I’m looking at starting to finally integrate some home automation and I’m looking for some recommendations on hardware and technologies to use these days. I should preface that I’ve been a software engineer for 20+ years and have worked from the web down to embedded and am currently working in the robotics field. I don’t expect to need much technical hand-holding.
Here’s what I’m looking for in a system:
- Programmable/open APIs as much as possible
- The most reliable, yet cost-effective hardware for operation
- Avoid any vendor lock-in or vendor-hosted cloud solutions
- Web/Smartphone App access (I can host my own cloud services for this)
- Voice control like Google Home or Alexa might be nice as an option, but I have privacy concerns
- Might play with IFTTT integrations at some point
I’m thinking of starting with a Raspberry Pi with a RaZberry hat to experiment with some z-wave outlets and switches to start off with. Is that a good setup these days? Z-Wave seems pretty solid, but the RaZberry hat looks like it hasn’t been updated since 2017. Are there other better technologies than Z-Wave I should look at?