I’m new to this forum and relatively new to home automation. I’m now interested in building a dedicated Home Assistant system. I’ve talked with a few people, watched a lot of YouTube videos on the subject, and read much of the HA documentation, including this forum. I now have a plan I’d like to run by this group for opinions and suggestions.
Thanks in advance for your insight and help,
An Asus U52F laptop will be dedicated for the HA system. It has a 2.5GHz single core i3 Intel processor and 4GB RAM. I am planning on replacing the existing HDD with a new 240GB Crucial SSD. (I thought this hardware would provide plenty of power and storage, as well as providing a display, keyboard and built-in UPS.)
The SSD would be flashed with the HA operating system using Balena Etcher. (Since I’m dedicating the laptop to HA, this is a recommended, well supported install.)
I expect to have both wifi and ZigBee devices in my system eventually, so I was going to install the ZHA zigbee translator. It seems to be a well-supported, standard add-on. (Since I’m not a power user, I will not select ZigBee2MQTT.) For similar reasons, I was planning on using the Mosquitto ZigBee broker. For the ZigBee coordinator, I chose a Sonoff 3.0 ZigBee dongle w/ CC2652 chipset.
I eventually will want remote access to the system. After lots of reading, I decided to initially take the easy route with Home Assistant Cloud. I’ll pay the monthly service fee to Nabu Casa until I’m confident to take the leap to a DIY method utilizing DuckDNS, or something similar.