Which hub should I buy

Hi all

I’m still using my antique VeraLite. I’m running multiple physical devices, plugins, scenes, virtual devices and WiFi devices (via a plugin).

I need to upgrade my hub. I have no idea which one.

What do you guys recommend? I’m in the UK.

Cheers

Good morning,

Our third generation units will be available in Europe in the future. I would recommend waiting for their release as you would be getting the latest technology which in the long term is the best move. I am talking about the EzloPlus and the EzloSecure:

At any rate, you should be aware that you are probably using outdated smart devices and that some might not be compatible or fully integrated either with our hubs or other companies products. Best thing to do is to check with the support team to make sure they work with whatever hub you purchase.

Regards,

There are plenty of up and coming hubs, I like the look of core by oh-la labs

Thanks guys. I have alot if devices and it would be a shame if I couldn’t continue to use them and had to buy replacements.

I am in the same boat as you. One of my issues is with Zwave in general. Zwave has gotten a lot better. The problem with a lot of the pre Zwave Plus devices, manufacturers weren’t implementing all the features that the chip had.

Yeah, it’s a real pain. I’ve spent so much money on devices. The ezlo looks great but I’d be gutted if I had to spend money on the hub then all the devices again.

even if practically dead, the Vera Platform is still OK if you want just to update your hardware. You should be able to get a Vera Plus via eBay and your VeraLite backup should be transferable to a Vera Plus (if running UI7) and you’ll not need any extra steps to do.

That’s a good idea. I could give that a go. They are £159 here in the UK.

Is the Ezlo atom a completely new OS? Are UI7 installations transferable by backup or does it require all devices, scenes and plugins to be added from scratch?

Atom is a brand new RTOS.

Currently there is no migration path from a Vera hub to an Ezlo hub, but they are working on it apparently.

That would be good. Then it’s down to if all devices and scenes etc will be compatible. Do you know when a UK version is likely to be available.

This was stated recently. Not sure about Ezlo Plus and Secure hubs though?

Yes and yes, backup and restore and you’ll have everything migrated to the new hub. It works ok same ui7 version, but across different hw (ie edge to plus).

Any news on when they might release these hubs in Australia ?

Hello @Yarryman,
We have responded to your questions here. Thank you for the interest.

I asked support about UK and they said they didn’t know. I have no ideas for Australia. Sorry.

My 2c. I just decommed my Vera’s and moved to Home Assistant. I had a terrible support experience where it took 3 weeks for them to agree that my device was dead. Support has been bad in the past but its unbearable now. I tried out Home Assistant when the Chamberlain garage controller on Vera broke again. It fixed immediately on HA and took about another month on Vera. The developer community is so much more active on Home Assistant and the platform is much more configurable. I’m sure there are some happy Vera / Ezlo customers out there but if you are starting from scratch, you might want to look elsewhere.

@nik.taylor out of interest, did you use Ezlo hardware and have any experience with it?
Is your advice against Vera or Ezlo hardware?

@melih - I did not use Ezlo devices, only Vera. As far as I can assume the dev community will be roughly the same as Vera and that makes or breaks these devices that come from smaller companies. Home Assistant is thriving whereas I see the Vera community on the decline. I’ve been using Vera devices for 8 years.

Are you recommending people not to use Ezlo (something you have no experience with as per your own admission)?

Given my experiences with Ezlo supporting the Vera platform, Ezlo supporting Fortrezz (I own a MimoLite) and the current community support on the Ezlo platform I would not. I’m not saying the device is bad, i’m saying the community and support are currently lacking.

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