Some background: I’ve used SmartThings for quite a few years, and Vera before that. I have over 40 Zwave devices, over 15 Zigbee, I use Webcore with dozens of pistons, I use(d) Google Assistant for voice commands, etc etc. Vera had been very restrictive, I went to SmartThings, and couldn’t get it to do what I want, so tried HA. It was… Rough.
All I’ve ever known was Windows, but two years ago (maybe a bit more?) I had a spare PC - installed Linux, installed HA/Docker/etc. Used my SmartThings device solely as a Zwave and Zigbee receiver. I was able, eventually, to get it working, and then tried to get it to… Well… DO things. I just couldn’t grasp it. Tried Node Red for a week, watching videos, reading, asking questions… I couldn’t. I just couldn’t get it. So after a month, I went back to SmartThings.
Now, the delay caused by SmartThings so frequently, it’s frequent downtime, and I’m recently unable to relink SmartThings with Google Home (Assistant)… I think it’s time to look at HA again.
When I hear Home Assistant OS - I immediately thing it’s like Windows or Linux. You turn on a PC and boot into it, and any extras you need are simple to install, without all the hoops to jump through that I used to have to on Linux.
I imagine that after a couple years HA has gotten more user friendly, and I still have that spare PC.
Can I use my spare PC to load up and use HA OS, and use my SmartThings as a zwave/zigbee receiver? I really don’t want to buy a USB Zwave/zigbee stick and have to learn everything to it - several devices are tough to get to.
Can I use HA OS WITH SmartThings? Like - use HA to control a few switches, to give me Google Assistant Voice commands over everything, but still use SmartThings and Webcore to control other things?
Finally - IS HA/Node Red a bit easier/friendlier to use as opposed to a couple years ago? I’m not opposed to learning and researching, but whew, I remember the combo of learning Linux and Node Red just being overwhelming.
Thanks so much for your time and replies!