Homey Bridge Good House Hub Assessment

Athom Homey Bridge Good House Hub Assessment Score

Abstract

The Homey Bridge is by far the perfect sensible house hub I’ve used. It’s straightforward to make use of and has intensive assist for a variety of units.

Professionals

  • Big vary of units supported
  • Straightforward so as to add units
  • Flows are additionally straightforward and intuitive 

Cons

  • Some widespread manufacturers lacking
  • Supported manufacturers usually haven’t got the total product vary 

The Homey sensible hubs have been round for years now, and I coated the launch of the unique Homey Professional again in 2019.

Homey has been attempting to be the panacea of sensible house fragmentation lengthy earlier than the Matter was a factor. They’re arguably the perfect resolution for anybody utilizing a combination of sensible house applied sciences with their house.

In principle, the brand new Matter commonplace is meant to do what Homey has been attempting to do for years. Nevertheless, to this point, my expertise of Matter has been a bit lacklustre.

Till Matter features higher traction, Homey appears to be the way in which to go if you need your sensible house units to all work with one another in unison.

Athom introduced the reasonably priced Homey Bridge at CES 2022, however has solely just lately began transport it.

Additionally they have the Homey Professional 2023, which is accessible for pre-order and is a big improve from the older generations. Homey Professional may even ultimately assist Matter and Thread, which ought to, hopefully, make it the perfect sensible house hub available on the market.

Homey Bridge vs Homey Professional

For the Homey Bridge, you’ll virtually definitely must subscribe to Homey Premium as this can allow limitless units vs the 5 you get on the free plan.

Cellular App / Net App

Homey - Homey Bridge Smart Home Hub Review

You’ll be able to management your Homey through a cell app or an internet interface. Functionally, each the cell app and net interface appear to be the identical. You will have all the identical tabs.

The cell app is useful when I’m including units and fundamental management of the units inside my community. I discover the online interface vastly superior for the whole lot else. It’s so a lot quicker establishing flows and customising your community when working from a giant display screen with a mouse and keyboard.

Homey Insights - Homey Bridge Smart Home Hub Review

The online interface can be superior when wanting on the insights interface, which graphs the utilization of all of your units.

Good House Manufacturers & Units that aren’t supported

Homey has integrations for an enormous vary of sensible house manufacturers. I feel I counted over 60 apps accessible when wanting on the apps for the conventional Homey, and you’re going to get extra with the Homey Professional.

Homey Professional has entry to neighborhood apps, and these are the place you’ll find the extra obscure manufacturers.

It’s simpler to listing what they do not have, and sadly, they are some things lacking that I would really like.

  • TP-Hyperlink Tapo is maybe the primary one, they’ve Kasa, so it’s irritating there isn’t any Tapo.
  • Eufy Safety and Eufy House are solely accessible for Homey Professional.
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  • Reolink.
  • Airthings – they’ve an app for it, however it is just for Homey Professional and never the brand new mannequin and the app would not assist the Airthings View Plus.
  • Good Life – used for white-label Chinese language sensible house units (I’ve a wise energy strip).
  • Tuya – Is simply accessible on the Homey Professional.
  • Ecovacs – Homey Professional solely.
  • Luke Roberts Lighting – Homey Professional solely, although it is a little bit of a distinct segment product.
  • Hunter Douglas / Luxaflex PowerView sensible blinds is Homey Professional solely.
  • Warmth Genius / Genius Hub – which admittedly is a little bit of an obscure sensible heating model. Tado is the primary choice inside Homey.

Itemizing all of these manufacturers makes me realise what a multitude my sensible house is.

Matter not supported

One massive omission with the Homey bridge is that it isn’t Matter enabled, and it additionally doesn’t assist Thread, nor will or not it’s upgraded to assist these.

In principle, Matter assist would resolve plenty of the issues with unsupported units that I’ve listed above.

I feel the most certainly cause for that is that Athom and attempting to push customers to get the superior Homey Professional.

Homey Professional will not have Matter or Thread at launch. They’re anticipated to be rolled in Q2 and Q3 of 2023, respectively.

Integrating Homey Bridge with completely different sensible house ecosystems

Homey Integration - Homey Bridge Smart Home Hub Review

Whereas the above listing does make it seem to be there’s a lot lacking, most of these manufacturers aren’t important for my sensible house, and I bought plenty of units efficiently built-in.

Nevertheless, it isn’t excellent and depends on every particular app and the underlying know-how it makes use of. Simply because a model is supported, it doesn’t suggest all of the merchandise inside that model will likely be supported.

I additionally wasn’t in a position to full the mixing with a few of the units I exploit, although I’m certain if I put some effort into problem-solving I might repair these.

Philips Hue

Fortunately the integration works properly. It was straightforward to pair up, simply log into your Hue account and hyperlink it. It is going to then import all of your mild and you’ll place them into your rooms.

Sadly, it would not seem to import any movement sensors or switches that you’ll have.

The performance will not be fairly pretty much as good because the Hue app. The color choice is extra fundamental, and responsiveness is a bit of slower, however general it’s glorious.

You will have all of the triggers and occasions that you’d anticipate for establishing flows.

With Philips Hue, the lights do not get grouped collectively as they do with the Hue app. If you wish to set off all of the lights in a room without delay, you could arrange a movement.

TP-Hyperlink Kasa

Homey TP Link Kasa - Homey Bridge Smart Home Hub Review

TP-Hyperlink Kasa additionally labored completely. Once more, you simply log in together with your TP-Hyperlink account and hyperlink up the techniques.

For Kasa, I’ve a number of of the Kasa HS110 vitality monitoring sensible plugs, and the Homey app conveniently exhibits the present vitality utilization.

It’s irritating that Tapo will not be working, as these merchandise are cheaper than Kasa. I’m pretty certain that Kasa is slowly being discontinued. Most up-to-date product launches have all been beneath Tapo.

The movement choices are good, as you’d anticipate you might have the on/off choices, however you can even set off occasions based mostly on the ability utilization.

Aqara / Zigbee

Aqara TVOC - Homey Bridge Smart Home Hub Review

Issues get a bit of extra difficult with Aqara. Homey would not join with Aqara through an API in the identical approach as Hue or Kasa. The Homey Bridge is a Zigbee and Z-Wave hub, so that you subsequently pair up the Aqara units straight with the hub.

The issue right here is that the Aqara units must be programmed into the Homey system for them to work correctly. You will have a lot of Aqara units to select from, however not all of them. From the units I’ve, I wasn’t ready so as to add the Good Radiator Thermostat E1 or the brand new Good Video Doorbell G4. Nevertheless, the doorbell is not even Zigbee, it is WiFi.

You technically can add the E1 thermostat, but it surely exhibits up as an unrecognised Zigbee system.

Yale Entry

Yale - Homey Bridge Smart Home Hub Review

I used to be in a position to join my Yale Linus sensible lock, and this permits me to lock/unlock my door it additionally gives some helpful suggestions on the battery state and all of the occasions. Nevertheless, it would not say which consumer has locked/unlocked the door.

For this, I can arrange flows when the door is locked/unlocked and likewise for the battery alarm.

Netatmo

Netatmo - Homey Bridge Smart Home Hub Review

I’ve had the Netatmo Presence floodlight digital camera working for a couple of years now, and that is the one digital camera I used to be in a position to combine with Homey.

It would not do a lot inside the primary app web page, however it may be used for some first rate triggers to your flows. You’ll be able to arrange triggers for human, automotive, and animal detection after which connectivity occasions 

Dana Lock

I’ve the Ultion Good Lock, which is mainly a Danalock V3 that has been built-in with the full-door {hardware}.

SwitchBot

SwitchBot Homey 1 - Homey Bridge Smart Home Hub Review

Initially, with SwitchBot, I did not have a lot luck. I attempted to pair the WiFi-connected hub, and no units confirmed up. Re-trying a couple of days later, I used to be in a position to get the SwitchBot Hub 2 imported into my system, and this additionally gave me entry to the second temperature and humidity sensor I had.

For the flows, the hub solely had choices for temperature and humidity. There have been no choices for the buttons or IR distant.

Sonos

Sonos works as you’d anticipate. When you log in and hyperlink the system, you acquire management of any speaker inside your account.

You even have an intensive vary of triggers and actions accessible with the movement settings.

Dyson

Dyson Homey - Homey Bridge Smart Home Hub Review

For Dyson, I’ve the Dyson Pure Cool Tower Fan, however the choices with the Dyson app are the 360 Heuristic robotic vacuum, Dyson Cool, and Dyson Hyperlink.

I used to be in a position to get it working with the Dyson Hyperlink choice. Nevertheless, it solely gives temperature and humidity quite than indoor air high quality.

House Assistant

I did not have a lot luck getting House Assistant to work, however I additionally did not put a lot effort into working it out. With this, you could present the IP and port of your House Assistant set up.

I wasn’t in a position to get it to work with my native IP and port or the distant entry URL you should use with House Assistant. I did not strive port forwarding as I do not actually need to expose my LAN units to the web.

Plex

I wasn’t in a position to get Plex to work for some cause. I assumed it required me to have distant entry working correctly, however this did not appear to repair something. I simply bought an error saying, “No Working URL To Plex Discovered”.

Wiz Linked

For Wiz, you could go into the Wiz app, then settings and integrations, allow the Homey integration and enter the code offered.

I do not actually use any of my Wiz lights in the intervening time, however you might have all of the settings you’d anticipate for a wise mild.

Withings

Homey Withings - Homey Bridge Smart Home Hub Review

The Withings integration is fascinating and has plenty of potential. I’ve the Withings Physique Cardio scales and the Sleep Monitoring Mat. It additionally works with blood strain monitor and smartwatches.

Particularly, you’ll be able to set a movement set off for if you fall asleep or get away from bed. This looks as if among the finest automation triggers you could need to use.

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