Fibaro Smart Home System is a well-integrated smart home system that runs on z-wave technology to give you the excellent wireless capabilities. The aesthetic of their products just adds to your smart home experience. We will dig into what Fibaro offers to try and decide if it’s a good system for you.
Smart homes are becoming a reality that more and more of us have access to as prices drop and new companies begin to jump into the competition. As the smart home market widens, it can be hard to distinguish which products are right for you and your family, especially when it comes to compatibility.
Fibaro is a Polish smart home company that brings multiple system options to the table. Anyone can use their products, and you can customize them to your family’s needs. There seems to be something for everyone in the Fibaro lineup, even protections and alters for those living in earthquake zones.
So how does how does the brand stack up against its competition? We will take a look at the gateway services the smart home company offers, the devices you can take advantage of, how real customers feel about the products, and finally talk about whether or not the company’s smart home system is right for you.
Fibaro Smart Home System
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The company has two gateways under its name: the Home Center 2 and the Home Center Lite. Both gateways exist to control the other smart objects within your home, but the Home Center 2 has additional features that make it the more exciting of the two options.
Both gateways are highly rated, but the Home Center 2 takes the cake. Both need to be connected to the Internet permanently, meaning they will need to be wired either into your wireless router or via cable into your Internet system. The gateways are the only piece of the system that is wired, but a battery backup is also available.
The Home Center 2 and Home Center Lite each come with z-wave wireless technology and are compatible with iOS, Android, and a regular Internet browser. They are both compatible with up to 230 devices and have no monthly fees, only a one-time purchase fee.
The major difference between the two systems is the voice command capabilities of the Home Center 2, which are unavailable on the Home Center Lite. The voice commands are arguably one of the coolest parts of owning a smart home system, so they are important to some consumers.
Regardless of which gateway you get, you can control them through a phone app or your browser, so you’ll rarely feel like commands to the system are a burden. The price difference in the two gateways may even make you think voice commands are overrated. The Home Center Lite is nearly $900 cheaper than the Home Center 2.
The company makes their gateways user-friendly and simple to set up, so you shouldn’t worry about getting started if you’re not a tech whiz. We like the ease of use of both of these gateways, and the system overall. Now that you know enough about the brains of the smart home system let’s look at some of the optional components.
Fibaro Motion Sensor
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The company’s eye-shaped motion sensor has cool design with mass appeal. The motion sensor is more than just your average smart home camera, and it’s portable and totally wireless, adding to its ease of use.
The sensor works with the company’s other technology via whichever gateway you choose, but it can also work with third-party systems like SmartThings and HomeSeer if you would rather.
The motion sensor can talk to your other smart devices to change the temperature of your home, turn on and off the lights, or control doors and curtains, all while it keeps an eye on the security of your home.
The sensor is smart enough to tell the difference between objects, meaning it can detect adults versus children, and pets versus people. It can even tell which object is your robot vacuum and which is a child’s toy. This ability to differentiate between objects will help to reduce false alarm calls while also reducing your anxiety.
In addition to the other great features of the motion sensor, you will also get z-wave technology, which can alert you to tremors if you live in an earthquake-prone area. It can help with other climate control as well. The battery on the motion sensor can last up to two years in proper conditions ( in a temperature controlled space).
You can use just about as many motion sensors in your system as you’d like, so you can feel safe knowing that your whole home or business is protected and monitored for unexpected movement. The company says you can even use their motion sensor as a baby monitor so that it is combined with your main system.
The eye-like motion sensor glows various colors to give you information. A green eye indicates proper room temperature for optimal energy efficiency, a blue eye indicates a cold room, and red indicates that the room is too warm. As we said, the eye can be a bit odd at first, but the sensor is aesthetically pleasing overall.
Beyond just motion sensing, you can purchase other smart accessories for your smart home system, including door and window sensors, smoke detectors, CO sensors, and even flood sensors. Finally, a universal sensor is also available, which can hook your Fibaro devices to binary sensors like other alarm systems or a thermostat.
You can hook as many of these sensors as you please up to your gateway since you have up to 230 devices available on the gateway. Utilizing all of the available sensors, or all that can ease your concerns will help to give you a deeper sense of safety and security even when you’re out of town for a long period.
If you’re looking for a completely intelligent home, and not just security, you may want to consider some of the actors available on this system. The wall plugs (available in standard American and European styles), heat controller, light dimmers, shutter controls, and other actors all add comfort to your home life.
On the Home Center 2 gateway, these actors can be controlled by your voice at home and your app when you’re away. These are features that can add ease to your everyday life, but also add security to your home when you’re away.
Experts say that turning your lights on and off or opening and closing shades, while you’re away, deters crime. The ability to do that from your smartphone from anywhere that you have access to the Internet can take the stress away from your vacation or business trip.
This multi-faceted device is one you’ll definitely want to add to your smart home system. It can not only see what’s going on outside of your home; it can record messages from visitors, allow you to have a conversation with visitors without ever opening the door, and alert you if something suspicious happens near your home.
The intercom works well with the application on your phone allowing you to answer your intercom from your cell phone even if you’re not at home, check your camera(s), and monitor what’s happening outside of your home from anywhere you are, as long as you have access to the Internet.
With a crystal clear camera and sound that makes it seem like you’re standing next to the person on the other side of the intercom, this device adds a whole new level of security and intelligence to your new smart home system. The camera even offers a panoramic view. It even has a nighttime mode that is second to none.
One unique feature of the intercom is its ability to recognize your voice. You can use the app or a custom PIN to gain access to your home or a choice room or two, but if you’d like you can also use your voice. The intercom is set up only to recognize and respond to your specific voice, adding security.
The button can be placed almost anywhere and can be customized to your needs both in how it’s used and in the color in which it comes. The button is compatible with Apple Home Kit as well, just adding to its usefulness.
The basic premise of the button is that it can be used as a safety button for emergencies for the elderly, children, or you! It can also be used as a manual control for devices in your home, or to lock or unlock doors. You can assign different button colors to each family member as well, for even more security.
The button can be programmed with different click sequences so that one click might turn on and off a light, where two clicks can work a fan, and three clicks can be emergency help. The button can even run multiple devices at the same time. It’s easy to sync with your whole home system so that you won’t need a tech expert’s help.
How do customers feel after having used the pieces of this system at their own homes? For the most part, the reviews are positive, but there are a couple of complaints to consider.
Some folks have had issues with battery life or integrating the devices with third-party systems, so if you are working on a brand new smart home, you may want to buy all Fibaro products rather than trying to integrate. It is also important that you use the correct battery in the correct conditions according to instructions.
One of the main compliments customers are giving the company is the look of their products, which blend seamlessly with nearly any home. Although the system can be a bit pricey, it seems that customers believe it’s worth the price to have a well integrated and aesthetically pleasing system.
The Bottom Line
The Fibaro Smart Home System will work best for those interested in integrating their whole home with smart technology to add security and luxury to their home. The system is a good one, despite the expense to get started, and its phone app updates often to continue to give you the best possible experience.
We are fans of this company and their system. It seems like they have really thought of just about everything, having excellent products that can either add to or become a primary security system for your home or business.
We know that these products won’t work for everyone, so let’s take a look at some pros and cons of the technology to help you decide if it’s the right fit for you.
As you can see there are plenty of positives regarding this company’s smart home technology, but nothing is perfect, and customers have noticed some minor issues with the tech as they’ve used it.
Although we stand behind this technology, we understand that not everyone will love it in his or her home. If you’re looking for technology that can act as both a smart home and security system, this may be the one for you. If, however, you just want security features, you may want to look elsewhere.
Note that most security only companies will charge monthly fees for their services, so that is one major bonus of the smart home system. It is pricey up front, especially if you want the voice command technology, but it’s a good investment that seems to be worth it in the long term.