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Which Home Assistant hardware is the Best for Developers?

Home Assistant Hardware is essential to the success of a Home Assist developer developing home automation application. This is why more and more companies are starting to offer Home Assistant hardwares to customers. So which one is the best hardware to run home assistant? Let's read the article.
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Home Assistant Hardware Info

Home Assistant is a free and open-source software platform for managing and automating your home’s electronic devices. It provides connectivity to a wide variety of smart home device manufacturers, which paves the way for the convenient implementation of features like voice control and automation.

Home Assistant is currently finding a growing number of uses within the IoT. Simultaneously, finding the best device to run home assistant is essential to the success of a Home Assist application, which is why more and more IoT hardware companies are starting to offer hardware services to customers.

Home Assistant Recommended Hardware

Here Dusun Iot lists the most popular home assistant hardware list for comparison so you can make a better decision.

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ProductDusun Pi4Raspberry Pi3 Model B+Raspberry Pi4Home Assistant YellowOdroid N2+/ Home Assistant BlueIntel NUC 10Asus Tinkerboard 2S
Hardware Information
ProcessorRK3568 ARM® Quad-core 64-bit processor, Quad-core Cortex-A55
ARM G52 2EE
Support OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.2,OpenCL 2.0,Vulkan 1.1
Broadcom BCM2837B0, Quad-core Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.4GHz
GPU Broadcom Videocore VI
Broadcom BCM2711, Quad-core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz
GPU Broadcom Videocore VI
Quad-core Cortex-A72 (ARMv8) 64-bit / 1.5 GHzAmlogic S922X Processor (12nm fab)
Quad-core Cortex-A73(up to 2.4Ghz) and Dual-core Cortex-A53 (up to 2Ghz)
ARMv8-A architecture with Neon and Crypto extensions
Mali-G52 GPU with 6 x Execution Engines (800Mhz)
Core i5-10210U ProcessorRockchip RK3399
"Dual-core Arm® Cortex®-A72 @ 2.0 GHz
Quad-core Arm® Cortex®-A53 @ 1.5 GHz"
ARM Mali-T860
Memory8GB dual channel 64Bit LPDDR4 (1GB/ 2GB/ 4GB/ 8GB optional)1GB1GB, 2GB, or 4GB LPDDR4-3200 SDRAM (depending on model)Up to 8 GB RAMDDR4 4GiB or 2GiB with 32-bit bus width
Data rate: 2640 MT/s (PC4-21333 grade)
1.2Volt low power design
16GB Intel® Optane™ Memory + 1x 4GB DDR4-2400Up to 4GB
StorageUp to 128GB high-speed eMMC (16GB/ 32GB/ 64GB/ 128GB optional)
Micro SD card slot for loading operating system and data storage
microSD card slot for loading the operating system and data storage.microSD card slot for loading the operating system and data storage.Up to 32 GB eMMC1 x eMMC connector (8G, 16G, 32G, 64G and 128G are available)
1 x microSD slot (DS/HS modes up to UHS-I SDR104)
512GB SSD +microSD card slot16GB eMMC
Micro SD(TF) card slot (push/pull)
NetworkingGigabit Ethernet port * 2100 Base Ethernet portGigabit Ethernet portGigabit Ethernet1 x GbE LAN ports (RJ45, supports 10/100/1000 Mbps)
– Realtek RTL8211F (Ethernet transceiver)
‎2.4 GHz Radio Frequency1 x RTL8211F-CG GbE LAN
Gigabit Ethernet
RTCSupportSupportSupportSupportSupportSupport 
Wireless Connectivity
Zigbee××××××
OpenThread×××××
Matter×××××
Z-WAVE××××××
BluetoothBluetooth 5.2BLEBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0×Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
LTE CatM1××××××
Wi-Fi 2.4/5G×
Expansion Slot & Ports
Ports2 × USB 3.0 port
1 x MIPI-CSI camera interface (built-in dual hardware ISP, up to single 13Mpixel or dual 8Mpixel)(developer mode)
1 x PCIe2.1 interface
Debug serial port × 1 for development and debugging
3 × SDMMC
3 × SPI
10 × UART
6 × I2C x 6
2 × I2S/ PCM(2ch)/ TDM(8ch)
16×PWM
7 × ADC
3 × CAN
13× GPIO
4 x USB 2.0
Raspberry Pi standard 40-pin GPIO header
2-lane MIPI DSI display port
2-lane MIPI CSI camera port
4-pole stereo audio and composite video port
2 x USB 3.0 2 x USB 2.0
Raspberry Pi standard 40-pin GPIO header
2-lane MIPI DSI display port
2-lane MIPI CSI camera port
4-pole stereo audio and composite video port
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A host port
1 x USB-C 2.0 device port
4 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0 OTG port for Host or Device mode. (No power input)
1 x Debug serial console (UART)
1 x Peripheral Expansion Header (40-pin, 2.54mm pitch)
2 x DC 5V, 2 x DC 3.3V, 1 x DC 1.8V, 8 x GND
1 x SPI
1 x UART
2 x I2C
25 x GPIO (Max)
2 x ADC input (10bit, 1.8V Max)
All 3.3V I/O signal level except for ADC input at max 1.8Volt.
‎PCIE x 43 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports
1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C® OTG port
1 x 40-pin headers
SIM Card Slot××××××
TF Card Slot
Audio1 × micro HDMI porta 3.5 mm analog audio-video jacka 3.5 mm analog audio-video jacka stereo 1/8" audio jack1 x Stereo Audio line-out (3.5mm jack)
1 x HDMI digital output
1 x Optional SPDIF optical output
 1 x HDMI™ audio output
1 x S/PDIF TX pin (from GPIO)
1 x PCM/I2S pins (from GPIO)
Display1 x HDMI 2.0, support [email protected] output and HDCP 1.4/2.2
(support dual-screen simultaneous display, dual-screen different display)
1 x MIPI-DSI, support dual channel [email protected] output
1 × Full-size HDMI (up to 1080p)2 × micro-HDMI ports (up to 4kp60 supported)
H.265 (4kp60 decode), H.264 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode)
×1 x HDMI 2.0 (up to [email protected] with HDR, CEC, EDID)
1 x Composite video (3.5mm jack)
HDMI 2.0a; USB-C (DP1.2)1 x HDMI™ with CEC hardware ready
1 x USB Type-C® (DP Alt Mode)
1 x 22-pin MIPI DSI (4 lane)
Others
Battery Backup××××  
Power SupplyInput power: 12V DC via USB-C connector (minimum 3A)
Power over Ethernet (PoE)–enabled (requires separate PoE HAT)
5V/2.5A DC micro-USB connector
Power over Ethernet (PoE) support (requires separate PoE HAT)
5V DC via USB-C connector (minimum 3A*)
5V DC via GPIO header (minimum 3A*)
Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled (requires separate PoE HAT)
12 V / 2 A through barrel DC power jack (5.5 mm x 2.1 mm)
Ethernet: PoE+ IEEE 802.3at-2009 Class 3 or 4 (selectable via jumper)
1 x DC jack : outer (negative) diameter 5.5mm, inner(positive) diameter 2.1mm
DC 7.5V ~ 18V (up to 25W)
 1 x 12~19V DC Power Input Jack (5.5/2.5 mm)

Dusun IoT's Advantages as the Best Hardware for Home Assistant:

Home Assistant Hardware Compatibility

Suppose you are developing your own application based on Home Assistant but suffer from other products, Dusun Pi can be your powerful assistant in connecting more protocol-supported devices for you. Each wireless module is modular, allowing users to mix and match components as needed.

Our IoT gateway supports a wide variety of protocols, including those that aren’t officially supported by Home Assistant, WIFI, Bluetooth, other protocols, and LTE.

Direct to Market Home Assistant Hardware

Our home assistant hardware is a productized IoT gateway. It is direct to market just porting firmware. That means you do not need to anything without transplanting applications before the productization.

OEM Home Assistant Hardware Service

Our home assistant gateway has not only been awarded the CE and FCC certifications but also the IC, FAC, WPC, KC, NTC, RCM, and SRRC certifications. Home assistant hardwares are in accordance with international standards and are well-respected by customers across the globe.

Strong Home Assistant Hardware Development Support

Dusun IoT does more than just sell great home assistant hardware hardware, we help our clients innovate. Users can develop and supply their own add-ons for the home assistant hardware, which the system is able to run without updating. Additionally, it allows for the creation of specialized extensions for individual users. BLE mesh, LTE CatM1, and Wi-Fi are all protocols that can have their respective add-ons developed based on actual usage requirements.

Flexible usage scenarios

With HA installed, Our home assistant hardware has broad applicability. Appropriate mature solutions have seen widespread use and producing remarkable outcomes.

Home Assistant Hardware Add-On Introduction

Add-ons Supported by Home Assistant

At present, there are many types of add-ons supported by the HA system, including the following table:

Add-ons Developed by Dusun IoT

In addition to the several add-ons provided above, Dusun IoT can also help customers customize the add-ons they need. Dusun BLE Mesh Add-on developed by Roombanker allows you to connect BLE Mesh Light flashed with our custom firmware directly to Home Assistant. Dusun BLE Mesh Add-on uses the Silicon Labs Bluetooth Mesh SDK implementing a hardware-independent BLE Mesh stack. Python was used to create the add-on, which communicates with the BLE mesh stack using ZeroMQ. The Development Architecture as the following figure:

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Best of all, it’s an open-source add-on that you can further develop to meet your specific requirements. If you require open source code, please contact us via email or through our contact page.
Adding Dusun BLE Mesh Add-on can be done via Configuration and then select Integrations from the list on the Home Assistant front page.

Dusun Iot Home Assistant Hardware Technical Support

Most IoT hardware companiess on the market offer only 1-3 hardware models, and customers lack choice. But Dusun IoT gives customers as many as 5 options to most soulfully meet your IoT hardware development requirements, protocols, and usage scenarios. The current five models of IoT gateway hardware are as follows:

Dusun Pi Zero (091)Dusun Pi3 (210)Dusun Pi3 Model C (010C)Dusun Pi3 Model E (210E)Dusun Pi4
CPURK3308RK3328PX30RK3328RK3568
RAMup to 512MBup to 2GBup to 2GBup to 2GB8GB
Storageup to 128Gup to 128GBup to 128GBup to 128GBUp to 128GB eMMC
OSUbuntu, Debian, AndroidUbuntu, Debian, AndroidUbuntu, Debian, AndroidUbuntu, Debian, AndroidUbuntu, Debian, Android
ProtocolBackhaulEthernetEthernetWi-Fi 2.4G/5G
LTE Cat M1
LTE Cat M1
LTE Cat1
Ethernet
LTE Cat4
Ethernet
DownlinkWi-Fi 2.4G/5G
Bluetooth 5.2
Zigbee
Z-Wave
LoRa
Zigbee
Z-Wave
Bluetooth 5.0
LoRaWAN
Bluetooth 5.2
EnOcean (868MHz, 902MHz)
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G
Bluetooth 5.2
Zigbee
Z-Wave
LoRaWAN
Usage ScenarioIndoorIndoorOutdoorIndoorIndoor
Add-OnZigbee Add-on
Z-WAVE Add-on
LoRawan Add-on
Zigbee Add-on
Z-WAVE Add-on
EnOcean Add-on
Zigbee Add-on
Z-WAVE Add-on
LoRawan Add-on
Zigbee Add-on
Z-WAVE Add-on
EnOcean Add-on
Zigbee Add-on
Z-WAVE Add-on
LoRawan Add-on

For the convenience of Windows-using programmers, Dusun IoT has created IoT gateways that works with Windows systems. DSRT-060 Windows VPN router is a professional, secure and reliable Gigabit VPN router. It’s based on an intel J4125 Celeron processor, quad-core, 2.0GHz.it support windows 7/windows 10, Linux ubuntu 16.04, and CentOS 7.0.

Product NameIntel J4125 Windows VPN router (DSRT-060)
CPUintel J4125 Celeron processor, 2.0 GHz
OSwindows 7/windows 10, Linux Ubuntu 16.04, CentOS 7.0
RAMDDR4 memory, dual memory card slot and single memory card slot
Storage2*SATA3.0 ,1*MSATA
BIOSAMI 8M BIOS
ProtocolBackhaul5G, Ethernet
DownlinkWi-Fi 6, Bluetooth5.0
HDMI1
VGA1
USB3.02
Network Interface4*Gigabit Ethernet port
Add-onComing

Home Assistant Hardware Use Cases

Home Assistant Energy Monitor

By using Dusun IoT’s home assistant gateway, consumers can better monitor their home energy consumption and cut down on wasteful spending. With the addition of the custom module to the home assistant gateway, any energy monitoring hardware that is compatible with the gateway can be used to collect information. With the help of global low- power cellular (LTE CAT M1), Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, or Ethernet, the Dusun home assisstant gateway is able to collect data from Zigbee3.0 and Bluetooth end devices and upload it to the cloud. Users can gain valuable insights into their energy consumption and construct robust automation with its help.

Home Assiatant Lighting

For indoor plant life to flourish, grow light is crucial. LED Grow Lights utilize BLE mesh technology for connectivity. This process involves developing and flashing the DSM-055 with the custom add-on (Bluetooth Mesh). After that, the BLE mesh lights were installed.

Dusun IoT has helped our enterprise customer develop a Home Assistant lighting solution. The Dusun Pi3 Gateway is used in this solution.Dusun Pi3 uses Home Assistant as its brain, communicates with BLE mesh lights over Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to issue commands based on the current setting. Put the light on/off, etc. For optimum plant development. Click to know Dusun IoT’s Home Assistant lighting solutions.

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