I’m having fun with home automation form some years.
I’ve started using Openhab (later on Openhab2) and then moved to Home Assistant the last year. Really happy with it.
I’ve created some devices using MySensors library and hardware, setting up a RF2,4Ghz network, connected to HASS via MQTT, other devices via ESP8266 and MQTT as well (motion sensors, door sensors, relays).
Last work was add Amazon Alexa to my setup, first via personal developer skill and at the end via AWS (haaska).
Now, I’m back to extend my alarm system. I know I could build other devices extending MySensors network or adding some ESP8266-mqtt sensors, but it’s a matter of time, size of the device and stability.
I would like to have at least an alarm system that could work well standalone and the same way could be integrated with home assistant. In that way, a broken sensor could be replaced in a reasonable time for a reasonable cost, instead of building it from zero.
So I was looking on the Xiaomi devices. I still have the vacuum integrated in hass and I love it.
What do you think about this starter kit:
It’s fully compatible and at a reasonable price in your opinion? (~80€).
Another question is:
What if Internet isn’t working? Would it work anyway? I would avoid to have those devices are too much connected to internet. I.e. I’ve a zoneminder setup with some IP cameras, which I’ve disabled from the router to navigate and stream videos to china servers and I can look on the cameras via VPN and connecting to my zoneminder setup. I’ve not much to keep secret, expect drinking beer on my sofa, btw, it’s always my private life
Then last question:
Are then Aqara sensors compatible with this controller as well?
Thanks all for the suggestions!