I’ve been a Homey kickstarter backer and loved the device, but sold it two years ago to a friend. I was fed up with the hassle involved to create flows and the limitations of flows. Also, I had issues with devices just disappearing if I remember correctly.
Home Assistant has been very nice since then, but it is also quite some work to keep it running. Specially since it somehow is not able to detect all USB-devices, but that’s more of a Raspberry Pi problem I assume. So sometimes when it boots up, the Bluetooth dongle is not seen, or the Zigbee stick, etc.
So now I’m kind of considering going back to Homey. Ok, it had it’s drawbacks but it did work quite stable. It is easy to use, the apps are great etc. And since you now seem to be able to create flows in a web interface again on a DESKTOP, that’s a great plus too.
However, I was very much dissapointed with this “keynote”. I was hoping for a new version of the Homey (pro)… Also, it confused me. Does this mean all developers of apps now need to dig up $99 just to publish apps? Because this will for sure mean a lot of apps will no longer be maintained in the foreseeable future. A lot of the great apps are made by regular Joe’s in their spare time.
Also, how is Z-Wave support at this moment? Is this stable? I don’t have a big house, and not many Z-Wave devices anymore. Most of them are battery-operated too, so good range is an issue. I do however have a range extender somewhere in the house.
And how is Zigbee nowadays? Specially with battery operated devices?
And how about Philips Hue? Should I connect those directly with Zigbee or via the Hue bridge? What is preferred nowadays?
All in all I would like to know if it’s worth it to spend $400 on a new Homey Pro… And I understand everybody will have a different answer to it. I would however love to get some insight in my questions and the current state of affairs in Homey-land, since I’ve been away for two years :).
Thanks in advance!