Developer of the ISY994i Homebridge-isy-js plugin has discontinued active development and support. It currently still works so let us hope someone else keeps it going if anything in the future breaks.Suck compared to what? I won't say that it sucks, but it is still a work in progress. The big slowdown has been the adoption speed by hardware vendors, since Apple originally required extra security hardware, keeping security in mind. HomeKit still lacks some features and flexibility compared to a real home automation controller, such as an HomeSeer or ISY-994i, but it is improving and gaining more features over time.
On a side note, my wife really wasn't interested in my implementation of home automation using ISY-994i and Mobilinc until I discovered HomeBridge to interface my existing install with HomeKit and Siri. After she got use to it, I've been slowly upgrading the rest of the switches in the house to use HomeKit either natively or via HomeBridge. Almost done with the full conversion. My wife asked for HomeKit in the next house. I'm just using HomeBridge and the ISY-994i to overcome HomeKit shortcomings until Apple adds the features.
This is the other issue. There are several competing standards and several highly sought-after smart home devices. The best example is Nest, and to a similar extent, Ring.I’ve got Alexa all through my house. Apples so far behind behind with automation it isn’t funny...and you just can’t count on it and it’s more expensive.
IOW, the strategy is working for google/amazon, so there's no reason for them to change? Sounds like it to me, too.Until this market fragmentation ends and companies push the product instead of vendor lock-in, HomeKit's position will never improve.
That's what I see. HomeBridge pretty much proves that integration isn't so hard. Even if the manufacturer refuses to pay for certification, you can still get your device to work with HomeKit.IOW, the strategy is working for google/amazon, so there's no reason for them to change? Sounds like it to me, too.
It's somewhat frustrating at times that there are some really cool solutions out there for platforms I'm not willing to trust, and so few for the one platform I am willing to trust.
It doesn’t “suck.” It works well for most of what it does. But it’s woefully under-developed. It has far more potential than it has realized yet.Why does HomeKit still suck so bad?
I think this is very true. For most of what Apple does. It seems to have this philosophy of waiting till the market matures. And then go after that market. I am afraid that by the time Apple and the ppl they work with to make homekit possible catches up. People will already have alot of Alexa or google compatible products in their homes. As well as Alexa and google type speakers. So i doubt someone that has invested that much money in lets say Alexa products and accessories is going to replace everything with SIRI compatible stuff. Unless they are just that dedicated to Apple.I’ve got Alexa all through my house. Apples so far behind behind with automation it isn’t funny...and you just can’t count on it and it’s more expensive.
I get a really bad connection sitting in my driveway in front of my metal garage door. When I get in the car in the morning to fire up Waze or try to unlock the door when I get home I have to deal with it. I probably should move my WiFi but all the stuff in the house gets a really good connection where it is now.I can be at work and turn my lights on & unlock my door, but it seems when I get close to the house nothing works. It seems to be either a cellular problem or a problem when the connection tries to change from cellular to my WiFi and at this moment is when I really need it to work most.
I’m an Apple fan and have multiple iPads & phones, but HomeKit sucks so I went with Alexa. Somethings like hue works with both HomeKit & Alexa and there are others that do the same. Those companies that only work with HomeKit are making a big mistake just as Apple has not taking this seriously. I know HomeKit is more secure and I waited but they’ve been run-over by Amazon & Google. Ya snooze....you lose!
I’m going to try a WiFi extender for my garage to see if it will fix the problem when I get home. Maybe it will switch from cellular to WiFi with a stronger signal faster.
I just stopped about 4 blocks from my house and everything worked great. When I got up to my house I lost everything again. My garage is detached from my house by the alley, so some distance. I left HomeKit app open and turned Bluetooth off, then walked toward the door and about halfway there everything connected and it worked. So problem must be from switching from cellular to WiFi.