iHost is a local control hub to make home automation faster, more reliable and more secure.
iHost allows you to locally control devices and set smart scenes in a local control console via LAN.
iHost is the ability to have a physical server at home and not use an external cloud.
iHost is also a Zigbee hub that allows you to create your own Zigbee network (like ZBBridge Pro) and can work as an alarm system.
iHost allows the devices connected to it and the created scenes to work even without an internet connection.
iHost is an innovation from SONOFF that could help eliminate the problems experienced with devices due to the external cloud.
iHost can be able to communicate with devices of other brands, and through the addons use various protocols for the management of home automation and API (Application Programming Interface), i.e. a software intermediary thanks to which two applications can communicate with each other.
With iHost, SONOFF tries to revolutionize the home automation system of our homes by allowing you to create an ad hoc network for smart devices, of any type and brand, making them interact with each other.
- Model: Albridge
- Versions: RV1109 DDR4 2G, RV1126 DDR4 4G
- Zigbee Module: Silicon Labs EFR32MG21 SoC
- Wi-Fi Module: Wi-Fi 2.4G and BLE RTL8723 wireless module
- Storage Methods: USB and SD card (max. 256 GB)
- Power Supply: 5V 2A
- Power Interface Type: USB Type-C
- Material: ABS Network Interface: RJ45
- Connection: Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHZ, Zigbee 3.0
- Color: White
- Dimensions: 120 mm x 41 mm x 135 mm
White color and compact design resembling a small modem:
iHost has a LED strip on the front that lights up in different colors according to the various modes. In the upper part it has buttons for switching on, paring, activating the alarm, the microphone. on the back we find a slot for the SD card, a USB port, an input for the USB type C power supply, the input port of the ethernet network. In the lower part the speaker.
The hardware part of iHost consists of a 1.5 Ghz dual core CPU, 2G DDR4 ram, 2.5 Ghz wifi connection, zigbee connection (Silicon Labs EFR32MG21 SoC), 100M LAN network. Two versions of iHost are available for purchase on the ITEAD official website: DDR4 2G and DDR4 4G, basically the storage space changes.
In the package we find: a SONOFF iHost Hub, a cap for the ethernet connection, a USB type C power cable, a small instruction manual, a pin for resetting the device. SD card is not included.
Before going into the various startup and configuration modes, a brief presentation of this new SONOFF product is required.
The iHost interface, which can be viewed via a PC connected to the same LAN network (even without an internet connection!), is very basic, easy to use and very intuitive. It is possible to view devices and scenes also via smartphone or tablet, if connected to the same network, via eWeLink CAST.
iHost is compatible with WiFi and Zigbee devices from SONOFF and many other brands of manufacturers such as Ikea, Philips, Aqara and can receive data from cameras with ONVIF and RTSP protocol. In the future, the MATTER protocol will be implemented.
The scenes created for device management are managed locally by iHost and remain active even without an internet connection. And all data from devices is recorded in the internal storage space, thus increasing the level of security and privacy.
There are many configuration possibilities and the possibility of adding ADDONs (software components that add functionality to an existing program) allows iHost to interface and interact with various home automation management systems.
API is the acronym of application programming interface. An API is a software intermediary by which two applications can communicate with each other. iHost allows this too.
SONOFF on its site promises constant updates for iHost, additions of compatible devices and new add-ons to increase its functionality.
Buy it HERE.
Thanks for Michele Sammuri’s permission. The original text ( in Italian ) is here: https://domofacile.altervista.org/ihost/