Im fairly new to OpenHab and thanks to help from people off here ive managed to get a bare bones automated system up and running with two test smoke detectors. I am now looking to expand the range of sensors within my home and I was wondering which ones would be best to work with OpenHab? I have put some initial ideas down in brackets as to the ones ive already come across on Amazon and a Home Automation website. It would be good to get some feedback on what other users have experienced with the following devices. a) how easy they were to setup in OpenHab and b) how reliable after using them for a few weeks and did you then have any problems?
It’s not 19, there’s groups of frequencies to interwork but of course you’re right in pointing that out.
@doc_njt77 Fibaro and Aeotec products are generally fine. Vemmio I don’t know, but their product resemble others (Philio, Heiman) very much so it’s probably the same just sold under a different brand name.
All controllers and most sensors don’t work on exactly one frequency but cover a certain range so you could have for instance a Hong Kong controller speak to an Israelian sensor but not a Chinese one so in the end it’s not 19 groups. Frequencies close to each other is no interworking guarantee, though.
My RaZberry controller allows to tune the frequency. I think it offered 4 or 5 groups of frequencies to tune to. I never tried interworking, though. Or I did by accident get a non EU frequency sensor and din’t notice because it still worked out.
Zooz sensors are also pretty good. I have a Monoprice 4-in-1 that’s just a rebranded Zooz, and it works well for me. I also have a Zooz USB stick (as do many others here).
Something to keep in mind is that a lot of Z-Wave sensors use CR123A batteries. You can get rechargeables, but they’re expensive and hard to find (at least in Canada). I’d rather just have rechargeable AAAs, even if I have to swap them on a more regular basis.
I have had good experiences with the Aeotec Multisensor 6. I really like that it can be powered by a USB power adapter and I use this feature with all of my Aeotec Multisensors. This eliminates the hassle of changing batteries.