People who've done FOSS/self-hosted home automation, what system(s) did you use and how well does your setup work?

· · brutaldon · 6 · 6 · 1

@alexbuzzbee I'm just about to embark on it myself with a new house (being built now) using Home Assistant at the recommendation of several FOSS home-owning friends.

@lightweight @alexbuzzbee

I've got a pile of IKEA TRADFRI stuff languishing in boxes, just another thing on the to-do heap.

@deejoe @lightweight @alexbuzzbee @codesections

+1 for HomeAssistant for the "brain" as it's absolutely superb.

I'm using a mix if IKEA Tradfri, iTead Sonoffs flashed with ESPhome, and my hot water & central heating thermostat is a HestiaPi.

If anyone knows any good brand of electric radiator with sensible APIs, I'd be *very* interested!

@gwmngilfen @deejoe @alexbuzzbee @codesections I'm looking forward to exercising my friend Hads' nice hack to control our new Mitsubishi heatpumps... and hope to contribute further to it as required to get it integrated into HA...


> People who've done FOSS/self-hosted home automation, what system(s) did you use and how well does your setup work?

I'm also interested in this—my current "home automation setup" (such as it is) is currently very disorganized and involves *far* too much proprietary tech spying on me

@alexbuzzbee in the planning phases myself, leaning towards HomeAssistant (second contender: openHAB). Next decision is the communication standard: wired and/or wireless, and which one(s). So many choices to make :-)

Not there yet. Intend to use openHAB on top of KNX. While KNX is not really open, it is standardized, has components by dozens of companies and is some decades older than "cloud", which is a plus.
Not sure how well it would work outside Europe.

@alexbuzzbee I've seen a couple of neat WebThings Gateway demos but haven't used it at home:

@alexbuzzbee I used a Fedora IoT-based raspi as home server running an IBM NodeRED with NodeRED-Dashboard and my own MQTT Broker instead of (HA) - everything in docker containers. My switches are Sonoffs with the custom Tasmota firmware applied.

I've turned a simple (fancy looking) light chain without switch into a switchable one. I build my own 600 LEDs 8 meter RGBW stripe chain to bring daylight under my self-build loft bed :)

#carbonfootprint #shameonme #leidergeil

@alexbuzzbee I only recommend Fedora IoT and the whole docker setup if you really want to kill some time and dive deep into the technologyverse though.

Nodered is great to build everything customly and have it easy to implement your own protocols and binary conversions from stuff that you connect to your own MQTT and offers you to handle stuff with http as well

Tasmota though is a great firmware with over the air updates and nice features. Works well with many ESP based switches.

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