I have been looking for the "perfect" home automation system. We have tested Alexa (it failed) and are currently using Apple and Google systems.
Most of my Automation has been done either in HomeKit or directly in the apps from equipment suppliers. For example, I use the Velux app, and the bathroom blinds automatically open and close. Or the Tp-Link Kasa App for a couple of lights that turn on when the sun goes down.
I need this to be done in one place. Apple has not done it. Google is not even close. HomeAssistant seems to be unstable.
I will talk about my needs and more later. This is about my getting started experience.
My first impression is, " Wow, this is small. " And how the heck am I going to put this somewhere and keep it stable? Where do I put it in my home? I have all my critical infrastructure on wired networking, most of which is on UPS. Oh, the power cord is way too short! I have to see if the LED lights up the whole room.
I have placed it in the corner of my living room, which is the center-ish of the home. It is hardwired with ethernet.
After I fired it up, I went to my Mac to run the onboarding, but it failed to find the device on two web browsers. I then went to my iPhone 15 Pro Max to run the onboarding. The first pass failed to find the device, but advanced settings found it. The phone is running IOS 17.2 (beta). The onboarding works, but I used the advanced search to find the device.
During the onboarding, the website scaling did not fit the iPhone screen, so I had to change the zoom constantly. It is now up and running.
My first integration was going to be my Hue Lights. This was frustrating, and it took multiple tries to find the hub! It did work, finally. My second integration was TpLink KASA, which went perfectly.
I started trying to set up a dashboard, which was frustrating as I had to add a dashboard app. Really? Ok, that is now installed, but there are no devices? Oh, I have authorized the devices. I get it. This is better than Home Assistant showing me the LEDs on the Kasa switches.
Finally, I added the HomeKit integration to make my KASA devices available to my Apple devices.
I think this thing is going to work! I can now remove HomeBridge and only run PiHole on that device!
The real question here is where my Automation will be run.
Excellent work on this system, folks! Thank You.