11 Best Raspberry Pi Smart Home Software Options

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I tried Hass.io. No chance of using it. Download the image for my Pi3B+, write to SD card, boot up. Nothing. It's sitting here at a line saying "power management is disabled" and is doing nothing else. Apparently there's a shed load of work you need to do to get it to work "out of the box" like entering the network UUID (whatever that it - never come this in 30 years in IT) in a file that you either have to put on a USB stick, that it doesn't read, or a folder on the boot section. Teres a few messages on their forum about it not working on a Pi3 as well.

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None of those are “easy” to instal or set up, in fact most are a nightmare to sort out or set up ....
The difference between your perception and mine is that I am starting out with an intense/keen interest and no prior knowledge whereas you have many years of Linux experience...
I spent 6 months attempting the simple task of getting Home Assistant to instal on a Raspberry Pi 3... The many examples/instructions were of no use the moment I hit a glitch. I signed up to Github expecting to find all the answers but they speak in a language with shortcuts that mean nothing.
Once I successfully installed Home Assistant (the Raspberry Pi screen told me I had installed it) I couldn’t work out how to get what is known as the GUI working.... The trick is to know what question to ask so I could search Google for an answer.
I have now sorted that problem...
I was then faced with the challenge of what can I automate and as the Sonoff gadgets don’t automatically link to HA, I thought I might start with something like Google Maps, which we all use and love... I now find that that is also a nightmare to get answers to.
Essentially what I am saying is don’t tell the world that home automation and Raspberry Pi is an easy fix. It’s a nightmare of reading, dead ends, strange language, frustration, research, expensive switches, relays and electrical gismos that have unintended consequences...
I’m persisting because in the past people just like you have convinced me that home automation with a Raspberry Pi is simple 😩😩😩

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You're in IT ??? Strange but anyway you had it loaded fine all you needed to do was open a web browser local IP:8123

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA... Oh yes it is and possibly more difficult than that

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Home automation is definitely harder then people make it seem. Its definitely not as hard as what you're making it out to be

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Your summary of these systems is very valuable. Thank you. I would also add to hardware a USB radio for ZigBee or Zwave. For brevity I'll just say Zigbee. With one it could be comparable to a Smart Things hub. Of these systems which work well, or even facilitate a Zigbee local bridge and / or making connected relays, and sensors Zigbee addressable and which do not ? I have decided a USB Zigbee radio may be a better starting purchase than a PI for me and I am thinking of trying out one of these systems on my computer before i go spend alot of other money.

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You may also want to have a look at Homie Center https://github.com/botorabi/HomieCenter
It is an open source web application and very easy to use. Homie Center operates with a FRITZ!Box.

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The nerd in me really wants to run some type of raspberry pi home automation server but between Google Home, Logitech Harmony, Insteon hub and philips hub I have voice control over everything without having to install, configure, assign static addresses, edit text files, etc.

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electrouser1643 wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:04 pm
None of those are “easy” to instal or set up, in fact most are a nightmare to sort out or set up ....
The difference between your perception and mine is that I am starting out with an intense/keen interest and no prior knowledge whereas you have many years of Linux experience...
I spent 6 months attempting the simple task of getting Home Assistant to instal on a Raspberry Pi 3... The many examples/instructions were of no use the moment I hit a glitch. I signed up to Github expecting to find all the answers but they speak in a language with shortcuts that mean nothing.
Once I successfully installed Home Assistant (the Raspberry Pi screen told me I had installed it) I couldn’t work out how to get what is known as the GUI working.... The trick is to know what question to ask so I could search Google for an answer.
I have now sorted that problem...
I was then faced with the challenge of what can I automate and as the Sonoff gadgets don’t automatically link to HA, I thought I might start with something like Google Maps, which we all use and love... I now find that that is also a nightmare to get answers to.
Essentially what I am saying is don’t tell the world that home automation and Raspberry Pi is an easy fix. It’s a nightmare of reading, dead ends, strange language, frustration, research, expensive switches, relays and electrical gismos that have unintended consequences...
I’m persisting because in the past people just like you have convinced me that home automation with a Raspberry Pi is simple 😩😩😩
You're definitely correct that these require some technical know-how. I use SmartThings for many of my connected devices like my Ecobee4 and smart lights, and it's far more user-friendly. But as DIY smart home hubs go, Home Assistant and OpenHAB are really polished and work extremely well. Like you mention, it's not always obvious what to do, but since both of those Raspberry Pi smart home OSes are extensively documented, you can usually figure out what to do by looking at the FAQ, posting in forums, Googling, etc.