Category: Articles

Homey can now support both Yale and Samsung Digital Locks

You may already know that when it comes to Z-Wave enabled locks, the choices are quite limited. We have Danalock and Yale that works with hubs like Vera and FIBARO. For Samsung, even though it is very popular in Singapore, the Z-Wave chip does not work with Vera and FIBARO reliably. Say you have a Yale digital lock such as YDD424 or YDM4109, you are only limited to functionalities such as remote...

Review : Samsung Connect Home (and compatible Z-Wave devices in Singapore)

We have been waiting for Samsung to launch its Connect Home and Connect Home Pro in Singapore. In fact we already had one of the first sets of Samsung Connect Home several months ago for testing in our office, courtesy of Samsung. The Samsung Connect Home uses mesh Wi-Fi technology to eliminating blind spots and to improve wireless coverage. But being a smart home solution company that prides...

Guide : Automation with Athom’s Homey Flows (Scenes)

We've received very positive response from the community on Homey since we posted our First impression of Homey. The home automation scene has been stagnated with the usual hubs and people have been looking for a hub to upgrade or be excited with. Today, we are sharing more on creating flows on Homey. In Vera and Fibaro it is called Scenes, in SmartThings, it is called Routineswhile in Homey...

Review : Athom’s Homey First Impression

Deciding your first Z-Wave controller can be a daunting task. We always get questions such as the difference between Vera, Fibaro or Zipatile controller, which controller is more value for money, which ones are more user friendly, how is SmartThings compared to the rest etc. We think we will have a different answer today because we've just laid our hands on one of the up and coming smart home...

Controlling Fan speed with Aeotec Nano Dimmer

In our previous review of the Aeotec Nano Dimmer and Switch, we've promised to test the Nano Dimmer with a ceiling fan for fan speed control. In this test, we tested it with a 65W ceiling fan that has a 3 speed regulator. Naturally, we removed the regulator and connected the Nano DImmer instead as shown: This is the fan which we tested in this round...

Review : Aeotec Nano Dimmer and Nano Switch

Aeotec has come a long way in the history of Z-Wave. We have been using Aeotec and Aeon Labs loosely when we address their devices. Since, this is one of the first time we post a review on their product, probably we take the opportunity to re-introduce them. Aeon Labs is a home automation and electronics company based in Silicon Valley, California known both as Aeon Labs and Aeotec. As a company,...

HomeKit your existing FIBARO system without technical skills

FIBARO has released their HomeKit range of products in October 2016. However, the new range of HomeKit enabled products run purely on Bluetooth. This move left an entire customer base that are using FIBARO Home Center Lite and FIBARO Home Center 2 in lurch as the current Home Center range does not offer HomeKit connectivity. Currently they do not have any known plans in the pipeline to make...

Review : Nanoleaf Aurora

The first time we laid our eyes on Nanoleaf Aurora, we fell in love with it's aesthetics. We'd even imagine having an entire wall full of the colorful, mesmerising LED panels.Well, that is if you have money to burn. In Singaporean context, we call it damn bloody chio LED panels that do not look beng at all! First Impression One of the most design centric connected home devices we've ever seen,...

Integration of Google Home (vs Amazon Echo) with Z-Wave on Vera or Fibaro

Following our previous post on Vera (and Fibaro) Integration to Amazon Echo and having gotten our hands on the Google Home, we have updated our code base to support the new Google voice activated speaker. If you are just using Vera, you can simply head to this link to download the latest jar file that supports Google Home and follow the instruction in our previous post to setup the jar file...

Review : DoorBird, an alternative to Ring Video Doorbell

We are sure at some point of time, you may have came across the Ring Video Doorbell or even the Pro version. Ring is one of the most popular wireless doorbells available on the market.  Previously known as the Doorbot, had a huge rebranding and climbed its name to the top. It is reasonably priced, easy for self-install and feature-packed. However, the one greatest drawback is that you have to...