Aqara G2h Pro Review – Homekit compatible Zigbee hub and camera

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 … Read more

Aqara A100 Zigbee Smart Door Lock Launched with Apple Home Key Support

At MWC 2022, Aqara has officially announced the A100 Zigbee smart door lock. On paper, it looks amazing with multiple methods of unlocking, including: Fingerprint Homekit / Siri / Google Assistnat Aqara Home User passwords and one time passwords NFC cards Then you also have a mechanical key backup, and the lock has an 18-month … Read more

Aqara announces Matter based motion sensor & door/window sensor. Hubs to be updated to work with Matter & ZigBee seamlessly

I have been impressed with the Aqara products I have reviewed recently. The Zigbee based system is perfect for anyone looking for an affordable way to set up a smart home. While Zigbee is a fantastic smart home protocol, there is a new kid on the block called Matter, which is backed by the Zigbee … Read more

Aqara Camera Hub G3 Announced for €120/£100 with 2K, pan-and-tilt camera with the local facial and gesture recognition features

Today, Aqara have added another Zigbee hub to their product lineup with availability on the Amazon US, Canada and France. It should come to the UK in the next few weeks. Buy from Amazon: The new camera is a 2K, pan-and-tilt camera with the local facial and gesture recognition features, and it integrates a built-in … Read more

Aqara Smart Hub E1 Review – A new affordable HomeKit compatible Zigbee smart home hub

This week, Aqara announced their latest Hub E1 and is the most affordable hub they have launched on Amazon to date. Currently, this would make it the firth hub they have on Amazon but they have around eight different hubs in total, which seems a little excessive. The new Smart Hub E1 is priced at … Read more

Aqara Roller Shade Driver E1 Review – Smart Home Automated Blinds on the Cheap

Shortly after reviewing the £1k+ Luxaflex PowerView automatic blinds, Aqara offered me a more affordable alternative, the new Aqara Roller Shade Driver E1. This is an adaptor that will convert existing roller blinds that have a beaded chain into automatic blinds. As the Luxaflex blinds let in too much light during the daytime, I decided … Read more

Aqara M1S and M2 will be upgraded to support Matter a new connectivity standard for IoT devices

The world of home automation has always been a little confusing thanks to all the competing technologies. The two big ones are Zigbee and Z-Wave, but you then also have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and many proprietary systems from the likes of Philips Hue, Lightwave, Den Automation and others. To make things simpler, but also more confusing, … Read more

Luxaflex PowerView Smart Home Blinds Review

Most of the smart home tech I cover leans towards the more affordable end of the spectrum that most consumers can implement themselves. However, higher-end products are always in demand giving buyers more options. I recently was had the chance to try out Luxaflex PowerView for a basic installation in my spare bedroom. This is … Read more

Aqara Smart Wall Switch H1 EU Double Rocker Review – EU/UK smart light switch with no neutral wire

Following my review of the Aqara Camera Hub G2H, I have been checking out the Aqara M2 Smart Hub and the new Aqara Smart Wall Switch H1. The Aqara Smart Wall Switch H1 model I have used is the no neutral, double rocker EU variant. It is exactly the same as the standard H1, but … Read more

Aqara Camera Hub G2H Review Including Sensors – Affordable smart home automation with Home Assistant & HomeKit support

Aqara has been a popular, affordable smart home ecosystem for a few years now. They recently launched their official Amazon UK store, so there is no more waiting around for imports with most of the devices available via Amazon Prime. I have been checking out the Aqara Camera Hub G2H hub with some of the … Read more

Aqara Smart Home Launches Official Amazon Store – 10% discount code with new Aqara Camera Hub G2H available for £58.49

Aqara has been a popular smart home system for many users looking for an affordable solution for a while now. In the early days, this meant buyers were importing products from various grey import sites such as AliExpress. In recent years the brand has expanded into the European market, with a large range of official … Read more