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FIBARO HOME CENTER LITE Z-WAVE SMART HOME CONTROLLER $179.95 @ thesmartesthouse

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Saw this on sale for someone that wants to only use z-wave and keep it local. I have never tried it myself but reviews have been good, its a lot easier to use than my Hubitat which I decided to keep since I like it has z-wave+zigbee+wifi support and everything else.

Normal price on these guys is around $280 so this is $100 off.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
The most comprehensive award-winning Z-Wave system
Works with Amazon Echo (Alexa), Google Home, Sonos, Philips Hue, Logitech Harmony, and more via free plug-ins
Easy set-up for advanced control
Access your system remotely through web interface or a mobile app
Trigger scenes and devices based on your location (geo-fencing)
Software is hosted in your local network to maximize privacy, system performance, and uninterrupted service even if your Internet is down
Drag and drop elements in the interface to create scenes and events
Create unique and complex automations with the Block Scenes feature
No monthly fees
Engineered and manufactured in Europe with the highest-quality components.
Extra support from the community forum (visit now)
12-month warranty
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why this over vera plus?
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why this over vera plus?
Only real advantage is ease of use. Fibaro has one of the easiest to use and sleekest smart home interfaces out there, the same is true for their mobile app. They make setting up a smart home scene or block just very easy and straightforward. The only other major plus is Fibaro makes their own home automation gear, all their stuff is guaranteed to just work with their hubs.

Besides that no major reason to get the Home Center Lite over a vera plus. That being said this is still one of the few times I seen the lite be this cheap.
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Only real advantage is ease of use. Fibaro has one of the easiest to use and sleekest smart home interfaces out there, the same is true for their mobile app. They make setting up a smart home scene or block just very easy and straightforward. The only other major plus is Fibaro makes their own home automation gear, all their stuff is guaranteed to just work with their hubs.

Besides that no major reason to get the Home Center Lite over a vera plus. That being said this is still one of the few times I seen the lite be this cheap.
Interesting, I have the VeraEdge and personally think Vera has terrible support. That being said, I have it working, no thanks to them and their bugs really. So I'd still be skeptical about changing over, but I'm definitely going to look into it if this is a good time to buy...
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Interesting, I have the VeraEdge and personally think Vera has terrible support. That being said, I have it working, no thanks to them and their bugs really. So I'd still be skeptical about changing over, but I'm definitely going to look into it if this is a good time to buy...
In the same boat. Big one for me is the DSC alarm integration in Vera. The vera system has always had minimal support and upgrading firmware is typically asking for your system to brick, but it is hard to switch after the time investment required.
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In the same boat. Big one for me is the DSC alarm integration in Vera. The vera system has always had minimal support and upgrading firmware is typically asking for your system to brick, but it is hard to switch after the time investment required.
100% agree. I kick myself every day for not going with a different home automation system. But right now the few things I have work so I don't want to learn a new system lol.

Zwave was probably the worst choice for me, house is concrete, electrical boxes are metal, so my signal is abismal, and I can't use zwave outlets or switches Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
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In the same boat. Big one for me is the DSC alarm integration in Vera. The vera system has always had minimal support and upgrading firmware is typically asking for your system to brick, but it is hard to switch after the time investment required.
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Interesting, I have the VeraEdge and personally think Vera has terrible support. That being said, I have it working, no thanks to them and their bugs really. So I'd still be skeptical about changing over, but I'm definitely going to look into it if this is a good time to buy...
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100% agree. I kick myself every day for not going with a different home automation system. But right now the few things I have work so I don't want to learn a new system lol.

Zwave was probably the worst choice for me, house is concrete, electrical boxes are metal, so my signal is abismal, and I can't use zwave outlets or switches Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
Only thing I can tell you guys, the Fibaro home center 2 ($500-800) is one of the most expensive hubs on the market and its cause of ease of use and impressive hardware. Outside of that its pretty dang overpriced so was surprised to see the Lite version under $200.

If you want something easier than vera but not as easy as Fibaro, im liking hubitat especially since it supports multiple protocols, so building a Zwave and Zigbee mesh is a thing. Filling gaps with wifi items is slowly being incorporated too. Only main selling point for me about Z-wave is Z-wave+ now, a lot of outlet and light switch receptacles with built in repeaters are now available for dirt cheap, while for zigbee they are almost non existent and expensive.

Main selling point of all these though is that they are local processing, and not cloud like wink/ST.
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re: Vera support

not sure what you guys are talking about, but being able to call at any time of day or night and speak to ACTUAL technical people who arent just reading from a manual and really understand the technology and the details about updates is a huge plus for a technical person like me.

i thought their support was one of the best

now, the fact they havent integrated google home and their software leaves a bit to be desired, sure. that ain't great
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In the same boat. Big one for me is the DSC alarm integration in Vera. The vera system has always had minimal support and upgrading firmware is typically asking for your system to brick, but it is hard to switch after the time investment required.
Yeah, no kidding. It'd probably take me 20+ hrs to uproot Vera and go with this instead. Having to remove and re-add all of my z-wave devices, and re-configure all my scenes, ugh. Not to mention re-integrating with Home Assistant.

Speaking of which, can anyone vouch for how well Fibaro works with Home Assistant?
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Smartthings is way better than this and supports zigbee, wifi in addition to just z-wave! and cost $50 at times - so why would I buy this for $179
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Smartthings is way better than this and supports zigbee, wifi in addition to just z-wave! and cost $50 at times - so why would I buy this for $179
Because if my internet is down the home automation will still work. (Same with Vera)
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re: Vera support

not sure what you guys are talking about, but being able to call at any time of day or night and speak to ACTUAL technical people who arent just reading from a manual and really understand the technology and the details about updates is a huge plus for a technical person like me.

i thought their support was one of the best

now, the fact they havent integrated google home and their software leaves a bit to be desired, sure. that ain't great
It does seem the phone support is better than would be expected, and I have seen them on the forum as well.
However, I have personally had to rebuild my system twice from attempting an update. vomit
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Smartthings is way better than this and supports zigbee, wifi in addition to just z-wave! and cost $50 at times - so why would I buy this for $179
Way better....... this has local processing, ST goes down with no internet.
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Way better....... this has local processing, ST goes down with no internet.
ST has local processing. Edit - for some limited things that is.
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It does seem the phone support is better than would be expected, and I have seen them on the forum as well.
However, I have personally had to rebuild my system twice from attempting an update. vomit
yes, ive heard and seen about that. i do fear every upgrade Stick Out Tongue
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