Teekar ZigBee Hub test: a generic Tuya gateway at a low price

Our opinion on the generic gateway Tuya ZigBee Hub JMWZG1

Teekar ZigBee Hub Tuya

Earthsmart - Tuya Zigbee 3.0 wireless hub, Gaterway Smart Life Bridge, remote control, door sensor, motion sensor, temperature

Price as of: November 28, 2021 18 h 45 min

There are many kinds of ZigBee hubs: those of Amazon Echo, those "owners" like the Philips Hue bridge and finally some more open on which it is possible to install many brands. This is the case with ZigBee bridges in a Tuya environment such as the  Earthsmart Hub, or like this new generic model Teekar ZigBee Hub. Sold around € 30 on Amazon, it will allow us to associate a wide range of compatible connected objects Alexa and Google Assistant.

Teekar Hub: a generic ZigBee gateway for Tuya / Smart Life

Unboxing

It is in a small white cardboard box and goes everywhere that the Teekar ZigBee Hub is delivered. You just find a drawing on the cover. Below are some technical characteristics hidden by a large label. On the side, a simple check mark indicates that it is a ZigBee type gateway. Indeed, a Bluetooth model is also available.

The packaging is not attractive, so let's see what it contains. It rests on a cardboard tray with a small instruction manual, very rudimentary, in English and Chinese. Below is a power cord without adapter is attached. The cable length is quite small with only 50 cm.

The ZigBee gateway

The Teekar ZigBee Hub measures 6 cm x 6 cm x 1.5 cm for a featherweight of 33 grams and is all white ABS plastic. On the top, two LEDs show how it works.

They indicate:

  • On the left, a red LED indicates the status of the Wi-Fi.
  • On the right, a blue LED for ZigBee status. Once paired, the LED goes out in normal operation.

At the back, there is the "reset" button and the micro USB socket.

Below, four silicone pads ensure the stability of the gangway, which has a perforated grid serving to dissipate heat ...

In profile, we can appreciate the slightly convex shape of the face.

Technical sheet :

  • Brand : Teekar
  • Model : Tuya ZigBee Hub JMWZG1
  • Size 6 cm 6 cm x 1.5 cm
  • Weight : 33 grams
  • Materials : ABS
  • Operating temperature : -10 ° C - 55 ° C
  • Operating humidity : 10% - 90% non-condensing
  • Protocol : ZigBee 3.0
  • Wi-Fi standard : 2.4 GHz
  • Power Supply Output : 5V 1A

 

Teekar ZigBee Hub JMWZG1: installation and use

As we said, the Teekar ZigBee Hub JMWZG1 supports ZigBee devices compatible with the Tuya environment / Smart Life. Indeed, the most widespread IoT (Internet of Things) platform does not exclusively manage Wi-Fi devices, but also several other protocols. More and more devices being offered in ZigBee and the upcoming compatibility of Tuya with Matter makes this type of material particularly interesting.

To get started, plug in the ZigBee Tuya hub. Both LEDs flash indicating that pairing mode is ready.

If you do not yet have the application, you can go to the Play Store orApple Store and download the application there. For the handling we send you to our tutorial for using Smart Life.

Once on the home page of the application:

  1. Click on the "+" At the top right,
  2. In the section " gateway control“, Select the first gateway (ZigBee).
  3. Activate the GPS then when your 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network is discovered, enter your mot de passe.
  4. Confirm that LEDs flash good,
  5. Wait 10 seconds and the recognition is done!

Your Gateway Teekar ZigBee Hub is recognized. Not having a utility for voice use, there is no need to rename it unless you feel the need to. For the moment no sub-device is attached to it, but we will be sure to fill it out. Once the installation is complete, the Generic Tuya ZigBee hub takes place on the home page of the application.

Click on the gateway, to check if an update is not to be carried out. Note that you can enable automatic updates for the future.

What objects to use with a generic ZigBee hub?

The Teekar ZigBee Hub, like any generic Tuya gateway, will allow us to combine a plethora of connected objects, whether they are bulbs, switches, movement or opening sensors, thermometers, hygrometers, etc.

The JMWZG1 generic ZigBee hub can manage up to 55 devices.

Some examples :

In conclusion, the installation of this Teekar ZigBee Hub could not be simpler. As it is a generic Tuya gateway JMWZG1, you will then be able to integrate into Smart Life a large number of ZigBee devices. For only € 15, this small compact hub opens up new horizons for the increasing number of devices using the ZigBee while being in a Tuya environment. Note that you will also find it under other brands ...
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