I have hassio installed on a raspberry pi with a zigbee chip (raspbee).
I thought, that with HA, I can actually simulate a hue bridge or that I wouldn’t need one. If yes, how can I do that?
I don’t have any philips products, but I have innr bulbs and plugs. The plugs have a special function, where they record energy usage. I am guessing, that I won’t be able to read that without the native innr app, even If I manage to turn them on and off without the app.
Now, the app itself won’t work unless it connects to hue bridge or innr bridge.
So I was thinking, that I should somehow be able to have my pi be that bridge. Or did I totally misunderstand the point of HA?
I found some components, relevant to Hue, like /hue/ and /emulated_hue/, but I am not sure, that this is what I am looking for.
I also read, that in order to simulate a hue bridge I need zigbee2mqtt, which I have no idea, what it even is.
Are you familiar with the term ‘emulate’? Home assistant with the emulated hue component emulates a hue bridge. Meaning the actual bridge does not exist, but home assistant is pretending to be said bridge. Devices that interface with emulated hue think that they are talking to an actual hue bridge that does not exist. Home assistant is actually handling all the logic and bridge functions.
OK, so this component, simply speaking, can pretend to be a bridge over wifi, but can not over zigbee, so it cannot actually control hue lights, but it can pretend to be a bridge for alexa, google home and maybe the native app I want to setup?
Any luck user9920? I’m replacing a z-wave stick with a combo z-wave and zigbee stick soon and I would like to get rid of the hue hub if possible. My wrench in the plan is we are an iOS household and everything runs through HomeKit. My z-wave lights show up in HomeKit so I don’t see why the Hue wouldn’t if I remove the hub and use the zigbee stick but those z-wave lights are just switches, on, off, not color like the Hue bulbs.