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#1 TriLife

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 02:24 PM

Greetings from Colombia.

My quest for this home's HA portion continues.

A friend of mine, who built Latam's first Leeds certified home told me that he had his z-Wave/HomeSeer system yanked out and replaced with Google Home and Sonoff hardware. Says he's very happy. I went online and had a look at some of their stuff. WiFi based and incredibly cheap!

Does anyone have experience with this? Good/bad?

Follow up question: would it integrate with ELK M1 Gold?


Looking forward to your feedback.

Have a great week ahead.

Cheers.

#2 macromark

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 07:46 PM

Guessing I'd be the least likely one to answer this thread but I'll bite! Why did she yank the HomeSeer / Z-Wave system out? Do you know? Asking because HomeSeer is Google Home compatible.. and these systems can also operate independently. Whatever she's doing with Google Home, she could have done with the HomeSeer system in place too.



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Posted 17 April 2018 - 04:56 AM

Not much detail on the Sonoff website about Google Home integration.  I wonder if they will support Apple HomeKit at some point since they are wifi based.  Seems they only show their own app at the moment.  They have a nice touch screen in wall light switch...



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Posted 17 April 2018 - 08:42 AM

If you like voice control and you don't care for integrating other devices into your home automation then Sonoff is a great inexpensive system for a beginner or a temporary residence. Just download an app and you are all set.  For people who have lots of time on their hands, the Sonoff devices can be hacked and made visible to an MQTT broker and thus allow integration into one's HA. The prerequisite is "The willingness to solder and tinker" but it can be fun.

 

https://github.com/a...ff-Tasmota/wiki



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Posted 17 April 2018 - 11:57 AM

I think there is some confusion here. Sonoff does have a software package of their own and I think it supports Google Home (I don't use it). Then there is also open source replacement firmware such as Tasmota-Sonoff which works with MQTT (and a web interface) but also many other HA suites such as SmartThings, Homeseer, etc.  I roll my own with Node-Red and MQTT. I don't have a good voice interface yet.



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Posted 01 July 2018 - 02:58 PM


Guessing I'd be the least likely one to answer this thread but I'll bite! Why did she yank the HomeSeer / Z-Wave system out? Do you know? Asking because HomeSeer is Google Home compatible.. and these systems can also operate independently. Whatever she's doing with Google Home, she could have done with the HomeSeer system in place too.



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Posted 01 July 2018 - 03:01 PM

Good afternoon.

I think the chap yanked the homeseer/zwave solution, because of transmission issues. It's a 6,500sqf home built with a novel ultralight weight technology, which essentially has metal walls.

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 06:02 PM

Good afternoon.

I think the chap yanked the homeseer/zwave solution, because of transmission issues. It's a 6,500sqf home built with a novel ultralight weight technology, which essentially has metal walls.

 

Z-Wave is 900 MHz and Sonoff (Wi-Fi) is 2.4 GHz . Wouldn't Z-Wave actually have better penetration and generally be better in that environment?



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Posted 01 July 2018 - 07:07 PM

I think the chap yanked the homeseer/zwave solution, because of transmission issues.

If you top off the fluids and change them regularly... every 15,000 miles or so, the transmission should last a long time!  :rofl:

 

Seriously though... metal walls will be a problem for most wireless systems, right?






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