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Local, LAN control

Last week I lost control over my house, for 12 hours, because something went wrong with iTead systems.

Sonoff devices device works flawlessly per se, and I'm very happy to have 13 of them around my house.


I'm beginning to think there's a glitch in their marketing model. I haven't thought for a moment that they want to spy on us, like some else implied in this forum, but every serious usage require redundancy and backup.

We cannot rely on the whole "cloud" model to be always working: too many things can go wrong on the user side, on itead side and, eventually, on the side of the many third party service providers involved (ISPs and Cloud providers above all).

Every digital and/or networking system might stop working every now and then. While we can surely afford not to remotely switch on a light, what about water heating, house heating, door opening, surveillance systems?

I did my best to build redundancy in my installations, but there are two factors that are not easily overcame.

First, some sonoff device might be (and in my case are) difficult to be physically reached: inside walls or up near the ceiling, the onboard switch is almost useless in these cases.

Second, Dual sonoff aren't capable of manually switching the connected devices on/off: if the system isn't working (i.e. they are offline), the only possible solution is to uninstall them, which is not acceptable at all.

iTead (and coolkit) seem to be trying to sell their solution to third parties (other manufacturers who are supposed to relay onto their whole solution, cloud included) which is cool. If I had to, I would guess that's why they are so "cloud-centered": to offer a easy and rapid solution, all included. It's cool. 

But other than toyish usages, without redundancy their solution is unimplementable: I hope they realize this soon (if they haven't already).

The solution that comes to mind is very simple, and a few have already suggested it here: a dual control system. The cloud is great for remote control, but when the app is on the same local network the sonoff devices are, everything should switch to local. Simply put: automatic switching to LAN control.

If I'm home, I should be able to control my devices even if my Internet connection is down.

If they could do this with an open protocol, that would be top. But after all, not everyone of us wants to build his/her own system: I'm cool with their app, they can keep their protocol reserved as much as they want. To me, the only thing that matters is that I don't ever lose control over my house again.

Other than the above, thank you iTead, I'm very happy with your products!

What do you think?

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I have an Android, and there is no such option, so it hasn't been released yet.

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This is indeed an issue especially with losing internet that is why i prefer wiring all devices to a manual switch
ITead need to update their Sonoff firmware to enable local "MQTT" configurable via eWeLink. So it could read/write states to a local in house easy to setup MQTT broker server like Mosquito. This would enable better integration with home automation systems like OpenHab. Best of both worlds. The community has done the hard work in coding Tasmota firmware for Sonoff, so just integrate that. MQTT opens up a lot of options!

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+1 for MQTT and local management support


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 another +1 for an MQTT mode

+1 for MQTT and local control

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+1 for MQTT and local control

Same problem agein. Server for Germany is down, no uniot controlling possible.


Like it wortks now SONOFF is only expensive sh*t.


Anche in Italia ci sono problemi

È tutto offline o molto molto instabile  Itead solve the problem and activate local LAN control, you are creating big problems of control in the houses. It is shameful.

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I send this Ticket now: “It's all offline or very very unstable, already for several days. Too many of your announcements on Local LAN control, while we suffer continuous disruptions via the cloud. Itead solve the problem and activate local LAN control, you are creating big problems of control in the houses. It is shameful. I, instead of buying more sensors, I will throw away everything.“ No more.
I just registered just to say ... +1 for local LAN control ! MQTT would be awesome.

And yes, it's all offline here in Germany since a few hours. It sucks !

Portugal off.... +1 for local LAN control ! MQTT would be awesome

I suspect the main stumbling block is the chip in these devices being able to handle simultaneously security of the local connection and security of connection to their servers. Not only would the MQTT messages need to be encrypted but you would need to check they came from the correct broker.

Problemi ancora irrisolti. Qualcuno ha notizie su tempi di riattivazione del server ?

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