Aqara Curtain Driver E1 (Track Version) Review
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by Lester Chan
1M ago
Aqara has two variants of their Aqara Curtain Driver E1, Aqara Curtain Driver E1 (Track Version) and Aqara Curtain Driver E1 (Rod Version). Aqara Curtain Driver E1 (Track Version) is cheaper, retailing for S$138.90, while the Rod Version retails for S$148.90. You can get them both on Souky’s Shopee Store or Souky’s Lazada Store. You can get it cheaper than the price I indicated, as discounts are often offered on either platform. I use U-shaped rails for my curtains, so I got the Aqara Curtain Driver E1 (Track Version). The track version also supports I-shaped rails. Unboxing Aqara Curtain Driv ..read more
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My Smart Home Journey 2
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by Lester Chan
1M ago
Eight years have passed since my last post about my smart home journey. I moved to a new house late last year and had a chance to redo my smart home setup from scratch. Many things have changed in the smart home scene, with more options and cheaper accessories. I will share how my past experiences and lifestyle shape my smart home choices. Apple HomeKit is the center of my smart home system, and most of my smart home accessories are from Aqara. Virtual Assistants There are three major virtual assistants in the market. Apple Siri: Controls smart home accessories in Apple HomeKit Google Assista ..read more
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Aqara Hub M3 Review
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by Lester Chan
2M ago
Aqara Hub M3 was officially launched in Singapore on 8th May 2024 for S$209. You can get the Aqara Hub M3 from Souky’s Store on Shopee or Lazada. It is the direct successor of the Aqara Hub M2, which I am using currently. Two significant features of the M3 Hub are that it is a Matter Controller and a Thread Border Router. Matter Controllers allow you to add 3rd party Matter devices to the M3 Hub. The support is minimal now as only selected Philips Hue lights, Leviton switches, and Google Nest thermostats are supported. Thread Border Router connects a Thread network to your IP-based network suc ..read more
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Divoom Times Gate
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by Lester Chan
4M ago
Divoom Times GateDivoom Times Gate reminded me of LaMetric Time which I backed on Kickstarter 9 years ago. Sadly, I had to throw it away as the battery expanded. I bought the Divoom Times Gate from Divoom’s Official Store on Shopee. It retails for S$189 and is available in Gray and Pink. At that time, some sales were going on, and the price dropped to S$158. After deducting all the vouchers, I paid about S$137 for it. Of course, I chose Gray as it comes with an Orange accent. Orange is my favorite color. Divoom put a lot of effort into the packaging. It came with a paper bag, and the Divoom Ti ..read more
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Aqara Smart Wall Switch Z1 Pro
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by Lester Chan
5M ago
Aqara Smart Wall Switch Z1 Pro is the latest smart wall switch from Aqara that is available in Singapore after Aqara Smart Wall Switch H1 and Aqara Smart Wall Switch D1. The price of Aqara Smart Wall Switch Z1 Pro starts from S$77 on Souky’s store in Lazada and Shopee. Aqara Smart Wall Switch Z1 Pro – Box FrontAqara Smart Wall Switch Z1 Pro – Box BackAqara Smart Wall Switch Z1 Pro – BoxAqara Smart Wall Switch Z1 Pro – Box Contents There are two colors available, white and black. Each color is available in 1-gang to 4-gang configurations. Aqara Smart Wall Switch Z1 Pro – Front Although availabl ..read more
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Aqara Motion Sensor P1
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by Lester Chan
8M ago
Bought the Aqara Motion Sensor P1 on 11/11, after all the discount vouchers, and paid S$26 for it. Normally, it retails for S$36 on Souky’s Lazada Shop. Aqara Motion Sensor P1 is a battery-powered motion sensor using two CR2450 batteries. It has a 5-years battery life on paper, but I am skeptical about it. If the battery could last me for more than a year, it is good enough for me. Aqara Motion Sensor P1 – Box FrontAqara Motion Sensor P1 – Box BackAqara Motion Sensor P1 – BoxAqara Motion Sensor P1 – Box Contents Considering it is battery-powered, the P1 Motion Sensor is very responsive. It is ..read more
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Aqara Wireless Remote Switch H1
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by Lester Chan
9M ago
The Aqara Wireless Remote Switch H1 is a 2-gang wireless Zigbee switch that is battery-powered (CR2450). Aqara only has this in 2-gang. Essentially, it is the wireless version of the Aqara Smart Wall Switch H1 EU. You can get it from Souky’s Lazada or Shopee store for S$39.90 before any platform discount. Aqara Wireless Remote Switch H1 – Box FrontAqara Wireless Remote Switch H1 – Box BackAqara Wireless Remote Switch H1 – BoxAqara Wireless Remote Switch H1 – Box Contents Since this is a wireless switch and is compatible with Apple HomeKit, you can use it for automation on both Apple Home and A ..read more
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Starling Home Hub
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by Lester Chan
9M ago
Starling Home Hub allows you to connect Google Nest devices to HomeKit. I am looking to display all my Nest Cam devices in HomeKit specifically. Currently, I am doing it with Homebridge and homebridge-google-nest-sdm plugin. I paid US$5, so this plugin can use the Google Smart Device Management (SDM) API. homebridge-google-nest-sdm works occasionally as the API is frequently rate-limited by Google. There is also no thumbnail display on the Apple Home app. HomeKit Secure Video (HKSV) does work with the plugin. I heard many good things about Starling Home Hub on the r/HomeKit, so I decided to bu ..read more
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Aqara Water Leak Sensor
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by Lester Chan
9M ago
Aqara Water Leak Sensor is an IP67 dustproof and waterproof sensor that can detect when an area comes into contact with water and then trigger some home automation. My use case is not to trigger some automation but to let me know when the drainage system under my sink is overflowing with soap lather. Often, this is due to using too much soap when washing the dishes. I bought the Aqara Water Leak Sensor on Souky’s store on Lazada. It retails for S$28.90, but there is a S$2 discount at that time, so I ended up paying S$26.90 for it with free shipping within Singapore, thanks to Lazada’s free shi ..read more
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Aqara Wireless Mini Switch
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by Lester Chan
9M ago
I bought the Aqara Wireless Mini Switch from Souky’s Shopee Store for S$27.90. If you prefer to shop on Lazada, you can get it from Souky’s Lazada Store as well. I use both platforms depending on which one has better promotions. Aqara Wireless Mini Switch – Box FrontAqara Wireless Mini Switch – Box BackAqara Wireless Mini Switch – BoxAqara Wireless Mini Switch – Box Contents Aqara Wireless Mini Switch is a no-frills button with three trigger inputs: Single Press, Double Press, and Long Press. Aqara Wireless Mini Switch – Front CR2032 battery powers it, and the battery life on paper lasts about ..read more
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