"Hi, I'm Homey" and I'm Ariel. And today I will be reviewing for you standing "Homey Pro." Welcome. Every time I sit next to this goal, I have the feeling that I should have a glass of Whiskey or Guinness in my hand, something typically British. This is the most British goal ever. It has a lot of possibilities.
And today I will present you and review it. I have been at home for some time and I was delaying the review of this goal because I am constantly discovering its new options. I'm sure you won't find everything in this review. Maybe someday I will play another part. Homey Pro has a lot of interesting things in it. And the British language and speaking with that beautiful accent is one of them. Let's start with what this white ball on 3 legs really is. This is how we put it and it stands on a dresser or on a table or wherever. Homey is a goal. This is not a one-man gateway where we have a closed system. It is also not an open gate, which we may associate with ZigBee goals, which are not the most beautiful. It seems to me that it is closer to Hubitat.
Homey Pro is a Zigbee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, IR, WiFi gateway, virtually any communication channel except THREAD and MATEL, which are now evolving. Of the ones that are popular now, Homey will be able to chat with anyone. And that's his idea. This device is supposed to connect devices from different manufacturers talking to each other through various communication channels. All this to create a smart home that Homey will take care of. As I said, there are many ways of communication at Homey. We have a ZigBee gate and a Z-wave gate, i.e. if we have any such sensors, we will connect everything. We have WiFi, so the purifier or the humidifier will also work.
We even have Bluetooth and IR, so if we want to control something via infrared, it will also be fine. Homey has a very cool app that I am going to show you in a moment and tell you a little more about it. It has the manufacturer's applications and in my opinion it is the closest to Google Home. We have many manufacturers who work with Homey and have their own dedicated applications. Philips, Xiaomi, Nanoleaf, LG, there are many of them and the number of them will be shown in a moment, because there are more of them all the time. There are many applications and there are also many devices that can be connected to it. The process of adding devices is also not complicated, but I will also get to it in the application itself. Once we have supplied these various devices from different manufacturers to Homey, we can create "Flow" or automation. We can create automations between different manufacturers. We can make Linus lock control the light from Phillips, but we can also turn on Canvas and turn on SwitchBot.
These automations actually have several levels. And this is what I said at the beginning that we discover Homey over time. Something new is showing up all the time. We start with simple automation "If … then …", i.e. when the motion sensor detects movement, it will light the Philips and Nanoleaf Canvas bulbs. So we have very simple automations. They can also be a lot more complicated and you'll see it in the app soon. Automations can also use the built-in speaker in Homey. We can set different accents, but the British wins. And my favorite automation, i.e. when I start SwitchBot, i.e. a robot for curtains and curtains, it regrets to move and open the curtains for me.
Such automation is just the beginning, because Homey offers much more. This is what I love about it and the fact that we see more and more over time, and that is what I learned from Z-Home. Anyway, this is a store where you will get Homey, but this will be at the very end. We have simple automations for laymen. But we also have variable management and we can do the codes if we want to and build a really advanced flow. Both a beginner and a very experienced person will find something for themselves here. With other gates, eg in the case of HomeKit, we must have "Fake Switch" and build automation on them.
And to quote Iron Man, "technology today limits me." But not with Homey. Stop reacting to your name with this text. This is how you build automation and forget about it and when you say "Homey" he starts shouting that automation. I probably put it in a Flow because I was playing with things related to the voice. If you are looking for something advanced, Homey is able to offer it to you. With Homey, the question arises, what about assistants? Are they needed at all and is there any integration? Here's some good news. We have native integration with Google Home and Alexa. We also have HomeKit integration in beta. All three assistants will talk to Homey. It is mainly for voice control because if we have Homey, we do not need to have such extensive ecosystems. Well, maybe apart from HomeKit where it integrates very nicely. Homey is a gateway and all devices connected to it show up in HomeKit.
What is worth mentioning here? You have to consider at the very beginning whether we want to have Homey. If we add devices to it, we will not add them in manufacturers' applications or, for example, in HomeKit because they may appear twice or they will have problems. For me, Homey is a very nice solution, but right away. Because if we have a lot of things, for example in HomeKit, it is associated with big problems at the entrance. We have to rebuild it all into Homey. If we start from scratch, it is brilliant equipment in this respect. The Homey Pro control application is Homey. I like the application and it is one of the coolest applications for Smart Home, if not the coolest. At the very beginning, we are welcomed by a Dashboard that I personally like very much. We have favorite devices, we have favorite Flow, i.e. the automation I have already mentioned, and we have Timeline, which is what has been going on in the last few days.
When we were leaving the house, when we were coming home, when there was some update. Here we will find everything that has happened. As for devices, we have them in "Devices" then click on the plus and we can enter the name of the movie from which we want to add the device. Let's say Xiaomi. And here we have devices that we can add, and there are some of them. It may be that one of the devices is missing, but let's say we want Mi Robot 2 Vacuum Cleaner. Unlike HomeKit, we have robots that we can add to our Homey. Sometimes it is so that we have to install the application with the selected manufacturer so that it appears here.
We can try with Philips and as you can see it appears immediately, there are not many of these missing applications. Then we have Flow, or automation. We start with "when" and as you can see there are quite a few options. We can rely on applications and things related to this hardware. Or on alarms, music, time and place, other automations, more advanced logic. This is a lot. There are many possibilities to build a cool and interesting flow. We can also use them in subsequent automations or simply build something simple. For example, when we pull the curtain, the robot will move and say "Here and go again" and we can even see it. So we have Position changed and then he says "Here I go again". A nice addition in this application is energiam, that is, we see what and how much watt we use, Homey counts it and shows it as a whole. Of course, a given device should already have such a meter in it, but you do not have to combine anything by the way. When we click "more", we have the applications here that we can install.
In logic, we can set variables, thanks to which we are able to build more advanced automations. In the settings we have things like speech where we set our British language. We have Z-Wave and ZigBee gate settings. We can add family and guests. Update, experiments where we will find HomeKit. We have assistants, Google, Alexe. There are so many options when it comes to applications. All in all, Homey is the best goal I have dealt with. As for the applications, the amount of communication and his British voice, although we may have different. Admittedly, he looks a bit like Marvin with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The man was depressed, Homey doesn't. If you are looking for an open gate, it is worth considering. It is true that the price is high because it costs about PLN 1,800. Currently, there is a promotion on Z-Home, because Homey enters the Polish market and we have a 6% discount, which gives about PLN 100 cheaper. In my opinion, it is worth it if you are looking for an interesting goal. So, let me mention it, here we have an LED border that lights up in different colors all the time and these colors are spinning.
It looks cool, in my opinion he is pretty and he composes very well. It is futuristic. It is more suitable for modern decorations than the old ones. It is also not such a boring gate that you set and forget about it. That's it for Homey. Hope you have more knowledge of this gateway and think carefully about whether you need it. Let me know in the comments whether you think it's cool or not and write what I didn't say.
It's gonna be fun to do Part 2 of this video as Homey Pro Extended because I'm constantly discovering something new. Of course, stick to our videos. Recently, there have been a lot of tutorials that I hope you will like. See you later. Everything Homey does is epic. If you have changed the WiFi network and want to reconnect Homey, take it in your hand, turn it upside down and start the countdown..
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