Coming from HS4, with a host of WS200+ LED status enabled switches and other Z-Wave devices, integrations and plug-ins, I am at a decision point whether to keep HS4, migrate all to HA (already have a VM running), or use HA as a front-end and let HS continue to manage Z-Wave but move other integrations to HA, or some yet-to-be identified alternative.
If only for transition, I like the idea of using HA as a front-end to HS controlling Z-Wave. This way, I don’t have to move all the Z-Wave devices to HA right away and make sure HA is in fact the ultimate destination. I am not at all familiar with YAML but it seems like HA has matured to the point where a lot can be done using the GUI. Is this true?
I found the following resources:
Is it true that the HS Z-Wave stick does not work with HA?
Is the preferred Z-Wave for HA Aeotec Z-Stick 7 or Zooz 700, which is better?
Aside from MQTT or marthoc, is there another way to expose the HS Z-Wave devices to HA’s discovery protocol? On the surface, mcsMQTT seems very capable, but complex to set up. Any recommendations?
I’ve read that HS is more stable, while HA can experience breaking releases. On the surface, HA looks more modern and better integrated. Why would I consider staying with HS? What am I missing?
I am looking to move because HS has always seemed clunky and dated, and lacks the integration that HA has. When I looked years ago, I was not willing to dig into YAML and do a lot of scripting just to run my home. Please provide inputs.
For HA, it seems like Echo and Google Home integration requires paid cloud, which is fine. The workaround seems like a bit of work. I currently use Cloud Flare for remote, but willing to switch to the HA cloud service. Are there alternatives that I am not aware of?
Any way to make scripting/YAML a bit easier for a non-developer?
I’d appreciate any information!