I’ve been using Domoticz with rfxcom to control Lightwaverf devices for some time and looking to introduce some zigbee and z-wave devices - Xiaomi light switches (apparently some 2 wire switches exist, link below) and the Heatit thermostat for electric underfloor heating
I could of course buy a usb z-wave device and Xiaomi hub and connect to my raspberry pi running domoticz, but would a better solution be a SmartThings hub considering it supports zigbee and z-wave, any thoughts?
That’s a good price, almost as good as the black friday sale. The usual price seems to be about £100.
The Samsung hub will do most zwave and zigbee but you do have to be careful what items you buy. Have a look on the forum to see if a device is supported before you buy. The Xiaomi aqara range seems to be supported via a community created device handler so you wouldn’t need the Xiaomi hub if you went the Smartthings route. I’m thinking of picking up a few of those myself.
I can’t comment on the Heatit system as I don’t know that one.
What the Smartthings ecosystem lacks though is RF support. I’ve come from a Domoticz system using RFLink and Mysensors and I’m in the process of hand-cranking an arduino-esp8266 system to control my energenie RF sockets - that was the only solution that I could find.
For some of those Domoticz devices you may be able still use with ST which are not compatible directly with ST. There is a community developed interface that works really well. I’ll find the link for you later. That was easier than normal as the tread is active .
Good to know I won’t need the aqara hub. That was my reasoning for looking at the ST hub. Same goes for the Heatit thermostat, this is z-wave so should be supported by the ST hub natively I understand.
I’m eventually going to replace all of my lightwaverf switches. I have the old versions which are notoriously difficult to find dimmable led bulbs for. I wonder if the aqara switches will have the same problem?? (ignoring the dimmable part)
Do you know if MQTT is supported? I have some sonoffs working as electric heating controls
Note that the aqara switches are simple on/off switches and not dimmers. There’s not a lot of options for UK-compatible (no-neutral) dimmers out there, it seems.
I think I’ve seen mention of MQTT support, but you’d have to dig around a bit more to check. Hopefully, someone else can chime in on that point. However, if you’re controlling sonoffs, I can definitely recomment the Sonoff firmware and DH that is available for Smartthings. I’ve got a normal Sonoff wifi relay and a Sonoff POW up and running and it was relatively painless to get going.