What’s the difference?
Port Forwarding is free but it has limited features. It can also be difficult to setup and it is insecure. Eddy Bridge ,on the other hand, requires additional hardware but it is easy to setup, secure, and has the following extra features:
- Support for Android devices
- Support for Roku devices
- Support for HDMI CEC commands
- Support for Wake on LAN magic packets
- Allows for network discovery of compatible devices
What are some issues with Port Forwarding?
Things change and sometimes local IPs change and you have to update your local IP in the Port Forwarding Rule. Sometimes your WAN IP changes, which is pretty common, and you have to update your controller’s WAN IP on Eddy Voice Remote’s companion website. You can setup a DYNDNS host and point to this but this is hit or miss, meaning sometimes it doesn’t work well unless you pay monthly fees for a DYNDNS host. Some ISPs require you setup the Port Forwarding rule with them so this might become a nightmare to setup.
What are some issues with Eddy Bridge?
Sometimes people, kids, or pets disconnect your raspberry pi and you need to reconnect it. Also, you might need to reflash the Eddy Bridge software and go through the setup again if you want to update to a newer version which is released quite often.
What are some problems people have in general?
People can’t figure out Port Forwarding and they give up. It’s just like changing your oil. If you’ve never done it before, it can be very frustrating. However, once you have done it, then it becomes quite easy next time. The people who have tried setting up Eddy Bridge have done so with no problem. That said, very few people have tried mostly because not everyone wants to have an extra device on their network and/or not everyone want to spend extra on their Home Automation setup.