Category: Reviews

Review : Danalock Circle V2

Fast forward 2 years from we first tried the first version of the Danalock, we've finally gotten our hands on the V2 of the Z-Wave door lock. Will the version 2 of the Danalock erase the bad experience (mainly battery life and not so ease of configuration) we had with the V1? Let's take a look at the hardware and the new Danalock app. The Hardware Unlike the V1 which has the Circle and Square...

Review : ZipaTILE first impressions

The ZipTILE ahead of CES 2016 earlier this year as the new wall mount home automation controller. We've got the wind of this device and awed by the introduction video. Now we've finally got our hands on this device, let's see how it stack up against the existing smart home gateways in the market.   The wall mounted home automation controller looks somewhat like a square frame for a tablet in...

Review : Fibaro Swipe

Fibaro, a leading manufacturer of wireless, intelligent home automation systems, introduced the Fibaro Swipe at CEDIA 2015 last year. Fast forward to this year, the device is finally on our shores. The Fibaro Swipe recognises six simple gestures; up, down, left, right, circle to the left, circle to the right, to perform activities like turning lights on/off, lowering and raising blinds, dimming...

Review : Vera Plus

As mentioned in the previous post about VeraPlus and VeraSecure, finally, the VeraPlus has arrived on our shore around 2 weeks ago. So let us take a quick look at the hardware unboxing. We expected it to be only slightly bigger than the VeraEdge. However, it was much bigger than expected and looked a little more heavy duty. The VeraEdge looks like a toy compared to the VeraPlus. This is the...

Review : SmartThings Hub V2

We've been receiving tons of enquiry on whether we have tested Samsung SmartThings and if it is available in Singapore. Here we are, with a SmartThings Hub v2 in our hands. Here are some unboxing pictures. We expected nothing less (or more) from Samsung:   The Hub requires wired Ethernet and power connections. Plugging the Hub into your Ethernet router and a wall outlet should be one of the...

Z-Wave Smart Home Control with Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo was released last year to a limited number of customers via invitation. I've gotten my invitation and it finally reached me 2 weeks ago. For those who do not know what an Echo is, this is their official YouTube video. The first time I saw Echo, like many home automation enthusiats, the first thing I can think of is, "Holy shit! I want to use it to voice control the Z-Wave system...

Review : Vera Edge

Once again, apologies for the long absence of post. I've previously posted some pictures of the new Vera Edge on Home Automation Geeks but took a while to follow up a review. Considering many of the readers may be already familiar with Vera Lite and Vera 3, or may have researched a bit on Vera. Here a quick review of the Vera Edge. First Impression Our first impression is the small form factor...

Review : MCO Home Capacitive Touch Z-Wave Switch

A capacitive touch z-wave wall switch is something that was missing from the market for the longest time. Vitrum Z-Wave wall switch, costing more than SGD 200 even for one gang, has been around for sometime but the price was simply beyond the reach of many hobbyists or home owners. Many readers have also been asking if Livolo capacitive touch switches could work with Fibaro relays hoping to...

Review : Fibaro Motion Sensor

The Fibaro motion sensor is a battery powered motion sensor that looks like a weird eyeball. It is compact enough to squeeze into small spaces. In my opinion the smallest motion sensor that I've reviewed and the best looking one so far. The following are some pictures of the sensor.         One point to note that it is not using AA or AAA batteries as compared to the other motion...

Review : Broadlink RM2 Infrared Blaster

Previously, I've talked about using SQ Blaster Plus to automate your home entertainment system. However, SQ Blaster Plus seems to be perpetually out of stock and not replying to a ny email queries anymore. Except for occasional disconnection from the wifi network, it was a good product consumer, with extensive remote database to get users up and running quickly. In the search for an alternative,...