hier als kleine Information für alle homebridge-hue Nutzer. Es wird demnächst zwei neue Plugin mit dem Namen homebridge-deconz und homebridge-hue2 zusätzlich zum regulären homebridge-hue Plugin erscheinen. Macht die Sache jetzt nicht wirklich einfacher 😅
Link zum Plugin:
Hier eine Stellungnahme vom Plugin Entwickler zur Kenntnis 😉:
Homebridge Hue is my oldest plugin. I started working on it in February 2016, and published the first version on GitHub in October 2016. I added support for deCONZ in the summer of 2017, including web socket notifications. In February 2020, I added HTTPS support for the gen-2 Hue bridge, followed by API v2 push notifications in December 2021.
Over that period, the number of different devices supported by Homebridge Hue has increased dramatically, fuelled by the consumerisation of Zigbee devices. Starting with (then) Philips Hue, OSRAM Lightify, and IKEA Trådfri, followed by Xiaomi, and many OEM devices, and even devices from Lidl and Aldi.
The code base has become increasingly complex over the years, and is due for a refactor. Homebridge Hue still uses Homebridge's traditional static platform accessory model (see #4), where most recent plugins use the dynamic platform accessory model, which offers many benefits. The Hue and deCONZ APIs have been diverging, and their v2 APIs are completely different, making it increasingly hard to combine Hue bridge and deCONZ gateway support in a single plugin.
Homebridge Hue is also my most used plugin. I don't collect any statistics, but the NPM registry mentions up to 8,000 weekly downloads, and GitHub Insights lists over 3,400 unique visitors.
Homebridge Hue is also, by far, my largest plugin; I'm exposing over 140 accessories from my deCONZ gateway. I would take me half a day to reconfigure HomeKit if those accessories would be removed from HomeKit and re-exposed.
Because of this, I've been hesitant to refactor Homebridge Hue. While I can technically manage to expose my accessories using a dynamic platform plugin, without HomeKit losing them, this is tricky and requires a deep understanding of the internal working of Homebridge and HAP-NodeJS. For me, a big-bang update would be out of the question, as I think for most users.
Going forward, I will create a new plugin for deCONZ, homebridge-deconz, and a new plugin for Hue APIv2, homebridge-hue2, while keeping the current Homebridge Hue plugin. These three plugins can be run in parallel, using different child bridges, connecting to the same Hue bridge(s) and/or deCONZ gateway(s). This allows you to setup a new HomeKit home for testing. By connecting the child bridges for all plugins to the same Home, white- and blacklisting can be used to move accessories over to the new plugins one-by-one. This will also allow me to release work-in-progress versions of the new plugins, not yet supporting all device types.
Eventually the current Homebridge Hue plugin will drop support for the gen-2 Hue bridge and the deCONZ gateway. After that, I might release a new version with the dynamic platform accessory model. I don't think there are enough users left using the gen-1 Hue bridge or HA-Bridge or Tasmote to justify the effort needed to provide a gradual migration path.