The developers of the popular Home Assistant open-source automation framework have introduced the Home Assistant Green gateway based on a Rockchip RK3566 processor providing a lower-cost alternative to the Raspberry Pi CM4-based Home Assistant Yellow gateway.
The Home Assistant Green was created to cater to the needs of people who did not need all of the advanced features enabled in the Home Assistant Yellow gateway and also because of the supply and pricing issues with the Raspberry Pi CM4. Just like its predecessor, the new gateway ships with Home Assistant OS and comes with everything that beginners may need to get started with Home Assistant in just one box.
Home Assistant Green specifications:
- SoC – Rockchip RK3566
- CPU – Quad-core Arm Cortex-A55 processor @ 1.8 GHz
- GPU – Arm Mali-G52 2EE GPU
- NPU – 0.8 TOPS AI accelerator,
- VPU – 4Kp60 H.265/H.264/VP9 video decoding, 1080p100f H.265/H.264 video encoding
- System Memory – 4GB RAM
- Storage – 32GB eMMC flash for OS, microSD card slot for recovery purposes only
- Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port
- Zigbee 3.0 and Matter with Home Assistant SkyConnect
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 Type-A host ports
- Video Output – HDMI for diagnostics purposes only
- Power off button
- Power (White), Activity (Green) and System Status Yellow) LEDs
- Optional CR2032 battery
- Power Supply – 12V/1A via DC power jack
- Power Consumption – Idle: ~1.7W; under load: ~3W
- Dimensions – 112 x 112 x 32/33.6mm (plastic enclosure with large aluminum heatsink for heat dissipation)
- Weight – 340 grams
- Temperature Range – 0 to 40°C
The new gateway ships with everything you may need to get started with a 12V/1A power adapter, a 1.5-meter Ethernet cable, a Quick Start Guide, and a Warrant and Safety information leaflet. There’s no wireless connectivity in the box, but the USB ports can be used with the Home Assistant SkyConnect for ZigBee 3.0 and Matter connectivity as well as a WiFi, Bluetooth, or Z-Wave dongle if needed.
The Home Assistant Green gateway supports OTA firmware updates so the latest version of Home Assistant will always run on the box, and the mobile/web app will guide users through the setup process and detect Smart Home devices automatically. The developers say it’s the easiest way to use Home Assistant as it’s basically a plug-and-play platform.
Thanks to Mark and Hedda for the tip.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.