7 LOW COST gadgets for your smart home: Aqara debuts in Italy

Today I'm taking you to my house. Or rather, in my living room. Because it is in the living room that I decided to design a system for the smart home using super cheap products, but at the same time very functional and easy to use. And I did it by taking advantage of some of the offers that Aqara has activated in its new store on Amazon where, believe me, you can buy the best cheap smart home devices: at these prices you will not find absolutely better. Trust me, by clicking here you can access the brand's Amazon store.

Specifically, I took a whole series of small gadgets that, in addition to the low price, are distinguished from all other competitors due to their practically universal compatibility: they are compatible with Zigbee, with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT and practically all platforms for home automation and home automation. But above all they are compatible with Apple Home Kit, and we know how difficult it is to find cheap devices compatible with the ecosystem of Cupertino.

Aqara: 7 CHEAP and really useful smart home devices

Aqara Camera Hub G3

As we saw in our old review of the Aqara security system (you find here) the beating heart of the system is the hub. The control center of all the smart demotic devices of the brand which can actually be purchased in a stand alone version or integrated into a surveillance camera.

I personally thought about using the Aqara Camera Hub G3 which, in addition to performing the function of hub, is able to record and transmit 2K images, also using a motorized framing system and a series of algorithms that make it capable of following people, animals also thanks to facial recognition. In short, a beautiful combination that can be obtained with a single purchase.

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It is a very valid product that also integrates an IR blaster with which you can control all devices compatible with this standard, such as some air conditioners, TVs etc, and which also integrates a microSD slot on which to save your recordings. .

I placed it on a cabinet in the living room, in an area where the Aqara Camera Hub G3 it is able to frame practically anywhere, taking advantage of the wide-angle lens it is equipped with. And the area I have chosen is also perfect for taking advantage of the alarm system it integrates: if you were not at home, for example, you could activate a siren which, detecting a movement or a person, would make a very loud siren sound and send a notification to your smartphone immediately.

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It also has night vision and automatic tracking works really well: in the app all detected movements and related tracking are recorded, and can then be reviewed in loop whenever you want.

And if, at some point in the day, you want to protect your privacy, you can actually put it to sleep: by deactivating it, the lens will turn backwards and enter the plastic case. In this way you will be sure that the optics will not really frame anything.

Aqara Motion sensor P1

To improve security even more, I also installed the Aqara P1 motion sensor because, of course, the surveillance camera already guarantees a good degree of security, but a volumetric motion sensor gives that extra touch. And then, to be honest, thanks to the integration of the whole system with IFTTT, I exploit this sensor with a double purpose.

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In a nutshell, it is a typical motion sensor with a range of about 170 °, which runs on battery and has a super autonomy of 2 years. Used without too much inventiveness, its purpose is simple: with each detected movement it sends a notification to the smartphone and, if desired, it can activate the recording of the camera or sound the alarm integrated in the Camera Hub.

But, in my opinion, the most delicious thing is another: the Aqara P1 motion sensor it is also able to detect the brightness in the environment in which it is positioned (and, by the way, thanks to the adhesive plastic structure, it can be positioned really anywhere). In this way, for example, I set up a scene with IFTTT thanks to which, when the ambient brightness drops below a certain level of lux, the light in the living room turns on automatically, but only when I'm at home.

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I then set up another automation with which, if I return home and it is dark, the light turns on as soon as the sensor detects a movement.

And yes, this is the demotic that I like, the one that really improves the quality of life and that allows you to introduce automatisms that are simple to manage but at the same time functional and definitely useful: imagine the scene of positioning this sensor in a staircase, in which you could have the lights turn on as you pass and have them turn off automatically after a few seconds, if no movement is detected.

Aqara Smart Socket

But how did I make the light in the living room smart so that it turned on and off through the automations and the interactions with the motion sensor? Simple, I linked them to a very simple one Aqara smart socket. It is a smart plug compatible with Zigbee 3.0, and yes, we already know how these devices work, so it is useless to go into too much detail: it can be programmed to switch on and off automatically, it can be integrated into a routine and so on.

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The nice thing about this product though, is that the Aqara smart socket is able to monitor the energy consumption of the devices that you connect to and creates real daily or monthly reports thanks to which you can keep consumption under control.

Imagine connecting it to a TV or a washing machine, or to a dishwasher: of course, in these cases, smart switching on and off could not always be useful, but the information detected by the smart plug could help you understand the effective efficiency of the your appliances.

Needless to say, you could set the lights to turn on automatically if the alarm system detects something suspicious: in this way, in addition to the notification on the smartphone and the sound of the alarm, the environment would also light up. A great deterrent to scare away any thieves, don't you think?

Aqara door and window sensor

And still on the subject of security, I also installed a Aqara door and window sensor. It is a small adhesive device that I personally placed on the entrance door: in this way, every time the door is opened or closed, I can decide to receive a notification on my smartphone or to activate one of the scenarios we talked about earlier.

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But not only that: if the door remains open for too long, I could, for example, turn off the air conditioning. Or, imagine leaving the house with the doubt of having closed the door or not: here, thanks to this small sensor you can check it directly from your smartphone.

In short, the customization possibilities are practically endless, all you need is to think about your need and create the right routine to satisfy it.

Aqara Wireless Mini Button

Also on the front door, I placed a Aqara Wireless Mini Button. It is a real button, positioned in an adhesive case, which you can program as you wish.

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In my case, for example, I created a routine on IFTTT thanks to which, with a single click on the button I make every time I go out, all the smart devices I have in the house are turned off but, above all, the door is locked. thanks to a Nuki Smart Lock (here the review). In a nutshell, all the operations that I generally should do by hand are carried out, but by pressing a single button.

Also in this case, the customizations are endless, and you can choose to activate a routine also related to a double press of the button, but think of a completely different situation: you have an elderly relative who lives alone for whom you care so much , you could install a Camera Hub G3 to keep it under control and give it this button which could work as a life saver.

You could in fact decide to activate the sending of an automatic help message when pressing the Aqara Wireless Mini Button making it a sort of Beghelli Lifesaver.

Aqara TVOC Air Quality Monitor

In the living room then I also placed theAqara TVOC Air Quality Monitor for two very specific reasons: I have a motorized blind system with Switchbot devices (here the review) and I have a Jya Fjord air purifier (here the review) which I prefer not to always leave on to increase the life of the filter.

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Well, thanks to this device with E-ink display, not only will you be able to keep the ambient temperature, humidity and air quality under control, but you will be able to create automatic scenarios which in my case are very useful.

Of course, everyone has different needs, but I basically created two routines: in a nutshell, I decided that if the room temperature exceeds a certain threshold, the curtains will close automatically and (if the door is closed, and this detects it the sensor that I have mounted on it) will activate the air conditioning.

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At the same time, I decided to always keep the air purifier off which, thanks to a scene I created, if theAqara TVOC Monitor should it detect a poor quality, it would automatically turn on the purifier.

Aqara Water Leak Sensor

Finally, and this is because I have already experienced a similar tragedy, I installed a Aqara water leakage sensor, on which there is poco to say except that since I installed it I am much quieter.

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In a nutshell, it is a great little sensor poco more than a button on a jacket, which is able to detect the presence of water. In this way, if positioned in strategic places, if there should be a water leak, you would immediately receive a notification on your smartphone and you could immediately run for cover.

Some time ago my dishwasher hose broke while I was in the study, and if I had had such a sensor I could have immediately gone down and turned everything off and tried to fix the fault. Unfortunately I didn't have one, and my kitchen got flooded.

The home automation that I like

So guys, this is the smart demotic that I like. An intelligent demotic, composed of many small, unobtrusive devices that, in most cases, run on battery and are very simple to configure and use.

If you then consider that these are the best cheap smart home devices in circulation, which are also compatible with Apple HomeKit and that, often, you can find them at a discount in our Telegram group of offers (you can find it here), the only one the limit becomes only one's own imagination, or rather, one's own needs.

Below you will find all the links of each of the products I used in this configuration and, in advance, to buy them all you would spend an amount close to 300 euros.



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€100,68
€109,99
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€29,49
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€15,49
€15,99
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1 used from 14,80 €
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€15,49
€20,99
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Last updated the 28 / 06 / 2022 23: 14
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