Mi|Home System by energenie – Review



Mi|Home System Diagram

What we love…

ability to turn on and off items with the tap of a remote or via my iPhone

What we’d love to see…

a one button touch for the remote versus on and off buttons on the current remote

Summary

Home automation is a trend of the future both for saving energy as well as convenience.  Using the Mi|Home System means you will never have to come home to a dark house, worry about the temperature of your Nest thermostat as well as have the ability to check on your home to ensure that it is safe if you are travelling or away.

The Mi|Home by ENERGENIE is a smart home system that integrates a hub known as the Mi|Home Gateway with a remote control, and radio controlled sockets that allow you to switch items on and off with the tap of a remote.  This means that if you arrive home later than planned, you can either use the remote to turn on lights at your home, or the included app to turn on lights with the tap of a button.  For purposes of this review, I tested a Mi|Home Gateway, three Mi|Home adapters which I plugged various items into as well as a Mi|Home remote control.   The system I tested is meant to be used in the UK, so I added adapters to use it in the United States.  The Mi|Home also includes a Multi-Plug which could be used for a television, cable box and entertainment system.  It can also be used to heating as well.  There is also a Mi|Home Light which can be used to control lights in your house.  You can also integrate Amazon Alexa with the Mi|Home to control your accessories.  It will also work with the Nest thermostat so you can turn up and down your thermostat if you arrive home later than normal or away on vacation and stay longer than planned.  The Mi|Home System also uses geofencing so you can set your devices to turn on when you get within a certain radius – for me I used a one mile radius so when my iPhone was in range items turned on.

Energenie Mi|Home Gateway

Setup was straightforward, I installed the Mi|Home app on my iPhone and then added each of the Mi|Home control adapters which I then tagged and plugged something into.  I used a lamp in my living room, a radio in my kitchen we listen to frequently, and the third was another lamp on the second floor of my home.  I paired the Mi|Home Gateway with my internet connection and internet booster as my home internet setup is upstairs and I didn’t find that it gave me enough coverage from my home router to work throughout the house — this is a common problem for me and is a problem at my home not with the device.  You can also pair devices to the hub via your computer or iPhone.  To pair, you simply tap “add a device” pick the photo of the device you are trying to add, for me I used the adapter plus and then plugged them in and followed directions to pair which involved waiting for a light to start flashing.  I then finally paired the remote.

Mi|Home Hand controllerUsing the included remote control I could turn on and off each of the sockets or I used my iPhone.  One my favorite features of it was that it did not require line of sight similar to your cable remote to turn on and off things.  You can also plug in appliances to the Mi|Home adapters that you want to be able to turn on and off like a toaster or perhaps a coffee maker.  I can see it being great during the holidays if you had a Christmas tree that you wanted to turn on and off using the timer function.  When using your iPhone or Android device you can access the Mi|Home System from the cloud.  I chose not to use the adapters to power my garage doors since they were turned on in proxy from my iPhone and I would not be able to tell if they were opened or closed using the included app — this is something I would love to do in the future as I always worry about my garage door when I leave in a hurry.

I loved that I no longer had to walk into a dark house if I got home later than planned or that I could easily turn on a light upstairs without having to climb the stairs or that my house would be lit up .  The range of the remote was good – I could stand in my garage and turn on things upstairs or bring the remote upstairs to turn off the last light before going to bed and not have to walk upstairs in the dark.   I also liked that I could add or change items on the fly – for example, I knew I was going to be home late so I quickly switched a socket to one near the top of my stairs for better security lighting upon my return home.  As I started using it more, I found that I was using my iPhone more than the included remote control – although admittedly it was night to have the remote if my phone died or was downstairs on the charger.

Overall, I loved the ease and convenience of the Mi|Home System and knowing I didn’t have to walk into a dark house — or that I could turn on the lights off or on remotely or via my iPhone with the geofencing.  Included in the package I tested were a central hub, remote control and 3 smart home adapters at an estimated RRV of £70.

Mi|Home

Mi|Home
Mi|Home
by Sandal PLC

Category: Utilities, Lifestyle
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 55.17 MB

$FREE

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

News:Poly-Control Announces U.S. Version of Danalock V2 Smart Lock at CEDIA

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Poly-Control Announces U.S. Version of Danalock V2 Smart Lock at CEDIA

The smartest smart lock ever inspired by user feedback: Poly-Control’s Danalock V2 Smart Lock has more features, more flexibility, and more reliability than any other competing device

AARHUS, DENMARK AND DALLAS, TEXAS – OCTOBER 12, 2015 – On October 15, Poly‑Control, a provider of innovative smart technology solutions for homes and businesses, will unveil Danalock Version 2 for the U.S. market from the CEDIA conference. This smart lock solution turns a smartphone into a high-tech digital key for home security. Danalock’s already unrivaled flexibility with Bluetooth (BLE) and Z-Wave compatibility now adds support for Nest, Harmony, Wi-Fi, and Zigbee protocols to expand interoperability with home automation systems, while improving the ability to remotely control door access. In addition, a new lock-state sensor recognizes dead bolt state, ensuring a more intuitive installation process and improving the user experience.

“We significantly enhanced the features and user experience in Danalock V2 for our customer base in the U.S.,” said Henning Overgaard, co-founder of Poly-Control. “With the new Danalock V2, we’re confident that the combination of ease of installation, support for the industry’s leading wireless communications standards, and a very competitive price point will meet the growing needs of home automation users and propel Danalock into a leadership position in the U.S. market.”

Danalock V2 knits strong Bluetooth signal recognition with the broadest range of communication protocols on the market. On entry or exit, Danalock signals the Zigbee or Z-Wave alarm systems to disarm or arm automatically. Integration with Nest and Harmony relay to home automation systems to raise or lower temperatures or adjust lighting on the entrance or exit signal from Danalock. And Wi-Fi integration offers even more flexibility by enabling homeowners to remotely unlock/lock the door for children or visitors such as contractors and housekeepers.

Danalock V2 has taken the pain out of installation. A U.S.-specific mount that requires no modification of the lock’s tailpiece means the new Danalock fits over the tail and mounts solidly on the bracket. A new sensor identifies the state of the dead bolt as locked or open and, with the help of the Danalock widget, the install process is fully automated. No manual inputs are required.

In addition to these key features, Danalock V2 delivers new industry-leading capabilities:

  • BridgeApp—This soon-to-be-released, downloadable free app creates a Wi-Fi bridge that gives users remote access and control of Danalock from all over the world. No additional router is needed. Danalock makes use of technologies already in the home, such as an old smart phone or tablet that uses BLE and Wi-Fi, and turns them into a bridge, making the Danalock solution easier and more cost-effective.
  • Notify—This feature reassures working parents that their children have arrived home from school or left on time for activities.
  • TwistAssist—This feature helps those who have difficulty firmly grasping the door handle by enabling them to only slightly turn Danalock to gain release.
  • Lock programmability—The Danalock timer can be set to modify how quickly the door will relock after someone has entered or exited the house.
  • Geo location—With autolock turned on, Geo location causes your smart phone to begin searching for Danalock as soon as homeowners are within 100-200 yards of their home, heightening the responsiveness of the unlock feature.

Poly-Control will showcase all of the new features of Danalock V2 in the Z-Wave Alliance Pavilion (Booth 2900) throughout the CEDIA conference. In addition, the company’s Danalock Key Pad and Danalock Key Fob will also be available for viewing—entry access solutions that provide temporary or recurrent access for children who don’t have smart phones, or visitors and contractors that have not installed the app.

Pricing and Availability

Danalock V2 starts at $179 for Bluetooth only and is $199 for a dual version with Bluetooth and either Z-Wave or Zigbee compatibility. The smart locks are available for direct purchase from Poly-Control at www.Danalock.com  or through Amazon and selected resellers by the end of November. For more information, images and video, please visit Danalock.

About Poly-Control
Poly-Control, based in Denmark, develops innovative smart technology solutions for homes and businesses. The company’s founders have been making intelligent door lock mechanisms and home automation products for more than 10 years, and have unrivaled experience in the field. For more information, visit www.danalock.com or follow @Poly-Control.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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