Innr Bridge test: a good ZigBee bridge

Our opinion on the Innr Bridge BG 220

Inn Bridge

Innr Bridge, Connected Hub, WiFi, Zigbee 3.0, connected LED system BG 220

Price on: July 5, 2022 18 h 06 min

Innr is best known for its connected bulbs, whether they are under the ZigBee protocol and more recently Wi-Fi, as well as for its very efficient Innr SP220 connected socket. Until now confined to the rank of "Friends of Hue", the brand's devices were mainly appreciated by owners of a Philips Hue bridge or home automation box. But that was before. Before the company offers its own Inn Bridge, a ZigBee 3.0 bridge open and offered for only 40 €. Less expensive than many of its competitors, does it make any concessions?

Innr Bridge BG220: the crazy ZigBee!

Unboxing

The characteristic red of the brand's ZigBee products is always in order for this small box of 9 cm x 9 cm x 7 cm . A visual of the Innr Bridge is affixed on the front, while on the back a photo of the application and the main features are mentioned: alarm clock, dawn simulator, falling asleep, and programming.

On the side, the technical characteristics are listed with the words " Works with Alexa " and " Works with Hey Google". A very good thing!

Inside, the deck is bagged and well wedged in a small cardboard box serving as a tray. Below we find the accessories in a small box. An installation guide is attached.

A ZigBee 3.0 bridge

It is a small white plastic square of 6.36 cm side x 2.365 cm high. On the upper side, the Inn Bridge features the brand's logo inlaid in the center and three LED indicators for its operation.

They indicate from left to right:

  • Food On / OFF
  • Network connection WAN Internet
  • Local network connection LAN

On the front edge, the reset button. Pressing for 10 seconds resets the device to zero. You also find the USB-C socket For alimentation.

The small thickness of the Innr Bridge means that this small bridge can easily be found anywhere in a house. We can distinguish the four small pins which raises it by a millimeter.

On the back, the reference of the model taken up by the QR Code which can be used for pairing, the ZigBee acronym, and the CE standard are affixed.

Power is supplied by a USB cable - USB-C with a length of 1 meter and a 5W - 5V / 1A power adapter type C.

Information

  • Brand : Innr
  • Reference : Innr Bridge BG220
  • Size 6.36 cm 6.36 cm x 2.365 cm
  • Number of devices supported : 30
  • Food : 5V, 1A, 5W
  • Consumption : 1.5W
  • Protocol : ZigBee 3.0 (compatible with the future Matter standard)

Innr Bridge BG220: installation and use

Innr to its own app that already supports Wi-Fi bulbs. Innr Bridge BG220 will naturally take place on the latter and may, like Smart Life for example, to manage and coordinate the devices using the two protocols.

To get started with the application, we refer you to the test of Wi-Fi Innr E27 White and Color bulbs.

Connect the bridge to the power supply. The “Power” LED will light up steadily while the LAN LED will flash. Attention, the LEDs light up very weakly, it's barely noticeable ...

From the home page, click on the " +", Then select" Add device". Registration can be done by scanning the QR Code which is under the bridge. The procedure is very simple, grant access to your camera and place the reading area on the QR Code. The bridge is instantly discovered and the app searches for your Wi-Fi network. Enter your password and, within seconds, the Innr Bridge is paired and present in your application. It is possible, but not essential to rename it.

Here is the installation is finished, the 3 LEDs are on.

Selecting the bridge opens the parameters of the device. It is possible to change the assigned room as well as to view the devices attached to it.

The Innr Bridge and the app can support ZigBee devices from other brands such as Philips Hue bulbs, IKEA, Ledvance or Osram Smart+, Livarno Lux by Lidl, or Gledopto… As you can see, a Philips Hue bulb goes up without difficulty in the application Alexa for a completely classic management.

And since we are talking about Philips Hue, note that the Innr Bridge is smaller. Certainly there is no Ethernet connection planned.

In conclusion, the gateway Innr Bridge BG220 fills a gap in the brand's range. Already offering a beautiful range of connected ZigBee bulbs very popular with home automation users, Innr now offers a complete solution, of excellent quality and easy to implement. We regret the absence of an Ethernet socket as on the first version SP110, but this hub is an interesting alternative to the expensive Philips Hue system because of its ZigBee 3.0 protocol which already allows him to be open to other brands as of its reasonable price of 39.99 € on Amazon. Fr. In short, it is therefore a very good quality / price ratio.
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