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Aqara G4 Doorbell

Hello! Just wanted to share this as I know I’m not the only one who overthinks everything, but after trying a Logitech Doorbell and having to return it do to issues, I got the Aqara G4 and the picture is amazing! It works very well for my covered porch and have no issues with heads being cut off in the frame. Mounted at an angle at a standard doorbell height (lower than recommended by Aqara)

10 Comments
2024/03/25
23:17 UTC

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New architecture & responsiveness

Is there anything I can do to improve the responsiveness of my homebridge devices after the architecture update? Ever since I upgraded my motion sensors have been useless. They used to be instant..

1 Comment
2024/03/25
21:16 UTC

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Experience with Wiz 6 inch matter recessed lights?

I have been looking for matter certified recessed lights for a long time and finally stumbled upon wiz recessed lights.

I currently have Orein recessed lights that doesnt work with homeKit so thinking to change to Wiz, are these worth upgrading?

1 Comment
2024/03/25
19:35 UTC

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Merlas Diffuser

I just got the Meross diffuser and everything works fine but the light. It won’t cycle through the colors when you cut it on with HK. I have looked everywhere. Is there a setting I am missing? It will cycle when cut on manually though.

0 Comments
2024/03/25
19:24 UTC

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Homekit Ethernet Wiring?

Does anyone know the proper Ethernet routing for a Homekit system when the internet connection quits to keep the local stuff working while in the home?

In coming ISP feed to the modem, then to the WiFi Hub then a switch?

Thanks in advance

8 Comments
2024/03/25
19:04 UTC

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Is the Meross Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener's (MSG200HK) antenna upgradeable?

Does anyone know if the 2dBi WiFi antenna is just on an RP-SMA connector or is otherwise upgradeable? Open to alternative options as well.

My garage is across the street (with another building in between). My Amplifi Alien mesh doesn't reach. The simplest and cheapest way to get a smart garage controller on the WiFi network would probably be a good antenna (correct me if I'm wrong). Otherwise, I need the controller + an extender or a p2p directional antenna setup ($$).

2 Comments
2024/03/25
17:32 UTC

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Yale assure lock jam

I didn’t see a yale lock page.

I’m setting up my first Apple home after transitioning away from Alexa. Went out and bought the Yale assure 2 plus fingerprint and it worked fine for two weeks. Now the lock keeps jamming. So I called tech support and he believes the door jamb is not deep enough. When I slowly turn the lock I can hear the relay making contact beyond what the lock is able to go when inside the door, which makes me believe his assumption is correct. It’s just odd that the door jamb is now not deep enough. Anyone else encounter something like this? The obvious answer is to bore out the hole more. But curious if this became a mechanical malfunction from people maybe trying to lock/unlock while in motion, etc. thanks!

12 Comments
2024/03/25
16:44 UTC

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Ecobee like switches

Old house I had a multitude of ecobee switches. Besides them being a horrid pain to set up, after that they were great. They had motion, timers, Alexa, night light, dnd schedules, intercom, night light etc.

Full featured. They recently discontinued them, and looking for suggestions for the new house. This house will be homekit as I have already started collecting devices.

7 Comments
2024/03/25
12:24 UTC

2

Default to a specific hue scene when using Siri

Is it possible (with automations, shortcuts, third party apps, home assistant) that when I use Siri to turn on a hue bulb it defaults to a specific (default) scene? Right now, when I use voice commands (e.g. Hey Siri turn on the lights) it always turns on the last state the bulbs were set to, which could be a random color from last time or something else

I would like hue to always default to the hue natural lights scene. For me it works more reliably than HomeKit's adaptive lightning mode. There is no option inside the hue app to configure this

2 Comments
2024/03/25
12:21 UTC

2

Lifx Smart Switch - does it control Hue and dumb lights?

I’m seeing a lot of bad reviews out there and mixed messaging and broken links on the Lifx website about its 4-gang ’Smart Switch’.

I want a 240v, Australia friendly smart switch, able to control a mix of smart (mostly Hue) and dumb lights, preferably able to do dimming or control scenes.

Does anyone have the Lifx units working in HomeKit in 2024?

Is there better solution out there?

6 Comments
2024/03/25
08:13 UTC

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Hue bridge not available in HomeKit after WiFi router switch

Hello

I changed my Wi-Fi router to a TP-Link Archer AX73, and now I can't connect the Hue bridge to HomeKit anymore. I can control the hue lamps with the Philips Hue app and also with Google, but not with Siri. I already removed all hue devices from HomeKit including the bridge and also reset the bridge completely. In the Hue app, I try to reconnect to HomeKit by selecting Siri & Apple Home, and also tried by selecting the other apps option, as the bridge should support Matter. It generates the connection code and I can type it in HomeKit, but there's just a message, it could take some minutes to add, but then it doesn't connect successfully. Any advice?

2 Comments
2024/03/25
08:11 UTC

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Automations to avoid or totally avoid pressing manual smart switches

How many of you have a set of bulletproof automations with your motion/vibration sensors so that so your smart switches dont need to be pressed?

Example: automatically turn on the stairs light as one approaches it given the time of day, light exposure, etc, then to turn off itself (maybe after sometime, or when a vibration sensor is triggered at the top of the stairs)?

I want a seamless integration in my house wherein I just have to walk and let the lights turn on by themselves, and it to turn off given on some strict parameters

40 Comments
2024/03/25
02:00 UTC

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Smoke and carbon detector

Hi, is anybody have any experience with a smoke and CO2 detector that is HomeKit compatible?

It it needs to rely on batteries, as I do not have the wiring.

Edit: in USA

14 Comments
2024/03/25
01:11 UTC

2

Scene to play different things on different HomePods?

I’d like to be able to say a command, and have Siri play one thing on one HomePod, and another thing on another. Is this possible somehow? The only thing I can see is for it to play the same thing, thereby “linking” the two HomePods.

4 Comments
2024/03/24
23:46 UTC

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No Response - this camera is not responding

Thumbnails appear to be alive, but when I click on the thumbnail to bring up camera video I get the above error message. I have 6 cameras of various makes and I get the same error message on all. I have the 2 TB cloud storage plan. Any ideas what is wrong?

8 Comments
2024/03/24
15:55 UTC

4

No home hub are responding

Hi everyone, It's been two days since any hub responded, I have two HomePods and an Apple TV. everything worked well until now and it's been months since I modified my installation or my network. I’ve unplugged everyrhing, Check any updates but nothing seems to work. Does anyone have encounter this ?

10 Comments
2024/03/24
14:48 UTC

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Leviton Decora or Lutron Caseta for new home?

We just bought a new build home that already has 2 Leviton Decora (gen 2) light switches installed.

I would love to upgrade most (if not all) of our switches to smart switches.

Since the home already has 2 Leviton switches installed, should we stay with Leviton Decora or should we switch them all to Lutron Caseta?

I’ve heard great things about both of these switches and know that Leviton works over WiFi but Lutron work over a hub.

What would you all recommend for reliability and ease of use in HomeKit? We will be on an Eero mesh system in an 1800 sq ft home, so I don’t expect our internet to be too bad.

Thanks!

52 Comments
2024/03/24
14:07 UTC

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Reliable Alarm System?

I’ve had an Abode system for a few months (doorbell cam, their indoor/outdoor cams, homebase system) and it has been nothing but garbage the whole time I’ve had it. If you’re considering this system - don’t.

I’m looking for alternatives, preferably HomeKit compatible systems. I plan on replacing the cameras with Eufy ones as I’ve had no issues with those. But I’m looking for a good HomeKit doorbell camera (had Eufy’s, not the biggest fan) and a homebase type system that can be a built in alarm. I am also running Home Assistant, so if you know anything that I can get working with HomeKit through HA that would also be great. Thank you!

36 Comments
2024/03/24
09:15 UTC

2

HomeKit potential migration advice

Hello,

I am having a big old house renovation and planning to start setting up more of a smart home.

Currently my limited devices run from Hue (with bridge) and through Alexa.

We love Alexa for voice control (nothing crazy, kids use Alexa Kids, control their lights in their rooms and play Spotify). So I’d like to keep that limited functionality.

What I want to be able to do as a starter for 10 is to use my UniFi Protect cams to trigger lights on Hue. I’ve looked into Home Assistant but it looks quite intense to setup, and not sure my wife would ever get onboard with it!

I’ve just started looking at HomeKit as it looks quite nice (we all have iPhone’s) with the various bit of extra functionality it offers.

It looks like I’d need Homebridge setup somehow, is this an easy process, if I just want to pass everything through to HomeKit?

Will I still be able to utilise Alexa for the kids?

Thanks

6 Comments
2024/03/24
08:04 UTC

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Siri saying “I tried, but some home accessories didn’t respond”

Using Hue lights, I’ll ask her to turn the lights on in one particular room and she’ll tell me this despite all the lights actually being turned on and working properly?

13 Comments
2024/03/24
07:25 UTC

0

Meross Smart Plug MSS210 issue

Hello,

My Meross smart plug has recently had an issue where it just constantly turns on and off. It won’t connect to my HomeKit or Meross app and I can’t re-pair it or reset it. Can anyone help me out please?

3 Comments
2024/03/24
06:35 UTC

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iDevices switches all offline at once

Is anyone else still using iDevices switches, and are yours still working? I have seven, and they all went offline in the last couple of days. The usual reset is not bringing them back. The router says they’re connected to WiFi, but they’re non-responsive in HomeKit. They don’t have any cloud dependencies and don’t update firmware without permission AFAIK, so I’m not sure why they’d all fail together but that seems to be what happened.

8 Comments
2024/03/24
02:45 UTC

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Different temperatures depending on sunset

I have smart lightbulbs (white only), LIFX, which I control with an Aqara button.

My aim is to have the white temperature change depending on whether it is day or night. I did so with ‚get weather’ but it adds a huge amount of lag to switching the bulbs on.

Any better ways to achieve that would be fab!

7 Comments
2024/03/24
00:13 UTC

0

Stop automation if another is running?

Is there a way to pause a second automation from running if another automation is currently running?

For example, I have an automation set up so that when you turn on my home theater, it goes through all of the settings in my receiver to make sure they are correct. But this process can take 20 seconds or more due to pauses I had to build in. So the problem is if for some reason the TV, etc, gets turned on, then the startup automations are running, and then the TV gets turned off triggering the shutdown automation to run before the startup has finished, it causes a conflict and my home theater setup gets left in a weird state.

Yes… I know the easiest solution is to “just wait a bit after you turn it on,” but that approach has not worked with others I live with and then I have to go fix everything all the time.

If I could simply say: “Wist until X automation completes before running this automation,” that would be perfect.

14 Comments
2024/03/23
22:42 UTC

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HomeKit Limitation

I’m sick of this HomeKit limitation. It defeats the purpose of having my camera notifications show on my Apple TV. I ordered the Tapo C225 pan and tilt and it only allow for one live feed viewing. I have homebridge installed and running but i can’t figure out how to get pass this aggravating limitation

19 Comments
2024/03/23
22:34 UTC

3

Hearing thermostat temperature when away

I just can’t seem to figure this out in a way that will work in HomeKit. I have Netatmo smart thermostat and smart thermostatic valves. Works great for managing the radiator and heating temperatures on all my rooms separately, as I’ve configured it to heat each room independently rather than being limited by the thermostat which is in our hallway. And while my wife and I work from home I’ve made extensive use of the schedules in the Netatmo app, so the radiator doesn’t come on in the children’s rooms while they’re at school etc…

However when the family leaves the house it doesn’t automatically set to away, I have to manually do that in the Netatmo app. So I come to configure an automation in HomeKit, and it seems I can’t set an away mode, I have to set the temp on each valve as part of that automation. No problem, I can do that, but then the valves determine this is a manual control and the schedule kicks in at the next change based on time, so it’s not suitable as an away mode.

My question is then, is it even possible to use the family’s Apple devices to determine when there’s no one at home and adjust the temps properly, while keeping the schedule Netatmo? Or do I basically have to recreate the schedule entirely in HomeKit and dump Netatmo as a sort of control?

What have others done with their heating systems? Bonus points for Netatmo users… Cheers

2 Comments
2024/03/23
12:50 UTC

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Looking for curtain roller over tread or BLE that doesn’t require an additional hub

Hi, I’m looking for something like the switch bot roller (like this) but that doesn’t require any additional hub and works natively with HomeKit.

Been looking for a lot of time without any findings. Does anyone know?

Thanks!

2 Comments
2024/03/23
12:30 UTC

2

Why does this automation do nothing?

Sunrise/sunset automations used to work for me, but then one day they just stopped. I have rebuilt them more than once in HomeKit and Controller, and nothing I have done has showed me a way out.

If you’re wondering, the scene works fine with a time-based automation, eg 7pm. Other scenes also don’t work on sunrise/set.

Any help appreciated!

8 Comments
2024/03/23
01:17 UTC

1

Controlling Somfy Zigbee Shade

So I just installed a Somfy zigbee roller shade and am using the Ysia remote without the Tahoma (or any other) hub. Is there a way for me to control the blind with HomeKit or do I need another piece to the puzzle? Thanks so much!

0 Comments
2024/03/22
22:58 UTC

3

Doorbell options?

Looking for a HomeKit-compatible video doorbell and struggling to decide.

The Logitech Circle View isn’t available where I am and it would be awkward to source.

Aqara G4 looks okay - not mad on the horizontal video and quality of the camera looks iffy, but the price is good.

I don’t have a wired chime so the Netatmo seems more hassle than it’s worth.

Eufy’s S330 looks okay… but not seen many reviews on it?

Are there any other viable options - or ones that are coming soon that might be worth waiting for?

19 Comments
2024/03/22
22:56 UTC

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