Ethernet Port. First Post on the board!

I think that adding an ethernet port would be a good option. I like the reliability of a wired connection. 

  • Unfortunately that is easier said than done. If Konnected ends up moving towards an ESP32 based system it may be easier but there is still multiple hurdles that would need to be overcome.

  • Agreed. It could be possible to integrate an external ethernet via master/slave SPI with the 8266 but that would be kinda hacky.

    I just don't 100% trust my wifi + I wanted to have the first post on the new forum!

  • It would be great to see this option. I previously was running a setup using an Envisalink and really like the fact it was hardwired given where the alarm panel is in my house. 

  • I agree 100%. I'm about to build a new home in the coming year and I want a wired alarm system to avoid jammers. It seems silly to have wired sensors only to have the board easy to target with a wifi jammer.

  • @ThomasCPH

    I'm right there with ya.

    My house was prewired with Cat5e instead of the standard telephone cable and every room terminates into an in-wall enclosure in my master bedroom closet. This also happens to be right next to my alarm system panel where all of my wired sensors terminate. So I basically have the entire house wired for LAN and security. I have my router/modem/headless system in the closet also. I am running Konnected about 4 feet from my main router on a dedicated wifi connection. All the wifi in my house goes through an access point on the main floor and back to the main router.

    If I had ethernet on the Konnected board, I could eliminate that dedicated wifi connection and the problems that go along with it.


    I haven't had any issues yet with the Konnected board and the wifi but it would be more secure if it was wired.

    Attached are pictures of my poor man's server. The headless is a Linux machine that I only use for the heavy work of encoding my movies, hosting Plex Media Server, and running my Google Assistant API. 


    During move-in and after move-in. I'll post pictures of my Konnected setup on the other discussion once I have my garage "zone" wired up. (sorry the pictures are sideways. I couldn't figure out how to rotate them)


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  • @ApexDestroyer13


    Quite the the setup you have there. We can only assume that a v.2 of Konnected will have ethernet on perhaps a ESP32 board. However, I think they have their hands full fulfilling the current orders so a v.2 is most likely not around the corner. 


    Perhaps someone could tweak https://github.com/konnected-io/konnected-security to run on the ESP32. Way out of my league and I would prefer to support Nate. But at the end of the day I need ethernet to run this in my home.

  • I'll join my voice to those requesting a wired option.  My Alarm panel is in the basement, which isn't the best place to receive wifi signal, but it is also right next to my ethernet switch board (the wifi router is upstairs).  I'd much prefer a wired connection.  

    Thanks!

  •  I'll also voice my desire for a wired Ethernet option.  I ran a Cat6 cable to my alarm panel when I built my house specifically for this eventuality.  WiFi for a wired alarm system just doesn't make sense.

    Once this option is available, I'll buy.

  •  After researching around a bit, I understand the problem with an Ethernet-based solution.  For those not familiar with how this integration was done, it's based on the ESP8266 System-on-chip, which is Wifi based.  You can read about the chip here:


    https://www.espressif.com/en/products/hardware/esp8266ex/overview


    So, to make it a wired solution, another board would have to be used, and the code would have to be written specifically for that board.  Something similar to an Arduino Ethernet could work.


    I'm not a coder, I can brute-force my way through some Visual Basic stuff but that's about it.  But, I do understand that portability of code between different hardware does not usually directly translate.  So, to build the Konnected system for a totally different board would take some work, hence why there is not currently an Ethernet-based solution.


    All that said, I would think that with the Konnected code being open source and with the popularity of Arduino, it's probably only a matter of time before someone, somewhere attempts to make it happen.


    The good news is, though, that the ESP8266 SOC appears to be very robust, so even though the link is wireless that doesn't make it 'bad'.

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