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Is Home Center Lite what I need for this?


THJ

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Hello everyone

I've built my smarthome mostly on HomeKit products. However I would like to include some Fibaro devices which doesn't natively support HomeKit; Fibaro Smoke Sensor and a couple of Fibaro Roller Shutter 3
Would it be possible to integrate these to my HomeKit setup through a Home Center Lite, or Hoobs/Homebrige? 

Thanks!

Thomas

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As a Fibaro user for many years I would say get a Samsung SmartThings hub for such a small amount of devices. Since Fibaro forced me to make my HC2 cloud enabled it's been nothing but trouble. If I could find a reliable z-wave controller for the amount of devices I have I'd have moved away already. 

 

For a few devices something like the Samsung hub or even OpenZWave with a z-wave dongle on a RaspberryPi would give you less overhead.

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Hello @THJ Thomas,

 

I do not agree with @MikeyTT since every HA solution on the market has it's advantages and disadvantages and there is no better or worse solutions. 6 years ago when I decided to play with home automation I invested lots of time investigating what is available. I had in mind following requirements for my future HA system:

  1. Must be wireless solution because I have house that is finished and didn't want to break walls again and pull extra cables etc.
  2. Must be expandable so can do it in stages
  3. Must offer compatibility with most of the sensors and actors available on the market
  4. Must provide at least a some level of compatibility with other manufacturers
  5. Must support more complex programming for more complex automation routines

Also from beginning my goal was to automate everything possible, so I didn't have any limits or low expectation.

Fibaro fulfilled all of the above with exception on compatibility with other manufacturers. Since I was ready to compromise with my HA as I'm with my wife :-D decision was easy. Now with HC3 on the market, compatibility is improved, at least for devices of the manufacturers that do understand importance of integration and offer some kind of open API.

 

So, instead of offering you an answer, I actually have a question? Why did you choose to go with Apple HomeKit? What was the breaking point to select it?

I'm asking because I'm Apple user for many many years, but their HomeKit is even after 6 years still useless bunch of devices that can't be decently automated at least not here in Croatia.

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On 7/19/2021 at 9:36 AM, Sankotronic said:

Hello @THJ Thomas,

 

I do not agree with @MikeyTT since every HA solution on the market has it's advantages and disadvantages and there is no better or worse solutions. 6 years ago when I decided to play with home automation I invested lots of time investigating what is available. I had in mind following requirements for my future HA system:

  1. Must be wireless solution because I have house that is finished and didn't want to break walls again and pull extra cables etc.
  2. Must be expandable so can do it in stages
  3. Must offer compatibility with most of the sensors and actors available on the market
  4. Must provide at least a some level of compatibility with other manufacturers
  5. Must support more complex programming for more complex automation routines

Also from beginning my goal was to automate everything possible, so I didn't have any limits or low expectation.

Fibaro fulfilled all of the above with exception on compatibility with other manufacturers. Since I was ready to compromise with my HA as I'm with my wife :-D decision was easy. Now with HC3 on the market, compatibility is improved, at least for devices of the manufacturers that do understand importance of integration and offer some kind of open API.

 

So, instead of offering you an answer, I actually have a question? Why did you choose to go with Apple HomeKit? What was the breaking point to select it?

I'm asking because I'm Apple user for many many years, but their HomeKit is even after 6 years still useless bunch of devices that can't be decently automated at least not here in Croatia.

I agree, Homekit is useless in home automation except for one thing. Siri can be called with my iPhone in stand by mode.

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