You can now buy devices running ESPHome out of the box

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The smart home sector is undergoing significant changes, with ESPHome no longer just a DIY-centric project, but a system that can be pre-installed by electronics vendors. Recent scans of marketplaces like AliExpress and Amazon have identified several vendors who now offer the Made for ESPHome badge on their products. This article examines the emergence of ESPHome-equipped devices and their potential impact on the future of smart home technology.


The Significance of the Made for ESPHome Badge

The Made for ESPHome badge serves as an assurance that you truly own the product you've purchased. No company can revoke your access or render your device obsolete with a simple flick of a switch. Furthermore, your product won't be dependent on any cloud services that could be discontinued if they fail to gain traction.

Additionally, you'll have complete control over your device's configuration. If you're dissatisfied with its performance, you can modify it to your liking. You can also add your own automations directly into the firmware, ensuring your device remains functional for as long as it lasts.

Another key benefit of pre-flashed devices is their professional construction. While creating a high-quality lightbulb from scratch may be a tall order for the average person, it's a walk in the park for established vendors. Although there are numerous bulbs, plugs, switches, and more that can be flashed with a few simple tools, the Made for ESPHome badge eliminates any potential complications. You won't have to worry about purchasing hardware only to discover that it can no longer be flashed.

A light switch made by ATHOM and running ESPHome.
A LED strip controller made by ATHOM and running ESPHome.
A smart plug made by ATHOM and running ESPHome.
A light bulb made by ATHOM and running ESPHome.

ATHOM: Leading with Pre-Installed ESPHome Devices

ATHOM Technology Co., Ltd., with its team of seasoned engineers, is a prominent player in the open-source hardware market. ATHOM's product line includes devices that come with pre-installed Tasmota and ESPHome, offering reliability and user-friendliness at competitive prices.

Opting for ATHOM products means choosing a supplier committed to quality and customer satisfaction, which are crucial for adopting smart home technologies comfortably. Their range of devices caters to both experienced users and those new to home automation, emphasizing simplicity and operational longevity.

A portrait photo oif Liam Alexander Colman, the author, creator, and owner of Home Assistant Guide wearing a suit.

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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