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# 257357 27-Sep-2019 20:49
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I’d like to start integrating some smarts into my home. 
I’m thinking locks, bulbs, cameras and blind controls to start with. Has anybody made a start using HomeKit and how are you finding it?





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  # 2326205 27-Sep-2019 21:14
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Done it via Home assistant. Not sure I trust any one company enough to invest all in in one eco system (Apple, google etc). Using home assistant (or openHAB) means you can utilise many different technologies. The advantage is you can expose these different technologies via HomeKit for the UI aspect.

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  # 2326208 27-Sep-2019 21:26
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I’ve started using HomeBridge which has been working really well. Previously I used Home Assistant but the HomeKit support was a bit flakey and I had to reconnect HomeKit a few times.

HomeBridge has multiple addons I am primarily using mqttthing to connect MQTT devices and also use the UniFi Protect addon to show the UniFi cameras.


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  # 2329026 3-Oct-2019 13:17
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I use HomeKit for a lot of things around the house.


i have a Schalge Sense Smart Lock for the front door, DLink OMNA Security camera, and 8 Philips Hue lights. I use my HomePod as the hub for it all and there’s also a Philips Bridge Hub for the lights that can take up to 50 lights. 
I have set up scenes in the home app for automation such as the outdoor hue lights turning on at night when the OMNA Cam senses something outside.  

Next project is to get a HomeKit enabled garage door add on. You can buy them cheaply from Best Buys in the USA (just got to find a way to get one sent to me). I want to use this in conjunction with a geofence so when I arrive home, the garage door will already be up. 


it’s super handy getting Siri to do everything for me. 

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