My circumstances are a bit unique as I am in the merchant marine and on board a ship at the moment (no WiFi and very limited company internet). I'm looking to try my hand at HA and want to use some of the quite time out at sea to experiment with setup/ basic automation. Hopefully then I can hit the ground running when I get home on leave. Anyway I have decided to give the HE a try since it doesn't require internet access to work after setup.
My Question to the Community:
What is the absolute basic physical equipment I need to use the HE? Ordering parts to the ship is very slow (we're talking months sometimes but usually weeks) so I want to ensure I have everything I need to get up and running.
For testing my skills and seeing how the HE works I'm planning to change out my regular lamp bulb with a smart bulb, put a door sensor on my stateroom door and bathroom door, place a humidity sensor in the bathroom and a zigbee plug on a small heater. I've selected both zigbee and z-wave devices to try out and the room is only 250 sqft so range shouldn't be an issue. I hope to have the lamp come on when my door opens and when pressed a wireless button will turn the light off. The humidity sensor will activate the heater in my bathroom when I shower but will turn off the heater if the bathroom door is open.
Obviously I need the HE itself. I've got a WiFi hot spot to download and update the HE while in port and I plan to connect the Hubitat directly to my laptop. Do I need a wireless router to allow zigbee/ z-wave devices to connect with the HE?
Thank you all very kindly for your help and suggestion. I'm very excited!