YES! Finally, FIBARO’s new Home Center 3 arrived! The first results look very promising, but don’t get your wallet out just yet! Comfortica is doing some extensive tests the coming months, so you won’t have to deal with the unexpected hiccups new software systems often face. Besides this, there is also an interesting software-update planned for the 2nd half of 2020. It’s worth the wait!
The new FIBARO Home Center 3 (aka the controller) looks completely different insight and out compared to its predecessor. Where the old FIBARO was made of aluminum and grey of color, the new Home Center 3 has a nice black plastic cover (looks great next to your Xbox), is way smaller and weighs less.
The software matured as well: the controller now has its own SSL-certificate and with that became much safer. Besides this significant safety update, the new Home Center 3 is much faster and easier to program. The new controler also brought a lot more possibilities and protocols – especially starting the 2nd part of 2020 when the new software-update arrives – supporting Zigbee products and 433mhz devices!
This software-update is precisely the reason you better wait a couple more months before you purchase your FIBARO Home Center 3. Because for now the controller won’t be able to control products like Philips Hue lights or your Ikea roll curtains yet. As far as 433mhz support it looks like it will only support Nice-products in the near future.
Another reason to wait just a bit, is that new systems often face some hiccups in the beginning. It’s better to wait till your specialist tackled these – so you’ll have a reliable and stable smart home system. Already have a FIBARO Home Center, but want to upgrade it to the Home Center 3? Then it’s good to know that your current protocols can’t be transferred to the new controller 1 on 1 – but hopefully in a few months it can.
Preliminary conclusion: the new FIBARO Home Center 3 is definitely worth buying. It has far more possibilities and protocols, is safer, faster and easier to install. But wait a few months, so you know for sure possible hiccups are cured and the new soft-ware update supports your Zigbee products.
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