The New Sonoff Basic R3 Changes EVERYTHING


At Less than £4 the original Sonoff Basic has always been an amazing piece of kit for your Smart Home, but their latest Sonoff basic R3 changes the game entirely!

This video review will tell you everything you need to know about the new Sonoff Basic R3 and also provide an instructional tutorial as to how to flash Tasmota to the Sonoff basic R3 OTA (Over The Air) by putting it into DIY mode without having to break out the soldering iron or buy other components. If you’re a fan of Home Assistant then life just got much cheaper and much easier!

As a Google Home or Amazon Alexa device this works straight out the box!

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Written instructions:
Download this stuff to a wireless Windows PC such as a laptop:
TOOL
github.com/itead/Sonoff_Devices_DIY_Tools
TASMOTA

Download Sonoff.bin 6.3.0 is the newest one I can get to work: github.com/arendst/Sonoff-Tasmota/releases/download/v6.3.0/sonoff.bin
Follow the usual practice to connect The Sonoff device to Ewelink to update to the correct firmware (v3.1.0 onwards)

Disconnect Power from the Sonoff device so you don’t kill yourself!.
Put jumper (tiny plastic thing in the bag) on the two pins that are sticking up on the circuit board. BE REALLY CAREFUL NOT TO SNAP THE TALL PLASTIC BUTTON, I SNAPPED IT TWICE AND HAD TO GLUE IT BACK TOGETHER

Connect your laptop and the Sonoff R3 to each other by using the following method:

Create a mobile hotspot on your phone with the folowing details:
AP name: sonoffDiy
Password: 20170618sn

Power the Sonoff R3 back on and it will automatically connect, you’ll know it’s connected your phone shows that there is a “device connected”

Connect to the same hotspot on your wireless laptop. This will enable the 2 devices to see and talk to each other

Extract the Sonoff tools on your laptop and launch the “DIY tool”, you will see your Sonoff R3 listed and you will be able to control it with the tool on your laptop

Use the Sonoff tool to upload the Tasmota bin file that you downloaded in step 1

This is no longer a Sonoff device, it is now a Tasmota device! BUT, it is not yet connected to your Wifi network and needs to be told your Wifi details.

You can access the Tasmota device to configure it by connecting to it’s Wifi network, in my case Sonoff-3012.

Program in your usual Wifi details for your router and Tasmota will join your local network

You can now access your Tasmota device from any computer on your network to make changes to it’s configuration. You’ll now need to find out what IP address your router has given to your Tasmota device, you can do this using fing or by looking in your routers config pages.

You can now configure Tasmota for MQTT or HTTP. The HTTP server is running by default and you can control it using the following commands:
Power on command: 192.168.71.74/cm?cmnd=Power%20On
Power off command: 192.168.71.74/cm?cmnd=Power%20Off
If you’re interested in MQTT (You big nerd) then check this out: github.com/arendst/Sonoff-Tasmota/wiki/MQTT-Overview

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