Molohub is currently a component of Home Assistant. Its main purpose is to make it easy for users who use HA to deploy a component that can be securely and conveniently accessed remotely.We think that HA is a very practical platform and appreciates the work of the community.
Why do you do something like this?
First of all, HA is a very good platform, and members of the team have HA deployed at home to control appliances and smart speakers. One day, in the practical experience of communication, it is very complicated to find that accessing via mobile phone. The mainstream solution needs to deploy DDNS and Port Forwarding or reverse proxy that may need to pay, and there are some problems in stability. Based on this we will consider whether we can have a simpler solution that all you need do is just make it enable.
What's the purpose
Here we can clarify that the main purpose of this project is to provide a simple function to meet some of our own functional needs for HA. It is also part of our value in embracing our open source community in our spare time.
How long did it take?
It took about 6 weeks from the beginning of the exchange of ideas to the final release, because development and discussion are concentrated in the parttime, weekend after work, so the progress is relatively slow.
The service is free, where does the money come from?
There are some benefits in the usual work, these benefits can be rented some cloud servers for free. Therefore, based on our judgment on the amount of users and the amount of concurrency, it is planned to be free for at least one year. Other services may be provided later, not limited to the HA platform, as long as the functions of the open source community can be improved. When we find that resources are difficult to afford, we will consider receiving donations or launching some paid projects. At this stage, profit is not our goal. We only hope that HA can become more powerful and used through some professional skills and resources.
What's your next plan
There are no specific plans yet, and maybe some new components. Turn the technology in Molohub into a universal reverse proxy service maybe another option.
Introduce your team
Our team has about five people, because some of the experience of communicating and using HA has given us a common topic. We currently use the time outside of work to develop and maintain this component, and this project is not currently a business practice of our company. Our team is very willing to contribute to the open source community.