Hello Home Assistant Forums!
I couldn’t find a direct answer to my question, but if anyone had any advice or ideas I could really use them!
I run my Home Assistant on a server in my basement as a VM / HAOS. It is in a rack, surrounded by metal boxes, and under a staircase. Lets just say it isn’t the best RF environment for smart home protocols.
I use a raspberry pi 4 that is setup in a much better location for doing wireless protocols, such as ZWave.
I wanted to dip my toes into HomeKit via Bluetooth, and I noticed my raspberry pi 4 has bluetooth built in!
What is the best way to bring ZWave + Bluetooth from my remotely placed raspberry pi, into Home Assistant?
I currently am running ZWaveJS2MQTT on the Pi via Docker. From there I was able to easily add it in to Home Assistant. No idea on bluetooth.
Ideas In My Head:
- Run Home Assistant on the Pi, and link it’s event stream to my main Home Assistant
- Use an IP based tool to share my bluetooth to Home Assistant
- MQTT? But how would I add HomeKit devices?
And ideally, this would work in such a way that my main Home Assistant would be a central control point for the HomeKit / Bluetooth system. Adding/removing devices, automations, etc.