Lannouncer


The lannouncer notification platform allows you to play spoken messages (TTS) or sounds on an Android device running Lannouncer. This can be useful when you have a wall mounted Android tablet, or an Android device that is permanently powered and turned on and want to use that to play notifications.

To enable Lannouncer notifications in your installation, add the following to your configuration.yaml file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
notify:
  - name: NOTIFIER_NAME
    platform: lannouncer
    host: HOSTNAME_OR_IP

Configuration Variables

name

(string)(Optional)Setting the optional parameter name allows multiple notifiers to be created. The notifier will bind to the service notify.NOTIFIER_NAME.

Default value: notify

host

(string)(Required)The hostname or IP-address of the Android device that is running Lannouncer.

port

(integer)(Optional)The port on which Lannouncer is running.

Default value: 1035

Installation

You need to install the Lannouncer app and enable the Network (TCP) Listener and Auto-Start Network Listener. You can disable the GCM (Google Cloud) and WAN Messaging and SMS Listener since this component doesn’t use them.

Lannouncer uses the default Android TTS voice. You can tweak that in the Android configuration, or you can install a different TTS engine from the Play Store. You might want to raise the volume in the app settings since that depends on the actual hardware device.

More information can be found here.

Sending messages

Lannouncer supports two types of messages.

Spoken messages is the default method (speak). You just invoke the notify service with the following json and the device will speak out the specified message.

{
  "message": "I'm sorry, I cannot do that Dave."
}

The second method is to play notifications (alarm). There are 4 build-in sounds (chime, doorbell, alarm and siren).

{
  "message": "chime",
  "data": {
    "method": "alarm"
  }
}

You can also request to play a configured additional soundfiles (FILE1, FILE2, FILE3, FILE4 or FILE5). You can configure this file in the app settings.

{
  "message": "FILE1",
  "data": {
    "method": "alarm"
  }
}

The free version only supports one additional soundfile.

To use notifications, please see the getting started with automation page.