Am I the only one who has had a major breakthrough in your home automation project and no one in the family can understand your success???
I’ve been a Home Automation enthusiast for just over a year now. HA is the only platform I’ve ever used. Starting with a Hass.io on a Pi and a Z-Wave thermostat. Over the past year I’ve gone through several iterations of my config. Not being terribly strong at programming, I quickly gravitated to the Node-Red plug-in for my automations. I moved away from the Pi and installed HA on a Ubuntu/Docker server. This gave me more processing power and I could run Node-Red in its own container.
The issue I ran into is Bluetooth. My server was in the basement and the Bluetooth signal was spotty using a Bluetooth dongle on my server. I briefly tried a hybrid environment; main HA server on Docker and Hass.io/Pi upstairs for Bluetooth and Z-Wave. I connected the two via MQTT. It worked great, but I never like having two HA instances.
Last weekend I reconfigured everything. I installed Hass.io back on the Pi. I have a Z-Wave dongle and use the Zwave2MQTT plugin. On my Ubuntu server, I’m running Docker with Portainer as a management platform.
I installed a MySql container and migrated the recorder off Hass.io. The instant speed increase on the PI was amazing. The other Docker containers I’m running are Node-Red, Traccar, MQTT, Portainer, and Pi-Hole.
I only use HA for integration. As I said before, all automation is through Node-Red on the Ubuntu server. MQTT is great for integrating the non-HA compatible devices; switches and sensors. With all the “hard” processing and I/O being done on the Ubuntu server, it will be a while before I outgrow HA on the PI.
I just needed it post this so someone who can understand the success can appreciate it.