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Multi-smart home center wants to make other hubs obsolete › jojo Reviews

With the new HOOBS Pro, the makers of HOOBS, a user-friendly home bridge variant, want to offer an all-in-one solution for almost all open smart home standards. The new accessory must communicate with devices whether they transmit via WLAN, Bluetooth, Thread or Zigbee and also support the new Matter standard.

HOOBS Pro as a universal smart home hub

The HOOBS developers then enthusiastically advertise the innovation as the world’s most advanced smart home hub, which should make all other control centers obsolete and enable the direct linking and control of more than 5,000 devices. The HOOBS Pro provides these features on a plug-in basis, according to the developers there are currently more than 3,000 such extensions for WLAN devices, 2,400 for Zigbee devices and more than 70 plug-ins for Bluetooth devices. Both 2.4 and 5 GHz are supported for WLAN connections, the current version 3.0 for Zigbee and version 5.0 for Bluetooth.

The extra advertised support from Matter sounds promising, since at least a large part of the functions of connected devices can then also be linked to proprietary systems such as Apple Home via the new standard.

Powerful smart home hardware

According to the HOOBS developers, the underlying hardware is specially designed for use in home automation. A quad-core CPU with 1.6 GHz, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB flash memory should ensure high computing power and fast response times. Power is provided via USB-C and the hub is designed to ensure reliable heat dissipation without the use of a fan.

Hoobs Pro specs

The HOOBS Pro is scheduled for release in March 2023 and is currently available for pre-order at a discounted price of EUR 399.99. The device will cost EUR 499.99 at launch. A nice amount, but given the promised range of functions certainly within limits. Homey’s direct competitor launched a similar product last month, the Homey Pro, which can also be pre-ordered for a price of 399 euros.

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Written by Kim Anderson

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