At the first day, the day of the Home Assistant Release Party, the orders where at least 4 times (!!!!) the amount I expected 😳. Now, a few days later, it’s 6 times the amount I’d expected. The first 40 orders shipped the next day, and another 20-ish will ship next Monday. At this moment I’m waiting for 1 critical part which is required for all readers (SlimmeLezer & Ethernet): the RJ12 connector. I’m expecting about 700 mid August. So no shipping before that unfortunately…
Other products and chip shortage
While I was focusing on the SlimmeLezer and Ethernet reader, I didn’t paid attention to the ESPHome Doorbell. I can deliver 75% from the orders as from mid August. I wanted to order more PCB’s to be able to deliver the other 25% too, yet due to chip shortage, the needed PWM DC/DC buck (step-down) regulator (don’t wanna get too technical) is not on stock for at least a month (according to the PCB manufacture). I don’t want to let my customers wait that long. I’ve got that specific part in my own stock. I’ve ordered the pcb’s without that part and will solder the missing part myself on the pcb. Now that will cost me some more time, but I will deliver 😉
Another shortage was the ethernet module for on the Ethernet Reader. There was a shortage on that module till end July. This month, 70 pieces will arrive of which 20 probably next week. That should be enough to deliver all the ethernet orders this month.
Status on hold
Every order I receive has automatically the status “Processing”. That means order is successfully added in the system and the payment has succeeded. Then I change the status to “On hold” until I’m able to deliver.