Hey all thanks for the replies. Going to start looking at some of the other brands mentioned.
My personal experience with hampton bay controllers is not great either, I've had several of the old RF units just die on me a year after service. I gave up on them about 10yrs back. After replacing 4 in 3 fans in less than a year.
I'm not married to that brand at all. Just trying to keep it under $70/fan. If that's out of my price range feel free to let me know. I would likely pay the price for the simplicity vs trying to save $ and add hassle. Since I have no relative cost I just tossed out a number so I have a starting point and it's less than what I see new fans going for.
I can't complain about the mechanical reliability of the motor in the fans, I've just replaced pull chains over the years. All fans are 10yr+ old.
Reviewing the terms used. I'm looking for a wireless dimmer to control fan speed. Not just on/off. No concern about it interacting w/ lights. If you have a very cool solution after reading my notes by all means chime in on how to get light/fan control on a switch.
I don't mind a involved 1 time setup or complex integration. I do however want to avoid the scenario of trying to thread several compatibility needles at once. Ideally the solution uses things that are stable/GA and not several pieces of partially working drivers/apps to glue a solution together.
Let me knock out your questions.
No controllers today; was hunting around for the zigbee based hampton bay device hoping for simplicity. Don't mind Zwave either. Totally fine w/ another brand that "just works", from reading more about the hassles with Hampton bay native controller I'm already looking at something that's not made by them.
I currently have a few zigbee repeaters in place (v1 iris outlets), my old alarm system uses z-wave (separate project to steal parts from att digital life).
None of my fans have a functioning local wall switch.
All my switches in bedrooms only control the bottom outlets in a given room (I guess everyone in the late 70s used floor lamps).
Previously I controlled all fans via pull chains for lights & for fan speed.
Now I use Philips hue to control the light component.
My plan with the Hampton bay controllers was to simply bypass the controller for lights. I would connect the blue light kit cable directly into the input side of the controller. Then just using the controller to adjust speeds between high/medium/low.
The current light switch that doesn't control the fans is always in an "On" position to leave all outlets working, I slapped on a lutron aurora to give me dimmer & on/off control over the lights and lock the switch "on".
I figure if temp controls from hubitat don't work for some reason or I just want it on I'd rely on hubitat UI or maybe the physical remote.
I'm not against replacing the switch just didn't give it much mind as it does nothing with the fan/light in the room.