Okay, I'm slowly climbing the learning curve with the help of many of you. Much Appreciated!
I'm coming from the Amazon device world; my first foray into smart home since the old X-10 system. I've successfully set up many of my tp-link devices, and that has gone well. I'm slowly learning what works, (TP-Link) what doesn't (Emerson Sensi Thermostat) and what I still don't understand. (Pre-Hubitat I purchased three Treatlife dimmable smart plugs DP-20). Apparently I need to desolder and resolder a new chip in order to use). Facepalm!
There appears to be a vast array of sensors, buttons, etc. in the ZigBee line. I purchased motion, temp, contact, button, and bridge. Ready to play. However, I discover that the first step is flashing the bridge with Tasmota firmware and going from there. Otherwise I wont be able to see and use effectively. I understand, open-source better in every way to OEM in many cases.
Question 1. Really? did I just purchase the wrong ZigBee bridge (Sonoff) and have to swap out firmware? Is there a better device or direction to go with? Does anybody sell ready-to-use bridges? Or do I just bite down, get the cable, and do this stuff?
Question 2. I have basic light switches covered, but with motion, temp, and contacts I can really start to fill things out and get into true "automation" and "smart". What brand - line should I be looking at.
Question 3. Should I be looking at systems other than ZigBee for these devices? I understand that they seem inexpensive, but they also seem almost toy like. I want to learn, and do this stuff once, so I'm trying to get on the right track and acquire quality components.
Thanks. Looking forward to the day when I can actually answer questions, not just ask.