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by Prof. Uriah Daugherty MD Published 2 years ago Updated 1 year ago

How do I run a Home Assistant remotely?

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Can you expose Home Assistant on the internet?

There's always some risk. Having said that the last known exploit was patched very quickly by home assistant. So the risk is pretty small if you keep Home Assistant up to date and keep up to date with Home Assistant news.

How do I access my Home Assistant server?

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How does Nabu CASA work?

Nabu casa creates a secure environment to connect to from the outside, and it uses the connection your Home Assistant instance made to exchange data. There's no need to open any ports from the outside going in. There should also not be a need to open an outbound port (unless you block outbound traffic by default).

How can I access my home server from outside?

Use a VPN. If you connect to your local area network by using a virtual private network (VPN), you don't have to open your PC to the public internet. Instead, when you connect to the VPN, your RD client acts like it's part of the same network and be able to access your PC.

Is port forwarding Home Assistant safe?

Just putting a port up is not secure. You should definitely consider encrypting your traffic if you are accessing your Home Assistant installation remotely. For details please check the set up encryption using Let's Encrypt blog post or this detailed guide to using Let's Encrypt with Home Assistant.

What is my external URL for Home Assistant?

The URL that Home Assistant is available on from your local network. For example: http://homeassistant.local:8123 . Note that this setting may only contain a protocol, hostname and port; using a path is not supported. Customize entities.

What is the IP of my Home Assistant?

Just within your home network you might know that your Home Assistant is on an IP like 192.168. 1.4 and listening on port 8123. If you use Home Assistant OS and haven't changed any of the defaults, Home Assistant will also be reachable at http://homeassistant.local:8123.

Is Nabu Casa worth it?

Nabu Casa provides good value for money with features like access to smart home from everyone, text to speech technology and one click connection to voice assistants (Alexa, Google). All of this can be achieved without Nabu Casa by the technically inclined with some degree of work.

How much does Nabu Casa cost?

After the initial 31-day trial period for new users, the subscription costs $6.50 + tax per month or $65 + tax for the annual plan. The annual plan is available for all countries.

How do I access Home Assistant from Nabu casa?

To get started, open Home Assistant, go to the cloud page in the configuration panel. Find the remote box and enable the toggle. The first time you enable it, Home Assistant Cloud will have to generate and validate the certificate. This can take up to 60 seconds.

What is docker in home assistant?

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What is ESPHome?

ESPHome is a system to control your ESP8266/ESP32 by simple yet powerful configuration files and control them remotely through Home Automation systems.

What is home assistant Io?

Home Assistant is a free and open-source software for home automation designed to be a central control system for smart home devices with a focus on local control and privacy.

What is home assistant?

Home Assistant is the open-source platform I use to control my home automation. This series is about how to get started in Home Assistant. I have walked through what Home Assistant is, how to install it, and how to integrate add-ons. This post will be about how to make Home assistant remotely accessible.

Can you use state reporting on Home Assistant?

You will need to do this any time you turn off or reboot Home Assistant. You can enable State Reporting so you can see all of your devices in the cloud platform. The Remote Control option should produce a URL you can use for remote access, as long as the remote control is turned on.

Can you connect to Nabu Casa with a VPN?

You can connect on the web browser on your mobile phone with either the Nabu Casa link, the DuckDNS domain, the VPN connection, or simply entering the IP address if you are connected to your home network.. There is also a Companion App for Android and iOS.

Plans and Pricing

Webhook Relay is a hosted service that requires infrastructure, support and development time. Our business model is providing a service for a fee. We do not share any of your data with 3rd parties (except Stripe for billing purposes).


Submit issues to the add-on’s Github repository or send me an email: [email protected]. I try to answer queries as soon as possible

Cloudflare integration

You can read full blog post on how to set up the add-on to work with your own custom domains here:

Next version

Webhook Relay going global! First new regions will be available in Australia and US (currently Webhook Relay tunnels go through EU). Almost nothing really changes from the configuration example, there will be a new field “region”:“au/us/eu” available in the add-on options. Stay tuned

What if you see authentication failures from

If you’re seeing authentication failures from and you’re using the nmap device tracker, you should exclude the Home Assistant IP from being scanned.

Can you turn on multifactor authentication?

As an extra level of security, you can turn on multi-factor authentication.

Can I access Home Assistant from outside my network?

At some time in the future, you will probably want to access Home Assistant from outside your local network. This means you are also exposed to random black-hats trying to do the same. Treat the password like the key to your house. As an extra level of security, you can turn on multi-factor authentication.

Can you modify hosts file on Linux?

If you don’t have a valid domain name for your Home Assistant instance, you can modify the hosts file on your computer to fake one. On Linux edit the /etc/hosts file, and add following entry:

Do you need credentials to start Home Assistant?

If you are starting Home Assistant for the first time, or you have logged out, you will be asked for credentials before you can log in.

What port is Home Assistant on?

You just have to open port 443 in your router and forward it to your local Home Assistant IP on port 8123 . You also have to assign a static IP address for the server where your Home Assistant is installed. If you don’t know how to do that just ask in the comments section below or search in Google.

Where is my username on Home Assistant?

Log in your Home Assistant and click on your username in the lower left corner of the screen.

How to create a sub domain on DuckDNS?

Just go to and login with either of the available options (Persona, Twitter, GitHub, Reddit, Google) and then create a new sub domain. In a similar way as in the picture below.

What IP address to forward to Home Assistant?

This is what you aim! Just replace the Forward IP – with your Home Assistant local address and you are good to go.

Does Home Assistant have a warning?

That means – you will receive warnings from your browser when you access the https version of your local Home Assistant. Depending of the browser that you are using you may add your local Home Assistant https address as exclusion once and you will not receive any warnings after that.

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