After using Samsung Smartthings for a while, I started looking for the next advancement in the home automation. On the look out for a locally run home automation hub, I shortlisted two – Home Assistant and openHAB. After researching deeply about these two platforms I decided to try out Home Assistant for the reason that it has a very active community. New components are continuously added and it supports 690 components at the version 0.46
It runs on Python 3 and runs in Raspberry Pi or Linux or Windows and even ships with a Docker container to make deploying on other systems a breeze. It integrates with a number of open-source as well as commercial offerings, allowing to link, for example, IFTTT, weather information, or Google Home device, to controls from locks to lights to even a command line notifier.

Since it supports most of the devices that I own (ecobee, Google Home, Philips Hue, MyQ, Arlo etc) I immediately jumped into installing Home Assistant in my Surface Pro device, following the tutorial in

My local home assistant is running and I’m using it in addition to the Smartthings. My long time strategy is to have the Smartthings as the Z-Wave hub and control it via Home Assistant and have it as a single point of control. There are clear guides on configuring every component so I will not get into the configuration of the “out of the box” supported devices. So, I will start sharing only the challenges that I faced, especially with the Z-Wave devices.

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