ESP8266 provides an amazing environment to build iot devices for smart home. I managed to build all kinds of gadgets raging from simple temperature and humidity recorders to more advanced actors with sensor motions and appliance controls. There are tons of components for those available.
Recently, I entered into the area of automation of heating in smart house, discovered the
homematic ip a line of products and got impressed how energy efficient and what an impressive operating range they have.
My current setups involve many nodemcu's (as well as off-the-shelf homematic and zigbee devices) on one side and raspberry pi 3 with openhab integrating those into one thingy on the other side.
I got these questions:
- I wonder how steep is the learning curve to get into the zigbee/zwave development.
- Thanks to nodemcu, one could start developing and testing the setups within days. Is there any similar inexpensive development boards are there? I tried to browse the net a bit, but all I got were kits costing at least a few hundred euro/dollar.
- Can one reuse the same sensor components to work with zigbee/z wave boards?