Aqara G2h Pro Review – Homekit compatible Zigbee hub and camera

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Aqara G2h Pro Review Rating

Summary

The Aqara G2h Pro is almost the same as the Aqara G2h, which I thought was excellent. Therefore the same applies here. It is not worth upgrading to, but depending on the price, it would be worth buying instead of the Aqara G2h 

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Pros

  • It is the excellent Aqara G2h but a bit better

Cons

  • Not much has changed since the Aqara G2h Pro

I have previously reviewed several of the Aqara Zigbee hubs, including the Aqara G2h. Aqara currently lists six different hubs on their product page, this would make the 7th. It seems very excessive, but I guess it gives buyers as many options to fit their budget and needs as possible.

Therefore the review of the new Aqara G2h Pro isn't going to be much different than all the other hubs, so I will focus on what is new.

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  • 【Local Control Center】As a zigbee hub, it can...
  • 【Voice Call In Real Time】Homekit-enabled 2-way...
  • 【Night Vision & 1080p HD】With 1080p...

What's new?

  • Same design but with a new LED to let you know about different system functions
  • Wider third-party compatibility for HomeKit. It supports HomeKit Secure Video and now HomeKit Security System
  • Full compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, including streaming to Alexa and Google smart displays
  • Privacy masking zone: configurable on Aqara Home app, the new feature allows users to block certain part(s) of the captured image to be recorded or sent to Aqara server and other third-party servers (e.g. Amazon, Google);
  • Field of view increased from 140º to 146º
  • MicroSD card compatibility increased to 512GB
  • NAS storage via Samba
  • Supports WPA3
  • Custom ringtones & timelapse
  • There is no longer a power adaptor supplied

Set-Up

Set up was identical to the G2h. The Pro model wasn't listed in the Aqara app, so I had to select the older G2h.

You need to select a 2.4Ghz network then scan in the QR code. That's about it. I was then informed the hub had new firmware available for it.

Samba NAS video Recording

Sadly, at the time of writing, recording to a NAS using a SAMBA share is not available. This is one of the features I would have liked, saving me from buying microSD cards and effectively giving me unlimited storage.

Homekit / Home Assistant

I used Home Assistant via Docker. The camera was quick to set up and register three entities, one for the camera, another a binary sensor for motion detection then the alarm control panel. 

On the homepage of Home Assistant, you are given the option to arm/disarm as well as vie its current status. When the alarm is triggered, you will get a flashing notification.

Alexa Streaming

I use Alexa in my home. You will need to enable the Alexa Skill, and it is worth noting that this has quite poor reviews, but then so do most skills.

Enabling this and having Alexa show me the feed from the camera worked well. As usual for Alexa, there is a few seconds of delay, so if you plan to view a critical event, it will have probably passed by the time the feed loads.

Privacy Exclusion Zone

Under the camera settings, then video settings, you can set up the privacy occlusion area. This gives you a grid of squares that you can then exclude from the image.

Price and Availability

Aqara Security Camera, HomeKit Secure Video Indoor Camera...
  • 【HomeKit Secure Video】The aqara indoor camera...
  • 【Local Control Center】As a zigbee hub, it can...
  • 【Voice Call In Real Time】Homekit-enabled 2-way...
  • 【Night Vision & 1080p HD】With 1080p...

The Aqara G2h Pro has launched for £69.99 and the existing none pro model is £64.99 RRP.

The current model has a 20% off voucher available on Amazon UK.

To celebrate the launch, Aqara now offers a 15% discount for the new G2H Pro on its Amazon brand stores. North American customers will enjoy the offer with the promo code G2HPROPR in the US and Canada, while European customers will enjoy it using the promo code PRG2HPRO in the UK, Germany and France. Both codes will be valid through Mar 5, 2022.

Overall

The Aqara G2h Pro is almost the same as the Aqara G2h, which I thought was excellent. Therefore the same applies here.

Beyond that, it is hard to get overly excited about it because it doesn't introduce any amazing new features. It feels like most of these improvements could have been done to the existing camera through a firmware upgrade. Perhaps the new camera needs more processing power, but the HomeKit Security System, Alexa/Google streaming, privacy masking, NAS storage, increased microSD size support, WPA3 and ringtones all seem like basic software upgrades.

With the RRP being just £5 different, I would be inclined to choose the Aqara G2h Pro over the standard model. However, this depends on the current discounts available on Amazon.

Last update on 2022-05-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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