Integrating Netgear WAX/WAC access points with Home Asssistant

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The Home Assistant ecosystem is continuously evolving, and talented developers regularly introduce custom components to enhance its functionality. One such recent addition is the integration of Netgear's WAX/WAC series access points with Home Assistant. This guide provides a comprehensive overview of this integration, highlighting its features, installation process, and benefits.


Netgear and Home Assistant: A Seamless Integration

Home Assistant users with Netgear access points can now rejoice, as a new custom component has emerged, enabling integration with Netgear's WA series access points. Remarkably, this integration functions independently of any cloud services, offering a secure and self-contained solution. The Netgear Home Assistant integration is particularly compatible with models WAX-610, WAX-620, and WAC-510. However, it's likely that other models in the WA series are also compatible. User feedback, especially from those testing the component with other models, would be invaluable. If you are able to contribute in any form, opening a new issue on GitHub is the way to go.

Step-By-Step Installation Guide of the Netgear WAX/WAC Custom Component for Home Assistant

The easiest way of adding this custom component to your Home Assistant is by using the Home Assistant Community Store (HACS). Using the Home Assistant Community Store (HACS) offers significant advantages over manual installation for Home Assistant users. It greatly simplifies the process of adding, updating, and managing custom components and integrations, thanks to its user-friendly interface and automated procedures.

HACS not only enhances the ease of customization but also ensures a safer and more reliable experience by handling compatibility and dependencies more effectively. In essence, HACS streamlines the Home Assistant experience, making it accessible to a wider range of users and enabling them to keep their smart home system up-to-date and tailored to their needs with minimal effort.

Using the Home Assistant Community Store (HACS)

  1. Access the Store: First, ensure you have HACS set up in your Home Assistant environment.
  2. Add Repository: Navigate to HACS and add the Home Assistant Netgear Integration repository.
  3. Install the Component: From here, install the custom component with a simple click.

Configuring the Netgear Integration

After installation, enable the integration through the integrations option in the Home Assistant web dashboard. You will need the following details from your access point for setup:

Repeat these steps for each Netgear WAX and WAC access point in your network to complete the integration.

A screenshot of the Home Assistant Community Store (HACS) showing the details page for the Netgear WAX integration. There is a short description of the integration provided, which is detailed in this article.
A screenshot of the Home Assistant Dashboard showing a search for the Netgear WAX integration. The window is titled 'Set up a new integration' and a search field is provided, in which the text 'Netgear WAX' is typed.
A screenshot of the Home Assistant Dashboard showing the setup of the Netgear WAX integration. The user is prompted to enter a username, password, address, and port.

Benefits of the Netgear WAX/WAC Integration with Home Assistant

Once integrated, this component provides a range of features:

A screenshot of the Home Assistant Dashboard showing the Netgear integration. The following entities are seen: Connected clients, IP, MAC, four Wi-Fi networks, available updates, LAN transfers, WLAN transfers, and WLAN utilization.
A Netgear WAX/WAC access point integrated with Home Assistant (source: Reddit)


Integrating Netgear WAX/WAC access points with Home Assistant is a straightforward process that offers enhanced control and monitoring of your home network. This integration not only adds to the versatility of the Home Assistant platform but also maximizes the potential of your Netgear devices. Whether you're managing a robust home network or simply seeking more insight into your Wi-Fi's performance, this integration is an invaluable addition to your smart home setup. Here are a few examples of what can be achieved with this integration:

Understanding the Netgear WAX/WAC Models

Netgear's WAX/WAC series offer robust and reliable connectivity solutions for both home and business environments. These devices, which include models like the WAX620, WAX610, and WAC510, are designed to cater to a diverse range of networking needs. They boast advanced features such as Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, dual-band operation, and MU-MIMO technology, ensuring high-speed, efficient, and stable wireless connections.

The WAX620 and WAX610 models, with their support for multiple SSIDs and high client capacity, are particularly adept at handling heavy traffic and diverse device ecosystems, making them ideal for tech-savvy households and small to medium-sized businesses. The WAC510, while offering slightly scaled-down features, still delivers dependable performance with Wi-Fi 5 capabilities.

WAX620 — Insight Managed WiFi 6 AX3600 Dual Band Multi-Gig Access Point

WAX610 — Insight Managed WiFi 6 AX1800 Dual Band Access Point

WAC510 — Insight Managed Smart Cloud Wireless Access Point

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About Liam Alexander Colman

is an experienced Home Assistant user who has been utilizing the platform for a variety of projects over an extended period. His journey began with a Raspberry Pi, which quickly grew to three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-fledged server. Liam's current operating system of choice is Unraid, with Home Assistant comfortably running in a Docker container.
With a deep understanding of the intricacies of Home Assistant, Liam has an impressive setup, consisting of various Zigbee devices, and seamless integrations with existing products such as his Android TV box. For those interested in learning more about Liam's experience with Home Assistant, he shares his insights on how he first started using the platform and his subsequent journey.

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