Firstly, some back story.
I'm a Hubitat noob, still waiting for my hub to arrive to Australia, so please forgive my ignorance. I started out with a SmartThings V3 hub just 2 weeks ago, and although the ST UI is much more aesthetically pleasing, the automations and supported devices are quite limited without coding, and I want to make everything local and integrated.
I currently have a few Lifx globes, wifi smart plugs, Google home minis, Xiaomi vacuum and just began building a Sonos system. Coming this week is a Broadlink RM Pro+ for my ceiling fans, and an Alpha Neo hub for my roller blinds, as well as a ST button and Aeotec motion sensor to play with.
For now, I'm just planning out what can and can't be done in my home and buying a few bits to get started. My main area of focus and frustrations is automation of my existing roller shutters.
I have 9x external shutters that were installed when I bought the house. I visited the installers yesterday to discuss my options. As they are standard mains-powered motors without RF, and quite good, reliable quality, he said they are not worth replacing just yet.
Therefore, my options seem to be:
- install RF receivers in-line to each motor (electrician), then add their supplied RF blaster (Link), to hook up to the network. This option seems to venture well over $1000 for 9x shutters.
- install some sort of Z-wave/ZigBee/wifi switch or relay to each shutter control.
Option 2 seems more practical but still expensive.
What are my options in Australia?
I don't have a Z-wave or ZigBee network yet, but a device of each on their way to play with. However, my Ubiquiti network with Unifi Protect and 3xAPs is strong as an ox.
What do I need to automate shutters in a simplistic way? A relay? Switch? Both? New motors?
At $100ea for Fibaro or Aeotec in-wall switches, before installation, this is quite a costly exercise too, considering I don't yet have a Zigbee or Z-Wave mesh.
I found these wifi switches/relays (Link) and am wondering how reliable they would be with Hubitat, and if it's worth getting one to try? It saves me replacing switches too.
Does anyone have any experience with them?
What about these? (Link)
Are these the kind of controller I should be looking for?
I'm reasonably tech/AV/network savvy, so some tinkering shouldn't be an issue, but I'm not interested in coding or spending extended periods of time racking my brain or searching forums, I just want things to work. I mean, isn't that the whole idea of home automation?
This is why I'm swapping to Philips Hue from Lifx, and currently considering taking back my TP-Link smart plugs (that I bought for ST, as Brilliant/Arlec isn't supported) and buying a bunch of ZigBee outlets.
I see that flashing firmware is an option and people are using Lifx and TP-Link successfully with Tasamoto(?), and reading this success is why I made the choice to switch to Hubitat, but the more I look at the forums, the more I see people having problems with non-native integrations.
I'm just chasing simple, reliable, local support on one interface, with minimal tinkering and failure/warranty/legal issues. Perhaps my simple needs are very specific and no system covers them yet. (open to suggestions )
In saying this, I acknowledge that Hubitat is still in infant stages and there are a lot of people working very hard to make it as easy as possible. Thank you to those people. I also acknowledge that Australia is a bit behind in this world, also, and things are expensive and laws are different here.
If anyone can help me out, that would be greatly appreciated.
I don't think my needs are that drastic, but if I'm headed down the wrong path or system rabbit hole, let me know too!
I'm interested in learning from your frustrations and experiences.
Side note: I'm also considering Brilliant wifi dimmer mechs (Link) for my lights too, as the LED downlights I've been replacing with are very bright, so need to get dimmers installed anyway. Open to feedback/experiences here.