I agree completely, HE integration would be great. Sorry for the long post but I am a enthusiastic supporter of both HE and Yolink and would like to see the two integrated. Don’t know if the HE staff could reach out to Yolink directly.
I use Yolink water sensors to control a Bulldog valve as well as Yolink temp/humidity sensors to monitor freezer and refrigerator temps and they work flawlessly with incredible range, much better than my experience with Zigbee and Z-Wave. I also have outdoor Yolink contact sensors that were beyond the range of any of my Zigbee and Z-wave devices. The Yolink LoRa sensors reliably connect to the Yolink Hub through brick walls, refrigerator and freezer metal doors, and out to remote outdoor locations. Not saying that HE should incorporate LoRa, but that it would be great if HE could integrate with Yolink similar to how it integrates with Lutron (which I also use and am extremely happy with, it just works!).
Unfortunately, the only way to “integrate” with HE was to utilize the Alexa integration with Yolink to then connect via virtual devices to HE through the HE/Amazon Echo Skill, thus involving the cloud. Since I have 15 water sensors around the house, I use Alexa to announce which sensor is triggered so I know immediately where to look for the leak if I am at home (along with getting notifications through the Yolink app to my phone and dashboard), and the link to HE via the Amazon Echo Skill allows me to trigger virtual switches which can then trigger additional home automations (flashing lights or changing bulb colors to give a visual indication of a leak).
Although Yolink allows for direct connection between their valve controller, siren and the sensors so that the internet is not needed to control the main water valve controller, if I connect the sensor to the valve controller directly to avoid cloud dependency, I lose the voice announcements (at least I have not figured out a way to have both working at the same.time…local and cloud) as well as my other automations (lights etc).
The best scenario would be if I could keep the local link to control the water valve, while still also maintaining the cloud link so that if my internet connection is good, I will get voice announcements and visual leak indicators (good for WAF), but in the event that the internet happens to be out at the time of a water leak, the main water valve will still be shut off due to the direct link. I just can’t figure out how to keep both local and cloud active at the same time. I’ve contacted Yolink support several times about this but they just keep telling me that I can link the sensor directly with the valve controller (I don’t think they understand that I want to use their local link as well as have cloud access at the same time).
At any rate, HE access to the Yolink API would solve all this. I hope this becomes enabled even if it means having to purchase an upgraded Yolink Hub as suggested in the above mentioned link. Hopefully, someone can convince Yolink that this would open up a huge market for their product. Think about if Yolink LoRa could compete with Zigbee/Z-wave as a local communication protocol with its super reliability and incredible range (supposedly up to 1/4 mile). Due to my HE hub and Yolink hub location in a secured security room, Yolink sensors with their superior range and reliability have worked in situations where my Zigbee devices have failed. In addition, the battery life of my Yolink sensors has been superior to any battery powered Zigbee sensors I have.
The ability to integrate with other ha systems like HE would really open up their potential market. Unfortunately, IMHO, being a relatively small company, Yolink risks fading away like so many other smaller home automation companies if they keep their system a closed system. I hope this does not happen as their implementation of LoRa is vastly superior to Zigbee/Z-wave (again just MHO).