Ezlo Plus at CES2020

@MCakan, I know you guys are a new team so this may not be a problem but… just in case. Please pay special attention and testing on very large networks as it relates to secure class devices, wireless device management and command queuing for zwave. This has been the Achilles hill of the vera firmware.

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Don’t advertise a feature that isn’t on when shipped. We have been down that road with Micasa Verde, don’t do it as EzLo.

If BLE doesnt work with devices that are actually on the market, its not a feature.

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Most important for me.
Does it use the 700 Series Chip?

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I think we will hear more about it as it is scheduled to be out Q1.

Based on how Vera Controls traditionally kept to announced product roll-out dates, that Q1 would be in 2022.

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LOL, I hear you. I just wanted to make sure I had it on here that according to their video blog they did say by the end of Q1, and the video was shot during CES 2020.

Is this the same ezlo plus presented in ces? Coz it looks bigger.

No, this is a version with 4G (cell phone integration), plus back up Battery, for the very high end market and security market.
We have a huge Hub/Controller portfolio that will be coming into market in 2020.

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In market in EU also then?

Most definitely! We are only just starting.

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That’s me. Well, it will be if the 4G integration is more usable than on the VeraSecure. I would sure like to see 2Gig/315 Mhz supported.

But none of the existing Vera controllers at display? :thinking:

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Hi @wilme2, I see you mentioned that you would like to see 2Gig/315 Mhz devices to be supported with our new hub. Can you please explain more why and how you might need it? It would be even much better if you have a particular example of a usecase or any specific products in mind that you can share right away.

Replying to your PM so we don’t get this post off-topic.

Other features you can add to the device to make the hub even better now or in the future are:

1.POE connection.( for pro installs this will be great)
2.A way to install a higher range zwave anntena
( this was achievable with the vera lite and edge)
3. Some Dry contacts included on the hub.( with this the hub will not just be part of the furniture)
4. A siren like you did with the vera secure
5. A way to copy 433mhz freq. Like other devices on the market
6.IFTTT support
7. Celling or wall mounting option

Hi @Alexander_Paredes!
Thank you for your comment.

As I can see you gave us a lot of new features which you would like to have.
Could you tell us a bit more details for items 2,3,4,5,7, maybe even by giving some use cases why and how you would use those?

Don’t hesitate to text me DM or in this thread.

Best regards,
Anna

Adding my $0.02

  1. Put the highest gain antenna that makes sense on this thing. Metal wall boxes eat signals from light switches, chimneys are big signal barriers, and no channel is completely silent in a subdivision or apartment.

  2. Siren good, I would go farther and add a general speaker. Pre recorded chimes and buzzes would be ok as it could then be a doorbell or announcer, but being able to play mp3s like the aeotec gen5 doorbell would allow a lot more options for “the washer is done” or “water detected in basement”. A TTS service would be divine but that seems unlikely.

  3. Wall mount is handy to put in a closet or hallway (doorbell!), ceiling is good for multi-story dwellings.

Thanks for your interest i really Appreciate it!

i will give you more details with use cases

About item 2: a way to change an antenna to increase the zwave range Antenna could be great for Big Homes, it will increase the 1st Hop length, so devices on the first hop range respond faster… it will be really great to have more devices on the first hop range. Also since the first hop is longer, this will dramatically increase the whole network range. i remember using a longer antenna to increase the range of a Vera edge on a 3 story home full of zwave Gen3 switches, and for the record it worked as a charm.

About Item 3, Dry contact on the Hub Will be great to provide more tools for the integrator to achieve some really cool Automations and integrations, for example you can connect a Gate opener or siren, you can also do some integration with any access control systems or any alarm Panel, thanks to a dry contact.

You can also add to the Hub Input contacts, so you can use any sensor in the market that is still not developed under any home automation protocol. like Photo beams sensors, water level sensors ETC…

About item 4: A siren on the hub will make the hub more attractive, because this way the HUB it will work for something else than just be the controller of the home automation system.

About item 5: a way to copy 433MHZ universal devices will be great, this will allow easy integrations with gate openers, curtains, Shutters, access control systems as i said this is something other companies provide on their hubs already, Like Broadlink for example

Controlling 433MHZ device has become the main attraction on this controller. just to let you know i need to install a broadlink every time i install a new vera system ( I have plugin for integration), because the customer already have 433MHZ device in their home and would like to have this type of device integrated with it alexa.

About item 7, the best way to make a good zwave or zigbee installation is placing the hub in the center of the home, but sometimes you dont have a table or furniture to place the hub in that place.

This is the reason why we are forced to install the hub on the wall or on the celling (it is something we have done a plenty of time).

In a nutshell, at this moment there is a lot of company offering home automation solutions without a Hub, (tuya, Sonoff, Etc) so making the HUB more attractive it will be the KEY of your Success. So this is something that EZLO need to consider

This is something you already achieved with the Ezlo Plug, when you buy an ezlo Plug, you do not just buy that “thing needed to control the other things in your home” you buy a useful device that can provide home automation at the very moment you buy it…

Adding features is great. For my use case, 3 and 4 are pointless. It lives, with all my other kit, in a server cupboard on the third floor.

2 is good, though!

C

Thank you @Alexander_Paredes, @kigmatzomat for all ideas and use cases you shared with us!
It’s really helpful for us to get these kinds of feedback from our users.

About items that you @Alexander_Paredes mentioned above:
For some of them, we already have been working on, like 433mhz and so on.
Also, you mentioned the hub which you wanna put on the wall, we already have it:

  • Ezlo Atom - the small hub which you can put wherever you want in your house

  • PlugHub - the hub + plug which means you can use it anywhere as well.

PoE connection, Dry contact, Antenna, and other features will be discussed with the engineering team to find the best solution.

If you have other ideas you always can share with us.

Best regards,
Anna

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