Nspanel wifi wall switch
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Not long ago I had the opportunity to visit a new school, this one, as you can imagine, is fully equipped with the knx protocol. At the entrance to each class a digital screen the size of an NSPanel controls all the equipment (lights, shutters, heating).
With an intuitive display but not too elaborate. When I got home and out of curiosity I looked at the price of such equipment and there I was shocked, €305 for the Zennio touch screen at domomat.
It has one more thing than the NSPanel the motion sensor for switching on the interface.
But on the other hand, it does not have physical switches which can be very practical for controlling lights, especially for us, simple users.
There you say to yourself why isn’t he talking about the NSPanel Pro which is closer to the Zennio than the NSPanel.
I find the NSPanel Pro much too restricted and it is currently difficult and time consuming to transform the NSPanel Pro even under HA in order to have a WAF interface. Also, the fact of running Android leaves me more than perplexed.
Thanks to Domadoo for this loan without them I would not have been able to test the NSPanel
The NSPanel is sold for average €60 on the official website Itead or Aliexpress, for Domadoo you have to wait for promotional offers to find it at the same price otherwise it you will have to pay 73€, so I advise you to wait if you want to order it from this reseller.
The idea, as you can imagine, is to reproduce the same thing with an NSPanel and all that for €60-70, all controllable under home assistant. Well on the one hand it is largely doable and in a simple and intuitive way. How, thanks to Blueprint and the Blackymas repository.
There is another repository created by joBr99 interesting for NSPAnel, I did not select it because I find the Less interesting integration because it is done by Lovelace using additional Cards.
We can say that he is on the rise.
Normally, to modify the display of the NSPanel according to your wishes, you have to get your hands dirty and use Nextion’s HMI editor. Blackymas to create a complete modifiable HMI Interface by configuring the Blueprint. No need to use editors anymore. except if you want to change the wallpaper for example.
First you have to import the Blueprint into HA, then you have to import the tft file into the HA configuration and finally configure the NSPanel in Esphome.
You will find all the documentation at this address
I see two big advantages of integrating the Esphome firmware for the NSPanel:
The disadvantage of NSPanel is that it works with the Wifi protocol but Esphome is there to improve the connections.
The blueprint provided can be confusing given the number of settings available, but once you’ve looked around, it’s so gratifying to make a change and see that after saving and almost instantly the interface update on the NSPanel.
Recently, almost everything, thanks to Edwardtfn who continues to develop this interface for the greater user pleasure.
Soon the NSPanel will:
And one with a little imagination…
Thanks to Home Assistant and the NSPanel you could easily control the light, the heating, the shutters, the media in each room, more particularly in each bedroom, with a single NSPanel, **it’s a dream but so simple to do. **
This is a presentation that is worth a detour and thus allows you to easily control all the home automation components in your home via a touch interface, like KNX but 6 times less expensive. Thanks to Home Assistant and Esphome for being able to make this kind of dream come true and go and equip yourself with NSPanel.