Right now I am using FHEM with a number of different protocols, such as Homematic, Z-Wave, Enocean, and 433Mhz CUL. I am reading about openHAB for some time now. With openHAB 2 now finally hit the stage with a stable version, I am wondering whether the time has come to switch over from FHEM to OH2? I am doing quite well with FHEM, but what I am really struggling with is a good user interface, something that I can put on a mounted wall tablet, whereby the rest of the family is also able to easily control the house. Well, in FHEM there’s something like TabletUI or smartVISU, however, this stuff seems like a lot of work to implement. I am curious if openHAB 2 fares better on this front.
However, in the first place I need to make sure that all my devices will be properly working with OH2. I would be really happy, if you guys can tell me if all my stuff will be working. In addition, maybe some hints to tutorials in order to get all the gateways connected would be highly appreciated. Now, here’s my list of devices which are running on a raspberry 3:
Homematic: HM-CFG-LAN LAN
10 rollershutter HM-LC-Bl1PBU-FM
10 heating thermostats HM-CC-RT-DN
Z-Wave: Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5
8 Fibaro smoke sensors FGSD-002 (V3.3)
1 Fibaro Dimmer 2 FGD-212 (V3.4)
1 Fibaro Motion Sensor FGMS-001 (V3,2)
1 Aeotec MultiSensor 6 ZW100-C Z-Wave Plus
1 Strips by sensitive (invisible window and door sensor)
EnOcean Pi 868 GPIO module gateway
Eltako FT55-rw switch
Hoppe SecuSignalFHFS-vw window handle
433MHz CUL from busware.de
6 Intertechno power plugs
3 Brennenstuhl power plugs
That’s it for the hardware. I also connected my router (FritzBox 6490 cable) in order to implement a call monitor. What is really important is the combination of my Z-Wave door sensors and EnOcean window handles with my Homematic thermostats. In FHEM I was able to peer those devices with the windowRec channel of the Homematic thermostats. Whenever, I open the door or window, the thermostat will shut down immediately. This is working without creating a rule. Is such a peering also possible in OH2? In addition, I used the built-in thermometers of my Fibaro smoke sensors in order to peer them with the Homematic thermostats, i.e. the thermostats are receiving the current temperature from the smoke sensors.
What else did I implement? Ah yeah, I connected to Yahoo weather in order to code different heating schemes according to the forecasted temperature. Furthermore, I extract the time of sunrise and sunset in order to control the Homematic rollershutter.
Oh man, it took me quite some time to bring FHEM up and running with all that stuff. Am I doing the right thing to switch over to OH2. Is it worth it?
As I mentioned at the beginning, I need some tutorials in order to get started. I already used openHABian in order to create a fresh SD card, but did nothing more so far. So, I am especially interested in tutorials regarding the setup of all my different gateways.
Are there any tutorials available for Homematic, EnOcean, and my 433Mhz CUL? Also, I love to read blogs about home automation with openHAB. Any suggestions on that one?
I am looking forward for your advices because I don’t think I’ll make the switch if I am not 100% sure that all my gateways and devices will be supported.
Thanks a lot.