If you are using HomeMatic/homematicIP smart home products with Home Assistant, the future will now be even brighter.
The team around RaspberryMatic has been hard working during the last months to make their alternative “HomeMatic CCU“ operating system a full fledged Home Assistant Add-on with no compromises. Because of the much more advanced functionality of this third-party Add-on vs. the HA own “HomeMatic CCU” Add-on, this is now the recommended Add-on to use your Home Assistant also as a HomeMatic CCU smart home central. The old “HomeMatic CCU” Add-on from the official repository has now been deprecated. To make migration as smooth as possible, its latest release gained a final functionality: You can now export your configuration directly from its WebUI by using “Create Backup” to generate a
.sbk system backup file, then stop the “HomeMatic CCU” Add-on, install the “RaspberryMatic CCU” Add-on and import the backup file so that all your HomeMatic/homematicIP devices will be available right away. A big shout-out to Jens Maus specifically to make all this happen!
In addition, starting from Home Assistant OS 7.3 onwards HAOS supports dual HomeMatic+homematicIP communication when using the HmIP-RFUSB RF USB stick with the “RaspberryMatic CCU” Add-on. This change will, however, also introduce a device rename for older installations still using the old HomeMatic CCU Add-on: With a HmIP-RFUSB, you will need to manually update the “hmip” device setting to
/dev/raw-uart after the OS 7.3 upgrade. Or even better: migrate to the RaspberryMatic CCU Add-on right away to gain the full cloud-free smart home central functionality like the vendor-provided “CCU3”.
Last, not least, work has just been started to completely rework the HomeMatic/homematicIP device integration layer within Home Assistant itself. While still in an early development phase this complete re-design will come with great new features and a way easier setup and a more complete device integration of all your HomeMatic/homematicIP devices.
So the future of using HomeMatic/homematicIP devices in Home Assistant was never brighter, be part of it!
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.home-assistant.io/blog/2022/02/07/improved-homematic-support/