Sonoff NSPANEL – I Like It

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The new Sonoff NSPanel has been sitting on my desk for some time now, awaiting the go-ahead to put it on the blog. It has now been released on Kickstarter so you may wish to take a look! And here’s a photo.

The NSPANEL looks great and out of the box it controls 2 relays while displaying time and temperature etc. but there is far more to it than that of course. NSPANEL works with the company’s eWeLink app for Android and IOS.

NSPanel powers up in Bluetooth pairing mode the first time. Once set up in the App you can add the temperature controller and a range of widgets to control other devices including smart-lighting control. At the price of this – many companies charge the same or more just for a thermostat.

The device plugs into the mains, no need for a separate power supply and is very thin (other than the round bulge at the back which should fit into a stanard mains wall fitting depending on your location) so well suited to wall or desk mounting.

The touch-display auto-dims and mine has been sitting on my desk for some weeks now. The unit measures 5 x 5 x 2.7 cm. Oh, worth a mention, the 2 relays internally are only rated at a couple of mps each so don’t plan to control anything major with them other than lighting.

The display is 3.5″ and very clear. Also like other Sonoff (and lots fo other IOT) the NSPANEL works with 2.4ghz WiFi. I’ll leave you to check pricing on Kickstarter – early bird pricing is pretty good but of course it depends where you are. You can also control up to 8 devices you set up in the eWeLink App.

NSPANEL

Ok, here’s the really good thing – there’s an ESP32 device in there so it won’t be long before this can be hacked for those inclined to doing their own thing with the likes of Tasmota. I won’t rip it apart as this has been done elsewhere and I want mine in one piece, thank you.

Of course, as well as App and local control there is always Alexa or Google voice control. Below is one of Sonoff’s stock pics (a clip from one of their videos) controlling smart lighting using the NSPANEL. I can see this ending up next to my bed. In fact at the Kickstarter prices I might have several (we’re looking at early-bird sub-€40 prices).

My NSPanel came with firmware version 1.0.1 but as I’m writing this my phone has updating the panel wirelessly to version 1.0.2 via the eWeLink APP (v4.16.1) – I’m watching the NSPanel screen – this looks familiar.. Ok – done.

AND … I have my MiniR2 and MINIUSB running on NSPANEL – Wheeee. I noted the rubbish default name for my MiniR2 in eWeLink and changed it to “Minir2” and the NSPanel immediately reflected the change. I like it. I suppose “bathroom light” or similar would be more appropriate but I’m a techy.

Lots of suggestions have been made to Sonoff as they’ve been preparing to bring this to market so I would not be surprised to see the feature range be expanded in the coming weeks and months – Sonoff have a whole range of control devices (I’ve reviewed most of them at one time or another) – usually at low cost and I see this device as some kind of central control hub – rather handy if you want your stuff controlled without having to constantly refer back to their eWelink app. As I write this I’m adding more of my Sonoff devices to the NSPanel. It would be nice if they’d support other people’s kit – but hey…

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19 thoughts on “Sonoff NSPANEL – I Like It

  1. I was just about to email you about this. You’re way ahead.
    Looks nice. It’s the first device I’d consider installing in my house. Easy and clean installation in wall switch boxes, physical buttons so you can always switch the lights, ESP32 for hacking (ESPHome).

  2. To be honest I would more consider this unit without the relays. Not even sure I would need the buttons with a decent touch screen. It would reduce the price and probably depth and make a terrific go anywhere, looks great control module for a smart home. Endless possibilities. If you need relays team it up with simple but more power capable ones through whichever smart home platform you use.

    1. But it’s cheap anyway. If I were to be critical I’d prefer if I could easily interface it my existing stuff without using eWelink… IE direct MQTT. I have a shedload of smartlamps none of which are Sonoff.

      1. Not sure our versions of ‘cheap’ are the same, Peter. $75? when I don’t think I have a single element of my smart home more then $25 except the pi 4 I just upgraded to and that only cost me $58.

        1. When I looked yesterday the early bird Kickstarter price was MUCH lower than $75… 😃 I can buy an ESP32 and backboard and ILI9341 and case… By the time I’m finished I’ve spent almost the early bird Kickstarter price…

          1. And the Insteon switches I used in ‘10 when I built my house are $70+ with no display and no programmability.

  3. I’m in for one. But disappointed Pete that you waited so long, we missed the cheapest lot… 😉

    We’re building a new house and I’m looking at all the various alternatives for doing simple cheap automation – nothing fancy but a bit more than a wifi dimmer. This looks promising.

    Worst case scenario, it joins a lot of other switches etc. which we’ve bought to try – and discounted….

    Think I need a jumble sale to get rid of all these bits and pieces that didn’t make the grade….

    Thanks for the post btw

    Simon

    1. Hi Simon – well, they asked me to hold back as I think initially there were issues – I got a call just before I blogged the unit to say all was well. Yup, shame if we missed the really cheap options. I have jumble sales all the time – I suppose I should do them in here but I don’t want to end up sounding like a vendor 🙂

  4. Due to the few functions currently implemented it seems to me a somewhat useless and expensive object.

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