit setup using Home Assistant, then click here

Jon Ratcliffe
I am Jon R and the editor of Active JR that covers wearables, fitness tech and smart home. I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles and I like combining this with fitness.My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.You can contact Jon on Twitter @ActiveJR1

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