Hi and happy new year!
I have had a Vera based system for many years… However Casa Verde has got new owners and there has been only one major SW update in three years. I think the platform is dead and want to merge to another more modern one and HomeAssistan has got my attention
I have currently set up a HA on bare metal on a x68 based system (NUC but not Intels) I have some 70+ ZWave devices in our home for Light, HVAC, MEDIA control, Security +++. I have installed the ZWaveJS2hqtt. I have problems in understanding how HA and the ZWave controller works and how to find my way in the documentation. I hope someone can help me with the following basic questions , either through explanations or point me to relevant info.
Is it possible to include generic ZWave devices which does not already have a json config file in HA? If so how can this be done?
I have several ZWave devices that is many years old which is functioning ok and I would like to continue to use them (they are not ZWave plus). Some of them are problematic to include and specifically so for battery devices ending up with Unknown device ID, Unknown Manufacturer, Unknown Device etc. I assume the that HA is not able to find a suitable json file or the the setup can not be conclude due to go back to sleep? Is it possible to manually add a json file and/or to edit the json file? How is this done?
How do I set up group associations. For instance a ZWave thermostat to be associated with the panel heaters it controls. If HA go down the thermostat can operate the heaters through the assosiatoins. In Vera this could be done from Vera… Can this be done with ZWaveJS2hqtt control panel?
I want to leave ZWave as much as possible as I always experience problems with the devices and many has been unreliable (experience only from Vera and early version of Homeseer and). Is it possible to include generic WIFI devices (I guess it has to be supporting certain protocols)? Where can I find detailed info about this
I have installed on bare metal but I want to use a Virtualization Server with VM’s. Specifically I want to use Xen Server which is professional, well documented, Widely Used and Open Domain. The Xenserver(s) can be controlled through the network from a centralized place of choosing with Xen-Orchestra of xcp-ng center. The problem I encountered is also well known the lack of support for USB pass though. I understand this can be overcome by using MQTT. How can I achieve this on a x68 based system? Links or pointers to information would be highly appreciated