With the recent thread on HomeKit success stories and a lot of attacks against HK (some legitimate grievances and some "sux"), I thought I'd share my setup. Start with the network. I moved into a new house last year and had the opportunity to make the CAT6 cable go from my home office closet to the living room, kitchen and bedrooms. Currently, I have only one Ubiquiti Unifi NanoHD AP that serves 21 devices. For cable connections I have 4 Unifi flex mini switches with 5 gigabit ports (2 of them are in my equipment rack and the other two are connected to certain wall ports). My router is my old Netgear Nighthawk R6700 with wifi radios turned off (so there is no wild network configuration). Everything that has an ethernet port is connected. I have 3 HomePod Mini and 2 AppleTVs as a HomeKit hub. Most of the time, one of the ATVs is the HomeKit hub, but occasionally, one of the minis will take over. I didn't notice any problems when I took over the minis. For bridges, I use a Pi 3b + running HOOBS, a Lutron smart bridge pro, Hue bridge and Aqara M2 bridge. For real accessories, use the following * 2 5th generation Ecobee thermostats * Smart lock for August WiFi * 3 Meross smart sockets * Rachio 3 irrigation controller * Ring alarm with upgrade bridge (via Homebridge) * Harmony Hub (via Homebridge ) * Roborock Robovac S4 (via Homebridge) * 8 Lutron Box switches (2 fan controllers, 2 dimmers and 4 on / off switches) * Aqara accessories (2 temperature sensors, one contact sensor and 2 smart sockets) * 2 white Hue ambiance bulbs with a Lutron Aurora dimmer I'm still building my setup, but so far everything has been very reliable. Although I did not have any major problems, I did find it annoying. I was very annoyed that "conditional" automations are not conditional for anyone who created workflows or developed software (although it helped me realize that the Convert to Shortcut functionality scratches this), I'm annoyed that there aren't more types of devices (such as how my robovac appears in HK has a fan and a occupancy sensor). Finally, I would like features like false switches and delay switches to be integrated into HK by default. I looked at the Home Assistant if I were to leave HK, but so far, HK still finds an excellent balance for me, flexible enough to do what I need and just work. Thank you for coming to my TED speech.
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