Over a year in and still building my smart home, I have had a major disaster (I mean learning experience, I back up regularly though not automated),and am loving this, it has WAF, my current setup is,
Hassio on a Raspberry Pi 3b+ 128gb SSD, using maria DB, Node Red, HACS, AdGuard, mqtt broker
Google Home Hub through Nabu Casa
Nest (grrrrr) not integrated since HA broke
2 x Sony Bravia TV’s
Sonoff tasmotised RF hub with RF wall switches, PIR’s (sonoff and digoo), Smoke alarm, leak sensors, window sensor
Xaomi Aquara zigbee (OOH the zigbee) hub with PIR’s and door sensors,
Broadlink RM pro and mini and some cheap RF plugs
Magic home light strip controllers and a bulb
Tasmotised Tuya converted bulbs
Yeelight bulbs and lamps
Lots of tasmotised sonoff basics
A few sonoff TH units
A few sonoff pow r2
Gosund tasmotised power monitor plugs
Xaomi plant sensors
A Loop energy monitor (mistake)
Eufy cameras though not integrated
I also have an emby server
A spare Pi 3b+
So quite a build up going on, a lot of this stuff I had before home assistant, and none of it did what I wanted it to do which led me here.
The Pi 3b+, I don’t believe is really up to this task, my system randomly falls over and I don’t know why, and has got really laggy and for this reason I still can’t fully trust this to do things like an alarm or thermostat. I do want to keep it simple if possible, no headaches, the options seem to be the raspberry pi 4 4gb, or an NUC which seems to be a popular option. I personally am leaning towards a Pi 4. I know this gets asked a lot but things move fast so it will always be a relevant question.
RF, is there a way to make this more responsive, my switches don’t make it through to home assistant every time, though do seem to get picked up on the sonoff.
Do I stick with the Aquara?
Do I go for a Shelly EM? (whole house monitor)
Best alternative to nest
Naive question, why isn’t there a windows installer for this? Is it actually difficult to run in a virtual m/c?
The future (not a question) is going to be fun, I think I will wait until the sonoff zigbee stuff starts surfacing and look into that. Make an alarm, energy usage record, more and more lights, see what I can do with node MCU. I have a bucket of old android phones and tablets to kiosk,