Troubleshooting

Device Not Being Detected by Home Assistant

The ESPHome integration in Home Assistant requires that zeroconf be enabled to automatically detect ESPHome devices on the network. Zeroconf is enabled by default, but may not be enabled if you are not using the default config. Add zeroconf: to your configuration.yaml file to enable zeroconf.

You can also manually add a device to Home Assistant once the device is connected to Wi-Fi on the same network as your Home Assistant server. You will need to figure out the IP address of the device by logging into your router or by using a network scanning app.

From Home Assistant’s Integrations configuration page, press the add integration button (marked 1 in the figure), and then select ESPHome (2). Enter the IP address of the device in the resulting popup (3).

Smart Plug Glitches when Wi-Fi is Lost

ESPHome currently crashes every time its access point is enabled and the normal Wi-Fi connection becomes available. This creates the potential for our version 1.5 firmware that the KAUF Smart Plug could turn off power momentarily to whatever is plugged in if your home Wi-Fi goes out and then comes back. Please update to the latest firmware version using the bin file downloadable at our PLF10 page.

Light Bulb Dimming is Choppy at Low Brightness

Choppy dimming at low brightness appears to be a problem with the way gamma is handled. There simply aren’t a lot of discrete brightness levels to choose from, and due to gamma the number at low brightness becomes even more sparse. Typically, this would not be a noticeable problem unless you are doing a transition, to off or from off, that lasts 10+ seconds.

Currently, the recommendation is to switch to Tasmota if you are trying to do an extended length fade (10+ seconds) and notice a lot of choppiness. Tasmota appears to have handled this problem. We will look into incorporating Tasmota’s solution into ESPHome, but for now you may need to use Tasmota.