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# 260087 10-Nov-2019 10:10
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I'm in the process of doing some renovations and taking the opportunity to try to install some smart home devices.  My home is >100 years old so I don't really want any of the current offerings of smart switches as they just don't fit in.


Ideally I want everything to be HomeKit compatible and the only realistic way to do this I think is to use non-homekit gear and then bridge with Homebridge, OpenHAB or Home Assistant.


I may migrate to a Raspberry Pi but thought I could use a spare Mac Mini (c 2009) I have which isn't really being used.




This is what I am planning to do - I welcome your advice about any tweaks or comments before I take the plunge.


Aeotec Z-wave USB stick


Aeotec nano dimmers (can these be hidden in a fit and forget or do you need access to the button? also can they still work if there are 2 light switches?)




Home Assistant






I don't know which of the above is 'best' so what are your thoughts?




I already have some Hue bulbs and a bridge v2 as well as Amazon Fire TV 




I had considered Vera or Homey but thought this was a cheaper way to test it out before going that way.











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  # 2351231 10-Nov-2019 17:24
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I use openHAB as I prefer it’s way of setup and rules engines. And think it’s Zeave support pretty good also.

But I’m not a fan of the homekit Implementation.

I use hoe assistant for that, but have recently been playing with homebridge just for homekit. They’re both very good at it.

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