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Topic # 228705 18-Jan-2018 10:50
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I'm ready to invest a little more time and money in my home automation setup and want to move to a more permanent setup. 

 

What are people using to run their Home Assistant server on? 

 

I have been using a VM but don't need my PC running 24/7. I am considering purchasing a Synology NAS and running within Docker. It needs to work reliably with my USB Z-Wave stick and have read conflicting reports on whether this is truly reliable. 

 

I'll also need to run HomeBridge from somewhere (I want to use Siri in conjunction with Alexa) and see it can also run on Synology.

 

I am interested to hear where you guys have your HASS and HomeBridge instances running and any issues you've experienced please.


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  Reply # 1941895 18-Jan-2018 10:53
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Started playing around with Home Assistant a couple of weeks ago. First I ran it on my Synology NAS (in Docker) without issues. (can;t speak of z-wave dongle as I don;t have one yet)
Problem is I like to put my NAS to sleep at night as no one uses it which would also turn off my HA...

 

I then bought a RasperryPi 3 to run HA on it and it seems to be going well. Always on and small power draw... Again can't say about z-wave but would be curious to know how you get on.

 

Out of curiosity, which dongle do you have?


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  Reply # 1941896 18-Jan-2018 10:54
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RaspberryPi? We have this Home of the future thing at work running home assistant on a Pi. 




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  Reply # 1941910 18-Jan-2018 11:07
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I've got an Aeotec Z-Stick. 

 

A Raspberry Pi is certainly on the list and would be a pretty low risk (i.e. cheap) option to see how it works. 


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  Reply # 1941921 18-Jan-2018 11:34
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I had openHAB on a raspberry pi 2. Just for the zwave usb connectivity. The rest of the system was in a vm. I found the rpi2 a little slow.

I then moved to a gigabyte Brix a6 and which I had for an htpc which now works much better. There’s pros and cons to vms and physics systems.





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  Reply # 1942031 18-Jan-2018 14:44
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I run mine on an old 13" MacBook Pro (2009) running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The advantage of this is having built-in speakers, microphone, Bluetooth, WiFi, a battery to protect against power outages, plus more than enough storage, and a built-in display. :-)

 

Something to consider if you have an old laptop lying around.


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  Reply # 1942032 18-Jan-2018 14:47
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I'd suggest either an old laptop or a Raspberry Pi - then you can use the Hass.io image which keeps things simple!

 

EDIT: Although it would be nice to have something you didn't have to worry about SD cards getting corrupted etc with the database writes like a NUC etc


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  Reply # 1942057 18-Jan-2018 15:48
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Yeah if I was going to rebuild I’d use an old laptop, especially having had the odd small power cut.




Previously known as psycik

NextPVR/OpenHAB: 
Gigabyte AMD A8 Brix --> Samsung LA46A650D via HDMI, NextPVR,OpenHAB with Aeotech ZWave Controller
Media:Chromecast v2, ATV4, Roku3, Raspberry PI temperature Sensors and Bluetooth LE Sensors,HDHomeRun Dual
Windows 2012 
Host (Plex Server/Crashplan): 2x2TB, 2x3TB, 1x4TB using DriveBender, Samsung 850 evo 512 GB SSD, Hyper-V Server with 1xW10, 1xW2k8, 2xUbuntu 16.04 LTS, Crashplan, NextPVR channel for Plex,NextPVR Metadata Agent and Scanner for Plex




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  Reply # 1942063 18-Jan-2018 15:55
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davidcole: Yeah if I was going to rebuild I’d use an old laptop, especially having had the odd small power cut.

 

 

 

Well I've got no shortage of old laptops laying around the place! Could be a good place to start :-)


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