I’m not a hardware guy. So when I see “Arduino”, I move on.
So I see these sensors on Amazon for $3 to $6, then there are the Brand Name Home Automation sensors for $30 to $60.
For my critical “always need to work” items, I get stuff that is highly recommended and exactly works in my Homekit home. Schlage Sense Locks, Lutron Caseta Dimmer switches.
The OH HomeKit bridge is setup and working.
I have a few TP-Link Kasa Bulbs and Wemo plug switches that are working well with OH.
Now I want to start putting in door sensors, motion sensors more Kasa bulbs… Things that if automation is broken, I can deal for awhile.
The Schlage Locks and Lutron dimmers put me back a rather large sum of money.
There a large number of places I want to add sensors, buttons and keypads.
$40 per sensor/item is not in my budget.
I tried googling and searching the board here but any info I found is not organised in a straight forward way.
Any pointers to where and how I might find info about these less expensive devices?
The HomeKit bridge only supports switches, dimmers and thermostats. I’m a Java dev so I think I should be able to make something for the sensors to communicate to HomeKit for automatons I want to design in Homekit.
Just to illustrate why I’m avoiding Ardunio, I’m halfway through replacing all my light switches. I did 10 myself. I HATED IT. I’m having an electrician replace the last 8. There are also two ceiling fans that are wired with the fan and light on the same switch so I’m having that rewired to allow the dimmers to be installed.
Thank you for any help.