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Home Assistant Hardware
Raspberry Pi 4 – currently out of stock on Amazon and most other places due to a global supply chain issue 😭. You can buy a “starter kit” at a very inflated price. However, there are alternatives you can look into on the Home Assistant website.
Network Cable – this is needed to connect the Raspberry Pi to your wireless router. Everything on Home Assistant runs locally, but it needs a network connection to receive updates and use optional cloud-based services.
Temperature Sensors & Thermostat
Google Nest Thermostat – this does require a connection to the internet and a one-time $5 to use with Home Assistant
Yagu-Smart 4-Gang Wireless Switch – this is a battery operated switch that can be stuck anywhere. I’ve had it for 2 years and haven’t needed to change the battery yet. This requires a zigbee hub to work.
Philips Hue Wireless Dimmer Switch – it looks like I have the V1 version of this switch, but now they’ve upgraded it to the v2 version. I can’t tell waht the difference is 🤷🏻♀️
SONOFF ZigBee Wireless Switch – this is a battery operated switch that can be stuck anywhere. I’ve had it for 1 year and the battery is at about 80% power remaining (many ZigBee devices report their battery state)
All the light bulbs in my setup are Zigbee, whereas the other equipment I have is a mixture of Zigbee, Bluetooth and WiFi.
Shelly WiFi Bulb – this is a WiFi bulb so doesn’t need pairing. However it does work locally, despite being on WiFi.
Philips Hue Filament Edison Bulb – needs to be paired to a compatible Zigbee hub first before they will work.
Philips Hue GU10 Color Changing Bulbs – needs to be paired to a compatible Zigbee hub first before they will work.
IKEA TRÅDFRI Bulbs – Various – needs to be paired to a compatible Zigbee hub first before they will work.
ZigBee LED Light Strip – needs to be paired to a compatible Zigbee hub first before they will work.
Plug Sockets Pre-Flashed with Tasmota
ATHOM Plug Sockets PreFlashed with Tasmota – I did flash about 12 WiFi Plug sockets that I bought from Amazon, but the Tuya Convert software no longer works, so buying them pre-flashed is the best option if you don’t have access to a soldering iron.
Most wireless plug sockets use the Tuya SmartLife system and requires a constant internet connection – which I didn’t feel comfortable with. Why does a plug socket need an internet connection? I don’t know, but it doesn’t sit right with me.
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