• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible HomeKit integration

    • Written by Rod P from Ladera Ranch

    The purpose of this sensor is obviously to drive customers to use iHome smart outlets. It's the only way you can use anything but the motion sensor to trigger an automation. iHome has apparently made all but the motion sensor invisible to the Home app for creating automations - in spite of the fact that Home.app DOES see all the sensors in real time.

    I bought this sensor for the express purpose of turning on a fan (which is plugged into a non-iHome smart outlet) when a certain high temperature is reached. That's not possible unless I'm willing to buy an iHome outlet. After this experience, this is the last iHome product I'll buy unless I see a reliable report that they've changed their ways and opened up their devices to full HomeKit compatibility.

    Ironically, I WAS able to accomplish what I wanted in the end, by using the app supplied by the manufacturer of the smart outlet I have (Koogeek). Though it's a bit of a kludge, it proves that it's possible, making iHome's deliberate crippling of the HomeKit implementation all the more ridiculous and frustrating.

    Pros: WiFi (instead of Bluetooth) connectivity
    Cons: Pretty much everything else. Terrible app from iHome. Deliberately lousy HomeKit integration.

    Would not recommend.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not accurate.

    • Written by Elena S from Stirling

    Got the device yesterday. Got it set up to test how it would work to monitor the temperature and the rest in my remote home. As of now I have the device in the same room with my iPhone. Yesterday my phone app showed the temperature on the thermostat with 0.5F accuracy. It detected the sound and movement. I got hopeful and wanted to get one for each area I need.
    Today the the phone app reports me it’s 71.1F while it’s 77F on the monitor display and in my wall thermometer. The app is also not detecting movement and sounds, as I’m not in the room, while I’m in front of the monitor. What’s the point of having it in that case??

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok, but not great

    • Written by Christopher Y from Brossard

    I've had this for a couple of months now. No battery power, requires a USB powered cable which makes placement of it fairly restricted. The Apple Home app displays the information ( except for the sound sensor ) for the device sensors, but it's only capable of triggering scenes based on the motion detector. As well, unlike the philipps hue sensors, there's no ability to control the sensitivity of the motion sensor. The iHome app can use all 5 sensors, but it has limited ability to affect other smartphone devices.

    I've also had issues with the unit loosing connection to the network which can only be fixed by rebooting the device. When it does that, the sensors can't communicate with any of my other homekit devices. The whole promise of this 5:1 sensor was to be able to use it for security triggers but when you can't rely on whether or not it's going to work.

    LCD screen is bright and can be read across the room. Not a bad choice if all you want it for is to read the sensors.

    HomeKitGeek

    3 of 3 people found this useful