eufy has been a popular HomeKit supplier for a long time, and its outdoor wireless cameras have been installed in my house for several years. Before we had a few options for HomeKit doorbells, I installed an eufy wired doorbell and have been happy with it ever since. However, he lacked one thing: access to the HomeKit. I finally solved that problem, thanks to HOOBS and the eufy Homebridge plugin. Read on to learn more about connecting eufy doorbells and HomeKit.
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I’ve written about HOOBS in previous articles, but in case you’re not familiar, let me catch you on HOOBS and Homebridge.
Homebridge is a growing platform. Countless other projects will make all your HomeKit smart home products compatible. Suppose you want to take advantage of the growing Homebridge ecosystem (2000 plugins) without the hassle of installing software or managing server setup. With HOOBS you get the product “HomeBridge in a box”.
HOOBS comes in three different ways. The first is the actual box you plug into your network. Others come pre-installed on micro SD cards. The third is to download a picture of HOOBS with a donation of $ 7. If you buy an SD card or download an image, you will need to purchase and install a Rasberry Pi, case, power adapter, etc. to set it up. I didn’t want to worry about the hardware aspect, so I went and bought a standalone HOOBS box.
Installation is easy after unpacking the device. Once you have connected it to the network and power supply, visit http: //hoobs.local to begin the setup process. The main advantage of HOOBS is that you get all the benefits of Homebridge without having to install it yourself. The wizard guides you through configuring a username and password, adding a device to the HomeKit, and adding a device. Once set up, you can also run it on a Wi-Fi network. Since the box is so small, it is easy to put it next to the router. This whole process took about 10 minutes from start to finish. If you want to browse the entire catalog, you can check the directory created by HOOBS.
Add Eufy ringtones to HomeKit via HOOBS
As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, I have long wanted to put my eufy doorbell in HomeKit to take advantage of some of the latest doorbell features on iOS and tvOS. When you have a HomeKit doorbell, a window may pop up on your Apple TV when it rings – this feature alone makes setting this worthwhile.
Before you begin, I would recommend that you set up a guest account on eufy and let it be the account that HOOBS uses to access your camera. You will need to sign out of the eufy app and sign in using the create account to accept sharing.
Assuming HOOBS is already configured on your network, log in to the portal and go to the eufy plugin. Once you’ve added it, go to the Configuration section and enter the guest eufy account information you created earlier. When this is done, the doorbell rings ought they magically appear in your Home app – assuming HOOBS is properly bridged.
The My Home app immediately showed the eufy doorbell as a new device with a doorbell function. When you ring it, it will appear on the App TV as a notification. You will also be able to configure it to turn on lights and create other automations, just like any other HomeKit device.
Using HOOBS, I was able to bridge my eufy doorbell and HomeKit so I can enjoy all the benefits of HomeKit doorbells without having to buy a new one. HOOBS is a fantastic product and makes it easy to add Ring, UniFi Camera, Nest and other non-HomeKit products to HomeKit using Homebridge. My last device other than HomeKit is finally in HomeKit.
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