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Posted - 12/11/2020 :  5:00:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I simply want to control a few light switches (say 2 for now), and am looking for a recommendation on the technology based on these criteria:

  • I want to control with linux scripting (so open source)

  • Do not need internet or Alexa or any of that

  • Does not need smart hub - just interface to linux

  • Cheap Cheap Cheap

I've done some digging and have narrowed the technology to zwave or zigbee (unless anyone has any other thoughts).

So my last hurdle is price. I see that I can get a USB zigbee interface on (say) aliexpress for 6-7 bux CDN. I'm happy with that price as I'm used to paying 6 bux for 60 cents of electronics ;-)
However I've searched all over for a zwave dongle and they are all around $60 CDN (10 times the price of zigbee). I've seen dongles that do both zigbee and zwave and as soon as there's a whiff of zwave attached to it, the price goes up by a factor of ten.

So is zwave a deadend with everything costing 10 times as much as zigbee?
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