In May 2022, the French company Delta Dore launched two new boxes on the connected home market: the Tydom Home which comes in the form of a small box and the Tydom Pro which is an ultra-compact version that connects to your electrical panel, alongside your circuit breakers and other elements.
In this article, I invite you to discover the Tydom Home model, starting with a general presentation of the product, before moving on to the start-up and integration of our first connected objects. The opportunity to also discover the new Easy range recently launched by Delta Dore! You can discover this new range by reading these two articles:
II. Tydom Home: a modern, multi-brand box
Delta Dore wants to make its new box Tydom Home (or the Tydom Pro) a central element of your connected home. How ? First of all, by ensuring compatibility with the various Delta Dore products, including the old X2D and X3D products (radio technology from Delta Dore), but also by supporting devices from other brands (via the ZigBee protocol 3.0, for example).
In total, all brands combined, there are more than 400 products compatible with Tydom Home which become controllable with the official Delta Dore application. The Tydom Home box is a central element of the installation, as it acts as a home automation gateway between your devices and your smartphone. It is thanks to her that the elements can communicate together. In addition to supporting these protocols, the new Tydom boxes are compatible with voice assistants: Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Made in Brittany in the Delta Dore workshops, the Tydom Home box is used without a subscription, with local data storage. This means there are no hidden costs, nor dependency with an external cloud service.
The Tydom Home box is sold at the price of 164 euros HT (i.e. 196.80 euros including tax) while the Tydom Pro model (electrical panel version) is sold at the price of 174 euros HT (i.e. 208.8 euros including tax). This box is guaranteed for 5 years. Once the box is in your hands, you should buy connected objects that meet your needs in order to transform your home into a connected home!
A. Discovery of the box
To get to know the Tydom Home box better, we are going to open the pretty Delta Dore box! Moreover on this box stamped “Connected home box“, Delta Dore highlights 5 use cases:
- Protection of family and property
- Thermal comfort management
- Automation of openings and blackouts
- Lighting control
- Display of consumption
Inside the box, we have the right to the Tydom box, its power supply with a long cable, an Ethernet cable, as well as a start-up manual (multi-languages, including French).
The Tydom Home box comes in the form of a compact, plastic and entirely white box. The box is 2.6 mm thick and square (10 cm side). The manufacturing quality is very good and the design sleek, which makes it a modern and versatile box. On the top, the Delta Dore logo lights up depending on the state of the box.
In terms of connectivity, the power port is accompanied by un port USB and D’un port Ethernet RJ45. As for wireless, this box supports X3D and ZigBee. Althoughit is not directly equipped with WiFi (constraining for certain installations), the fact that it is connected to the computer network via a cable allows it to communicate with other connected devices to this same network.
III. Getting started with the Tydom Home box
Starting up the Tydom Home box begins with the connections. It’s simple: connect the box to its router (Internet box) then to the mains. The rest takes place on the smartphone from the official Tydom application. The steps associated with starting are detailed in the manual.
The addition in the application begins with the creation of an account for new users. To create the account, you will need to enter an e-mail address, validate it, then choose a password. You will also need to fill in your first and last name, which is a bit of a shame in itself, except that it will be more practical when calling after-sales service.
The association of the box is carried out by entering the last 6 characters of the MAC address: this information is visible on the underside of the box, and the characters are framed to facilitate recognition. Getting started does not involve connecting the box to the Internet: it just needs to be connected to the same network as the smartphone (who must have Internet access to create the account). Within the application and from the same account, you can manage up to 10 different accommodations.
Following the association of the Tydom Home box with my account, the application tells me that an update is available! I like that because it’s a sign that there’s product tracking, but also that the app helps manage updates.
For each house added to the application, a menu includes all of the following sections:
- Informations : home name, Tydom box number
- Notifications : alerts received by certain equipment (intrusion, detection by a camera, etc.)
- Voice control : documentation on voice control
- Services : additional services activated by certain devices
- My equipment : the connected objects associated with this Tydom box, whether Delta Dore devices or not
- About : box model, firmware version, MAC address, time, network status, etc.
- Photos : take photos of your home and add icons to these photos corresponding to the connected objects of your installation in order to manage your equipment by pressing the photos directly (see my articles on the connected bulb and socket where there are examples )
- Groups : create groups of equipment to facilitate day-to-day management (action on several equipment)
- Members : create an access for another user or for an installer
The light on the top gives indications on the status of the Tydom box. When it is solid white, the box is accessible locally and remotely. If it starts flashing, a user is currently connected to the box. Conversely, in solid red, there is a network problem (no IP address), which is the case in my example where I disconnected the network cable.
The Tydom Home box is in place! The next step is to add your first connected objects to your installation so that it is controlled by the box!
IV. Add equipment to its installation
To add new equipment to its installation, everything happens from the Tydom application. After choosing your home, you can launch the wizard to add new equipment. The first step is to choose the type of equipment and you must indicate whether it is a Delta Dore device or another brand.
Here is an example with the Delta Dore Easy bulb.
In the application, there is a section reserved for the configuration of the devices, in particular to manage favorites, rename the devices, etc… And a section dedicated to the use of the devices (turn on/off a light bulb, etc. ). It’s a habit to get into, because Delta Dore has chosen to separate configuration from day-to-day use.
The new home automation box from Delta Dore, namely the Tydom Home that I had the opportunity to test, is full of promise. Having the box locally on its installation makes it possible not to depend on the Internet connection or any external Cloud service. Here we have an independent solution. The fact that this box is open in the sense that it can control devices from other brands is clearly an advantage, because it is frustrating to have to multiply the number of boxes according to each ecosystem. For an even more discreet installation, the Tydom Pro version will be preferred, as it is housed directly in the electrical panel.
My only regret is not having found a list of devices compatible with the new Tydom boxes on the Delta Dore website. Without having an exhaustive list, because in the end it’s a story of protocols (if the devices speak the same language, it must be fine), at least have a list of devices already tested. Subsequently, I will update this article when I have the opportunity to test the integration of devices from various brands.
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