Hi there! I’ve been using Hue Essentials for a while and really been liking it! I have a Hue Bridge and a ConBee II stick, the latter of which is connected to my micro server. I’d been using deCONZ, but ran into issues with it not quite playing nice with my new CentraLite Pearl thermostat. Control was nonexistent within both deCONZ and Home Assistant.
Consequently, I ended up pivoting to Zigbee2MQTT, after reading that it had solid support, and it certainly seems to! I greatly like that pairing devices is much more straightforward as well; just permit joins and then all I have to do is reset a device or place it in pairing mode and it immediately joins the mesh without issue!
The downside is I can’t control this anymore in Hue Essentials. I paid for the multi-bridge feature because I liked the idea of managing deCONZ as well. Since I’ve ended up moving any devices I don’t care about having Hue Sync to z2m, my Hue Essentials functions have kind of fallen by the wayside.
Given that z2m can be controlled both by MQTT topic commands and via a websocket API if you use the frontend, is this something that Hue Essentials could add support for in the future? I really like the software, it’s certainly a more friendly front-end for adding scenes and the like, which z2m also supports.