February 25, 2024

Athom Homey Bridge Sensible House Hub Overview Score

Abstract

The Homey Bridge is by far the perfect sensible residence hub I’ve used. It’s straightforward to make use of and has in depth help for a variety of gadgets.

Execs

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

Cons

  • Some widespread manufacturers lacking
  • Supported manufacturers typically 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 making an attempt to be the panacea of sensible residence fragmentation lengthy earlier than the Matter was a factor. They’re arguably the perfect resolution for anybody utilizing a combination of sensible residence applied sciences with their residence.

In principle, the brand new Matter customary is meant to do what Homey has been making an attempt to do for years. Nonetheless, to date, my expertise of Matter has been a bit lacklustre.

Till Matter good points higher traction, Homey appears to be the best way to go in order for you your sensible residence gadgets to all work with one another in unison.

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

In addition 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 finally help Matter and Thread, which ought to, hopefully, make it the perfect sensible residence hub in the marketplace.

Homey Bridge vs Homey Professional

For the Homey Bridge, you’ll virtually actually need to subscribe to Homey Premium as this may allow limitless gadgets 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 by way of a cell app or an internet interface. Functionally, each the cell app and net interface appear to be the identical. You’ve got all the identical tabs.

The cell app is helpful when I’m including gadgets and primary management of the gadgets inside my community. I discover the net interface vastly superior for all the pieces else. It’s so a lot quicker organising flows and customising your community when working from a giant display with a mouse and keyboard.

Homey Insights - Homey Bridge Smart Home Hub Review

The online interface can also be superior when trying on the insights interface, which graphs the utilization of all of your gadgets.

Sensible House Manufacturers & Gadgets that aren’t supported

Homey has integrations for an enormous vary of sensible residence manufacturers. I believe I counted over 60 apps out there when trying on the apps for the conventional Homey, and you’ll get extra with the Homey Professional.

Homey Professional has entry to group apps, and these are the place you can see the extra obscure manufacturers.

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

  • TP-Hyperlink Tapo is probably the primary one, they’ve Kasa, so it’s irritating there isn’t any Tapo.
  • Eufy Safety and Eufy House are solely out there for Homey Professional.
  • Arlo.
  • 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 help the Airthings View Plus.
  • Sensible Life – used for white-label Chinese language sensible residence gadgets (I’ve a sensible energy strip).
  • Tuya – Is just out there on the Homey Professional.
  • Ecovacs – Homey Professional solely.
  • Luke Roberts Lighting – Homey Professional solely, although this can be 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 possibility inside Homey.

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

Matter not supported

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

In principle, Matter help would resolve a number of the issues with unsupported gadgets that I’ve listed above.

I believe the almost certainly cause for that is that Athom and making an attempt 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 totally different sensible residence ecosystems

Homey Integration - Homey Bridge Smart Home Hub Review

Whereas the above checklist does make it seem to be there’s a lot lacking, most of these manufacturers aren’t important for my sensible residence, and I obtained a number of gadgets efficiently built-in.

Nonetheless, it’s not excellent and relies 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 shall be supported.

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

Philips Hue

Fortunately the Philips Hue integration works nicely. It was straightforward to pair up, simply log into your Hue account and hyperlink it. It can then import all of your mild and you may place them into your rooms.

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

The performance just isn’t fairly nearly as good because the Hue app. The color choice is extra primary, and responsiveness is a little bit slower, however general it’s wonderful.

You’ve got all of the triggers and occasions that you’d anticipate for organising 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 directly, you have to arrange a circulate.

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 along 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 reveals the present vitality utilization.

It’s irritating that Tapo just isn’t 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 circulate choices are good, as you’d anticipate you may 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 little bit extra difficult with Aqara. Homey would not join with Aqara by way of an API in the identical method as Hue or Kasa. The Homey Bridge is a Zigbee and Z-Wave hub, so that you due to this fact pair up the Aqara gadgets instantly with the hub.

The issue right here is that the Aqara gadgets should be programmed into the Homey system for them to work correctly. You’ve got a lot of Aqara gadgets to select from, however not all of them. From the gadgets I’ve, I wasn’t in a position so as to add the Sensible Radiator Thermostat E1 or the brand new Sensible Video Doorbell G4. Nonetheless, the doorbell is not even Zigbee, it is WiFi.

You technically can add the E1 thermostat, but it surely reveals 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. Nonetheless, it would not say which person 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 number 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 respectable 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 Sensible 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 gadgets confirmed up. Re-trying a number 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 achieve management of any speaker inside your account.

You even have an intensive vary of triggers and actions out there with the circulate 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 possibility. Nonetheless, it solely gives temperature and humidity fairly 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 have to 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 need to use with House Assistant. I did not attempt port forwarding as I do not actually wish to expose my LAN gadgets 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 obtained an error saying, “No Working URL To Plex Discovered”.

Wiz Related

For Wiz, you have to go into the Wiz app, then settings and integrations, allow the Homey integration and enter the code supplied.

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

Withings

Homey Withings - Homey Bridge Smart Home Hub Review

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

Specifically, you possibly can set a circulate set off for while you fall asleep or get away from bed. This looks as if among the finest automation triggers you could wish to use.

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