I wanted my Homey in black. But it doesn't come in black. They only have one color; white. Since I am not a fan of white electronics, I have decided to make mine black. But, I did want to have the option to change the color back to white if I wanted to. Therefore I have used plasti-dip, a paint that can be peeled off after it has dried. If you're contemplating doing this too I should warn you there is a very real risk of damage to your Homey, and I won't be responsible for you messing your Homey up, and I'm certain this isn't covered by any kind of warranty. But this is what my Homey now looks like:

First let me show you a picture I found on the Internet to show what the Homey looks like, in an exploded view. This is a slightly earlier version of what was eventually shipped out; the top ring for example, which appears to be for decoration, is not present in the final product.


Disassembly tips - with a big fat disclaimer

I am only providing this information here as a courtesy, and to document what I did for future reference. I don't take any responsibility for any damage to your Homey if you decide to anything like this, and I'm absolutely certain Athom won't cover any damages under any kind of warranty if you mess with your Homey. So don't do this at home, kids.

The Homey is put together with only a few screws, which are all on the inside, and the rest is glued together. The most difficult part of getting the Homey apart was that the top dome is glued to the semi-transparant ring. It's glued all the way around, and you can't get a good grip on the two domes to pull them apart. So it's very difficult to separate the top dome from the semi-transparant ring. Also, there is a groove in the top of the ring of only about a millimeter deep that the top dome sinks into. So just jamming a screwdriver in there and twisting it open is not really an option, unless you can live with some damage to your Homey. I couldn't.

What I found out was that the top dome is glued to the ring, and the ring in turn is screwed onto the bottom dome with 4 plastic screws. These plastic screws aren't terribly strong. So I managed to get just enough space between the bottom dome and the ring, to slip a paint knife in - carefully. I then managed to get another paint knife in at the same point, so I had 2 of them sandwiched between the ring and the bottom dome. I have to be very careful as there are electronics in the area there. Then I got a flat head screwdriver between the two paint knifes and rotated it slowly to twist them apart. The plastic screw inside popped and the top of the screw, now broken off, rattled in the casing. I repeated the process, which was much easier now, until all 4 screws had popped. I kept the broken screws and simply glued them back together again, so I could use them later to put the Homey back together. It won't have the same strength but it will be good enough.

I was now at a point where I could take the Homey apart completely, and I could now reach the components inside. I managed to get the ring separate from the top dome by using brute force - simply with my hands I carefully tugged on it until it snapped free in one place, then worked my way around until I had the whole ring removed from the top dome. The top dome contains I think 3 different antennae. I could recognize a standard WiFi (interestingly a 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz) antenna, and a zigbee antenna. There's a big round flat PCB that I think is for NFC (not sure) in the top of the dome, which I just left in there.

With some careful work I was able to lift the main round PCB out of the bottom dome - it was wedged in there pretty tightly. I found that there's a scratch on the bottom of the PCB, but I'm sure I didn't put that there (with the PCB in the bottom dome there's no way I could have reached it to put a scratch there) so it must have scratched in the factory. It doesn't really matter because the Homey worked fine before, and works fine still. It's a cosmetic thing. I also removed the heatsink so that I could properly detach the WiFi antenna from the PCB, as the connector is under the heatsink. Here's some pictures;

Another view of the top domeIMAG1294IMAG1305


Bonus pictures