Now, before anything, I have to say I really appreciate all the hard work that developers have put into Home Assistant. It is a prime example of what open-source software can become, and I am sure it will continue to grow.
Personally, unfortunately I have lost the enthusiasm and interest I had when beginning. Therefore I have decided to move to a proprietary system, so I can greatly reduce my commitment. If anyone is interested in the reasoning, I will try to give this, while letting off a little steam. I have been way too stressed out using Home Assistant lately, and feel like it is not rewarding enough for the time I put into it. It is just so demotivating to spend hours on doing something cool, and when I want to show it off to the family and put it to use, I am often met by a “page not found” cause Z-wave crashed my home assistant, buttons that are not working forcing me to reboot the device to clear caches or other very inconvenient setbacks. I feel like I have gotten to a point where I am not improving my setup, but just constantly chasing something to keep it running. You know, resetting OpenZWave, fixing breaking changes, figuring out why this and that is throwing errors etc. Also I feel like building UI, is mostly juggling a work-arounds to get stuff I want to show in lovelace. For example I feel stuff like all of thomasloven’s custom cards are necessary to do much at all in lovelace, yet they all seem very unnecessary, and seem to be work-arounds for a limited system, rather than functionality. It seems the UI is super limited by trying to maintain a structure so it can show on a wide-variety of screensizes, browsers etc. This is also what I understood from the latest podcast, where Paulus was talking about not wanting to implement multiple lovelace configs, because people do not want to add the same stuff multiple times. My opinion is, I would much rather create a seperate UI for each individual device I own, and have complete free hands to place and show stuff how I like, as apposed to fighting with the limitations in lovelace currently. I do not know if I am alone with this feeling, but I just always feel like I am so close to something great with Home Assistant, but I never get there.
Therefore, as I said, I about to buy into a proprietary system, to get something that is easier to pair my smart devices with, and easier to keep running than Home Assistant. My hope is to keep Home Assistant running as well, but just not having to rely on it, and being able to just spend time on it as I wish and follow the continued development till it eventually reaches a state where I feel I can commit again.
For this, I have been looking into Athom Homey, as it seems to have integrations for everything I own basically. I just have a bunch of questions I would very much appreciate to help answer before diving in. I hope there are users out there that use both Home Assistant and Homey, that can help me answer these questions. Before you ask why I do not just ask these questions on a Homey forum, it is because I do not want advice from people blindly loving a simple system like Homey, but would much rather hear it from people from this forum with wider experiences.
— Home Assistant - Homey Integration Questions —
In regards to Home Assistant, is it possible to integrate Homey, so I can see everything connected to that?
I only see this request for a component: Homey athom hub integration
The other way around, it seems to be possible to add stuff I only have in HA to homey it seems? Is that working well? https://github.com/rogro82/io.homeassistant
— DIY Questions —
For specific DIY solutions, I would also like to know how well I can get that working in Homey. I know there is a homeyduino add-on, but I am not sure I can reach the same functionality as Home Assistant. Therefore I hope you can comment on my DIY projects I am currently making, to let me know if that is actually realistic to get working without the freedom of home assistant. Especially the ability to just create a generic thermostat in Home Assistant to control heating with a DIY application, is something I do not know if can be done. Can you comment on these?
3. DIY thermostats with NodeMCUs, screens and DHT-22
4. DIY underfloor heating controller using a Wemos D1 and a relayboard to control on/off of the thermoactuators with info from the thermostats.
5. DIY LED lighting using LED strips and an ESP8266
6. DIY ventilation controls using 2 x Sonoff 4CH Pro(for controlling by-pass, switching between original controls, my controls and full manual etc.) + 1 x Sonoff PoW R2(just to see some numbers) + Qubino 0-10v dimmer(for fan speed)
7. DIY bed presence detection using load cells and a NodeMCU
8. DIY wall switches using either ESP8266s or maybe something like blebox inbox ( https://blebox.eu/en/products/32-inbox-wireless-button-module.html )
— Other Questions —
Now I already made another thread about having a seperate to run in parallel with Home Assistant, and I really appreciate the feedback I got there. There I did not provide as much information as to why, or my use case. Therefore, I would like to challenge the research I done that showed that Homey would be the best solution for me.
7. Do you have any other suggestions as to which way I should go?
Sorry for the long thread, I hope someone will stick with me and can help me with some good insight
The “smart devices” I own and wish to connect as much as possible of are:
Sony Bravia TV
OSMC Vero 4K+
Fibaro Dimmer 2
Hue motion sensor
Yeelock cabinet lock
Fibaro Smoke detector
Milight LED spot
Lenovo Android Tablet
Netatmo Healthy Home Coach
Google Home Mini
Sonoff @ Tasmota
Broadlink RM Mini 3
Broadlink RM Pro
ConBee (Not needed I assume)
Aeotec Z-Wave (Not needed I assume)