@chris said in Searching for the right hardware:
Also I will use some kind of smartlight…
Here I thought for Milight.
Because it‘s very open and here we have more bulbs than for example at hue…
Here I have to buy a controller, a WiFibridge and of course the bulbs right?!
If you opt for Milight, make sure to buy the new iBox controller and consider buying the new full color bulbs which additionally provide saturation and white temperature control. You should also have a look at at IKEA Tradfri which might be a competive alternative and one may expect IKEA will further enhance the eco system (with additional bulb types at least, but other type of devices like smart plug might also become available in the future). Another thing to look at is Yeelight WiFi bulbs. It is supported with pimatic-led-light, however, the driver is not rock solid yet.
It should also be said that chinese devices are suspected to have some backdoors. Most of them call back home, at least, regulary (a.k.a “cloud feature”, an option which you can turn off with Milight, for example, but I found some Milight controller are still calling back to the “cloud” which might be a firmware bug). The problem can be mitigated by implementing some network protection measures (e.g. restrict outbound traffic, implementing a “smart home” network zone as part of your home network. Some intersting articles on the matter can be found in articles published by the Heise C’t magazine.
Another thing to consider: If “finishing your home middle of next year” involves major renovation you should consider installing a cable-based smart home solution. In terms of “security” and “reliability” it is much better than wireless solutions and it should be relatively cheap if you have to install new power cables anyway.
EDIT: Unfortunately, cable-based smart home tends to be expensive if you look for solutions on the market and most of these involve a prorietary technology including a server. I know some users have implemented there own solutions for cable-base sensors and actuators in their home which connect directly to their pimatic server. It would be great if we can somehow share the knowledge and findings on thinks like supported cable-lenths, which cable-types are suitable, and how to connect that to an raspberry or arduino (pull-up versus pull-down, de-coupling, etc).
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