My Home’s Automation System

I have been working with home automation for about 10 years.  I started with X10 and then it just kept growing.  In recent months I have been trying to “simplify” my setup by removing redundant technologies (Insteon for example).  I have broken my setup down into major categories, then minor ones.


Home Assistant (running on Raspberry Pi 4 8GB w/ SSD) – My Primary Automation Engine

See my Getting Started with Home Assistant Kit or Advanced Home Assistant Kit

Aeotec Z-Stick Gen5 (the stick I use for Z-wave devices)

Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Hub –  ZigBee Hub (legacy)

Insteon Hub – Only for my legacy Insteon Devices

Philips Hue (Gen 1) (here is a link to the latest version)

Xiaomi Mijia Hub – Zigbee (only for Xiaomi Devices)

┬ázig-a-zig-ah! – Zigbee Stick (running on

Automation Engines

Home Assistant (YAML)



Sensors / Devices


Rachio Gen 2


Schlege Connect Deadbolt

Schlage Z-Wave Home Keypad Lever

Motion Sensors

Monoprice Z-Wave Plus Pir Motion

Door / Window Sensors

Monoprice Z-Wave Garage Door Sensor