Node Red is the brains of my Home Automation and I have dozens of devices connected by MQTT all over the property, with more to come. Some of those devices are Sonoff Switches that have been modified for in-wall use. I am looking at replacing my Sonoff in-wall kludges with Inovelli Z-Wave switches. Two reasons are moving me in this direction. First, forcing a Sonoff switch module into an outlet box just breaks so many rules that I am uncomfortable with, and second, the Inovelli will work in 3-way lighting configurations. Most of the lights in my home are on 3-way circuits, and while I have figured out a way to make one Sonoff switch function in a 3-way circuit, it would be just so contrary to my knowledge of the NEC (National Electrical Code).
I want to be able to sell the house in a few years and advertise it as a Smart home, but I can’t do it with DIY kludges.
Problem is, I’ve never worked with Z-Wave devices. So, my question is- do I need a Z-wave hub? I have read the documentation for the openzwave node, but I don’t know if NR is talking directly to the device(s) or to a hub. And if I need a hub, which one?
Of course if someone else is already controlling the Inovelli Z-Wave switch through Node Red, I would like to learn the details.
Steve- Still a newbie