I’ve been playing with home automation for a few years now and wanted to stop relying on 3rd party cloud software for the devices I run at home. I also wanted to stop connecting my IoT devices to my wifi in order to control them. In order to do this, I needed a zigbee or z-wave hub. One of my friends has a hubitat elevation and recommended it it to me so I ordered one to try it out.
It’s so small! I was expecting something the size of an Intel Nuc, or maybe a Raspberry Pi, but the hubitat is truly tiny. Setup was easy, just plug in an ethernet cable and power and you’re good to go.
Integration with Home Assistant⌗
There are two ways I’ve found to integrate the hubitat with home assistant, though I haven’t been able to confirm if either works yet. Since I can’t seem to get my one zigbee device to pair with the hubitat, I can’t tell if it’s going to show up in home assistant once it’s paired.
Update: Managed to get MQTT working by using this project. All devices that the hubitat can see are now showing up in home assistant and I can control them from there. I had to get a few more zigbee devices in order to extend the range of my zigbee network. It turns out that putting a zigbee radio into what’s effectively a Faraday cage(a metal electrical gang box) isn’t great for the signal.
Ideally, I’d like to go the MQTT route. I already have an MQTT broker running at home and I’d like to leverage that. I found some docs on how to set this up (as it’s not officially supported by the hubitat) and followed them and everything seems to be working. I can’t know for sure until I get a device to pair with the hubitat and see if I can get a message to home assistant.
Update: I got this working, as described above.
If the MQTT route doesn’t work, there’s a home assistant integration (a community integration, not an official one) that works with hubitat’s Maker API. I haven’t had a chance to try this yet, but if I can’t get any results with the MQTT setup, I’ll try this next.
Would I buy this again⌗
To early to tell. So far it seems to be working fine, though I haven’t been able to pair it with the one piece of zigbee equipment I own. I’ll update this review when I learn more.
Yes, it seems to meet my needs.