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Homey antenna mod

#71

I will open it again tomorrow after work and let you know. That’s if not someone else gives you this info meanwhile.

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#72

Wow, that would be great, please measure all PCB’s and speakerassembly (mainboard, powersupply) including drilling holes.

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#73

Also the height of the mainboard, please.

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#74

Wondering if there is no technical easing athome could provide?

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#75

I am also very interested in such housing :drooling_face::drooling_face::drooling_face:

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#76

Guy’s I created a new thread about the case mod. you can find it here

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#77

Together with @robertklep I popped the hood of my development Homey yesterday evening and installed two white Zigbee / Z-wave antenna’s…


One of the antenna’s still has some paper tape on it to distinguish the different versions.

Zigbee (2.4 Ghz) antenna used:

Z-wave (868 Mhz) antenna used:

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#78

how much if you make it for me? XD

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#79

Special price for you: €399 :wink:

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#80

inclusive a new homey?

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#81

Well, for me, yes :wink:

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#82

The next level. Experimental with booster.

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#83

Looks great guys!!

I think that these enhancements are far more interesting than a Homey with more RAM and a faster CPU…

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#84

@TedTolboom

Has it helped on the range?

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#85

Right, there we go… just ordered these.

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#86

so 399 and i have an homey pro with better range and microphones XD
if you are serious i think i will hire you guys!

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#87

No, for €399 you buy me a Homey Pro, and I will mod your Homey for free!

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#88

hmm to bad.

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#89

Looks badass! :grinning:

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#90

For those that are about to go ahead with a z-wave antenna mod, here is something I’ve experienced regarding the antenna shield connected to GND.

Initially, I did not connect the antenna shield to GND. You can notice this in the above photos. As per my posts, the z-wave improvement exceeded my expectations.
Then, I decided to connect it. From here, big problems. The z-wave mesh was changing all the time like every minute! Devices were responding sporadically only. Very weird, perhaps some interference. I definitely picked up the right GND on one point on the PCB, I checked 10 times.
Then I disconnected it and all back to normal.
I’ve seen a photo on this forum where someone has connected the shield to the opposite terminal of the original z-wave antenna. Actually that terminal is floating (connected nowhere) only used to hold in place the original z-wave coil antenna. So no point to have it there unless you want to prop the shield wire somewhere, I heat shrink mine.

After reading a bit more about RF antennas, I’ve decided to cut off the original z-wave antenna. I did it in such way that I can anytime solder it back.
From here, the reception has gone even a bit better. So I won’t solder it back.
Your mileage might vary… good luck.

P.S. I know a couple of installers that replace the z-wave antenna from the Fibaro HC2 with a high gain antenna. So don’t cry that only Homey has a bad z-wave range.

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