Category: Reviews

Review : KeyWe Z-Wave Lock (and Homey integration)

KeyWe is a korean company that launched its kickstarter "Smartest Lock Ever" campaign for their connected smart lock. Featuring connectivity such as NFC, Bluetooth, Z-Wave and a wifi bridge, the smart lock is also a typical battery operated deadbolt lock with a touchpad for fingerprint and a manual keyhole. The price for the lock in the kickstarter campaign is very attractive at USD99. The...

Review : MCO Home Wifi Edition

MCO Home switches are now available in Wifi edition that will work with your existing wifi router directly! What does this mean? This would mean that you no longer require a smart home hub if you like to control your lights, water heater, curtains and blinds (wifi version of curtain or blinds switches will be released in year 2019) with your mobile phone. In this era of voice control, the wifi...

Review : Google Home Hub, a very impressive digital photo frame

Nope, I'm not being sarcastic and this is my take on the Google Home Hub. Background I have a Pixel 2 XL, 2 regular Google Home (one in living, one in dining), 1 Google Home Max (in master bedroom), a Google Home Mini (in master bathroom) and a Chromecast Gen 2 (connected to my Onkyo Receiver). Initially, when I knew that the Google Home Hub doesn't come with a front camera, I was utterly...

Innr, an affordable Philip Hue alternative

Philip Hue has always been a synonym to smart lightings, just like Coke is to cola. The Philip Hue bulbs are based on Zigbee Light Link and requires the Philip Hue Bridge in order for you to control with your mobile phone or voice assistants. There are also a bunch of other prominent connected bulbs that are either running on wifi or Zigbee such as LIFX, IKEA Trådfri, OSRAM Lightify etc. So why...

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 : 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,...

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...