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 Posted: Thursday Oct 22nd, 2020 01:19 pm
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FYI, I now have Siri and Alexa control of Comfort via Homebridge. Total time from start to finish was less than 30 mins.
Homebridge is a well supported solution providing Homekit support, but by extending this you can support so much more.
Today, I have CBUS, Comfort, Alexa, Sonos, TPLink plugin modules, security cameras, ovens, vacuum, Nest, Shelly, you name it, all linked. Each one has the potential to control the other.
I took another few minutes to activate the pre-existing Comfort logic for opening my garage door to appear on my watch, so now I have have voice control over every piece of Comfort and CBUS logic that was in place.
Give it a go, it's free https://homebridge.io



 Posted: Friday Oct 23rd, 2020 12:17 pm
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Hi palmlodge, Good to hear you have so many items connected and working!. I am currently looking at purchasing the UCM/pi from laser but am looking at which application would be best to work with. Node red seems to be popular but it doesnt look that easy to use. Does homebridge work well with Alexa and comfort or is difficult to set up? Are there any other advantages or disadvantages you can think of?



 Posted: Friday Oct 23rd, 2020 05:26 pm
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I have MQTT talking with Comfort. As MQTT is common you can interact with many other systems. I primarily interact with HomeSeer.



 Posted: Saturday Oct 24th, 2020 11:32 am
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strickers wrote: Hi palmlodge, Good to hear you have so many items connected and working!. I am currently looking at purchasing the UCM/pi from laser but am looking at which application would be best to work with. Node red seems to be popular but it doesnt look that easy to use. Does homebridge work well with Alexa and comfort or is difficult to set up? Are there any other advantages or disadvantages you can think of? I kept looking at the UCM/Pi but I wasn't comfortable it was a very plug and play solution nor easy to expose Alexa control.
The **** of homebridge is it has thousands of plugins, one could say it's becoming the de facto solution because of the rich eco system and so easy to setup, use and configure.
The Comfort plugin is old and has limited functions, but could be amazing with a little bit more work for those smart enough to know how to do that.
Alexa, as with all other plugins, is simple enough to implement. I'm going to remove it, I don't need voice control over all these things but I do want to augment Comfort's logic with this secondary logic so I can control all the devices when arming/disarming/etc
(Chiu - the word "b e a u t y" is blocked with asterisks)

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Thats interesting. But for apple devices only? 

Do you have instructions on how to set it up?  There are a few Comfort plug ins - which one did you use?
 
why is "****" censored?



 Posted: Friday Nov 13th, 2020 12:58 pm
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I have no idea why **** was there, I've edited it again and added the word 'b e a u t y' back in but it's blocked.

Homebridge is a method for adding Homekit support to devices that don't have homekit support themselves.

Installation is pretty simple. It runs on all OS, or as a docker container. I run it on a Pi, there is a pre-made image you can pull all at https://homebridge.io

There are a few Comfort plugins, but they haven't seen much love. There's definitely scope her for Cytech to submit a good quality plugin.

I use the very excellent CBUS plugin, which in turn exposes everything on Comfort via the CBUS UCM, it works great. This is the plugin I'm using for that https://github.com/anthonywebb/homebridge-cbus

Here is the Comfort plugin but it's limited but does work. https://github.com/talandis/homebridge-comfort#readme

How long would it take? If you have a spare Pi, from start to finish you'd have a Homebridge install talking to Comfort in about 10 minutes. It couldn't be simpler.

There is an Alexa plugin available, so this would expose Comfort to Alexa that way.

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