Aqara is a sub-brand of Xiaomi company, which appeared in June 2015. Previously, all smart devices for the system of Smart House Xiaomi, marked with the logo MI, but with the release of the system on the international scene appeared a new brand Aqara and new production Eigenstone.
Aqara from Latin “acutula”, which means smart, ARA in Latin-a symbol of the house. Combining these words emphasize that future homes will be smarter and smarter.
Everyone who has already experienced smart devices Aqara in action, evaluate the high quality and cost-effectiveness of solutions for automation of smart home.
Most Xiaomi devices are designed for the Chinese market. This affects the availability of a full multilingual application. Of course we already know how to rusfy Mi Home, but many points to translate and does not work (such as notifications).
The appearance of the brand Aqara is not only a new smart device, it is also a new, official application!
Not so long ago, the application became available for installation on Apple equipment (and in Google play). And it’s done for a reason, Aqara devices are integrated with the smart home of Apple HomeKit. The system’s exit beyond China’s borders is a huge step for the system development. Now you can control the smart house with the help of voice assistant Siri, but so far only devices under the brand Aqara.
Let’s get acquainted with all the devices of this brand.
Aqara Smart Home Devices
At the moment 16 smart devices are available, but with a probability of 100% percent I assure that their number will grow.
The system includes:
The long-awaited gateway to manage ZigBee devices. Visually, the gateway is very similar to Xiaomi Gateway 2, but it is not necessary to confuse them. The point is that the Aqara gateway can only be added to a branded Aqara application. Yes, although all the devices in the car are added to the Mi Home application, this gateway is not available for addition. Perhaps in the future this opportunity will add, but so far. Several times think before buying, if you do not have the technology of Apple, then use this gateway to you will be difficult (the application for Android is extremely bad).
But if you use the Apple Home Kit, the novelty will be your liking. Integration of all Aqara devices to the system of smart home, the possibility of voice control, as well as control of the smart clock. But you cannot add Mijia devices to the system (you can add some devices, such as a temperature sensor, but they will not work properly), perhaps later this limitation will be removed.
The gateway is issued for the Americas, with the appropriate plug connection. Promise to release and for Europe, with our “native ” Euro fork. Let’s hope and wait, non-standard forks for 3 years have managed to get bored. But if you do not want to wait, proceed to the next device:
Aqara Smart Socket
Wall outlet is perfect for lovers of Chinese technology Xiaomi. Installing such an outlet, you can easily connect Chinese gadgets, as well as add to the script “smart home ” third-party devices.
Aqara Smart light Switch Wall switches
There are 4 versions of switches, 2 are mounted in a wall and directly connect to cables by analogy with usual switches. and two versions are fastened on a wall by two-sided tape. If the first are configured directly for lighting control, the latter can perform any functions available in the Xiaomi smart home systems. For example, you can duplicate the switches at the beginning and end of the corridor, without pulling out unnecessary wires.
Aqara Air Conditioner Controller
Originally conceived as a controlled socket for the air conditioner, but then it decided to embed the functions of the central gateway, this device allows you to connect all the Aqara sensors in a single ecosystem (this function also copes Xiaomi Gateway 2).
Aqara Water Leak Sensor
This is the sensor that is needed in every apartment or house. Timely informing about the leak will minimize the damage caused.
Aqara Temperature Sensor
It is difficult to imagine a house without means of measuring temperature. What if it still shows humidity and atmospheric pressure? Aqara temperature sensor will be useful for everyone. Overview of the device.
Aqara Motion Sensor
The motion sensor Aqara is placed on a rotary stand, which allows you to mount it in any place. The sensor can be attached to the control of lighting, or alarms.
Aqara Smart Curtain Controller
If you automate the house, do it to the maximum. Automated curtains that can be controlled from a phone or wireless button. Or customize the scenario by which the curtains will be close for the night and open in the morning? Everything is in your hands!
Aqara Wireless Mini switch
This switch always is useful, it can be set up any action for smart home. Ideally serves as a doorbell or alarm button.
Aqara Door Sensor
Similar to the motion sensor, it acts as a script activation role. Alarm and backlight, as well as all other devices, can be associated with the case with the sensor opening the door.
Aqara IP Camera
The camera combines the gateway function. This is what you read in the review on Aqara IP Camera with the gateway function.
Aqara Smart Door Lock S1
Aqara Smart Door lock works with fingerprint scanner. Completely abandon the keys in favor of modern technology, will help, recently announced and already available on sale, a gadget from the company Aqara. This castle lasted for about a year and quickly went into the shadows, after the release of its second version.
Aqara Smart Door Lock S2
This clever castle supports all the features of its predecessor, but with a qualitatively redesigned design. If the first version of the eye was conspicuous by its importance, the second version looks solid and interesting. The fingerprint scanner is moved to the lock handle and a button is added to the top of the call function.
Aqara Vibration Sensor
Additional sensor for security system. The principle of the sensor is simple, it sends a signal when changing its position in space. Probably everyone saw how to glue a wired alarm on the Windows? So, this is an advanced wireless option. You can also fantasize about the purpose of this gadget, for example to fix on the door of a personal closet, or casket with jewels.
A complete copy of the Mijia cube. Supports 6 actions and can be used in Apple HomeKit. The cube is very useful (until the moment when the voice control will be full), personally used to control the lighting, TV and volume of sound.
Aqara devices are already available on sale:
There are still many devices that are designed to make our lives easier and safer.