Gmail settings for Nextcloud notifications

It can be handy to set up email notifications for activities on your Nextcloud installation.

You have to set up your own email address before you can do this (so Nextcloud knows where to send the emails). Click on your username at the top left of the screen and choose Personal. You’ll see a box for your email, just fill it in and press enter.

You can this when you are signed in as an admin by visiting http://<your nextcloudserver>/index.php/settings/admin/additional or clicking Admin in the dropdown menu at the top right of the Nextcloud screen where your username is shown and then on Addtional settings near the bottom of the menu on the left hand side.

Once there you’ll see some empty boxes waiting for your settings.

This is how to fill them in to use your gmail or G Suite account

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Then click the Store credentials button.

To check it is working click on the  button.

Sending… will appear to the right of the button and be replaced with save image when it has worked.

If it fails the error message will help show what went wrong.

This what my screen looks like with the right settings.

I was inspired to write this post after following this excellent guidance on getting a Raspberry Pi 3 Nextcloud Box running on Ubuntu Core.

Xiaomi – the smart home (and car) puzzle

Xiaomi have gone big on home automation and offer the best value kit I’ve found. I’ve bought a few items and got them working well but there are a few vagaries to them. I don’t speak or read Chinese and bits of the Android apps aren’t in English. The instructions look comprehensive but again are in Chinese. Even the English can be challenging, it sometimes reads like it is straight from Google Translate.

Trying to get the devices to talk outside the Xiaomi ecosystem has been challenging and limited in success. I thought I’d collect my learnings and share what I know about getting Xiaomi kit to work.
I’m in New Zealand which means I can use Chinese plugs, just upside down with no need for international adapters.

My Kit at the moment

  • Xiaomi Gateway Gen 1 hooked up to 2 temperature and humidity sensors
  • non-zigbee smart plugs
  • smart powerstrips
  • Smart Band 2 (and a 1S still lurking)
  • Roidmi 2S – a bluetooth to FM adaptor for cars
  • a smart lightbulb too but I need to buy a lamp to see it in action as bayonet connections are standard here and they only come in screw in format…

I’ll be adding specifics around what I’ve found out over time.