In short, my question is should I continue to use my vera lite with no plugins or scenes simply as the zwave controller or should I use an aeon gen5 zstick?
In more detail, my vera lite has been struggling and overworked for a while now and instead of going to a vera 3 or edge, I am migrating to openhab. (my story is like the rest of your’s so I’ll just say ditto) I already run a debian server on a quad core intel which is mostly idle (samba server primarily). I setup openhab, tied it into the vera and have migrated all of my lighting PLEG instances to openhab and disabled that PLEG and it is working great.
My thinking was to do a phased migration giving me time to learn openhab and get the rules right in pieces. Due to my extended christmas vacation, I have really blazed through much of the learning curve.
I have seen a few references to people preferring the vera’s zwave chip but most, if not all, were using raspberri pi. I’m working with more powerful x86 hardware with plenty of compute and memory.