Thanks @Jon for this channel, it got me interested in playing with IOT devices and sensors.
A couple of months ago I was introduced to a new smart home automation solution while watching The Hook Up on YouTube - The Shelly by Allterco. For a change they aren’t made in China, moreover they are European and made in Bulgaria.
Having used different Sonoff devices around my home, I thought I would spend a few of my hard-earnt euros and buy a Shelly1 - cheapest and most basic type.
For those interested, you can flash Tasmota, Espurna and other firmware but so far, I haven’t bothered. I have it running the stock firmware, using MQTT to a local broker (this disables the cloud connection) and have it controlled through Home Assistant. The flash process is a little more complex that Sonoff which was probably why I haven’t bothered so far. That said, the Shelly App is pretty slick as is their device GUI and with more local control it hardly seems worth it at this time. Additionally, there is a great Facebook page offering support and they are adding enhancements with every firmware release.
The guys at Allterco who design these devices have a completely different design methodology to the Chinese:
- The Shelly makes Sonoff look huge (they are the size of 2 stacked Oreos!) - and are meant to sit in the wall box behind the switch
- They don’t have their own switch, it’s all external (may make flashing more complex)
- The design is completely differently to Sonoff! It switches the live line differently
- The range is growing, though delivery is a little on the slow side
Now I think where these devices will come into their own is that the company has just started to get UL certification which, if my understanding is correct, means that it opens up a whole host of possibilities to the American ‘tinkerer’. As they are made in Europe, they already have the necessary certification.