You can get most of the main hardware cheaply; my NUC cost under $500. The performance benefit is worth the price alone.
Here is a photo of the main device running Home Assistant proper, an Intel NUC.
Using TP-Link switches and UniFi Dream Machine Pro to manage my home network. I need an AP just haven't bought one yet. Then I can manage the wifi in the UniFi Network App.
So far I've got mesh wifi 6 networking setup around the house.
I've archived some images and videos on it but I've also got Docker containers as well as VMM running Home Assistant.
Raspberry Pi 4
I've since moved onto a NUC but I am thinking of using this as an IR relay or something.
Below you will find a list of my devices connected to the local network. Most of them, except for Apple TV, have static IP addresses.
These tables are still in progress!
|Device||HA Integration||Has Add-on|
|Apple TV 4K||Apple TV||No|
|Kasa Smart Smart Plugs||TP-Link Kasa||No|
|LG 55" OLED TV||LG webOS||No|
|Philips Hue Ambient||Philips Hue||No|
|Philips Recessed Bulb||Philips Hue||No|
|Philips Hue White Bulbs||Philips Hue||No|