Custom Smart Home Hub with DSGW-210, A More Powerful Raspberry Pi 3 Alternative

There is no doubt that Raspberry Pi3 is a popular single-board computer with wireless LAN and Bluetooth connectivity. But it is long been haunted by stock availability issues. To ensure supply chain stability, while guarantee the same solid performance and multiple functionality, smart home hub are looking for a Raspberry Pi 3 alternative with even better performance for customized projects. And this case study is going to talk about a famous home automation platform exploring the Raspberry Pi 3 equivalent as the hardware.
odm smart home hub with dsgw 210
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DSGW-210’s perfect complementarity with our previous Raspberry Pi 3 smart home hub, has also been touched on briefly so far. Without ever showing the slightest sign of weakness, it plays the role of a remote multi-protocol antenna, as well as a back-up solution in the event of a power or internet failure, in complete harmony with the “raw” power of the our previous Raspberry Pi 3 smart hub.

Customer Testimonial

Background and Requirement

Customer a well-known smart home platform provider
Country/Region France
Application Smart Home Automation
Project Scale 2000+ IoT gateway ODM
Products DSGW-210 IoT gateway

This client is a leading home automation solution provider in France, which is known for its innovative open-source home automation software. Especially designed to be highly customizable and allow users to create personalized and smart home environments that meet their specific needs and preferences by integrating with:

smart lighting
Smart Lighting
energy management
Energy Management
home security
Home Security
heating ac system
Heating / AC System
multimedia devices
Multimedia Devices
voice assistant
Voice Assistant

The client has developed its first smart home gateway based on the Raspberry Pi 3 with pre-installed software, which is very popular in the French and even European smart home market.

In order to expand its product range and customer base, it was looking for a number of IoT gateway vendors to find suitable and cost-effective hardware devices that could work as a perfect replacement of Raspberry Pi 3, and to develop a more affordable smart home gateway for more customers.

Requirements and Challenges

How can you find a hardware platform that perfectly replace Raspberry Pi 3 with higher cost-effectiveness?

Sometimes, high performance does not equal to high suitability.

Thanks to its powerful performance and rich interfaces, Raspberry Pi 3 can be used to develop so many products such as desktop computers, media centers, industrial controllers and more. However, if it is only used to develop smart home gateways or IoT devices, there may be over- or under-performance of features and interfaces, and the cost-effectiveness needs to be optimized.

Using Raspberry Pi 3 as smart home hub, you may have to pay for interfaces that you even don’t need, or need to connect and debug external wireless modules. Compared to Raspberry Pi 3, DSGW-210 has a more professional IoT gateway design.

z wave
Need to connect and debug external wireless modules.
Have to pay for interfaces that you event don‘t need.

How can you find a hardware platform that perfectly replace Raspberry Pi 3 with faster production?

How to port existing R&D results quickly? It is worthwhile to think about.

The client has completed the product design based on Raspberry Pi 3 (including hardware & wireless module debugging, software or application development and integration, etc.), and hastily changing the hardware platform may cause some problems and greatly reduce the original research and development results, even have to face the risk of redesign and development.

Things you need to consider for changing IoT gateway platform include hardware and software compatibility as well as certification issues.

hardware compatibility
Hardware Compatibility
software compatibility
Software Compatibility
certification issue
Certification Issue

Solutions as Raspberry Pi 3 Smart Hub Alternative

DSGW-210 (Dusun Pi 3+) is an IoT edge-computing gateway supports multiple operating system and wireless protocols for flexible selection, which is a perfect solution to replace the Raspberry Pi 3 to help customer develop their own IoT devices in a cost-effective way. Its hardware features including:

A Raspberry Pi 3 Equivalent, Even More Powerful CPU Performance

DSGW-210 IoT Edge Computing Gateway adopts Rockchip’s RK3328 (Quad-Core Cortex-A53, 64-bit, up to 1.5 GHz, 2GB DDR3, 16GB eMMC) as CPU, with equivalent performance comparable to the Raspberry Pi 3 (Quad Core 1.2GHz Broadcom BCM2837 64bit CPU, 1GB RAM). What’s more, the built-in Debian 11 system allows it to install and run Linux software, which make it easy for the client to port the its software to Dusun gateways in the minimum code development.

Modular Design for Highest Cost-effectiveness

Dusun IoT provides full range of options (Zigbee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, LoRaWAN, etc) for selection, empowers the client with the flexibility to choose the most suitable models accordingly, avoid paying for any modules that they even don’t need to use.

Multi-network Options for Flexibility

DSGW-210 IoT gateway has 1 10/100 Mbps RJ45 port, dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4/5 GHz options, as well as a SIM card slot for 4G LTE connectivity. This give end users three main benefits: 1. they can select the most appropriate way for network connection based on the actual needs of the device and the surrounding environment; 2. three network methods can ensure that the network can operate normally under any circumstances. For instance, A connection through 4G LTE can serve as a backup connection in the event that access to the internet is lost, or it can even serve as the only means of gaining access to the outside world. 3. the three network configurations also guarantee the highest scalability. End users can connect more smart home devices to the home network by adapting these three network protocols to the specific requirements of the device.

Multiple Interfaces for Future-proof Expansion

DSGW-210 has a USB 2.0 port and can be equipped with a 128GB TF card. Users are allowed to use it to connect external devices to expand functions ( such as data collection or device control), or perform some basic configuration tasks such as installing drivers and upgrading devices Firmware, etc. Meanwhile, this is quite possible if you need to add other home automation protocols. The USB ports on the gateway are designed for just that; connect the USB antenna of your choice and download the appropriate plugin (if you need more USB ports, you’ll need a powered USB hub).

Inserting a 128GB TF card to the IoT gateway can significantly expand the storage capacity of the device, which is very useful for storing large amounts of data, event records, sensor data or multimedia content. At the same time, the TF card can be used as a data cache, reducing the burden on the gateway’s internal memory as well as improving operating performance under high load conditions. If end users want to employ some offline storage and backup applications, TF cards offer a convenient solution to store data locally on the gateway without the need to instantly upload it to the cloud. Data security can also be increased in such way, by storing sensitive data locally rather than being sent over the Internet.

5,000 mAh Chargeable Lithium Battery as Power Backup

Thanks to a 5000mAH Li-battery which can operate for up to nearly 7-day working time, you don’t have to worry for continuous operation of the gateway device during power outage or emergency. The 5000mAh battery capacity is enough to ithstand power outages without becoming damaged, allowing the IoT gateway to operate in the event of a power outage and ensuring your IoT system won’t be affected. Naturally, the degree of autonomy will change depending on the type of installation, but rest assured that it will, in all circumstances, make up for the occasional loss of power.

In addition, IoT gateways can gracefully shut down or carry out emergency operations with the help of lithium batteries used as backup power sources to lessen the possibility of data loss or damage. In IoT remote monitoring applications, backup power supply can ensure that the IoT gateway continues to function, preserving communication with the remote server, especially in the circumstance of the network disruption resulted by power failure.

How Does Dusun IoT Help Home Automation Platform Provider?

In the Previous Raspberry Pi 3 Smart Home Hub Production Process.
In the precious smart home hub production based on Raspberry Pi 3, the client need to purchase SBC, ZigBee & Z-Wave modules and antennas separately from different suppliers.

hardware embedded board
hardware module antenna

After integrating these components together in the smart home hub, the client has to debug the integrated hardware, develop software and burn to the hardware, design and purchase enclosure and package, and finally apply for professional certifications such as CE, FCC, RoHS, etc.

integrated debugging software development zigbee module

After Making Cooperation with Dusun IoT
Dusun IoT customized its smart home hub with already debugged built-in wireless modules, pre-installed software, ready enclosure, customized LOGO, neutral packing, and ready certification (FC, CE, IC, CB, RoHS, and RCM).


Since Dusun IoT had completed all the necessary parts ready and delivered off-the-shelf products, the client only needs to change the outer packing boxes so that them can be adapted to various channels for product sales.

Benefits of Cooperating with Dusun IoT


Meets customers’ needs in an extremely aggressive price with full range of products.

ODM Service

Deliverers completed products with everything ready for sales and use immediately.

agile delivery
Agile Delivery

Mature Production line for fast and stable delivery. Small batch (≤ 1,000 pcs): 2 weeks; Baseline product (≤ 50 pcs): 3 days.

Service& Support

Free but industry-leading support via multiple channels: Technical Community / Customer Support and so on.

Result & Influence

In 2022, the client published a new economic smart home gateway on its official website and promoted it throughout Europe as a sister product of previous Raspberry Pi 3 smart home hub. At the same time, the client authorized its partners to offer this products on its online platform so that smart home customers in France and even throughout Europe can quickly buy and build their own smart home systems online. At present, the client has reached a business cooperation with Dusun IoT for more than 2,000 gateways every year.


Open-source home automation are often free software compatible with all Linux operating systems and can be installed by anyone. Users of these platforms typically install software on Raspberry Pi or Linux development boards; consequently, the platform is heavily dependent on the manufacturers of these hardware platforms. Because the platform does not manufacture its own hardware, the majority of the Internet of Things devices that it outsources do not support direct integration into the platform platform. As a result, it is not simple to exercise control over a single platform due to the fact that the platform does not manufacture its own hardware.

Raspberry Pi 3 only has WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The The integration of Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz) and Bluetooth (5.2) of DSGW-210 is not to be outdone. Meanwhile, its state-of-the-art Z-Wave+ 700 series chips and Zigbee 3.0 chips are already compatible with Matter and Thread! This advanced multi-protocol aspect provides real freedom in the deployment of any home automation installation, while guaranteeing support for future modules and technologies.

DSGW-210 can be put flat, or there is a ceiling and wall mount bracket provided to maximize space. These three installation methods demonstrates the basic capabilities of the feasibility of a home automation installation.

Yes, for more connectivity, there is a Mini PCI-Express LoraWAN slot on top of the motherboard.

It integrates the antenna directly inside the box instead of the usual external one to keep sleek enclosure design.

Yes, the gateway is a general and extensible solution. Every home automation protocol, every connection to other items can be integrated into the platform by adding plugins. The edge computing gateway acts as a hub, allowing you to centralize all connected objects.

The DSGW-210 edge computing gateway is compatible with voice assistants provided by both Amazon and Google. Your home will be under your command with just the sound of your voice. When a device is connected to the platform through a gateway, it is able to carry out more complex tasks. These tasks include making voice calls, playing music or e-books, and accessing a calendar, directions, the weather, and the news. When your hands are full, you may find that it comes in very handy to have this. When compared to manually scrolling through menus on a touchscreen or mobile app, using voice commands to play music, tune in to a specific TV show, or set the thermostat to a specific setpoint is not only more convenient, but also more time efficient.

A lot, like the Raspberry Pi, but DSGW-210 makes it simpler for users to install a variety of different application systems, including Home Assistant, OpenHAB, Jeedom, Node-Red, Thingsboard, etc.

Home automation platforms (software) need to run on a home automation hardware. Enterprises who want to use these home automation platforms, need to integrate the platform SDK into the hardware so as to make easy coordination of their IoT device products. With the hardware.

Home automation platforms bridge the gap between data networks and sensor devices. Any IoT device is allowed to connect to other IoT devices and applications in order to transfer data using established Internet protocols. In order to make sense of the vast amount of data produced by the numerous sensors, a home automation platform links the data to the sensor system and provides insights using back-end applications.

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