Once you experience the Fibaro System, you will never turn back.
Welcome to the World of Fibaro.
The Home Center 2 is the brains of the Fibaro System, or any Z-Wave based home automation system. The Home Center 2 was designed and developed to include many unique features never before seen in home automation controllers. Home Center 2 redefines Z-Wave based home automation and introduces real smart home intelligence.
The Home Center 2 by Fibaro isn't just an electronic device. It's also a well designed, innovative and user friendly interface, featuring functions never seen before.
Precision engineering meets intelligent design.
Fibaro have put huge emphasis on styling and build quality - Home Center 2 is enclosed in a precision engineered, solid aluminium case. Only the highest quality materials are used throughout. Fibaro Home Center 2 isn't just well made, true innovation also lives inside...
Intel Atom 1.6Ghz Processor
Thanks to its power and efficiency, Home Center 2 is much, much faster than other Z-Wave gateway controllers. The communication within your Z-Wave network will improve dramatically, resulting in immediate response to Z-Wave commands.
4GB MLC Recovery Disc
Significantly improved security thanks to Fibaro's proprietary approach to data protection. Each Home Center 2 has its own Recovery Disc, holding system backups, unique to each gateway. This completely prevents unauthorised access to the system.
1GB RAM & 2GB SLC Hard Drive
Large memory + fast processor = quick communication between the Fibaro System and Z-Wave devices. Hardware architecture used in the Home Center 2 makes any Z-Wave based home automation system work much faster then ever before.
Quick and easy installation.
Plug the power cord into the POWER connection and the network cable into a spare LAN socket on your router. Installation is done.
Within 2 minutes of powering on, Home Center 2 will be ready to operate. By default, your Home Center 2 waits to get an IP address from your router. If you are unsure of the IP address that has been automatically assigned - simply hold the RECOVERY button for a while when powering on - Home Center 2 will automatically use a static IP address of 192.168.81.1.
Now type the Home Center 2 IP address into your web browser's address bar and you will be introduced to the Home Center 2 user interface. Couldn't be easier.
New possibilities with Linked Devices.
Your Home Cener 2 gives you new possibilities thanks to Linked Devices. The Linked Devices function lets you combine multiple devices into one virtual device with combined functionality - for example, 3 heater thermostats plus temperature and humidity sensors.
The primary advantage of this feature is the convenience of being able to control multiple devices at the same time, at the press of one button.
Great convenience using Device Panels.
The Home Center 2 interface gives you easy control over groups of devices responsible for the same function - for example, heating, air conditioning or garden watering. Thanks to the Device Panels, you can easily schedule operations for groups of devices, based on the day of the week or time of day.
Set up your command post.
You are in total control.
Your new command post for your home will be the Fibaro app, with its layout and functionality dependent on your decisions. You can create and modify tables, icons, names in such a way that you will always have those you find most important always at hand - customised by you, for you.
User-friendliness and flexibility of the Fibaro app will make your intelligent Z-Wave system simple and straightforward. You will not need a university degree in engineering or computer science! The Fibaro app makes things easy, so you can get on with more important things.
So easy to automate your home.
For comfort, security, energy savings or convenience - Home Center 2 will enable you to easily create living spaces perfectly tailored to your needs and lifestyle.
Home Center 2 offers a new, clever approach to creating simple or elaborate automated scenes, grouped devices and conditional events for your Z-Wave enabled home. With it's user-friendly "drag and drop" interface and easy to understand conditional formatting - creating true home automation scenes and intelligence is simple.
Here's an example of how easy and powerful it is...
Scene 1: "Rain"
If raining: close roof windows - turn garden sprinklers OFF - set "it rained" variable to 1
Scene 2 "Turn garden sprinklers on at 6:00 am"
Each day at 6:00 am check if "it rained" (user defined variable): If not ("it rained" variable = 0) - turn the sprinklers ON.
Example Scene 3 "Reset variable"
If "it rained" and 12 hours passed from that time: set "it rained" variable value to 0
Your Home Center 2 gives you another unique functionality - Locating your family members. Now You can always know where your children are, without the need to call them every 5 minutes. Your Home Center 2 will get their location for you.
Geo localisation also allows your home to make decisions based on your location. Almost home... Your home will be ready for your arrival. Headed out... your home will automatically start saving energy when you are not home.
Control and monitor from anywhere.
With the Fibaro app for Android or Apple devices, you can easily take control of your home from the comfort of your bed, the office or from half-way around the World.
You are not just connected to your home - you are in total control... and always informed. Customised push notifications, emails or sms messages will alert you to the first sign or trouble - or simply keep you informed of what is going on at home.
Home Center Lite vs Home Center 2 comparison.
This comparison guide shows the main differences between the Fibaro Z-Wave Controllers - Home Center Lite and Home Center 2.
|Home Center Lite
||Home Center 2|
|Processor||ARM Cortex-A8 (720MHz)||Intel Atom (1.6GHz)|
|Advanced Scene Editor||Yes||Yes|
|Virtual Devices - LUA-based||No||Yes|
|Virtual Devices - Multimedia (HTTP)||Yes||Yes|
|Lili - voice control||No||Yes|
|VOIP - Voice Over IP||No||Yes|
|Dimensions ((LxWxH)||90 x 90 x 33mm||225 x 185 x 44mm|
You can read more about the differences between Home Center Lite and Home Center 2 in our blog post... Fibaro Home Center Comparison.
|Name||Fibaro Z-Wave Home Center 2|
|Warranty||12 Months (+ Free 12 month extended warranty)|
Value Quality PerformanceGiuseppe De Simoneon 11/07/2019I spent my money eagerly hoping to get the very best quality and reliability and flexibility and compatability and functionality. I am very disappointed with the Fibaro Home Center 2. It has plenty of spare capacity but that's because I can't get it to do very much. The two CPU's sit near idle at 2% and 6%, there's lots of spare RAM (75% free plus cache of 8%) and 89% unused storage.
When I compare spending $1,089 for the Home Center 2 with the lack of support from Fibaro to the simple like $199 Automationbridge and the support I get from Skaro, I know which is money well spent and which is just a brick. Hint: Skaro is not the brick, it's awesome.
Here's an example of thick as two bricks thinking: Fibaro are very arrogant in refusing to properly support the Aeotec Dimmers and Switches so their energy monitoring features don't properly synchronise and the on-off status doesn't update consistently if the momentary wall switch is used. Of course, that's because Fibaro has their own less functional and more expensive dimmers and switches which I also have. Trying to get support from Fibaro is frustrating as all heck. They won't provide anything like real support - just generic boilerplate excuses.
Years ago, I used to program in Assembler and ran an IT consulting business so I know a bit about coding but LUA isn't supposed to be for fixing glitches and I don't really want to be patching stuff when I expect it to work flawlessly.
I have both Amazon Echo and Google Home/Next voice support which are far less useful because the interface via the Automationbridge can't make up for the lack of proper support by Fibaro. For example, neither Google nor Amazon recognise z-wave lights as lights. Amazon and Google recognise Hue lights as lights and they recognise other devices such as Harmony and so on but they don't show the Fibaro z-wave lights as lights on their Apps. That's just plain annoying and stupid and you would think Fibaro would fix that, even for their own devices.
Fibaro software is constantly trying to catch up so you need to be running beta software to fix glitches - for example in Netatmo support. If you spend nearly $1,000 on Netatmo devices for weather monitoring, you would hope they are properly integrated but not really. Not without the trusty plug-in from Skaro and even then you need LUA to make it work half-properly so forget Google Home or Alexa for voice questions like "What's the temperature in the master bedroom?" or "how much rain have we had today?"
I wish I had bought something else as my controller. So, do I blow nearly $1,100 and get something else? I'm torn.
Value Quality PerformanceJameson 24/04/2019The Fibaro Home Centre 2 has been a terrific start to my journey into Smart Home Technology.
I have been plesently impressed at the ease of use of the HC2.
Fibaro have a long way to go in their Mobile Application development as there are a number of errors readily seen there.
However, I would have no problem recommending the HC2 to a friend or family.
I have integrated lights, appliances, logitech harmony remote controls, security cameras, door locks, security sensors, Google Home, Alexa, workstation powering on and off, sprinkler systems and am about to start more advanced integrations with other smart home products.
This product has allowed me to grow my smart home setup brick by brick.
Value Quality PerformanceT. Becketton 24/09/2017Thanks smarthome - extremely happy with my new home center 2. What difference to my old vera controller, this box has single handedly made me excited about home automation again. Will never go back!
Value Quality PerformanceKarstenon 8/09/2017Having a terrible time with this product and the service/warranty experience:
- My HC2 has not been working for about a month now, always stuck at starting services
- After a few failed remote support attempts Fibaro asked me to send it in, which I did immediately
- As requested, I used DHL and paid about $200 for shipment
- Since then I heard NOTHING from the service desk, despite multiple emails
- When returning the device, Fibaro surprisingly didn't use DHL but chose a much cheaper shipping service (UPS Saver and it took quite a while to get here)
- Now I have the box again and it still has the SAME PROBLEM! After the first reboot it's again stuck at starting services!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?! $200 FOR NOTHING!
Fibaro has just an absolutely ridiculous service - I hope I can help other potential customers prevent the same mistake I made by buying Fibaro products...
Value Quality PerformanceAydin on 6/09/2017Such a great product, responds very fast and the layout is the best i have seen.
SmartHome are great to work with and love their range of products and friendly service.
Value Quality PerformanceSimeonon 1/09/2017Tried Vera initially a few years ago, which has worked reasonably well. But then I got hooked and kept expanding on modules, and needed something with a bit more grunt. Did a bit of research on the Home center lite & HC2, but the HC2 rated miles better. Wasn't a cheap exercise, but everything works so well now. The set up is pretty easy, some of the blogs on this site are helpful too.
Value Quality PerformanceDaveon 2/07/2017Quality hardware with an intuitive interface that can probably achieve any goal.
I first dipped into home automation with insteon a few years back. Setting up basics was easy, and adding the hub made it fairly easy to do create basic scenes. But...trying to do any logic was just about impossible (eg, manual override for a light on motion detection, or any 'IFTTT' style logic).
So after chatting with SmartHome I decided to start over with Zwave. I tried to cheap it out with the Aeotec USB and my 'always on' media centre PC, but after trying half a dozen different pieces of software, it was clear that they really aren't meant for noobs. So I decided to pony up for the HC2 with some trepidation, because it IS expensive.
Un-boxing the kit was a pleasant experience. The unit is housed in a well engineered aluminium shell, with a detachable plate that will eventually hide the cabling. Plugging in, though, I was greeted with some error that prevented any set-up from starting :( Googling eventually led me to a 'how to reset and restore from backup' with a combination of button holds and power cycling, and after that, the initial start up wizard worked like a charm. I'll never know why it was in this initial state (it was shrink wrapped so hadn't been tampered with), just unlucky I think.
But once up and running, the unit was a breeze. Adding devices is really straightforward (especially compared to the PC software methods) and so you can get up and running pretty quickly.
The simplistic IFTTT "Magic" scenes are real simple to use, and guide you through a bit of a wizard. If all you want is to do things like switch on/off a light when motion/certain temperature/a button press is detected, then this all you need.
The real beauty, however, lives in the block interface. This is still point and click, but now you have the possibility to set/read variables, include multiple conditions and so on. For probably 98% of a need, this block interface is all you need to create some quite complex scenes if you wish.
Finally, there is LUA. This is full on coding. To get you started, you can one way convert any block scene into LUA and then just adjust as required. Plenty of flexibility here, but you will need to learn the commands. I haven't yet to be honest, but I have copied and pasted LUA code around to customise some scenes.
Prior to firmware 4.130, the HC2 did not have templates for the Aeotec RGB bulbs - which meant controlling the colours etc required code. That's now resolved and you get sliders to change values realtime in GUI as well as having 'setcolor' commands in the block scene interface.
If you install the mobile app, then the HC2 can also keep track of your location for triggering scenes [eg, switch on lights/heating as you approach the house] if you wish, as well ad being able to send notifications to the device (eg, motion detected).
All in all, a great device and easy to use. Recommended to anyone. Only negative is the high entry price.
Value Quality PerformanceDanon 27/02/2017Having the HC2 for three months now and it has not faulty me once.
After Vera and HCL, finally I realised that only HC2 could fulfil my heavy home automation needs. The LUA programming covers almost every aspect of logic and for those used with C (or good old Pascal) it will be a breeze having the home automation brought to perfection. For the non-experienced programmer (or for the ordinary sparky which loves circuit diagrams) the function block programming is also easy and you can achieve more than basic home automation tasks.
Brad from SmartHome was kind and had enough patience to deal with me and to exchange the Vera and HCL first I bought. Thank you!!!
Value Quality PerformanceJohnon 19/02/2017A few weeks into my HC2 and really glad I ended up going with this. The HC2 is super responsive and has some powerful features that are pretty easy to use.Have now added a range of Aeon, Remotec and Fibaro sensors and devices and everything is working perfectly. The powerful block graphic interface is great and I've been able to setup all my complex requirements using it without needing to go into the scripting language. Using IFTTT integration needs some improvement so that you can use the block graphic interface but that's my only negative comment so far. Fibaro ANZ support is super responsive whenever I've had questions.
Value Quality PerformanceFrancoon 24/01/2017Got some great advice from the team, as I didn't know which system to go for. So glad I went with the home center 2!
Value Quality PerformanceJameson 5/09/2016The most well thought out z-wave controller I have ever owned. Easy to setup and use and unbelievably powerful (I haven't even scratched the surface yet). I recommend this product without hesitation.
Value Quality PerformanceFabioon 15/07/2016Very happy with my home center, thank you smarthome for the fast delivery. I will be back for more.
Value Quality PerformanceOctavioon 23/06/2016I have been using vera for my zwave controller for the past 4 years. I was going to upgrade to the vera edge, but after doing some research online I decided to go with the fibaro home centre 2. I am so glad I did, it is a country mile better than vera. Expensive but so worth it.
Value Quality PerformanceAmbrocioon 10/05/2016good feature and easy.
Value Quality PerformanceAndrew Milleron 30/08/2015Great system set up in an hour and works perfectly.
Value Quality PerformanceLance DeGrassoon 24/08/2015Not cheap - definitely worth it.