For my part, the response to that is quite simple: because vera/Ezlo’s the best. I have looked at the other platforms - and I chose to go with vera, because, of all the options out there, it provided the easiest, cleanest, most functional platform. And in the time since, I have never been disappointed in my choice, or wished I had chosen differently. Sure, there may be others that are more powerful/offer specific features that the vera lacks, but they don’t have the support and ease-of-use I have found with my vera.
And that was with the old vera firmware/hardware. The new Ezlo Linux firmware looks to be even better, and fix the few pain points I do have with the current system. I, for one, can’t wait, even though I will likely need to take some time off work to set up the new controller…
My first consideration is that (as we are oft reminded) Vera <> Ezlo.
As far as I can see we’re starting from a level playing field. One may well be the best for any individual use case but that remains to be seen for all use cases and can’t really be determined now (at least for me) as Ezlo currently is lacking in huge amounts of functionality.
So if I was to be starting now: Neither Vera nor Ezlo would make the cut. Vera is EOL. Ezlo is not ready.
Agreed, especially if you use custom lua in scene-triggers and/or startup.lua. Beyond that, perhaps some sort of scene migration tool would help but device identity changes make that difficult too without a manual mapping. As an aside, I’ve been moving away from custom lua code, scenes and various plugins to Reactor because of the clear benefits but also quietly hoping that doing so might make the transition easier - @rigpapa is going to have to transition at some point too so maybe he will formulate some Reactor-based migration ideas.
It is early so I haven’t given it a lot of thought, but maybe the ezlo controller grouping could be extended, if it isn’t too much work or impossible, to include Vera’s sufficiently to allow an ezlo controller to orchestrate legacy Veras (i.e. bridge) until users are able to migrate various automation domains to ezlo. I imagine that any migration investment will have to be weighed against the benefit because it is a one-time penalty.
That’s pretty much where I am as well and have posted as much in the past. I look at every shiny new option that comes along, often buying them for experimentation but the original Vera has stood the test of time and this community is the best of the best. IMHO, if you add up everything the ezlo guys are doing across their cloud services and controller/hub, even the Vera will pale in comparison, let alone the current competition. There’s still a long road ahead, but it the path leads to a bright future.
actually the zwave allows these things, provided that the controller can still do it …
mine, Vera Plus, is planted at this level: it no longer has its id at 1 but at 17, suddenly this blocks the transfer from one controller to another. To solve this problem I can only reset and redo everything …
An important element would be to be able to have administration tools for the zwave network, to be able to treat it, see the mapping, etc. without going through a plugin or another system => having it integrated as a base
concerning the integration of the devices what it would be good is to integrate all the devices of the Vera, but a true integration, with all the functions and functionalities of each device tried physically. For my part I have had enough of hacking, we are in 2020 and at the time of plug and play. The last device I wanted to add is a Fibaro smart implant and it doesn’t fully work.
You indeed said shortly after Ezlo acquired Vera that you would start developing a new firmware. But… you also promised to improve the Vera firmware, solve bugs make it more stable.
A lot of quotes from yourself can be found in the https://community.getvera.com/t/mios-acquisition/199656/ thread @hienry_k9 already put quite some quotes in the thread on Ezlo controllers Beta enrollment.
Some other quotes from yourself in this same thread (aug and sept 2018:
The same counts for which zwave devices we want to get integrated in Vera.
In several threads promises were made by your employees AFTER aug 2018 to integrate new devices. “it is on our roadmap” "It will be integrated in the next firmware release.
And on the getvera website all 3 Vera controllers are still for sale. Stating that hundreds of zwave devices are supported. And also here is mentioned that users can ask for integration of new zwave devices, just fill in a form and it will be done. These are also promises !!!
And in fact you also introduced some firmware updates. 7.29 was a good one with clear improvements on stability and new devices integrated. 7.30 was a disaster (something with “christmas lights on” without using Alexa, I’m, sure you remember). 7.31 als brought good steps in improvement and stability. A next version 7.32 was also mentioned several times.
So the point I want to make: you did make promises to improve and support the Vera Firmware including adding new devices.
But… some devices that were promised are still not added. For example Aeotec Doorbell 6. As far as I know it is the only zwave doorbell.
There are more examples (e.g. Fibaro implant).
And now it seems like any development of Vera firmware is stopped and focus is 100% on Ezlo firmware.
Good to give some clarity although answers 1 and 3 are still rather vague. So in theory it is possible that you stop support fully by tomorrow.
This is very dissapointing for me.
I can understand that most of the focus now is on developing the new Ezlo firmware. I’m happy with that and I will also start testing, I signed up and hope I willl receive the new controllers soon. My main interest is the Ezlo plus because of the specs. Although I would not call it a “beast”. Hardware is better than Vera Plus and Vera Secure but still less than the newest controllers of Fibaro (Homecenter 3) and Homey (Pro version).
Like many other users here I have quite a complex setup (in my case approx 40 zwave nodes, 200 devices in total and approx 10 plugins). And I want to expand it further in the near future. Further my domotcia system has to run local as much as possible and I don’t want to be dependent on Google and Amazon…
My production Vera is now running on firmware 7.31. I skipped some plugins and replaced it with the magnificent Reactor plugin of @rigpapa. I also have hardly any scenes anymore. Also I implemented some of the great tips of @rafale77.
It runs now stable, but I keep my fingers crossed.
But it will be a long road before the new Ezlo firmware has the same capabilities.
So my biggest worry is that you stop supporting the current setup.
If that happens it will be the end of my (7 year) Vera/Ezlo story and I will switch to another platform. This is my personal situation but I’m sure many other Vera users are in the same boat.
And what about the installers that sold Vera controllers to several of their customers and still maintain those systems. How will they feel ?
And what about users that have bought new Vera’s recently or will buy it soon (because it still for sale). It is not very “business ethical” to stop supporting these controllers while you not have a comparable alternative to offer. To put it mildly…
I think it is even against laws in some countries where manufacturers of (electronical) devices are obliged to support it even several years after the sales of these devices are stopped.
So I would strongly advice:
Keep current firmware alive and if necessary do some minor upgrades;
Keep on supporting users that encounter problems
Integrate some popular zwave devices that were promised
Ensure a migration path (good to see that a seperate thread is opened for this one). This should be ready before you stop support of the Vera firmware.
For me a gradual migration from the old to the new is acceptable if the communicate with each other (so I can send commands from one to the other).
In Holland where I live we have a saying: “Gooi je oude schoenen niet weg voordat je nieuwe hebt” Translation: Don’t throw away your old shoes before you have new ones.
Sorry but I just don’t believe that… the 40 zwave devices might not be the problem (although I just first want to see it before I believe it) but running plugins that integrate products like Philips Hue, Sonos, Harmony, RFXcom plugin, Weather Station, Smartmeter, Honeywell Evohome with complex automations and all locally you need decent hardware. I see this not only at Vera but also at competitors like Fibaro and Homey.
I come to this conclusion by just reading the experiences of some experienced and respected users like @reneboer and @librasun. They started testing the new Ezlo firmware and encounter a lot of bugs and report very very limited functionalities at this moment.
I like your enthusiasm and you promise a lot, but what counts is the reality and the user reviews.
This brings up a point of curiosity for me: what about the other upcoming Ezlo devices? Do they run local as well? Personally, I feel much more comfortable with a device that can operate completely offline/only on my local network, over one that has to “phone home”. Of course, I use Alexa too, which is almost completely not local, so obviously it’s not a hard requirement for me, but I would prefer it
sure. The list now shows the devices in the order being implemented (new added devices at the bottom). However we can change the list in alphabetical order next time we update it for sure if that would be more useful.