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How many other are in to this?
I just recently moved from Smart Things and went down the Home Assistant rabbit hole. Took about 2 weeks to migrate over and get all of my automations switched over. About 100 devices total. About 60 of which are Zwave, Zigbee.
I have home assistant running on a refurbed dell optiplex running virtualbox..
16gb RAM, 3.4GHz I-7 3770, 250 Gb ssd. Reboots are fast but I had to run it on my work computer for a few days. It has an I-7 10700. Reboots were insanely fast on it.
The advantage to Home assistant is that I have all devices running locally, not dependent on any cloud services. I could lose internet and all devices will still work. Even the wifi devices. Piece of mind considering we have some idiot here that likes to cut the fiber feed to the neighborhood occasionally..
 

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I’ve done a fair bit of this. I was using android for ease of use but recently switched to apple HomeKit and I’m finding it much better. Especially with HomeBridge allowing integration with loads of non apple devices.
 

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I’ve been meaning to seriously look into this….
I would start with Smart Things. Its about the easiest to start with, integrates with Alexa or Google easily. If its Zwave, or Zigbee, Smart things will connect. most of the time. I hear that Samsung may be looking to get out of the arena though...
Once you decide you want to disconnect from the cloud, Home Assistant is a good option. It certainly requires a more advanced understanding of things though.
 
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