External access to iHost

My thoughts!
Why wouldn’t external access to iHost via Web Cast be enabled in the future?
I think that this kind of solution would overcome the problem of external access to iHost!

You mean remote access via cloud?

I think that would not be the most convenient way to implement remote access through the cloud.

Honestly, the original plan for iHost is to provide users a out-of-box localized smart home hub, and we do know the missing part of it is the cloud, maybe we will consider to make a plan for the cloud or remote access, but for now, don’t have a solid one for it.

Another way to bring the remote access capability to iHost is find a way to make it support NAT, which we are doing some research now.

To help us know more about this feature, would you please let me know why you request it?

Physically separating smart home devices into two “networks” (internal and external) is the smallest problem, however, the user sometimes finds himself in a situation where he needs a smart device located on the “internal network” to be externally controlled (from a remote point).

Based on the above, I believe that external access should be enabled or at least offered as an option that would be charged additionally.

I hope that your teams of experts will look into this problem and offer users a satisfactory solution.

“plans for the cloud” sounds good, “nat support” sounds even better. To be homest I’m not using iHost (put it in the box) because of lack of remote access. Visibility of sensors is a must for me unfortunately I don’t have public IP and VPN is not a solution in my case.
I’m not an expert but I was thinking if some add on could solve this problem, like cloudflare and freenom in HA. Problem is that docker version of HA doesn’t have add ons.
I think that you don"t have many questions about remote access now because iHost owners are still focus on proper operation of iHost (known issues) but I’m sure it will be main subject within next months.

The reason I need Remote access to iHost is, I am using the iHost as Zigbee Co-ordinator. And I cannot control any of the Zigbee devices through eWeLink.

Indeed, now we are working on the stability of the iHost, and try to provide more features by add-ons, as for remote access, our goal is offer a friendly way for users, maybe NAT service add-on, no complex settings or configurations, just some essential login or something, still digging.

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Make sence, let’s find out what we can do.

Router NAT and services like dyndns or noip for those who have a dynamic public IP is the way.

That would be good solution with public IP or dynamic public IP, but me and 99% of people I know have only private IP. In this case only some NAT service add on can help as was suggested in the previous post from yittie.

Has there been any progress with external access to the iHost?
I have just unboxed mine with a view to moving over from a eWeLink/Sonoff Bridge-P setup that’s integrated with Google Home.
The lack of external access and the potential for it not to integrate with Google Home would make me want to box it back up and return it.
External access to a smart home system should be a basic and given feature. I don’t understand how this would not be planned for or implemented from day one. (not meaning to sound impolite or rude!!)

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Morgan, that is awesome, thank you!

Soo helpful and exactly what I need, a step by step guide. I’m feeling a little more positive about my purchase now!

I love how the iHost screenshot almost match my setup. I have Test Room and Office!

Hopefully I get to do this weekend. Then it will be looking into Google Home integration.

Thank you again!

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