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Which is the best gateway for Home Assistant?

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This article makes a comparison of Home Assistant Yellow, Home Assistant Blue, and DSGW-210-HA.

Home Assistant Blue

The Home Assistant blue is the odroid N2+ in a bundle with a 128GB eMMC, the Home Assistant aluminum case, and Home Assistant preinstalled. It can easily integrate thousands of devices and run thousands of automation. Compared to other HA gateways. As an official product launched as Home Assistant, Home Assistant Blue can get official support from Nabu Casa. Home Assistant is a well-supported piece of software, but it still doesn’t solve all the potential problems with the thousands of different servers it can run on. This is where official support comes into play. You can get remote control using Nabu Casa. This cloud service works well at 5 USD/month, which is dirt-cheap for what it provides.

Second, its most significant advantage is its high productivity storage, up to 10 times that of Raspberry Pi. It uses 128GB of eMMC as storage, which significantly improves performance. Meanwhile, it is powered by a 6-Core Amlogic S922X Processor (ARMv8-A) with a solid amount of RAM, allowing you to quickly run Home Assistant, a couple of add-ons, and then a couple more.

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Home Assistant Yellow

Like the predecessor, Home Assistant Blue, it is a mini-computer for home automation that runs the Home Assistant software. Home Assistant Yellow was initially published under the name Home Assistant Amber. To celebrate its 8th birthday, Home Assistant launched a crowdfunding campaign for Home Assistant Yellow. They designed Home Assistant Yellow from the ground up for beginners and home automation enthusiasts to make it the easiest way to run Home Assistant.

The difference from its predecessor is that the Yellow already has built-in wireless technology for connecting lamps, thermostats, and other devices, so it doesn’t need a USB stick. There are three major versions of the Home Assistant Yellow:

Primary Kit with Power Supply: A Yellow board with no included Pi nor PoE, for $115

PoE Kit without Power Supply: A Yellow board with no included Pi but PoE support, for $125

Flagship Kit: A Yellow board kit with a Pi and power supply included, but no PoE, for $175

According to the information on its official website, the basic kit should be available in May, the PoE kit in July, and the complete kit, including a CM4, in November.

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DSGW-210-HA

The DSGW-210-HA powered by Roombanker is an out-of-box Home Assistant Gateway. It also is a ready-to-use intelligent home platform and requires minimal programming basics for the user. It enables the user to run Home Assistant and experience the best home automation in the world in the easiest way. Its RAM is 8GB, and the eMMC is 32GB. The CPU adopts Quad-core Cortex A53, which guarantees its high performance.

The DSGW-210-HA integrates 1000+ devices and services, allowing users to build robust automation and get insight into their energy usage. It is a complete local alternative to solutions like SmartThings and HomeBridge. It provides an easy-to-use interface and empowers the local control of smart home devices without anything in the cloud, offering better security, excellent reliability, and more flexibility than many cloud-connected devices.

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Comparsion

Next is a detailed table comparing the three gateways in terms of hardware and performance.

Home Assistant Yellow Home Assistant Blue DSGW-210-HA
CPU Quad-core Cortex A72 Quad-core Cortex-A73 @ 2.2Ghz/   Dual-core [email protected] 1.8GhZ Quad-core Cortex A53
RAM 8GB 4GB 2GB
eMMC 32GB 128GB 32GB
RTC YES YES YES
SSD YES NO NO
USB slot YES(4 USB3.0 port) YES(2 USB2.0 PORT) YES(1 USB2.0 PORT)
SIM card slot NO NO YES
TF card slot NO NO YES
Zigbee Pre-installed Using Zigbee stick Pre-installed
Z-Wave Using Z-Wave dongle Using Z-Wave dongle Pre-installed
Bluetooth 5.2 NO NO Optional
LTE CatM1 NO NO Optional
WiFi 2.4/5G NO NO Optional
HDMI interface YES YES NO
Audio interface YES YES NO
Custom service NO NO Custom enclosure/
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Price $115/$125/$175 $140 $80

1. In terms of hardware, the RAM and EMMC capacities of DSGW-210-HA and Home Assistant Yellow are the same. Better performance. But DSGW-210-HA provides users with more options. Its user not only can update RAM but also attach HDD and upgrade eMMC.

2. Compared to the blue, the eMMC of the other two gateways is relatively tiny. To make up for this weakness, DSGW-210-HA supports the TF card. At the same time, Home Assistant Yellow uses a more advanced SSD and no longer uses a TF card. And it has an M.2 M-key expansion slot for NVMe SSD expansion storage and can also boot Lite CM4 modules without onboard eMMC.

The cost of SSD is higher, and the advantages are apparent. Its data access speed is fast, and there is no data seek time, delay time, or disk seek time. Second, SSDs all use flash memory chips, which are durable, shock-resistant, and fall-resistant. Even if they collide with complex objects, data loss can be minimized.

3. The Home Assistant Yellow has a Gigabit LAN; neither the Home Assistant Blue nor the DSGW-210-HA has it. Gigabit NICs can provide high-speed connections between servers and switches, improving the response speed of the network backbone system. However, home IOT device applications are generally lightweight devices that do not require such a large amount of data. It is recommended that users consider usage scenarios and purchase on demand.

4. Home Assistant Blue does not support Zigbee nor Z-Wave. Home Assistant Yellow supports Zigbee via the Silicon Labs MGM210P Mighty Gecko module, but not Z-Wave. In terms of protocols, DSGW-210-HA supports more, and there is no need to purchase the corresponding dongle. Users do not need to buy an additional Z-Wave stick and Z-Wave stick. Typically, It costs tens to hundreds of dollars to buy extra accessories. Besides, DSGW-210-HA also supports compatible Bluetooth, LTE CatM1, and WiFi. None of this is possible with the Yellow and the Blue.

5. DSGW-210-HA works well with NVRs, media servers, or other add-ons and works with 20 + devices. Not just the Yellow and the blue, most HA gateways on the market can not achieve this yet.

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6. Home Assistant Yellow has more expansion ports than DSGW-210-HA, which can connect more devices. From the data, Yellow has a full 4 USB ports, which are 3.0 ports. Blue has two 2.0 ports, while DSGW-HA-210 has only one 2.0 port. It is worth noting that since DSGW-210-HA supports on-board custom addition of WiFi/Zigbee/Z-Wave modules, it does not require many USB expansion ports.

7. Both The Blue and the Yellow have HDMI and audio ports, which can be plugged into output devices to meet video and audio needs.

8. In terms of heat dissipation, Blue and Yellow have problems with poor heat dissipation. Except for a few slots on the IO side, there is no place for ventilation. The Pi has a giant heatsink, but all the heat just dumps inside the case and has nowhere to go. It will throttle the CPU if stressed for more than a few minutes. The DSGW-210HA has a metal shield above the CPU for cooling. In addition, it is large and has well-designed housing that dissipates heat through the housing.

9. The shell of DSGW-210-HA adopts a simple white design, full of high-end feeling. In addition, it also provides customized shell and Logo services to meet the individual needs of customers. At present, the Yellow and the Blue do not offer custom services.

10. The DSGW-210-HA provides a modular design, and users can choose the best configuration to meet their needs, making it cost-effective. Therefore, DSGW-210-HA does not rigidly provide a specific gateway but returns the right of choice to the customer and truly realizes customer-centricity.

11. The DSGW-210-HA is distinguished by the inclusion of a built-in battery power option, which allows the system to continue to operate in the case of a power outage.

12. DSGW-210-HA has been put into mass production. It will be shipped immediately after payment. The orderer does not need to wait for a long time. Home Assistant Blue has long since sold out as a limited edition. At the same time, Yellow’s supply speed cannot keep up with market demand. And it is a crowdfunded product, not mass-produced.

Conclusion

This article compares three HA gateways in detail. There are many factors to consider when choosing an HA gateway. It is recommended to choose the most suitable HA gateway based on your needs.

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