OK, I am a little unhappy. Today I saw a post where someone recommended not using wifi devices on Hubitat (See this all of the time). Then the author posted referenced the "Compatible" devices list (interesting that there are wifi devices on this list). So, stepping on to a very low soap box....
WiFi Devices. These devices generally fall into two catagories - LAN control and CLOUD Control. I will discuss LAN Control.
- redundant control in-case of Hub failure (can use vendor's app)
- generally lower cost
- Can't use generic integrations, very device specific.
- Seldom official integration - must often rely on community integration which also seldomly exist.
- Opinion: LAN based devices can work if there is a solid community or official integration.
Compatible Devices List. Although from a marketing perspective, this is a very valuable term, it is actually a mistatement. It should be "Official Integrations". Additionally (no one's fault) there are some problems with that list.
- It is limited to specific models, many of which are no longer available.
- It is very limiting and doesn't claim that many other compliant Zigbee / Z-wave profiles are also supported through the generic drivers.
I feel that the actual name is insulting to the developer community that has created additional compatible devices (some better than others). Additionally,
- Plus: Community integrations often support more device features and attributes than the "official" integration
- Quality may not as good as for the official integrations, but since there is no official code review nor official integration evaluation procedures, this fall jointly on the Hubitat Staff and the developers.
- Support is spotty from the developers.