Yes of course, I was half joking about Home Assistant because Paul kind of mocks people who thinks it’s the solution to everything. I said a little while back Home Assistant isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s definitely not for someone just getting started with home automation that’s for sure.
And that’s a problem Paul mentioned. If home automation gets too difficult and expensive with nickle and dime fees, people will turn away and it will end up hurting everyone using it. I read about some promising new standards coming soon that might make IFTTT irrelevant down the line https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.imore.com/apple-and-google-backed-smart-home-standard-will-launch-2021%3Famp
So, more importantly I guess, what are some IFTTT alternatives now? Alexa routines seem like a possibility, but the Smartthings Alexa skill is a train wreck. I use virtual IFTTT garage door sensors for my MYQ door, but I could just buy a tilt sensor which would pay for itself quickly.
I signed up for the 1.99 plan to buy time to figure things out, but I’m getting kind of tired always looking for workarounds to replace functionality that is either lost our suddenly costs money lately. For me, the cost benefit to getting Home Assistant running keeps moving in it’s direction, but I know that is not for everyone.