Home Control Assistant Newsletter for Dec 5 2021

Have you read the Important Announcement posted on August 1, 2021? If you haven't you need to.
New Device Support
Even though HCA has entered the twilight of its life, new support is being added for some new and rather capable WiFi devices.

You can read about them here:

Shelly is a European company and many of their products are available in several places including, of course, Amazon.

There are several nice features about them. They are WiFi, are very configurable, not too expensive, and are well documented for 3rd party support.

HCA has added support for the Shelly 1 relay module, and I expect that more product types will be added as time passes. 

A package called Shelly is in the online library and a technical note #615 explains the details.

To browse the online library, select the Library Browse/Import button from the Design ribbon category.

You will need HCA 17.0.40 for this and that has not been fully released yet. If you want an early start, just drop me an email and I’ll get you a pre-release.

Two final thoughts: First, while anyone can browse the online library, you must have an active Cloud account subscription in order to download packages. Second, since this is all just HCA programs, if you want additional Shelly product support don’t wait for me, you can read the docs and modify the programs to add that new product support as well as I can. If you do, let me know so I can make it available to others.
If you are using a version of HCA prior to version 17, you may have questions about the wisdom of upgrading to version 17 given the future of HCA. Here is something to consider. 

The support policy for older HCA versions has been changed
 as I can no longer devote time to past version users. Support will only be available for HCA 17 users.

If you are on version 16 or earlier and want to continue using the cloud features and want to be assured that if you have a question that it gets answered, it is indeed time to upgrade.

HCA is fully operational for several more years so the update cost, spread out over that time, is very little. Knowing support is available when you need it is worth it.
Upgrade to HCA 17
Anyone who is using Hubitat with HCA – not SmartThings – please drop me a note as I would like to add you to a discussion list for those users. I have some Hubitat ideas that I would like to “kick around” and it would help to have a group of users who have experience with Hubitat. Please just send a note to the regular support address saying you would like to be added to that discussion list.
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