I am a massive user of smart home products and I link most of my home up in some shape or form with smart home accessories. I am also a user of Apple’s HomeKit to control my smart home accessories, but the challenge I face is that some devices do not support HomeKit. However, searching the internet I found a solution in HomeBridge and I will show you to install it on a QNAP NAS.
Whilst you can install HomeBridge on a Mac, PC or a Raspberry PI device, I run a QNAP NAS at home to manage my home entertainment and CCTV cameras and wanted to install HomeBridge on my QNAP. So after some searching the internet, I figured how to install HomeBridge on a QNAP NAS and I wanted to share this knowledge with those of you that want to do the same.
What is HomeBridge
Homebridge is a lightweight NodeJS server you can run on your home network that emulates the iOS HomeKit API. It supports Plugins, which are community-contributed modules that provide a basic bridge from HomeKit to various 3rd-party APIs provided by manufacturers of “smart home” devices. So if you wanted to use non HomeKit devices like me then HomeBridge could a solution for you.
What do you need to run HomeBridge on a QNAP NAS
- A compatible QNAP NAS (intel chip only)
- Container station installed
- Connected to a network with internet access
- iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 10 or later
Quick disclaimer – I am not held responsible for anything that goes wrong. I have got this working and use it with Hive Home, Neato and other products in my home with no issues.
How to install HomeBridge on a QNAP NAS – Step by step instructions
Install container station
Open container station
Find HomeBridge container
Install into container station
Name and resources
Advance settings setup
Create a container folder in “file station”
Go back to contain station
Now create HomeBridge
Download require files
Upload to File station
Restart the HomeBridge instance
Create a “Home” in HomeKit
Name whatever you like and then save.
Add HomeBridge to HomeKit
That’s it, you have now setup HomeBridge on a QNAP NAS using a container station. You can now add smart home accessories onto HomeBridge. Don’t forget to subscribe to be first to for HomeKit how to guides. If you have a question or a comment, then leave it below. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
Credits to Marco for some images, originally posted on activejr.com