Fitted the whole house out with Grid enabled gear. Took a week to get it all connected & working. Many! Many! Many frustrations in getting the whole system to work. If the internet goes down, which in Australia is somewhat regularly, everything stops. Seemed to work ok for a while until Telstra reset my modem. Lost connecting to every device. Haven’t bothered reconnecting. Figured it’s actually easier just using the wall switch. Don’t waist your time or money.
Purchased in January 2020.
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A Compromised Product, And Not Even That Cheap
This product is used to connect to a range of sensors that are used within the 'Grid Connect' system of Arlecs' smart lighting products. This hub connects to your house / phone / Google Home etc via Wi-Fi, and each of the sensors (temperature / humidity / motion / door sensors) are connected to the hub via Bluetooth.
Most of the competitors use a wireless protocol called Zigbee, and now I see why. The Zigbee products are required to run on battery power alone for at least 1 year, and each Zigbee product needs to be able to both send and receiv...e data to other Zigbee products, forming a mesh connection. With the Arlec solution of Wi-Fi & Bluetooth, the sensors themselves are battery powered (AAA batteries with no chance of lasting 1 year), and the Hub itself has to remain powered by USB continually. Add to that, the range of Bluetooth is 10 metres at best, which means to get whole house coverage, you will need hubs in several areas of your house. At $32 for each hub, plus $20ish for each of the sensors, this is not even that cheap. To compare, a Phillips Hue motion sensor is $50ish, however it is Zigbee which means that it will connect to, and enhance, the existing mesh. The only reason that I invested in the Arlec Grid Connect ecosystem is that I wanted a smart light replacement for two 4' fluorescent lights in my garage. If Phillips Hue or Sengled had these, I would have gone for their product. Overall, I don't love this product. Don't get me wrong, it works, it's just an ugly solution. It seems as though Arlec has tried to rush into the Smart Lighting sector but with inferior products.
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