Category: Reviews

Review : Danalock Z-Wave Smart Lock for Home Automation

I've been looking for a Z-Wave lock to complete my home automation project (Lights, home entertainment, air conditioning, curtains and blinds checked!). However, Z-Wave lock for European Z-Wave frequencies are very rare. In fact, there seems to be only Vision door locks around but I simply cannot tolerate the look of the lock. Compared to many digital locks out there, Vision door locks look like...

Review: Z-Wave Multi-Sensors (Aeon Labs and Philio)

There are quite a few brands of Z-Wave multi-sensors in the market. They are a good addition if you like to make your home automation slightly smarter. However, not every brand works the same way. Recently I've tried 2 brands. One of them which caught my attention is Philio 4-in-1 multi-sensor, while the other (long overdue review) is Aeon Labs multi-sensor. Since I've not updated the blog for...

Review: MiLight Wifi Bulbs, A Philips Hue Alternative

The MiLight, if you have not heard about it, is a Wifi controlled lighting system, similar to the popular and expensive Philips Hue. The MiLight bulbs are LED and can be controlled via a wifi-bridge which can control up to 4 bulbs (as compared to 50 bulbs for Philips Hue bridge but I'm not sure if it is a restriction imposed by the app). The bulbs come in 2 flavour, white and RGB. With any...

Review : Fibaro Z-Wave RGBW Controller

Firstly, I'll like to apologise for the long absence of weekly post. However, I'm sure you will be excited to read this review. I've recently purchased and included the Fibaro Z-Wave RGBW Controller to include into my Z-Wave smart home network.   Specification Technology: Z-Wave (868.42MHz) Voltage: 12V or 24V DC Maximum Output Current: 12A - sum of all output channels 6A - for a single...

Review : Remotec Z-Wave AC IR extender

I've recently added the Remotec Z-Wave AC IR extender to my home automation for controlling the air conditioning unit in my living room. It has been a while since my last product review. As usual, let us start with the specification first. Specification Z-Wave (868.42Mhz) AC IR code library Supports wide-range of carrier frequency (15 to 455kHz) 5 directional IR emitters (hemispherical...

Reviews on Belkin WeMo Home Automation

Belkin WeMo Home Automation isn't something new, it has been around in the market since mid Jan 2013. So what am I blogging about it only now? Recently I've visited Funan IT Mall and realised that Belkin had actually put in a lot of marketing effort and budget in promoting these devices. So I decided to check out the reviews so far on the Internet. For the uninformed, let me just do a quick...

Review : Everspring Door/Window Z-Wave Sensor

  Here's a short review of the Everspring Door/Window Z-Wave sensor. In fact, this is one of the easiest devices to include into my home automation project. Let's start with the specification first Specification Technology: Z-Wave Transmitter (868.42MHz) Z-Wave Groups: Two groups and six devices (nodes) - Group 1 (1), Group 2 (5) Detection: Magnetic Push-button: Inclusion and exclusion LED:...

Review : TKB Single Wall Paddle Switch

I’ve never been able to find a review on TKB Wall Paddle Switch online. There’s been limited information about the dimensions of the switch and if it will ever fit into a standard pattress box commonly found in Singapore. Previously, I had taken the leap of faith to install Duewi switches and I ended up having to give up manual control due to the dimension of the switch insert. Today, I’m...
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Review: Everspring Z-Wave Motion Sensor

I had promised a review of the Everspring Z-Wave Motion Sensor in my earlier post. I bought 3 of these for my place hoping to further automate my home. Based on my research online, it seems to be one of the more compatible (with Vera) motion sensors available. In addition, the price was quite reasonable. I shall share my experience in setting up the device. Let's take a look at the specs before...

Home Automation Guide : SQ Blaster Plus

As promised in my previous posts, I'd like to highlight some of the annoyances to take note when using SQ Blaster Plus, IR distribution system and, especially for Singaporean home automation enthusiasts, the Starhub setup box. In this post, I'm assuming that my readers (my fellow geeks) already possessed some knowledge of SQ Blaster Plus, know basic networking and understand how IR distribution...