Zvidar Smart Gateway (Model: Z-GW-V01) single-board computer will run Home Assistant OS?

“Zvidar Smart Gateway” (Model: “Z-GW-V01”) from Shenzhen Zvidar Technologies CO., LTD in China:

http://www.zvidar.com/pro/gateway.html (and older webpage http://www.zvidar.com/Pro/23.html ?)

Not much information to find on this new single-board computer other than what is on their website, I just stumbled upon it when found their new Zigbee dongle at https://zigbee.blakadder.com/Zvidar_Z-DG-Z01.html

I already have hardware myself but if they start selling shipping in a nice box and with a power supply for cheap then might it be something to recommend to people on a tight budget? Or is it just crap?

Anyway, the note on their website says it runs “Home Assistant” so I assume they mean that this SBC was designed to run the “Home Assistant Operating System”?

Zvidar Z-DG-Z01 (EFR32MG21 based) USB Zigbee Coordinator dongle looks to be sold as an option:

Zvidar model? (EFR32MG24 based) USB Thread Border Router dongle also looks to be an option:

  • No link or model listed

Zvidar Z-Pi-V01 (Z-Wave 800 series) GPIO shield looks to be sold as an option as well :

Zvidar Z-GW-V20 (Z-Wave 800 series) USB dongle is also an optional alternative to the GPIO shield?


The hardware specifications on this “gateway” also list other optional radios (inc. “Sub-G” and Cellular).

The base specification says:

  • Allwinner A133 quad-core Cortex-A53 processor @ up to 1.6GHz
  • 1GB RAM (System Memory)
  • 8GB eMMC Flash Storage
  • 1Gbps Ethernet (RJ-45) port
  • WiFi 5 and Bluetooth
  • 1 x USB Type-A port
  • 1 x USB Type-C port
  • RTC (Real-Time Clock), with optional battery
  • SIM-card slot for optional LTE/4G via mPCIe module
  • 5V/2A Power via seperate USB Type-C port

…and what looks to be a Raspberry Pi style GPIO Header

Probably a wrong assumption. Home Assistant Core is might what run if the (whatever) OS that’s available and works is capable of it.

But why bother at all?

The thing will perform poorly with this specs (A53 will soon be 10 years old :older_man:) and hardware wise probably on a level of a raspberry 3 which really were sold (back in the days) for $35. :money_mouth_face:

Still a Raspberry Pi 3 would be even a better choice because of the superior software support as Home Assistant OS is available for them (as for some other SBC’s like odroid) unlike for that device from Shenzhen Zvidar Technologies :put_litter_in_its_place:

But for anything serious the 1GB RAM will be a quick show stopper with growing HA setup :chart_with_downwards_trend:

So this dead old soc probably only supports some dead old kernels and might be only compatible with dead old OS Versions like the over 5 year old Ubuntu 18.04 which is already EOS since last month. (the mentioned Ubuntu 18.02 doesn’t exist at all btw.) :end:

Sorry @Hedda but this thing looks like pure crap, heavily under powered and software wise already outdated before shipped. :put_litter_in_its_place: