In a delightful turn of events, Home Assistant has recently welcomed Roborock into its native integrations family. This development follows the past introduction of a custom integration, and it's a significant stride for those who own one of Roborock's top-of-the-line robot vacuum cleaners. Previously, you had to have your Roborock robot vacuum cleaner set up in the Mi Home app for integration purposes. Now, thanks to the developers' tireless efforts, Roborock's robot vacuum cleaners can be integrated directly into Home Assistant, regardless of whether it's set up in the Roborock or Mi Home app. Quite a tidy solution, wouldn't you say?
Features of the Roborock-Home Assistant Integration
The official integration of Roborock with Home Assistant is no bare-bones affair. It comes packed with a host of features that allow you to control and monitor your Roborock vacuum. Here's a brief rundown of what you can expect:
- Selective Room Cleaning: The integration allows for selective room cleaning, giving you the flexibility to choose which rooms get the vacuum treatment.
- Dock Controls: You can manage the docking controls directly from Home Assistant, offering a seamless way to handle your vacuum's docking needs.
- Manual Vacuum Remote Control: Enjoy the convenience of remotely controlling your vacuum manually, thanks to this integration.
- Status Information: Stay up-to-date with your vacuum's status, including error reports, cleaning duration, consumables, and more.
- Camera and Map Viewing: You can view the camera and map associated with your Roborock vacuum. That's a level of oversight that promises to make your cleaning tasks a breeze.
So, if you're a Roborock owner, this integration is sure to sweep you off your feet. It's a smart move by Home Assistant that’s sure to clean up well with users. The integration employs local polling, but it's worth noting that, currently, there's no provision to block the vacuum from the internet.
Should the custom Roborock integration be uninstalled?
As the curtain rises on the official Roborock integration in Home Assistant Core 2023.5, you might find yourself on the horns of a dilemma. Should you bid adieu to the custom integration and embrace its official offspring? It's not an easy question to answer, especially when you consider that both versions share the same creative parent. The solution, as always, lies in the details of your specific needs.
If your heart beats for reliability, then the official Roborock integration with Home Assistant is your perfect match. This version struts on a stage that's been rigorously tested, making it less likely for bugs to gatecrash the performance.
On the other hand, if you're a thrill-seeker chasing the latest features, even at the expense of stability, then the custom integration is your song. Being a custom creation, it dances to its own tune, with the developer as the sole choreographer.