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ESP Alexa Hub?
« on: March 17, 2021, 02:14:56 PM »

I've been play with a few ESP 8266 modules in hopes to down size some HA components.
These little boards (chips) are what is inside many Smart devices and they are inexpensive.
I actually picked up a ESP-01 with a few other goodies from ebay last year for 0$.
For my ESP Alexa Hub I used this freebie. I found the base firmware to flash to this on github
https://github.com/kakopappa/arduino-esp8266-alexa-multiple-wemo-switch
Since I only use Alexa for a very few X10 Devices I figured I'd try this as a backup to my HA-Bridge. if it failed I could just ask Alexa to turn on/off the device using a different name which the esp-01 handles. Like the HA-Bridge it passes commands to a HomeGenie Server but that's where the similarities end. HA-Bridge uses the Philips Hue API the ESP uses a WeMo wi-fi hack no API.
The HA-Bridge appears to have no limitation to devices where the ESP appears to be limited to 14 or 15 devices.
The ESP hub is much faster with Alexa executions(at least in my tests).
The HA-Bridge is much easier to setup.

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