I have set up a mozilla webthings gateway and really like what you guys are doing here.
I unfortunately got a Raspberry Pi 4, which means my Z-wave stick isn’t working so well right now (I’ll be shifting the gateway onto a laptop “server” I have set up soon which would allow the dongle to work).
Anyway - the bits I’ve had working so far look great and I look forward to progressing with bulbs and switches going forward - but maybe want to run some ideas past you guys, as the wiki / plugin information seems like it has holes or may be hidden from easy research to help me pick the right items / methods.
I have been looking at it, and am thinking I would prefer most of my bulbs to be “smart”, and have different Hue Dimmer Switches for different lights / purposes covering up the dumb switches, allowing me to on/off/dim/brighten the bulbs (and it would be good to allow set colour rotation through a rule maybe)… Obviously I would like to skip the hub (and give Philips as little money as possible).
The thing I think I need to know is - what functionality can I get from the dimmer switch?
I think I saw a git commit / comment somewhere for support for the Hue switches in the Hue plugin, but what does the plugin give me for the dimmer switch? Does it see the button presses as 4 buttons - or as specific “on/off/up/down” presses? Long-press support? Double-press?
I cannot see how the switch would look, and I don’t want to go wasting money on these things without knowing the basics… I know I could set up rules, but I just don’t know what the switch offers through the plugin, so any advice would be extremely helpful here.
Are there better products? I’ve done lots of searching and Aeotec seem nice - but triple the price. And there’s an Osram Mini Switch which is half the price (or the Ikea Tradfri which is smaller).
Is it really just “reset the zigbee/z-wave device and ‘+’ on the device page of WebThings” for these (TP-link needs them on the wifi so needs them to initially register… then I can block the internet access after).
Thanks for any help