Local Home Automation, Home Assistant, and Big Garage Door

For the past 10 years or so, I've gone deep into figuring out how to make home automation systems that were informative, highly available, fault-tolerant, secure, and helpful. I started out with the SmartThings platform, which has support for WiFi, Zigbee, and Z-Wave radios, and it met my needs pretty well when we lived in condominiums. I also made use of the Philips Hue lighting automation platform, which is actually Zigbee under the hood, but is also incredibly reliably and user friendly. Howe »