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# 243696 26-Dec-2018 15:49

Kia ora,


I'm looking at purchasing (aka importing) a "simple" kit to get started on my Home Automation journey.


For a controller/hub, I'm looking at probably running Home Assistant on a RasPi with an appropriate shield - I'm guessing Zigbee may be my best bet, since Z-wave may be problematic due to local legal spectrum issues. Consider other appropriate stacks/standards in-scope (such as Sonoff).


I'm sure this has been covered elsewhere, but info is either dated or overwhelming/conflicting, so I'm really looking for a TL;RD here light on the snark, please.


Attributes I'm looking for include:


  • complaint with local regulations, standards & practices
  • *some* consideration has actually been given to security & privacy (i.e. patchable, etc)
  • plays nice my wireless network(s)
  • simple to install & use


    • some sort of fail-safe, ability to use without app. don't want my home to be dead if my network or internet is down.
  • strong bias towards open source, open standards. don't really like the idea of "magic sauce" phoning home without my permission


    • offline use - if I drop the gear in a segregated network separate from my other stuff & close it off from outside, it should still be functional

Rather than running around & picking out bits (that'll come later), is there a semi-decent kit I can buy/import that I can use to get the ball rolling, to learn the ins&outs of this tech? (requesting links)


Chur in advance


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  # 2150821 26-Dec-2018 19:46
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Z wave is fine if you buy it here. Active automation sell a razberry pi shield with local frequencies. But tbh I like the Usb sticks means if you want to switch to a bigger machine later on, you’ve not wasted money.

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  # 2150827 26-Dec-2018 19:57
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Agreed on the USB stick. I started off with a Raspberry Pi but got sick of waiting for it to reboot and upgrade so migrated it to a Ubuntu VM which is a lot faster. The Pi was fine and did the job but I was looking for something a bit snappier.

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  # 2150858 26-Dec-2018 21:16
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i'd say xiaomi hub + sonoff devices. for cheap and more or less out of the box solution. I have the same set-up and doing some automotions. 5 temperature sensors, front door sensor, motion sensor in garage and motion activate camera + smart bulbs, vacuum, smart switch and power sockets. some of the devices controlled by google home too. I'm yet to hook up google home to home assistant as I need static IP.


So far automated alarm triggers when no-one at home as concept. I also want to get konnected alarm. big project for summer :) 

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  # 2150868 26-Dec-2018 21:50
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Duckdns is your friend if you can't get a static ip

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  # 2150870 26-Dec-2018 21:55
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Also check out our online store for a full range of Z-Wave products with NZ frequencies :)

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  # 2150948 27-Dec-2018 09:14
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hairy1: Duckdns is your friend if you can't get a static ip


yeah I'm behind CGNAT at the moment.

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