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  • zigbee2mqtt

    Zigbee 🐝 to MQTT bridge 🌉, get rid of your proprietary Zigbee bridges 🔨

    If the switch is draining too much battery, that could be a software bug.

    I have a bunch of these switches https://www.zigbee2mqtt.io/devices/TS0044.html#tuya-ts0044, and the solution of turning off the periodic battery reporting seems to have helped https://github.com/Koenkk/zigbee2mqtt/issues/14157#issuecomm...

  • Tasmota

    Alternative firmware for ESP8266 and ESP32 based devices with easy configuration using webUI, OTA updates, automation using timers or rules, expandability and entirely local control over MQTT, HTTP, Serial or KNX. Full documentation at

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  • Home Assistant

    :house_with_garden: Open source home automation that puts local control and privacy first.

    Home Assistant https://www.home-assistant.io/

    It's a quite powerful tool to integrate a variety of different smart home devices into one location and share them between ecosystems.

    I have a wifi thermostat that requires a dedicated app and does not allow for Apple Home integration. With Home Assistant I installed an integration for that thermostat, then shared it with the Apple Home bridge (also an integration) and quickly was able to allow my iphone/automations etc, to modify the thermostat. And that's only scratching the surface and something that took a few minutes.

  • wizmote-esphome

    Wiz bulbs use ESP-NOW (so that the Wiz remote can communicate with them). They also have an ESP-WROOM-02 inside (a package integrating an ESP-8266EX).

    The fact that they use ESP-NOW means they can be controlled (theoretically) by any ESP* that has ESP-NOW support. So far, folks have only managed to go the other way—to intercept remote key presses [0]—but I imagine it won’t be long before they suss out control of the bulbs.

    [0]: https://github.com/jesserockz/wizmote-esphome

  • zha-device-handlers

    ZHA device handlers bridge the functionality gap created when manufacturers deviate from the ZCL specification, handling deviations and exceptions by parsing custom messages to and from Zigbee devices.

    There are some quirks fixes that add support for a lot of these in zha that just haven't been merged yet but that you can add

    https://github.com/zigpy/zha-device-handlers/pull/2485

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