Homey, personal hardware HUB

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Proconductor: athom
Category: HUB Staff
Type: HUB Hardware staff
Technology: Wi-Fi / ZigBee / Z-Wave More / Infrared / Radio frequency / Bluetooth Low Energy
Installation difficulties: Bassa
Ease of use: Alta
Availability: Amazon
Review review: 1.0
Homey
THE PALANTÍR OF DOMOTICS

One of the key themes on which almost all guides e proinDomus jets for the realization of a personal home automation it is, without doubt, that of the HUB personal. For those who did not have time for appromerge, a personale HUB is an able element to abstract the nature (both technological and brand) of a domotic component in order to allow it to interoperate with other abstract elements similarly through theHUB.

In simple terms, an personale HUB allows to check (manually or automatically) more components and domotic functions of different brands and technologies, overcoming the barrier (often tax dai productors) that binds in the use of only elements of a specific line products, otherwise they will not be interoperable. The personal HUBdata also provide the possibility of obtaining much more than the individual components, by themselves, are unable to deliver.

To introduce Homey the explanation above is absolutely necessary. It is a proDutch scholar athom which, first of its kind, yes proposes like a true e proprio personal hardware HUB, in clear contrastappexposure to the well-known Home Assistant, openHAB, Homebridge and Domoticz: also them HUB personal, but software.

We tested Homey for more than two weeks; reviewing it for you is no joke, date the breadth of features and functionalities which he has. Prowe will do this by analyzing the various aspects in the most analytical way possible.

Homey

Homey Logo

Homey looks like an eye-catching sphere (12 centimeters in diameter) in solid white plastic with three elegant metal contact points for theappobject on flat surfaces. On the equatorial circumference Homey presents multicolored LEDs which, as we shall see, can be used both as a notification system and as a simple (bland) systemlumination. On the bottom are located power connectors (Mini-USB), that of Ethernet network it's a female 3.5mm jack to allow audio output to any external amplifier.

In the package - minimalist and eco-sustainable - there is, besides the unit, the power supply (10 watt max) and the related USB connection cable.

In addition to what the sight arrives, it is what this sphere contains to amaze. The prosingle core processor from 1Ghz is supported by 512MB memory (1GB on the model PRO, the only difference between the two models available) and from several other transmission technologies:

  • Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n 2.4 GHz;
  • Bluetooth 4.2 LE (Low Energy);
  • ZigBee 2.4 GHz;
  • Z-Wave More 868 MHz;
  • Radiofrequency 433 MHz;
  • Infrared 430 THz (6 emitters and 1 receiver).

This long list of supported technologies makes it easy to guess the versatility of this personale HUB, to which the Athom engineers have supplied a rather complete "toolbox", in consideration of the standards adopted on the market of components dedicated to personal domotics.

Starting from August 2019, Homey provides full support for the Italian language.

Installation

Once extracted from the propackaging, Homey è profor the first configuration. It is sufficient to feed it and prosee that procedura using 'sapp mobile Homey (available for Android e iOS), which allows the unit to be instructed in order to obtain access to the profirst network Wi-Fi and associate it with the profirst use. It's about a prorather simple cedura.

After performing 'sapp mobile Homey and having registered, theapp itself requires connecting the smartphone (or tablet) to the network Wi-Fi Access Point type exposed by the device Homey turned on just before, which presents as name (or SSID) “HomeySetup-XXX". Once connected to the AP you return to theapp Homey, which asks to indicate what is the SSID of the proman Wi-Fi (from a list of networks detected in propassword), information that is thus "inoculated" on the device which, at the end, prohe will then reboot, access the network and update himself. A request to activate notifications push of the mobile operating system concludes the first configuration operation. Homey and finally in exercise.

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Functionality

Athom has not only just done a brilliant job in conceiving the profirst all-in-one device, but it also has appapplied to his projet - as mentioned in the beginning - an extremely winning philosophy, that ofOpen Source.

Taken alone Homey is, like a smartphone, a useless piece of iron. What makes it interesting is in fact what it "turns on" in collaboration with its hardware, that is le app. Presenting Homey in the world, Athom has indeed also realized an environment dedicated to developers which provides all the tools useful for the realization of app that are then distributed (free) through lo store athom, Then installed and executed on devices Homey of all the world. These app are the elements that allow then to Homey to integrate different home automation components of different productors and technologies.

This model does yes - net of app realized from the same Athom - that every day new ones are born app usable to integrate ever new, always different home automation devices on the proprio Homey. Precisely as happens with the HUB software - who live from the developers' initiative - the owners of Homey benefit from the work of the international community that prosee, in a continuous cycle, to churn out news and new additions. Not only by independent developers, of course, but also by that of progenerators of determined domotic components to provide integrability of propri prolearned with Homey.

This has meant that to date the devices supported by Homey are beyond 50.000 - growing - of the most disparate brands and technologies.
Following is a subset of currently supported brands:

Athome Homey - Supported brands

Once installed the proprio Homeytherefore, one is practically in front of one clean slate. Through theapp Homey we will then add le app specific to the components we have at home, so as to integrate them and begin to control them through theHUB.

athom Homey - Dashboard

To do this, simply click on "Add to device"(Item"Devices"). In the graphic sequence below we illustrate the prointegration process of a panel Nanoleaf Canvas present on the same network Wi-Fi on which we have configured Homey: it is simply a matter of searching for the "Nanoleaf" component in the catalog of app Homey, select the model, follow the proon screen until you find the device correctly integrated in the list of devices present on Homey:

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This simple procedura is roughly equivalent to all the integration components present in the catalog app di Homey, which of course they carry with them le proits specificity and characteristicsis. As the components of the "Device” expands; theapp then lets you organize on the main dashboard of theapp, a bit like you do with theapp "Home" of HomeKit, your favorite devices.

athom Homey - Dashboard

Finally, theapp allows "access" of other accounts in the ecosystem: just install theapp Homey on all family smartphones and provide access to each member to form the logical concept of "family", which is particularly useful when defining automations (which we will see shortly).

Homey guarantees the remote control of the profirst home automation through the combined use ofHUB, proman app of the cloud made available by Athom.

Homey  -  App - Jeans

FLOWS

Integration with a HUB, as ben sappLet us not only bring the possibility to register and manage multiple elements in a single operating environment but enables - typically - the most important of features, 'sautomation.

Athom calls the achievable automations on Homey "flows", or flows of actions that work in the most traditional and flexible way in the domotic environment: "in the face of an event" (trigger) - "and a specific condition" (condition) - "do something specific" (action).

The really interesting thing is that the degree of flexibility offered is really wide: not only i device integrated on Homey (and their states and characteristics) can act as elements trigger, condition e action, but they exist additional elements of flexibility that allow the definition of extremely accurate automations.

The environment Homey, in fact, it is populated not just gods device that we are going to integrate you, but also of a whole series of particularly useful elements (usable both as trigger, condition e action):
To name a few:

  • clock (obviously);
  • calendar;
  • occupancy status was present (very useful for automatic actions when exiting and / or returning);
  • notifications;
  • reminder;
  • LED ring (On thelumination present on the circumference of the unit)

and more.
Not only: many other additional elements may derive from specifications app installable on Homey not specifically designed to integrate some specific component. Just think al proProtocol MQTT: installed the related one app, it allows to define a client and an MQTT broker conveniently usable in automation. More simply, they exist app relating to the integration of non-components but of online services such as, for example, Spotify: write an automation that, when you get back home, start music automatically will now be child's play.

"flow"Is also available on the web: the private interface allows access to profirst cloud at Athom, so as to configure even faster, compared to theapp for smartphones, le profirst automations.

Homey Flow for Web
Homey Flow for Web.

Apps Store

A mention on the store of app it is a duty.
As mentioned, Homey it is functionally scalable thanks to the availability of app - made by Athom itself as independent developers or prohome automation component manufacturers - can be installed directly from the proprio Apps Store.

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The store contains both applicenses necessary for integration of thousands of domotic components both, as illustrated above, of external services, of additional features and more. The environment can be consulted both online and via theapp Homey.

Other

Homey - through the appropriate app - is also a media player, which allows him (via the 3,5mm stereo output) to connect and reproto stream music to Hi-Fi systems or simple external speakers. Regardless, it is equipped with an internal case that reproduce (compatibly with size) good quality music.

Internal cash is not useful only to repromultimedia production: Homey it is equipped with a synthesized voice able to provide us with service communications - even automated, by way of notification. It is not a voice assistant; Homey it is however equipped with similar functions through theapp Homey from smartphone, which "media" between the user and theHUB, but only in a textual way. As we will see, if the personal assistant is a must for the propria domotica the thing is not rappstill resists a proproblem: compatibility with the major market smartspeakers it is pienameguaranteed.


Homey it integrates easily with many domestic and functional realities: Athom provides an ad hoc section of the profirst dedicated site probefore the most typical use-case Homey.

Compatibility

Obviously to talk about compatibility, in the case of Homey, it is necessary to consider the type of device.

While for a common home automation component the degree of compatibility is an important parameter, but a secondary one, for a HUB (hardware as software) it is of something crucial.

The reason is obvious: being a device that acts as a concentrator for other components as well as a central automation, it is obvious that il profirst degree of compatibility affects all the devices integrated with it, which appunto "inherit", thanks to integration, the level of compatibility itself.

Homey guarantees compatibility to:

Practically, all.

A note for users Apple: compatibility with Appthe HomeKit is prowhat seems to be the installation of the relative app (but there is more than one) it allows to display the integrated accessories on Homey towards'app "House of Apple, in addition to allowing control through Siri (and therefore also the HomePod smart speaker).

Domotics integrability

Usually in this section dedicated tointegration home automation we evaluate the possibility for the device being evaluated in being integrated with the HUB personal; in this case it is a personal HUBhardware, our evaluation analyzes the issue from the opposite point of view, or rather from the possibility ofHUB to integrate the largest number of devices possible.

Our very positive assessment stems from the fact that objectively, at theApps Athom Store we were able to find really components for anything. Hard to find something not covered by Homey, especially in light of the great variety of prosupported transmission tocolli, which allow to pilot everything. If today the components of integration are innumerable, the "Open" nature of the prodotto, which of course will see the park grow over time app available more and more.

Homey can also integration Home Assistant (a personal hardware HUB that integrates a personal HUBsoftware ... help!) in order to indirectly integrate devices that may be supported by Home Assistant but not from Homey.

Evaluation

Detailed evaluation:

Constructive quality
Functionality
Use: quality and experience
Compatibility
integration
Price
Media
Homey - Buy on Amazon300 euro. THREE HUNDRED-EURO! 😱
The price of Homey left us a little perplexed, then and there, although the potential value of this solution was easily understood. These are not peanuts: it is certainly an important investment for a single device. However, when one focuses on the careful analysis of what it really is and begins to make two mental accounts, it turns out that in the end the price is absolutely online and justified.


If compared to a Raspberry Pi (which enables the personal HUBsoftware), Homey it costs about five times as much. However, Rapberry does not have an antenna Z-WaveNor ZigBee, neither dual frequency radiofrequency, nor an infrared emitter; if you therefore want to integrate with the proprio personal HUBsoftware these technologies, we must necessarily buy something else, of additional, apart.


Homey integrates all the necessary avoiding a fragmentation of the device fleet, of feeds, of management and so on. Moreover, its wide range of protransmissive tocolli reduces the need for prolearned like i gateway proplaces from productors together with their lines product. Consider for example a Philips HUE: its bulbs ZigBee, with Homey, integrate directly, without the need for BRIDGE Philips. Thus, dozens of other components and solutions.

Homey it is, in an adjective, a solution huge.

It is ideal especially for those who have no technical competence - and do not want to have it - but still want (legitimately) benefit from the adoption of a personale HUB. The great configurability and expandability make it a prolearned that does not age quickly, which grows on the user's needs, which makes it possible to free oneself from the limits imposed by the lines prolearned from the various players in the world of personal domotics.

Homey however it is not only aimed at those who do not have technical skills: it is also ideal for those who prefer a HUB all-in-one without the need to administer too many devices in order to cover every need.

He has us piousnameconvinced, Homey - which is why, starting today, inDomus will begin to analyze the degree of integration of the reviewed home automation components even with respect to Homey as well as to publish projets and guides like others HUB software.

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