I am just getting started with home automation. I got my Hubitat about a week ago and wanted to start by automating a light in my TV room to go on in the evening. I have read a little here and it seems like Zigbee is the way to go over Zwave. Local home improvement stores didnt have any plug in Zigbee devices, so I found a cheap one on Amazon, $15 and 2 days later, I am up and running. So far, so good.
My next step was to work on the kitchen, hall, and living room lights. The general consensus here is that Lutron Caseta is bullet proof but pricey. I say cry once, so off to the home improvement store. The dimmer switch was about $55, so I decided to check online instead. Only a few dollars cheaper, so I went back to home improvement store. I needed two in almond and a white dimmer for the kitchen. Turns out HD and Lowes only carry the white in stores. So headed home with single dimmer to get started. I installed it today but then I found I needed a hub. I thought that was what I had Hubitat for, but obviously I did not read enough about this before I bought. So then I had to find the difference between the various hub options - Radio RA2, Smart Bridge, or Smart Bridge Pro. From what I can tell, RadioRA2 has to be installed by a professional or at least a dealer. Then I found a video comparing Smart Bridge and Smart Bridge Pro and determined that I just needed the Smart Bridge (those of you with experience in this know where this is going). The local big box doesn’t carry the bridge, but they have the starter kit which had the bridge and a dimmer with remote. Brought it home and had it installed in less than a 1/2 hour. Then I tried to configure it. Seemed to go pretty well - I assigned a static IP to the hub, as suggested, then added the dimmer. That also went pretty well, until I tried to turn it off from the app. Nothing. Tried a few times. Deleted and reconfigured it again. Then I read the Hubitat documentation a little more closely and I noticed that it says “Smart Bridge PRO or RA2 Main Repeater.”
So the kit went back into the box to be returned tomorrow.
So now, I am planning on ordering the Smart Bridge Pro, plus the 2 almond dimmers I need to get started. My question is, should I be aware of anything else before I order? (I did see that they don’t make a 2 pole switch - instead you use a regular switch/dimmer and a remote). But before I place my order I just wanted to be sure I am on the right path and not missing anything else.