Qubino launches its smart hub

Everyone knows the eedomus, the JeedUp or even the Home Center of Fibaro. There are many home automation boxes on the market, and today it is Qubino who launches his own box!

As a distributor of the Qubino brand in France, we had the privilege of discovering the box in preview, and the result is quite satisfactory.

Qubino

Qubino

For those who do not yet know Qubino, it is a manufacturer of home automation products mainly based on the Z-Wave protocol.

Their product range is rich, ranging from a relay module to a dimmer module and a roller shutter module.

For several months now, Qubino has been preparing the launch of a Z-Wave home automation box. Let’s find out what this box can offer!

The box

Visual

The box is still in the development phase. But the project is relatively well advanced so that we can have a functional box and really well finished.

Its design is classic with a brushed aluminium frame. There are many ports (which we will detail later)

The Qubox is also able to stand upright thanks to its included base! Rather ingenious when you want to adapt the box to your environment and not the other way around as with many other brands.

Inside the box we find:

  • The home automation box
  • A base for vertical installation
  • Power supply (With adapter)
  • Two antennas: 868 and 433 Mhz

Specification

This box is intended to be the latest generation, so it includes the new Z-Wave 700 series chip and many other features.

It is equipped with a 1.8Ghz hexacore processor coupled with 3Gb of DDR3 memory and an 8Gb storage chip will allow you to save your settings. WiFi is also part of the solution to place the box anywhere in your home and limit unsightly cables.

Connectivity level, it has 4 USB ports to add dongles, an RJ45 socket for connecting to your internet box, an HDMI and VGA socket for connecting to a screen and not one but two SMA connectors for antennas! A Z-Wave high gain antenna will be provided and a 433Mhz as well.

Although being specialists in Z-Wave, integrating a 433 antenna for the other protocols (Chacon, Orno…) is a real good point from Qubino.

The little extras of this box are an integrated battery to keep the box on for a few hours in case of power failure and a small 3W speaker to receive vocal notifications/alerts.

Interface

The interface of the box is accessible from a computer, a smartphone or a tablet.

An application should also be launched in the months following the launch of the box.

It is still in the development phase but we were able to get a brief overview of what it offers in terms of functionality.

The PC web interface (the only one available at the moment) is relatively nice. It uses current codes (Material design) to provide an intuitive and fluid user experience.

Colors can be customized just like the Dashboard to display devices, display specific activities or list active scenarios.

For a first version, it is rich and very intuitive! There are many possibilities and customization is really easy. So there will only be your imagination (and your peripherals) as the limit to its customization.

We noticed “Voice Settings” in the interface. Although this option is not yet functional during our tests, everything suggests that this box would be compatible with a Google Home/Amazon Alexa?

The box can be controlled by voice… if Qubino uses his own algorithm, there is a strong feeling that it will be optimized for their home automation box unlike what exists with Google Home or Alexa. Hopefully, French recognition will be available from the start.

This would be a very interesting time when more and more devices are becoming compatible with these connected objects.

The interface is in English, but should be translated into several languages (including French) a few weeks after the official release. It will therefore be enough to be patient for a short while 🙂

Availability

Unfortunately, Qubino did not wish to communicate an official price list for his box. But according to our sources, it should be around an eedomus box 😉

The launch of this box is scheduled for September 31, 2018 in many countries including France, and we are already looking forward to it!

But by then, we should learn more about this box which should be presented at the IFA in Berlin in early September, a few weeks before the official release.

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