START BUILDING YOUR SMART HOME WITH HOOBS
We believe your choice of an ecosystem should not dictate which accessories you can purchase and use. HOOBS™ aims to unify and simplify your smart home. It is designed to be accessible for beginners, yet robust and versatile for advanced users, opening a world of possibilities for automating your home.
COMPATIBLE WITH OVER 2,000 ACCESSORIES
Many smart home accessories are tied to their own walled garden ecosystem. HOOBS™ closes the gaps between home automation systems and allows them to communicate with each other. More than 2,000 plugins bring compatibility for most accessories on the market, with new ones being constantly added.
EASY TO USE
Plug and play solution, ready to use out of the box. You will be able to Setup in Minutes.
HOOBS™ customers get free support including Plugin configuration.
More than 3,000 different plugins to choose from bringing compatibility for most smart accessories on the market.
HOOBS™ runs locally on your network and is not open to the world. All external communication is encrypted with military grade encryption.
Used by more than 500´000 users, automating homes and businesses worldwide. Every use case has been accounted for and constant updates keep it ready to deploy with any new accessory that comes out.
HOOBS™ – MAIN FEATURES
To access notifications, click the Bell Icon. From this panel you can see the recent system notifications.
You can clear individual notifications by clicking the X, or you can clear all notifications by clicking the Clear button.
The main menu contains information about the current user and these options.
- Hub Settings
- Devices (HOOBS™ Desktop Only)
- Log Out (Authentication Enabled Only)
This dialog contains information about the HOOBS™ server. You can click Check for Updates to see if there are any updates for HOOBS™, Node or installed plugins.
The hub settings dialog contains settings for the hub. You can change these settings from here.
- Temperature Units
- Weather Location
- Hub Cache Control
- Factory Reset
You can personalize the HOOBS™ interface. From here you can;
- Change the Wallpaper (shown on the login screen and the dashboard)
- Light and Dark Theme
- Accent Color
If you can’t find a color to match your wallpaper, check the Automatically Set option, and the system will find the most common color from your wallpaper.
The terminal is available in the UI for more advanced operations.
The terminal is powered by HelM. The terminal can also be accessed from the device’s URL on port 9090, even if the HOOBS™ server is unable to start.
The dashboard allows you to customize what’s important to you. You can add widgets and accessories, including cameras, to your dashboard.
To add widgets to your dashboard, click the Widgets button in the context menu.
You can also show your wallpaper on the dashboard, simply check the Show Background option.
You can size and rearrange items on your dashboard. Click the Lock Icon to size and re-arrange.
Once you are finished click the Lock Icon again to save your changes.
The accessories screen allows you to view, control and arrange your home’s accessories into rooms.
Each accessory has a settings dialog. You can access this by clicking the Gear Icon on any accessory.
You can edit these items from this dialog,
- Accessory Name
- Accessory Icon (not all accessories support this feature)
- Show/Hide Accessory
- Add/Remove Accessory to/from your Dashboard
You can add rooms to logically arrange your accessories.
Rooms do not get transmitted to HomeKit™, you will need to manage rooms in the Apple™ Home app independently from HOOBS™.
To add a room click the Add Room button in the context menu.
You can arrange the rooms as you need. To arrange the rooms click the Lock Icon in the context menu. You then can drag the rooms in the list.
If you need to edit a room’s name, click the Edit Icon in the room’s title bar. You can also arrange the accessories in a room by clicking the Lock Icon in the room’s title bar.
The logs screen shows you what’s going on with your HOOBS™ device.
The bridge and plugin labels are clickable. They give you direct access to the bridge or plugin responsible for the log message.
You can filter the log by selecting or unselecting plugins and bridges from the context menu.
The debug log is available without restarting. Simply click the Bug Icon in the context menu.
Debug messages show in a dimmer color.
You can also download the log for easy issue reporting. To download the log click the Download Icon in the context menu.
Bridges allow you to isolate plugins from each other. By default installing a plugin will create a new bridge. You can view those bridges here.
A HOOBS™ bridge is a complete Homebridge instance, with isolated plugins and configuration.
You can create new, empty bridges by clicking the Add Bridge button in the context menu.
- Name Choose a unique name for the bridge. This must be unique.
- PIN The default value will work, only change this if you need to.
- Bridge Port This will automatically increment by 1000 for every bridge you add.
- Bridge Advertiser This defines the protocol used to communicate with HomeKit™.
Caio is a newer protocol, it is faster, however you may need to test this with each plugin before using.
You can also include a bridge file. This is how you would import a bridge, complete with plugins and configuration.
This screen allows you to start, stop and restart each bridge independently from each other. Installing plugins or changing configurations will automatically restart the respective bridge.
You can export a bridge, complete with plugins and configuration. This is handy for sharing bridges with the community.
You can manage the accessory and HomeKit™ connection cache from this screen.
To remove individual accessories from the cache, click on the Accessory Cache button. A dialog will show with a list of cached accessories. You can click the Trash Icon to remove the individual accessory.
You can also clear the entire cache by clicking the Clear Cache button.
Pairing With HomeKit™
Each bridge will need to be paired with HomeKit™. To pair, select the bridge you wish to add to HomeKit™. Then scan the QR code on this screen. Then HomeKit™ will ask you a series of questions.
The HOOBS™ plugin screen allows you to install, update and remove plugins from the system.
HOOBS™ supports Homebridge plugins too. We also have a HOOBS™ certified program which verifies that a plugin works and is easy to configure.
The plugin library shows a list of featured and popular plugins. You can also search the vast plugin library using the search field on the top.
Plugins are listed by bridge. Each bridge will show in the list. Each bridge will show all the plugins installed on that bridge.
You can click on a plugin to view the plugin details.
If you wish to install a plugin click the Install button. You will be asked if you want to create a new bridge for the plugin or select from a list of existing plugins.
Bridges can contain more than one plugin, you can also install the same plugin on multiple bridges.
If you want to uninstall the plugin click the Uninstall button. You will be asked which bridge to uninstall. You can also check the Remove Empty Bridges option to remove the bridge after the last plugin is uninstalled.
HOOBS™ supports installing different plugin versions.
To install a specific version click the Download Icon on the desired version.
HOOBS™ supports installing different plugin versions on different bridges.
The configuration screen allows you to change the settings for all of your plugins and the hub.
The configuration is listed by plugins. Plugins that support visual configurations will show in the list. You will need to use the Advanced section to edit plugins that do not support visual configs.
Each section has a row of tabs across the top. These tabs separate the configs for each bridge. For example, if you have the Dummy plugin installed on 2 bridges, you will see the Dummy plugin in the list on the left, and then you will see a tab for each bridge.
The advanced editor allows you to edit the JSON config data directly.
HOOBS™ configs are different then Homebridge. In HOOBS™ each bridge has its own config that only contains the platform and accessories sections.
HOOBS™ encrypts your config files, you will not be able to edit the configs outside the UI or CLI.